Date: November 20, 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: "So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded." Hebrews 10:35
L - Listen for God's Word and Pray: Prayer: "Dear God, help me to understand the message in this verse and how it relates to Rediscovering Joy in my life."
E - Explore the History and Meaning: The Book of Hebrews was written to encourage early Christians facing persecution. This verse is a reminder to hold onto their faith and confidence in God, despite challenges. The verse urges us not to lose faith, as our confidence in God will be greatly rewarded. It emphasizes endurance through difficulties, which is a key to Rediscovering Joy.
S - Summarize and Share:
You know, life can be pretty rough sometimes, and it's easy to start feeling like things will never get better. Ever had those moments? That's when this Bible verse from Hebrews 10:35 can really speak to your heart.
Now, when it talks about "throwing away your confidence," it's not about acting all high and mighty. It's more like when you lose faith, when you start thinking, "Why bother believing things will improve?" But here's the amazing part: when you hold on to your faith in God's promises, it's like having this deep, unshakable inner peace and joy, even when life's crazy.
And the reward? Well, it's not about winning a lottery or getting a fancy prize. It's something much better. It's that profound sense of peace and happiness that stays with you, no matter what's going on. It's knowing that, even in the toughest moments, God's got your back, and everything will turn out okay.
So, as we continue to explore Rediscovering Joy together, remember that having confidence in God's promises is like having a superpower. It's not about ignoring problems, but about believing that no matter what life throws at you, God's still in control, and you can find peace and happiness right in the midst of it all. Pretty amazing, isn't it?
4 Bible Cross References:
Romans 5:3-4: "We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope."
James 1:2-3: "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance."
Psalm 27:13: "I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living."
1 Peter 5:10: "And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast."