To the Church in Ephesus
Chapter 2:1, “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: “These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and who walks among seven lamp-stands.
The Lord has a specific purpose and plan for each one of us. We may not be able to discern the plan of the Lord but when we sit in his Holy presence, he begins to reveal the hidden depth of his heart. The Lord gave a specific message to the church in Ephesus and asked John to tell the churches that the message is from the one who has complete authority over churches and over the angels who have been sent out by most high God to maintain the authority of God over those churches. The Church is the body of Christ. And angels are God appointed chief of army to fight with the forces of darkness that try to stop the answers of God’s people belonging to that specific congregation.
Whichever Church you belong to, pray for the protection of your Church, so that your prayers may not be delayed and hindered.
2 I know your deeds,your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. 3 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.
The Lord acknowledges the good works of His people. It is written in 1Cor. 15:58, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” The Lord not only keeps a record of his people’s hard work but also their conversation about the Lord. “Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored his name.” Malakai 3:16.
Since we serve the living God who takes delight in smallest details of the lives of his people, how much encouraged and enthusiastic we should be to move ahead and work for his kingdom. Your hard work may not be bringing you any rewards as of yet. But don’t be disheartened. The harvest is coming if you persist and no one will take your share away from you for the Lord himself will reward your work according to your willingness! Our blessings lie at the core of the work that the Lord has assigned to you and me. All of us know our gifts and talents and if we use them diligently in the service of the Lord, we will be blessed according to God’s glorious riches in this world and the world to come!
The Lord not only records our faithfulness and diligence towards him but also the way we treat each other. God has not called us to follow every preacher or prophet blindly but to test them in the light of the Word. Meditating on the Word of God will fill us with wisdom and knowledge to discern whether someone who makes big claims about himself is from God or not. The Lord has called his people to live in freedom! Don’t let anyone enslave you by their self acclaimed positions in the ministry or the works of their hands. Let everything be tested in the light of the Lord!
The Lord is aware of your hardships. He has seen every single tear that you shed in his presence. “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.” Psalms 56:8. The Lord is ready to exalt His name by proclaiming His victory over your situation, that will strengthen you to move forward and do greater works for the His Kingdom.
4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. 5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. 6 But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 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.
Your hard work, wisdom, discernment and even hardship can’t save you. What is needed for you and me to remain in the Lord is our first love. Remember the days when you first came to the Lord. How zealous you were to work for Him!How excited you were to tell others about your new found faith! You were so much enjoying God and His Son Jesus that there was no place for any worldly worry or evil hand to touch you! What happens to that zeal my friend? Let’s repent today, right at this very moment asking God for forgiveness, and fresh anointing that will once again soak you and me. The anointing that will cover us so much that will start seeing things through the lens of the light of the world -JESUS.
Lets fill ourselves with spiritual fervor once again and don’t forget to condemn the works of those who have no part in God’s Kingdom! Spiritual zeal makes us bold enough to commend what pleases the Lord and condemn what breaks his heart! IF we do that a great reward will follow us – We will become entitled to eat from the tree of life! Our world will be full of life! Dullness, anxiety, depression will run out and what will remain is the fullness of life, every single day, every single moment!
To the Church in Smyrna
8 “To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. 9 I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful,even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. 11 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death.
The Lord appears to each one of us according to the preparedness and willingness of our heart to accept him and His word. To the Church in Smyrna, He appeared as the one who is the first and the last, who died and came back to life again! The Lord encouraged the Church by saying that even though they think that are afflicted and poor yet the Lord calls them “Rich.” How wonderful it is to ask the Lord to open and enlighten our eyes to see ourselves in His light. We will find ourselves living in a complete different world after the Lord has revealed our true self to us! We will be changed and the world around us will be changed for His Glory and Praise!
The Lord not only acknowledges how his people treat others but also how others treat his people. The Lord will reveal the true nature of the enemy to his people if they wait and listen to the voice of the Lord. The Lord will protect his people from hidden danger and the deception of men, if his people pay close attention to the voice of the Lord. The Lord will reveal things to come to his people and will strengthen his people to walk through every unknown territory, yet remain victorious. Those who have found themselves in Christ have nothing to lose! Whatever is stolen or lost, will be returned in double measure. “Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.” Zac. 9:12
Those who have lost themselves in Christ will be blessed with eternal life to live with Christ forever more!
To the Church in Pergamum
12 “To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword.13 I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city—where Satan lives. 14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality. 15 Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. 17 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.
The Lord is aware of the place where you live and the people you are surrounded with! Sometimes we feel that we are stuck in life, it seems that nothing is moving for a long period of time and life seems empty and void. But don’t be disheartened! The Lord know where you are in your faith journey! The Lord knows who are working hard to make you renounce your faith. The Lord knows your situation! Be brave! He is watching over you!
The Lord is praising you for your diligence but he wants wholehearted devotion that is not mixed with any any false practice. Judge everything in the light of the word, even the work of those who are teaching you the word of God. God is ready to provide true manna to everyone who comes to him in faith. If you are hungry and thirsty for the true Gospel, pray and the Lord will send you teachers and shepherds that are after his own heart.
To the Church in Thyatira
18 “To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. 19 I know your deeds,your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. 20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. 21 I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. 22 So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. 23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds. 24 Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets, ‘I will not impose any other burden on you, 25 except to hold on to what you have until I come.’ 26 To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— 27 that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’—just as I have received authority from my Father. 28 I will also give that one the morning star. 29 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
The Lord gives great respect to his word. It is written in Psalm 138:2 that God “magnified his Word above all his name,” If God gives such respect to his word, how much we should give reverence to His word! There are disastrous consequences that follow when his word is mixed with wrong practice. Pray that the Lord open your eyes and my eyes to receive the true gospel and never replace it with what we desire to hear!
If we long for the true Gospel, the Lord will reveal His word that will set us free and strengthen us to follow his precepts to glorify his name.