Revelation 2:20 Toleration

“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.” Revelation 2:20

Just before this verse, Jesus commends the church for doing more good deeds than they did when they first started. He stated that they were full of love and faith.

Now He is upset with them in that they tolerate a false prophet. This false prophet is in the same spirit as the queen Jezebel in the Old Testament. She led the people of Israel into sexual immorality and idol worship.

In America and around the world, the world is teaching toleration. The world wants to believe that everyone must get along and accept each other’s viewpoints. It is often believed that Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and all other beliefs can get along with each other.

According to Jesus this is not true. He stated that He is the only way to the Father in heaven. Jesus also said that the path to God is narrow. This means that there is only one way and that is through Jesus, alone.

As soon as a Christian states this, the world fights against him. He is then called narrow-minded, bigoted, and un-tolerant.

There are false prophets and ministers of churches out there that are teaching these very things. While preaching in God’s name, many are stating that all types of sexual immorality is acceptable to God. They also state that there is no real thing as sin.

The problem comes in when the church accepts these people into their church. Here is the type of people who Jesus is upset with in this passage. They are tolerant of the false prophets. They think that they are great prophets of God.

You need to be on your guard against all kinds of false teaching. Do not allow yourself to be swayed by the false doctrines that are being preached. Keep yourself in God’s Word to know the truth at all times in all situations.

Do not become tolerant of false teaching. Raise a warning flag when you hear or see false teachings. Raise up God’s standard to fight against the enemy. This is a spiritual warfare, not a physical warfare. Do not let the enemy gain any ground.

I pray today that God will guide you with His Holy Spirit into all truth; that God will give you strength to stand against all false teaching; that you will stay in the center of God’s Word to know the truth; that God will keep you from being mislead by anyone or any teaching; and that God will work through you to build His kingdom.

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Revelation 2:19 Doing More

“I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.” Revelation 2:19

Jesus gives some good admonition to the church of Thyatira. He has His eyes on them and sees what they are doing. They are active in doing good deeds. They show true love and faith. They are staying strong despite opposition. They are doing more now then they did at first.

Many believers will pray for other people (at least in word), but few will take an active step in helping other people. James said that faith without deeds is dead. He stated that he will prove his faith by his deeds.

In every church there are many people who will go to the pastor to tell him of a need in the church. It may be the need for a new Sunday School teacher; or a new guitar player or background singers on the worship team; or someone to mow the lawn or clean the bathrooms; or one of many other needs. Many allow the other person to do the job.

Usually the pastor already knows of many of these needs. Instead of telling him of the needs, why not take on that need and meet it? You are the “other” person to do that job.

I have worked in construction of building a house. It is not done by one person. In fact it is not even done with just one talent. There are the foundation layers, the framers, electricians, plumbers, A/C installers, roof installers, flooring installers, painters and others. Each of these has a different task to do. Altogether they build the house.

God’s kingdom is His home. It is not built by one person. Each person has a different ability or talent. If each person does his part, God’s kingdom will grow.

May God be able to say to you today that He is watching you and sees what you are doing. May God say that you are doing more today than when you first started following Jesus.

Do not allow your actions to slow down or stop. Be active for God everyday. Seek God as to what to do next for Him. There is always something to be done. Until you step into heaven there is more of His kingdom to be built.

I pray today that God will strengthen you to do more for Him; that God will reveal to you what to do each day; that you will step up to do what God has for you; that you will persevere through the struggle of continuing to do His work; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

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Revelation 2:14 False Teachings

“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.” Revelation 2:14

The next church Jesus speaks about is Pergamum. He tells them that they remain true to their faith in Him despite where they live. They lived in a city where a faithful witness was to put to death because of his witness of Jesus.

Although they would not deny Jesus at all, they still held to some false teachings. The false teachings of Balaam were ones that enticed the people to eat food sacrificed to idols and to commit sexual immorality.

All around there are many people who claim to be Christian and believe in Jesus for salvation, yet, still hold to the teachings of Balaam. Although there is no Balaam today, there is the same types of teachings.

