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Laodicea ~ A Complacent Church

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 29, 2012 by greatvictories

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

You are comfortable where you are and your ceasing to do what I have called you to do (Rev. 3:14-22)

See your need as never before.

These things say the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, The beginning of the creation of God: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot…” (v. 14-15).

1. See the shocking truth about yourself. Measure yourself by God not man. “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot…” (v.15).

So, how do you start? Start by seeing the truth about God.

He is…The Great I AM, The Amen “so be it.” He is worthy of your time. Worthy to listen too and get to know, build an intimate relationship with Him.

He is…Faithful and True Witness. Worthy of your trust. When He tells you something you know it’s the truth.

He is…The Ruler of God’s creation. He is worthy of your worship.

Some of us are cold (we know where we stand), some lukewarm (not much love for the lost-no time or passion for worship), some hot (a desire and passion for things of God. Doesn’t mean perfect, stays plugged in to Jesus).

2. Recognize and admit your desperate need you have in your life.  “Because you say, I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing – and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked…” (v. 17).

We think we provide our needs by what we acquire. We think we’ve met our own needs through:

Riches: What we acquire ~ Rules: What we require ~ Knowledge: How we inquire ~ Relationships: Who we desire ~ Achievement: How we aspire (achievement and success).

But remember: We’re all going to expire.

The more self-sufficient we think we are the more we unknowingly become: wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked (Romans 7:24-25).

3. Go to Jesus alone to meet your deepest needs.

“I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined by fire, that you may be rich (faith in Jesus), white garments (purity), that you may be clothed (grace) and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see (wisdom) (v.18).

Do you feel you don’t need Jesus? Your doing just fine? Throw up a few “thank You Lord’s?” More on doing your own thing?

4. Respond as a deeply loved child ~ be earnest and repent.

“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent” (v. 19).

God doesn’t punish us, He disciplines us. Punishment makes us want to run and hide. discipline invites us to learn and grow.

We know what is right and what is wrong.

5. Continually open the door to Jesus in your life. If you open the door, He WILL come in! He loves you and wants to tell you how right your life can be.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (v.20).

To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches (v.21-22).

The One who made you stands there knocking. Are you listening to what the Spirit says?

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Pergamos ~ A Confused Church

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2012 by greatvictories

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.