“He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” Revelation 21:7
This week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is a suitable time to finish some projects that we started during the year. Every year I read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. It is amazing that no matter how many times we do this, we can always find something new to meditate upon. As I was finishing up the Book of Revelation, I looked carefully at the letters that John wrote to the seven churches.
In every one of these churches, the Lord found something to compliment them on but also something that needed correction. In each case, He admonished them to look carefully at what they were doing and to make changes in their behaviour. He warned them of the consequences of failing to change, but He also promised a blessing to those who overcame.e HHe H
If the Lord were writing us a letter today regarding the past year, I wonder just what He would say. I trust He would find some things to compliment us about: ways that we had treated others, the generosity we had shown, good deeds that we had done, and kind words that we had spoken. On the other hand, would He point out places where we had failed in some way?
There is nothing wrong with us remembering the things we are doing right if we are not prideful or boasting about them. Yet we also must look at what we could have done differently. We cannot change the past, but we can determine to do better in the coming year, with the help of the Lord.
Let us take time this week to read Revelation 1-3 and ask the Lord to show us if we fit in any of these situations. Let Him show us where we could improve and let His Holy Spirit guide and direct us. He is coming soon, and if we want to share the rewards promised to the overcomers in these letters, now is the time to make changes in our lives.
“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” I John 5:4-5
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you have brought us through another year. Though we may have made mistakes and faltered along the way, we thank you for your Holy Spirit that shows us where we have failed and gives us the strength to overcome.
Devotion by Anne Johnston