The Time is Near
Date: August 31, 2023
I use the BLESS method every morning for my devotional.
B - Bible Verse
L - Listen for God's Voice and pray
E - Explore the History and meaning
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases
S - Summarize and Share
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B - Bible Verse: Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. Revelation 1:3
L - Listen for God's Word and pray: Dear God, open my heart to Your Word and help me understand how I am blessed by reading the words of prophecy aloud. Guide me in my journey to grow closer to You through my obedience and love.
E - Explore the History and Meaning: The book of Revelation was written by John on the island of Patmos after the Roman government had banished John there. . Verses 1-3 are a prologue to the book. John received a revelation from Jesus Christ and learned that those who read and keep this revelation would be blessed.
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases:
Reads aloud: This is talking about reading it and sharing it with others.
Prophecy: The words from Jesus Christ which he received.
Blessed are those who hear it: If the Word of God is shared with others, they will be blessed by hearing and learning of His word.
Time is Near: We never know when Christ will come again. This phrase underscores the urgency of being prepared for Christ’s return.
S - Summarize and Share:
This verse today is like an invitation to a feast of blessings straight from the heart of God. As you read these prophetic words aloud, it's as if you're sharing a secret with the Creator of the universe. And guess what? He blesses you for it! But it doesn't stop there. It's as if He leans in a little closer and says, "Not only those who read, but those who listen and make these words a part of their very being will experience even greater blessings." It's an interactive, transformative experience that draws you into the heart of God's plan.
You know, as I think about it, Revelation isn't just about deciphering cryptic symbols or predicting the future. It's about an intimate connection with the One who holds time in His hands. Each word carries the weight of His presence, and each verse is an opportunity to draw closer to Him. Imagine being in a room with a dear friend who's sharing their deepest thoughts and dreams with you. That's the kind of connection God desires as we dive into His Word.
So, let's take up this invitation with eagerness and joy. Let's read His words aloud, listen with our hearts, and let the truths of Revelation become a part of our very core. As we journey through these pages, remember that God's promises are not distant dreams; they're reflections of His eternal love for you and me. Let's embrace this blessed journey together, shall we?
4 Bible Cross References:
Revelation 22:7 - "Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll."
Revelation 22:10 - "Then he told me, 'Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near.'"
Psalm 119:11 - "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."
James 1:22 - "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says."