Daily Encouragement

December 9 – The Only Book with a Blessing for Hearers

Joel 1:1-3:21
Revelation 1:1-20
Psalm 128:1-6
Proverbs 29:18

Joel 1:4 — This event is the biggest event in five generations (Joel 1:2-3) and has four layers of destruction (Joel 1:4)!

Joel 1:14 — Several groups have put out guidelines for calling a “solemn assembly” including the Southern Baptist Convention, Family Research Council, and the Presbyterian Mission.

Joel 2:10 — These events look like the events of the fifth seal (Revelation 6:12-13) and are reiterated in Joel 2:31.

Joel 2:13 — ”Rend your heart, and not your garments.” God wants internal, actual change, not just external conformity.

Notice who God is: “… gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth Him of the evil.” That’s almost word for word from Jonah 4:2, which showed that Joel was familiar with these writings.

Joel 2:25 – How’s this for a promise! In spite of four layers of destruction (Joel 1:4), God is promising to restore the lost years!

Joel 2:28 — This was quoted in Acts 2:17 as part of Peter’s Pentecost message. The giving of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost was a fulfillment of this passage.

Joel 2:32 — This verse is quoted almost exactly in Romans 10:13! Those days are now here; the message of salvation is offered universally!

Revelation 1:3 — Revelation can be hard to follow, but it comes with a blessing for those who read and hear this book!

Revelation 1:5 — Yes, Jesus washed us in His blood!

Revelation 1:11 — Jimmy DeYoung produced a documentary “Let them Hear.” You can watch it online at VCY.tv.

Psalm 128:1 — Speaking of blessings, let’s be sure to fear the LORD!

Proverbs 29:18 — More blessings for those who keep the law!

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