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Blessed is He that Readeth... (Revelation 1:3)
Written by Freelance Writer and Author, William Ballard
(Author of: The True Writer's Life: Discovering the Author and Finisher of Our Faith)
Revelation 1:3 (KJV)
3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
Welcome to the first article in this series, "How to Develop the Mind of Christ as a Writer". I want to begin this series by first going to the last book of the Bible. I truly believe that what you are about to discover in this series will undoubtedly change your life.
I would not recommend that any writer (blogger, author, freelance writer, poet, novelist, etc.) go without reading this series and allowing it to really penetrate and speak to their hearts and minds.
I wish I would have had a series like this to journey through when I first took the leap of faith to be a writer.
In our opening text we find that the Apostle John writes blessed is he that readeth, that hears the words of this prophecy, and keeps those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. These are the four main points that we are going to focus on in this article which will act as a starting point for the next 19 articles within this series.
I encourage you to get a cup of coffee or tea and a pen and paper to take some notes as you read and go through this series.
If you are not aware, I have been writing a series on the Rule of 5 for Writers that can be found at my Becoming an Author Blog, the very first "rule" of that five part series focused on the importance of reading and why it is essential for every writer to become a passionate and avid reader. You can read that article HERE.
However, here in this series I want to focus most intentionally on the need and importance of spiritual study and devotion with the Lord Jesus Christ. And we do this by having a passionate desire to know Him more. And the more we read His Word, the more we will know and understand Him.
Blessed is he that readeth....
The start of every writer's journey begins with a passionate heartbeat for reading. Supernatural blessings are drawn to the spirit of a reader. Now, for those of you who consider blessings to only mean financial abundance, I have news for you. I know that the majority of newbie writers really only desire the riches and fame that being a published author can bring. But, in my opinion, it is that type of spirit and desire of the heart that brings forth spiritual poverty.
If your desire is to become a millionaire and be rich and famous, that kind of desire will never have the favor of God poured out upon it. True supernatural blessing really has nothing to do with finances, albeit, God can bless us in our finances. However, true supernatural blessing comes from an intimate heartbeat for the things of God. How can you know about the "things of God" without first falling in love with His Word?
Blessed is he that reads and mediates on the mind and heart of God. When you get to the point where you are more hungry for His Word, His presence, His desires, and come to the point where nothing else matters to you, that is when He becomes compelled to open up the windows of Heaven and shine His favor upon you. That is when He pours out supernatural blessings upon you, and upon your writing.
I don't write for my personal gain, I write because I am compelled by the Spirit of God to write. I write to help change lives spiritually and naturally. I don't have the desire to become rich and famous, my only desire is to the do the Will of my Father, and to lead and guide as many as I can to Him.
You must make reading His Word a priority in your life. Not because blessings come from it, but because you are genuinely in pursuit of His Mind and Heart (the Word of God).
Blessed is he that hears the words of this prophecy...
Reading and meditating on God's Divine Word is one thing, but hearing and understanding it is another. I encourage you to read and mediate on the following passage, but I don't want it to just stop there. I want you to let it penetrate your heart and begin to believe in what is being said:
Romans 10:12-17 (KJV)
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
There are few things that I would like to highlight from this passage and bring to the awareness of writers that are lead by the Spirit of God. First and foremost, their is no difference between Jew and Greek or reader and writer. Both are one and the same. In fact, I discuss in great detail how inside every reader is a writer in my book the True Writer's Life. As you become devoted to reading and mediating on the Word of God and the things of God you are a student that is being trained and eventually transformed into the teacher (reader into writer).
Secondly, as it is written, "...faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." Hearing is one the five major senses (the other are: smell, touch, taste, and sight). We learn and gather information from each of these five senses which brings forth understanding of things. So, it can be said that hearing is a tool that brings forth understanding, not to mention faith (and will talk about faith shortly). Therefore, when we read Romans 10:17 we can also come to the conclusion that understanding (or revelation) cometh by hearing the Word of God.
Lastly, it goes on to say that how shall one hear without a preacher (in this case, without a writer)? And as it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of them that preach (write) the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things (the things of God)!"
The Power of Faith
Now let's talk a bit on this faith thing. Faith is a supernatural power that cannot be stopped (except by the one that possess it). As we have read above, we can see and understand that faith comes by hearing or understanding (revelation) the Word of God. It is when we read the Word of God that we begin to hear it and understand it, and when we begin to hear and understand it, faith begins to manifest.
All throughout scripture we can find one common element that was present during every miracle that Jesus preformed. That element was faith. There was never a miracle that took place where faith was not present. In fact, without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Faith has power and authority! Faith does not ask permission, but instead, makes the impossible possible. Faith is what attracts the miraculous power of God.
Another thought to consider when it comes to faith is this: We can see from above that our hearing has to do with understanding but it is written that we live by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). As we read and mediate on the Word of God and on the things of God understand and revelation comes forth and through that revelation and understanding faith begins to blossom and manifest. Then we begin to look through the eyes of faith and spiritually visualize the miraculous power of God.
It is during this moment of inspiration that we begin to visualize the miracles (success) that can come our of our writing. And how it change the lives of those that read our writing.
Blessed is he that keeps those things that are written therein: for the time is at hand
Finally, if you want to truly succeed at being the writer that God has called you to be you must keep His Word in your heart at all times. Yes, share His Word, but never give it up. Sell it not! What has been freely given to you must never be taken for granted. Mediate on His Word day and night!
We are just getting started with this series. If this first article has blessed you and has added value to you I know that you wont want to miss out on next week's article.
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About the Author
William Ballard is the proud author of, "The True Writer's Life: Discovering the Author and Finisher of Our Faith".
He has been writing professionally for over 10+ years and has much experience within the industry, both in publishing and in freelance writing. He has successfully self-published over 10 books and eBooks. Visit his Amazon Author Page to see list of his most recent projects.