Dear Bethel Family,
This morning marks the tenth message in the book of Revelation. It has been a blessing to me and I trust a blessing to you as well. I have thought deep as I pondered the seven churches of Revelation. I realize that those seven churches were actual churches in John's day and they represent all kinds of different churches we see in the world today. Some have lost their first love just like the church at Ephesus. Some are being persecuted for their faithfulness like the church at Smyrna. We see churches today that have compromised and preach a false doctrine such as the church in Pergamos. They have become like the world. Some churches today can be classified as just plain corrupt like it was at Thyatira. Unfortunately, some churches are just plain dead as we see the example in Sardis. Oh, to be like the church in Philadelphia. A faithful church. An obedient, holy, pure, loving, and alive church. A church that made Christ their top priority. How important it is that we do not lose the first love we had for Jesus. Sadly, many have neglected Him and have gone adrift. Our hearts and devotion have a tendency to wander. Maybe you can relate! Maybe you don't feel as connected to God as you once did.
Christ calls for us to do three things. He told the church at Ephesus to remember from where they had fallen. He asks us to love Him completely. He loved us perfectly when He died on a rugged cross, enduring much for our benefit. How can we not return this love? God created and saved us to love Him forever. Secondly, He says to repent. Because of our tendency to sin, our love for Him becomes lukewarm. The enemy works to cool that love and will constantly pour the waters of this world and its allurements to kill the flame of our love for Jesus. We need to ask for His forgiveness and cleansing and turn away from evil. Thirdly, He wants us to return. God wants us to turn back to Him fully holding nothing back. Once we have repented and returned to Him we need to ask that He will light a flame in our hearts that will never go out. We ask Him to forgive us and cleanse us and give us the ability to move forward in His grace. I pray that you will love Jesus more and more each day. Only He is worthy of our full, complete, and perfect devotion!
Have a great week as you serve Him.
"Pray that this day you will fall in love with Jesus afresh."
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Recommended reading: "Last Words of Saints and Sinners," by Herbert Lockyer. "God is in Control" by Charles Stanley
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