Look at the movies, music, books and magazines of this world and you will see the teachings of Balaam. Today there is not real idols that people bow down to, but there are things that stand in the place of those idols of ancient times that people bow down to.

People bow down to things today in the insistence of having those items. Some people follow other people with a devoted following that is the same as idol worship. Many look down on other people who do not have the same status or things that they have…again, idol worship.

Along with the idolizing of things there is sexual immorality seen everywhere. How many movies are about a couple in a wrong type of relationship? How many songs are about wrong sexual actions?

Many Christians today will never directly deny Jesus, yet they will idolize music or a movie or a person. Many Christians will also have sexual immorality in their life or they will accept it in a movie or song. Too often these actions are looked at as just being human or a part of life.

As a believer in Jesus you must guard yourself against these types of thinking and actions. Do not allow yourself to be led by the teachings of Balaam in this world. Keep yourself pure from idol worship and all sexual immorality.

I pray that today God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to guide you; that God will guard you from false teachings; that you will not follow any false teachings; and that you will remain true to God in all that you say and do.

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Revelation 2:9 You Are Rich

“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.” Revelation 2:9

The second church that Jesus talks about is the church in Smyrna. He sees their afflictions and poverty, yet calls them rich.

Afflictions is another word for the problems and trials that people have. Everyone has some. Sometimes they have more, other times less, but always some.

Poverty is very common talk, even today. Jesus had said earlier that you would always have the poor among you.

In the USA there is constant talk about the level of poverty in the nation. Yet, people in America are among the richest people in the world…at least financially.

In the world’s eyes if you do not make a certain amount of money, own your own house, have the right car and dress the right way…you are poor. The people of this church may have fit that description. Yet, Jesus calls them rich.

If you have no money, don’t own your own house and have the newest car, how can you be rich? According to God being rich is not found in these temporary things. Remember that when you are going through troubles you are blessed. When you are blessed you are rich.

Your riches are found in having a direct relationship with God Himself. It is found in having eternal life. It is found in having a peace that passes understanding. It is found in knowing that God does care for you and loves you.

What can it do for you if you have physical riches, but do not have anything with God? God’s blessings are for eternity and cannot be destroyed by man in any way.

In the very next verse you are told not to be afraid and to continue to be faithful all the way unto death. The world lives in fear because they do not know what tomorrow holds. You know you have eternity with Jesus in your future. What better retirement plan could you get than that?

I pray today that God will open your eyes to how rich you are; that God will reward you for your faithfulness to Him; that you will remain strong in Jesus each day; and that you will be His witness to someone.

***If you have anything you would like me to agree with you in prayer please place a comment on my Prayer Request page. I will be sure to pray for you. May God bless you and keep you!

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Revelation 2:4 Forsaken Love

“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.” Revelation 2:4

Jesus starts to talk to John telling him things of the present and of the future. The beginning of His talk He talks about seven churches. The first is the church of Ephesus.

He gives them praise for their hard work and perseverance and stand against wicked people. They would make sure that anyone who claimed to be an apostle was actually one.

Then the hard news hits. He gives them the bad news that they have forsaken their first love. What is this first love? It is the love they had for God when they first started following Jesus.

How can someone lose that first love while still claiming to be a Christian? They know the words to speak; they attend church every time the doors are open; they wear a Christian t-shirt; and for all practical purposes they sounded like a good Christian.

Yet, in spite of all these good things they are doing, they do not have a true relationship with Jesus. There is no time spent in the Bible or in prayer or in true worship. They have lost their first love.

Think about a couple who are getting ready to get married in a few months. They cannot stand being away from each other. They know each others thoughts, likes and desires. Each one is their first love.

Later, too often, in the marriage the love dwindles done and their first love is lost. Many end up getting divorced because they are no longer in love with each other.

This same type of love can be found in your walk with Jesus. The church of Ephesus started with a bang, but then fizzled out.

Look at your own life. What gets you excited? What do you love to talk about? What is on the forefront of your mind?

Is the answer to all of these questions Jesus? Is your focus on God and His kingdom? Or is it on yourself and your own little kingdom?

