Archive for January, 2012

Pergamos ~ A Confused Church

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You’ve Got Mail…What Jesus says to the churches

What Jesus says to Pregamos, a confused church ~ Revelation 2:12-17

How do we live a godly life in a world that is far from God? How do we clear up confusion?

You’ve Got Mail…Go to God’s Word to read it.

Respect the authority of God’s Word. These things say, He who has the sharp two-edged sword (Rev. 2:12).
For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12)

The truth is the truth no matter what people think. There are many who won’t believe God’s Word, but that doe not stop the truth from being the truth. God’s truth will erase any doubt.  We all need a standard to live our lives. Let God’s Word be our standard ~ not the world.

Recognize the dangers of a lie. I know your works and where you dwell, where satan’s throne is…(Rev. 2:13-15). Keeping everyone satisfied ~ Everything is just fine ~ All roads lead to the same place. LIES!

* Satan’s throne warns us of the popular lie. A desire to just want to fit in ~ Everybody’s doing it. LIES! 

* The Balaamites ((Numbers 22-25) warn of the pleasure lie. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas ~ You can do this or that, it’s all okay ~ I’m not hurting anyone. LIES!

* The Nicolaitans warn us of the personality centered lie. Don’t align yourself to be led astray by leaders. You deserve better ~ You don’t need to be treated like that ~ Do your own thing, God just wants you to be happy. LIES! 

Repent of the sin of encouraging false teaching. Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth (Rev. 2:16).

If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth,who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself (1 Timothy 6:3-5).

Lies make their way into our lives through relationships. Trust God’s truths above your thoughts, opinions, television, ads, magazines, etc. Don’t fall for the lies. Don’t be an enabler.

We can’t argue with the truth ~ truth is truth!

Rejoice in your relationship with Christ. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it (Rev. 2:17).

The hidden manna: Jesus Christ, Bread of Life, who wants to satisfy our needs.

The white stone: an intimate relationship for eternity with Jesus ~ between you and Jesus personally.

Don’t let your guard down. Don’t fall for the lies of the world. Stay faithful, don’t buy into the junk of our world today. Do what Jesus says ~ Have ears to hear what the Spirit says. He is faithful. Stand on the truthful promises of God. His Word is living, active, and intimate.

Remember, this world is not our home.

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Smyrna – The Suffering Church

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You’ve Got Mail…What Jesus says to the churches

What Jesus says to Smyrna, a suffering church (Rev. 2:8-11)

The name Smyrna means bitter  and is related to the word myrrh. The city remains a functioning community today called Izmir. he assembly at Smyrna was persecuted for the faith, which explains why the Lord  emphasized His death and resurrection as He opened His message. “These things says “the First and the Last, who was dead and came to life…” (Rev. 2:8).

No matter what experiences God’s people may have, the Lord identifies with them.

Jesus says, I know…I know our works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich), and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but a synagogue of Satan (Rev. 2:9).

When your’re suffering remember, Jesus knows what you’re  going through and He understands what you’re going through. He understands what its like to suffer.

Jesus says, do not be afraid…Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer (Rev. 2:10).

He isn’t saying, “Don’t feel anything.” He is saying live a life of faith, trust Him in everything. Don’t allow the “what if’s” to consume you. Do not worry. watch out for being afraid of being afraid. Don’t be afraid to live a life of integrity because you are afraid of persecution.

I lay dow and slept, I awoke, for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around (Psalm 3:5-6).

Jesus says, I tell you…These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world (John 16:33).

Where does persecution come from?

The powerful…the government, media, businesses, etc.

The culture…they say: “All roads lead to the same place,” “Truth is relative.”

The jealous…wanting what others have.

The devil…the ultimate source of suffering. DON’T let your guard down!

Jesus says, be faithful…remember Jesus is faithful to you first. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life (Rev. 2: 10b).

But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one (2 Thess. 3:3).

Jesus says, I will give you the crown of life…Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life (Rev. 2: 10b).

Blessed is the man who endures temptation, for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him (James 1:12).

We will suffer the same things Jesus suffered. He says to look up and ahead, trust and obey. The important thing is faithfulness, standing true to Christ no matter what the government or culture might threaten to do.

God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord (1 Cor. 1:9).

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second coming” (Rev. 2:11).

Ephesus ~ The Loveless Church

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You’ve Got Mail…What Jesus says to the churches

Revelation 2 and 3 are about the seven churches of the Apocalypse. They were congregations in Asia Minor in John’s day. These seven assemblies are examples of the kind of churches that exist throughout history. This means that all seven letters are warnings to every church in every age.

Let’s take a look at Ephesus, “The Loveless Church” in chapter 2:1-7.

Jesus recognizes their accomplishments, their activity…work hard, patient endurance, opposed evil, stand for truth, endure hardships, didn’t give up. “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil” (2:2).

What does it profit, my brethern, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you don’t give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? In the same way, faith by itself, if it does not have works , is dead (James 2:14-17).

Jesus reprimands, you’ve lost your first love. your passion is fading, you’re shifting priorities. “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love” (2:4).

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow ll my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing (1 Cor. 13:1-3).

Jesus’ remedy, Remember therefore from where you have fallen, repent, and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place ~ unless you repent” (2:5)

Yet indeed I count all things loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish (Phil. 3:8).

Jesus’ reward, eternal paradise. “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his works.

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches (2:7)

We are the church folks. Don’t settle for less when the best is in your grasp.

Have you lost your first love?

Change priorities. Spend time with Jesus.