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Prophecy: The Signature of God (28 of 40)
Series: Book You Can Trust
As we open to Rev. 1:3, may I remind you that there are seven reasons you should trust God's Word. These are the reasons we willingly seek to keep our minds filled with God's Word, the absolutely trustworthy record of God's voice.
The first reason I am convinced of God's Word is Prophecy: God tells us exactly what He is going to do in the future, long before He does it. That act of God, declaring in minute, clear, and amazing detail the events of the future is called Biblical Prophecy.
All that we have as believers is tied to God's Word. We come to faith by the Word, we know God in His Word, and we are filled by the Spirit through His Word, and we are sanctified by God's Word.
God's Word is completed with the Book of Revelation, God's final word to mankind; it is also the most powerful book of the Bible. Nearly twenty years ago for my doctoral dissertation at Dallas Seminary--I began an intense study of the living hope each of us believers should have, grounded by Biblical prophecy.
I believed that the last book of the Bible is the most hope filled, hope inspiring, hope anchoring book in all of God's Word.
Each believer, saved and part of Christ's family, needs Living Hope for the End of Days. We need to learn from our trustworthy Bibles, how to walk each day--with the God we can know personally and trust completely. Please stand with me as we hear the voice of God calling us to hear and believe His Word:
Rev 1:3 "Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near."
Prophecy: God's Signature Across His Word
Life is hard, the world is sometimes bleak, and we often need help to go on against the flow of the world and seek God. May I give you the single most encouraging aspect of my spiritual life?
Each day I get so recharged and renewed by God's Word that I can go out and face another day. How? By spending time with the God who has left me a daily reminder of Who He is and what He is doing--so that I can see and test and have my faith renewed!
This authenticating, verifying, faith building record God has left for us I call the Signature of God in the Book we call the Bible, God's Word--the Holy Scriptures.
Have you studied the signature of God lately? For ten years I wrote my dissertation for Dallas Seminary on the Prophetic signature God left across the pages of His Word. That study was made into a year long, personal, devotional book of 365 daily studies taking believers on a faith-building journey through every word of the book of Revelation and outward to every other book in the Bible.
The bottom line of a study of the prophetic signature of God leads us into what God offers--Living Hope for the End of Days: Walking Each Day with THE GOD You Can Know and Trust.
This morning I'd like to share with you just a few ...
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