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I am thankful for the book of life – Rev. 20:11-15

Revelation 20:11-15 (KJV)
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

I smiled at the Lord when he inspired me to be thankful for the book of life and the last book of the Bible, Revelation. God knows that I feared death for the better part of my life because I was only a church-going believer in Jesus Christ. I doubted that God was real. I would feel very uncomfortable when my grandmother, preachers and the church people quoted Scripture from Revelation because I knew that I was not walking in the truth. The thought of life after death was very scary for me…painful to consider.
But my life is different now. I know the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit. When you experience that powerful presence of God, you can never doubt that he exists and that he is about love. I have that personal relationship with Jesus Christ and I can see eternity. I know there is more to life on earth – I have a sustaining hope in a future along with those whose names are written in the book of life!

I also know that it’s my mission while I live on earth to share how God has transformed my life – that’s one of God’s key purposes for me. My experience of living on both sides of the book of life may encourage you to look for a personal relationship with the Lord. Don’t let your pride or self-sufficiency or popular culture sway you. You want to have eternal life, but most practical, God can give you joy and peace to face life’s trials.
I don’t scare people into believing in God, but the fact remains that I come into contact with atheists, psychics, and believers in other world religions. These people are desperately seeking relief from the emptiness in their soul. I know.

God’s touch in our lives is supernatural. You don’t "get God" until you know him.

Share him.

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