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“Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it” (Revelation 1:3a NKJV)
There are three verbs that I want you to observe in this scripture. God will bless those who READ His Word, those who HEAR His Word, and those who KEEP His Word. We love God’s Word and want it to work in us. But in order for the Word to really work in our lives, it must consume us!
When you read God’s Word, ask Him to give you hearing ears. Ask Him to help you remember what you have read so that you might receive the manifestations of His Word in your life.
Ephesians 5:18 warns us not to be drunk with wine, but “filled with the Spirit.” In the same way, so that it can consume our souls, overpower us with its truth, and “keep” us forever in the Word. Remember, blessings come to those who read, hear, and keep the Word.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We ask You, in Jesus’s name, to help us read Your Word today. Open our spiritual eyes so that we can be blessed as we read Your scriptures. Let us receive Your revelations. Help us to keep the Word in our hearts that we might see its manifestations in our daily living.
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” -(Genesis 1:26 NKJV)
When God designed the first man and woman, they were absolutely perfect. The master plan was set in motion by the Father, Who said, “Let us make mankind in our image.” Then Jesus executed the plan by scooping up a lump of clay and shaping a man; out of man He fashioned a woman.
Stick with me for a minute here. When speaking of Jesus, Colossians 1:16 tells us that “…all things were created by him, and for him” (KJV). In John 1:3, we read that by God’s Word were all things made, “…without him nothing was made that has been made.” Verse 14 of John 1 positively identifies the Word as Jesus Christ: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” But it is not until the Holy Spirit breathed the life of God into Adam’s spirit did Adam become a living being.
So, you see, you have been made in the likeness and image of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. You and I are just “chips off the old block!”
Father, I declare that You created me in Your image—the image of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—and I will honor You with the body, mind, and soul You created.
“To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame…”
Revelation 3:21a (NKJV)
Have you ever used the little phrase “under the circumstances”? Once when we were having a tremendous crisis, I said to someone, “Under the circumstances, I think I’m doing quite well.”
The Lord spoke back to me, “What are you doing UNDER the circumstances? You’re supposed to be ON TOP OF the circumstances.” Revelation 3:21a certainly reaffirms that promise! If we want to sit with Jesus in heavenly places, we’re going to have to sit in the overcoming position.
Do you have some circumstances that are bowing you under? Do you feel crushed under the weight of situations that seem beyond your control? Take hold of God’s promise for “overcomers.” Confess God’s Word that you will sit on the throne with Jesus, far above the cares of all worldly problems. We can’t be under the circumstances; we must be on top of them. Jesus is in us, so He gives us the power to overcome and sit in heavenly places too.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I thank You today that I am not under my circumstances. I am above them. In fact, I am sitting high above my circumstances and command them to line up with Your Word.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10 NKJV)
Create means to “make something out of nothing.” When we are born again, God makes us a new creation. He gives us a new seed; we are born again of incorruptible seed, the seed of His new life.
Notice that the Word says “new” life—not second-hand or renovated or revamped—BUT ENTIRELY NEW! God never said to Himself, “Well, here I’ve got Me a sinner. I think I’ll just throw on a new cover, sort of like renovating a mattress!” We’re not like a “renovated mattress,” but we have, instead, a brand-new life inside!
Because we have that new creation within, we can have a renewed spirit. Our mind, conscience, will and intellect can be renewed daily with God’s Word. We can live in our new nature, rather than our old.
Make this daily decision: “Will I live in the old man, or will I live in the new man?” Today let’s crucify the old man and decide to live in the newness of Christ’s life.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You that, as born-again Christians, we have new man inside us. We do not have to live in the old man. We make the choice to live in the newness of life.