A New Day

So this morning I decided I need to get more serious about my relationship with Jesus. So I changed my Bible app on my phone to one that has a daily Bible plan everyday for the next year. So everyday I can read a chunk of the Bible, not just a daily verse. Which is good, because when I read the verse it’s usually in the middle of doing something and not really memorized. Usually it’s forgotten. I try to make myself feel better by telling myself that as long as I read it once, it’s in my heart somewhere and if God wants me to share that verse, He’ll bring it to my mind…Just writing that out feels so silly, because it is!
So I’m on this new adventure (hopefully a lasting one), and I’ve decided I should blog my way through the Bible. I have had, well sort of writer’s block, for the last couple of months. But reader of mine, I have not forgotten you. And today I have finally returned πŸ™‚ Hopefully I will not disappoint you.
I haven’t fully read through today’s reading, but I’m on the 3rd (of 4) chapter. Today’s reading is Revelation 19 through Revelation 22. I’ve gotta say, I have never really read the book of Revelation, I’m really just scared. It brings up a topic that I need the Holyspirit to fill me with his presence on. I should know better, though. Anytime I take time to read God’s word, the Holyspirit shows me something and it’s not fearful at all.
So far I’ve read chapter 19 and 20, and I’ve started 21. While reading 21, though, I felt the Lord telling me to stop to write a blog. And the kids are still sleeping, so it seems I have perfect timing…none but the Lord.
This passage is about the end of the earth, and the beginning of the new one. The first verse I want to talk about is 19:6. “Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters, and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.”” I couldn’t help but listen to those sounds in my head, thanks to the thunderstorms we’ve been experiencing lately. And thanks to Hollywood’s Armageddon-type movies, I can hear the roar of rushing waters. But combine these with the shouting of praises and it becomes unfathomable and my heart becomes so excited thinking I may hear this one day! And then I think of my mom, growing up, who would roll down the windows, mid winter, just to hear the jets taking off as we drove down Airport Rd. Hehe, I giggle to myself.
Then starting in verse 19 I read how the beast and the false prophet “who had performed signs on its behalf.” had been captured. The false prophet “with these signs…had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.” This chapter just gets better and better.
And in chapter 20:4 we read how Christ will reign a thousand years while Satan is bound in the Abyss for a thousand years. And that all who were beheaded for Christ, who had not received the mark of the beast, will reign with Christ in those thousand years! But it says the rest of the dead won’t come to life until after the thousand years. This has really encouraged me. I already knew that the reward was amazing for being martyred, but I really had no idea it was that great!
Lastly, in chapter 21, there is a new heaven and a new earth. Basically, God will be living among us! Then in verse 7 and 8 it says something that really hit me. “7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur.” Well, I know I have lied without ever telling some people the truth. I have been cowardly when God has asked me to go out of my comfort zone to spread His Word. I have been some of the other things too, but have repented. Only the lies have I asked for forgiveness from God, but not all the people I’ve lied to. Hmmm. What does this mean for me? Should I go to all these people and tell them the truth of whom I can remember? I would like feedback on this one.
Regardless, while reading the whole passage, I basically decided in my heart that I shouldn’t be living as comfortable as I am. And I have been around many Christians who claim it’s OK to live comfortably, as long as your heart is right. But I know the Bible tells us we are aliens of this world. Which means that by our very thoughts and actions, uncomfortability should be our normal. Because an alien is never comfortable in a foreign land, that making excuses for being comfortable is just icing over the guilt so many Christians feel. Eventually they don’t feel guilty, because it is who they’ve become, and they get angry when anyone tells them they need to get out of their comfort zone, they feel judged.
How I came to this realization through this passage? Well I actually can’t remember. But God used this passage somehow to show me it. I hope you can learn something life-changing from it too, should you choose to read it πŸ™‚

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About Cheryl

I am a 31 year old wife of 10 years and mom of 3 kids. I put God first and everything else falls into place. He is my rock! I love photography, singing/songwriting, and writing all together, which is why I'm doing this blog thing, here goes... View all posts by Cheryl

13 responses to “A New Day

  • Dave Ramsay

    All I can say is WOW! That’s awesome babe! Your blog is definitely encouraging to me. I have not finished the full blog as yet, I only got about half way through it. So, I’ll respond more once I finish it.

  • Elayn

    I could write my own blog in response to this one. Wow! My initial thought about if you should go to others you have lied to is to ask Yeshua specifically about each lie that comes to mind. There can be huge ramifications. If it’s directed by Him, then you are asking Him to also be working in the heart of the person you are going to.
    Keep blogging. You have no idea how your experiences can reach other people!

    • Cher

      Thanks for the feedback Mom πŸ™‚ And true, if He wants me to confess a lie, I can expect the worst, but also know that it’s in God’s hands and I did the right thing in God’s eyes, which is all that matters. Thanks for the encouragement on blogging πŸ™‚ I’m just trying to figure out how to get other people to read it.

  • Dave Ramsay

    I really like your comments about Chapter 21. As soon as I read them I felt uncomfortable, I know that I have not been fully living with all I can for Christ. Instead of acting like an Alien just passing through, I’ve been acting like a pioneer setting up shop. I really did gain something from your blog and I’m not just saying that because I’m your husband. I’m going to take this and apply it to my life, not tomorrow, but today. Also, I think that the past is the past, unless you feel a strong conviction to tell someone about a lie, I would just move on and do my best not to repeat these mistakes again. I think that one thing we can struggle with as Christians is “forward motion” because we go back to the sins of our past. Jesus forgave us and put them as far as the east is from the west. However, the devil would like bring them back to our memories because then we feel less and less each time and it ends up being a downward spiral. So, that’s just my two cents. Thanks again for this fantastic blog….good stuff!!!

  • Leah

    I think that guy with the british-like accent from your church was the one talking about getting out of our comfort zones. I am guilty of being too comfortable for sure. It’s hard though and we all just need people in our lives that can hold us accountable and vis versa.

    • Cher

      Yeah, I think he was talking about it. I totally forgot, but how cool is that? And yes, having accountability is so important, the problem is that most of us want to live comfortably, so we wouldn’t really hold someone else accountable, hehe!

  • Cher

    Just a note, I was on Twitter and Joyce Meyer posted this devotional which pretty much gives me an answer to my lying question…God is so cool!

    http://www.joycemeyer.org/Articles/Devotional.aspx?utm_source=Facebook&utm_campaign=DailyDevotional&utm_medium=post&utm_term=June7&utm_content=post

  • Watson

    I have to say about the lie thing is this this, God says that when you repent – he forgives you and he remembers them no more. So I believe you can let it go. Now if in the future you lie to someone, you can confess your sin to them right away and repent.
    Other than that,, I love Revelation. I think it is an awesome book. I reminds me of the Never Ending Story, except it’s REAL. Like I am the little boy who was reading the story that came to life! I love reading Revelation! And I’m so glad your reading it too!

    • Cher

      Thanks Jen for the advice πŸ™‚ Yeah, it does sort of remind me of The Never Ending Story. Although this isn’t depressing. Some of that movie is depressing to me, lol!

  • Watson

    so how are you doing with your reading/relationship>?

  • Elisse Kipe

    Christianity is such an amazing journey… I love where it takes me and where it takes those around us! And Revelation is such a good book, I could read it all the time πŸ™‚ It used to be scary to me too, but as the Holy Spirit leads and you get your own “Revelation” its really amazing.

    Hows the reading going? I know I struggle with being fully committed to time myself but thankfully, we can all agree how worth it, it is. Thats an encouraging reminder to me. So thanks! πŸ™‚

  • furwatson1704

    I think it’s time for a new post! :o)

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