Today, if you have lost your first love with Jesus, seek Him and get it back. If you have not lost that first love, keep it going. Stay in touch with Jesus all day, every day. Keep Him and His kingdom in the front of your mind and all that you do. May God not be able to say the same things to you as He did to the church of Ephesus.

I pray that today God will help you to renew your love for Him; that God will draw you closer to Him than ever before; that you will get excited to talk with and about Jesus; and that God will fill you with His joy in knowing Him.

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Revelation 1:18 The Living One

“I am the Living One; I was dead and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys to death and Hades.” Revelation 1:18

Jesus is speaking to John in this verse. He just finished telling John to not be afraid. Now He tells him that He is the Living One.

Only one person in all the history of mankind has died and rose from the dead on his own. That one person is Jesus.

He points out that He was dead and is now alive. There are some people who try to state that Jesus never really died. This then makes it even more amazing in that He would now be nearly 2,000 years old and still living.

Most try to say He never really rose from the dead. This also would be amazing because of the many people recorded who had seen Him after His death.

Along with being alive, Jesus is now alive for ever and ever. He will never die again.

Because Jesus had died and rose again, He alone holds the keys to death and Hades. Hades is the name of hell. What is the one thing that no man can overcome? It is death.

Many diseases have been overcome by men. As time goes along more and more cures are found for many diseases. But there is no cure for death.

Men dream about how to live forever. Movies are made all the time with a person living forever. Most people fight death all the way. Look at people with a sickness that will end in death. They are unable to do anything and are in severe pain, yet they still cling to life.

You are made to live. God did not create you to die. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were created to live forever. That was the case till sin entered their hearts.

How can this help you today? If Jesus has power over death, which is the one thing no man can overcome, does He not have power over everything else?

Your trials and tribulations that you are going through are nothing compared to death. Look to Jesus for strength and wisdom. He knows how to deal with every situation in your life. Remember: He beat death at its own game.

Jesus came to give life and life abundantly. Seek the Living One–Jesus for that life. See the hope and future you have in Jesus of life for ever and ever.

I pray today that God will reveal the life He has for you; that you will grasp the life He has for you; that God will remove the fears you have; that you will follow Jesus daily; and that God will give you life for ever and ever.

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Revelation 1:17 The Right Fear

“When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.” Revelation 1:17

John is alone on the island of Patmos. He was there as a prisoner because of his following Jesus. Suddenly he hears someone speaking to him.

He turns around and sees someone. The description of the person is an out of this world type description. This person’s eyes were like a blazing fire, his voice of rushing waters and his mouth had a double-edged sword.

This is a picture of someone very powerful. John passes out immediately in fear.

This person then touches him with his right hand and says “do not be afraid”. This was Jesus Himself.

Jesus describes Himself as the First and the Last. This can be the first Adam and the last Adam. Jesus was before Adam ever was since He is God and created everything. He is also the last Adam in that He rose from the dead and gives new life to everyone.

The interesting thing is how John originally reacted to seeing Jesus–he fell at his feet as though dead–he passed out in fear.

Many people treat God as just another person. How many times have you heard of God being called the “man upstairs”? Those who do not really serve Jesus will just call Him a good prophet or a good teacher.

Even many Christian believers see Jesus as just their “buddy” or “best friend”. Often He is not seen as God, the One in control.

John saw Jesus in His power. Jesus has the power to destroy everyone and everything. John probably also realized how sinful he was before a perfect God.

Often believers look at their sins as just a part of who they are. It is very lightly looked at. They do not realize the impact of their sin–death. They do not realize how much God hates sin and how worthy He is to destroy them because of sin.

This is where John passes out.

Although Jesus is perfect and has the authority to destroy you because of your sin, He does not do so. Jesus wants to have a relationship with you. He places His right hand upon you of fellowship and love.

Today, take a real look at Jesus. Realize who He really is and what He can do. Also realize what Jesus wants to do in your life. Do not see Jesus as just a good teacher, see Him as God Almighty. But do not fear. He also loves you.

I pray that today Jesus will give you a vision of who He is; that Jesus will reveal His love for you; that you will know the fellowship you can have with Jesus; and that you will show a respectful, right fear of God.

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