Wednesday, May 7, 2014
May 7: Prophecy brings blessings
Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near. (Revelation 1:3 NKJV)
This promise refers to the book of Revelation and states that anyone that READS, HEARS, and KEEPS the prophecies that are written down in it, are blessed. But it also refers to the entire Word of God, and to prophecies that come from the mouth of true servants of God. Throughout the Old Testament God used prophets as His mouthpiece to bring His people to a place of repentance, faith, hope, victory, and salvation. All of the prophets were hated in some way, rejected by the majority of people, and many were mistreated and threatened with death. Their message was not designed to please—it was designed to correct wrong and to restore peoples’ connection with God. And today, when God speaks His words do not always please. At times He comes with a word of encouragement and faith, but at others He comes with words of rebuke, warning, and correction.
If you are reading, hearing, and keeping God’s Word… you are blessed. But included in His Word there are prophecies and promises about what He will do for His people. It’s one thing to believe that the Word of God is genuine, that it is true, and it’s another thing to believe that His prophecy will be fulfilled in your life today. That takes courage, audacity, boldness, and faith. Doing this demands that we be unafraid to look like fools in the eyes of the world, and of our family and friends, because that is what proves our faith and trust in God.
Latch on to God’s prophecy for your life. Allow Him to breath new life into you, bringing the dry bones to life, and resurrecting you from the dead. Our mission in life is to glorify His name with our lives… not with words only, but with a life that reflects His power and glory.