I wrote this note during the week between Christmas and New Year and posted a benefit each day on Facebook to commemorate the lessons I learned from God during my first year of public ministry. It is my desire to encourage and motivate you to have a great year regardless of your circumstances. I pray that you will step out of your comfort zone into the purpose that God planned for you – if you have not already.
Benefit #1 The Bible provides answers to your needs. Read Psalm 119 to find out how the Bible will: 11 keep you from sin; 28 lift your burdens; 105 guide all your steps; 111 give you joy; 130 lead you to wisdom; 165 give you peace; and 176 bring you right back to your savior.
Benefit #2 You will learn what real contentment means. Philippians 4:11-12 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
Benefit #3 You gain a greater understanding of yourself.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 (Amplified Bible) And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ [the Messiah].
Benefit #4 You know that your life has great significance and purpose. 2 Timothy 1:9 It is he who saved us and chose us for his holy work not because we deserved it but because that was his plan... Jeremiah 1:5 Before I made you in your mother's womb, I chose you. Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work.
Benefit #5 You know the way you should live. Ephesians 4:17-22 (NCV) 17 In the Lord's name, I tell you this. Do not continue living like those who do not believe. Their thoughts are worth nothing.18 They do not understand, and they know nothing, because they refuse to listen. So they cannot have the life that God gives.19 They have lost all feeling of shame, and they use their lives for doing evil. They continually want to do all kinds of evil.20 But what you learned in Christ was not like this.21 I know that you heard about him, and you are in him, so you were taught the truth that is in Jesus.22 You were taught to leave your old self—to stop living the evil way you lived before. That old self becomes worse, because people are fooled by the evil things they want to do.
Benefit #6 Prayer becomes natural because you know that he is powerful and he listens. Psalm 65:5 You answer us in amazing ways, God our Savior. People everywhere on the earth and beyond the sea trust you. Jeremiah 29:13 (NCV) You will search for me. And when you search for me with all your heart, you will find me! Psalm 66:5 Come and see what God has done, the amazing things he has done for people.
Benefit #7 You personally know about the LORD's wonderful Love! Read Psalm 103 but take a close look at these verses: 8 The LORD is merciful! He is kind and patient, and his love never fails. 11 How great is God's love for all who worship him? Greater than the distance between heaven and earth!
Blessings and Big God Hugs!