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Revelation 2:7, “Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.” (NIV)

This verse is so encouraging. When we hear and apply the Word of God to our lives, by the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us, we will be victorious. The blessing associated with that victory is God allowing us to eat from the tree of life in His paradise – it gets no better than that. As Christians, we know the ultimate reward for those who have faith in Jesus Christ is salvation, and in this verse, we see additional “perks” you could say to that eternal life. Eating from the tree of life is immortality, but what I love most is the part that says, “in the paradise of God”. When all is over in this world, we will be in paradise with the almighty God! Think of the first Garden of Eden, it will be similar to that, without the ability for anything sinful to enter – paradise for eternity.

Today, I ask that you meditate on this promise in God’s Word, and ask Him to help you apply the Word to your life. It means nothing if we hear the prophecy, read our Bibles, but don’t apply the principles in His Word to our lives. We must be Christians not only in speech, but also in attitude, thought, and action.

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” (James 1:22 – 25)

Dear Father, thank You for the promises in Your Word for those who cling to You. Help me to live out my faith. Thank You for saving me from eternal damnation and giving me access to eternity with You through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Help me to be victorious. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen!