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January 3rd, 2016

The Faithful Church

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Written by: Gene

As these End Times seem to be quickly upon us, I feel compelled to look at The Seven Letters to The Seven Churches as written in the Book of Revelation.

The point of this, is strictly for personal evaluation, but I may reflect on the actions and reactions of others to keep me focused.

The letters, were written not as a way to point out the wrongs of others, but for the believer (those who call themselves christians) to make sure their lives are on the up and up when it comes to their walk with Jesus.

The sixth letter is to what God refers to as “The Faithful Church…”

Revelation 3:7-13

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”: “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11 Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name. 13 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’

As I read this, I am reminded of Matthew 25:1-13 which is the Parable of The Wise and Foolish Virgins. Sometimes when we hear the term “virgin” the carnal side of us would consider a virgin as to being not very “street smart.” But, when you look at the word from God’s point of view, to be a virgin is to be undefiled and pure. That means when you choose to defile yourself and cause yourself to be impure, you are not becoming “street smart” but you are becoming spiritually stupid.

Jesus starts off this letter, reminding us that He is the all knowing provider, and that all He expects from us is that we “have a little strength.” This is the basic theme of Scripture, and it tells us that God’s ways are perfect and our ways are like used up toilet paper. We can never “earn” our way into God’s presence, except by way of Jesus Christ.

All through the New Testament, we read of accounts of people rising up in churches and saying that you must perform some kind of act (or abstain from some kind of thing) to be saved. If the Word says that we are saved by grace and not works, then we know that these kind of teachings step out of the provision of Jesus and into our own self boasting (or as Scripture refers, the Spirit of Anti-Christ).

You see, to remain pure and undefiled is to maintain that you can do nothing to be saved, other than realize that you can do nothing to be saved and that you need the Grace and Mercy that Jesus offers. Is this a liscence to just sin all you want? No it isn’t, because Jesus is not saving us to sin all we want, but that sin would no longer be our master (Romans Chapters 5-8).

I really love my Lord, and daily I look for ways not to gain His love, but for ways to show Him that I love Him. I hate it when I fail Him, and it tears me up inside. It seems that every effort I put fourth to give Him pleasure, it all messed up when I am done with it.

It is like Mary and I building this cabin. I got a vision for this cabin long ago, and have built it several times in my dreams. I knew things about this build (like the roof rafter angles were 15 degree cuts), before I purchased the first 2×4. Mary on the other hand, had only a little idea about what we are doing.

She has had to submit to my vision, and follow my instructions. She looks at the flaws and mistakes and Satan would have her think that she is failing me, but she isn’t failing me when she follows my lead. I give her direction as we go because I don’t want to overwhelm her. When she points out errors, my response is, “Don’t worry baby, it is perfect to me, and if anyone see our flaws I will remind them that this is not their cabin. And I would challenge them to do the same with their spouse.”

I don’t care that she has no experience, I care that we are doing this together. There is no greater thing to me…

That is the heart of Jesus. He isn’t as concerned about making a cabin that is perfect, but He relishes the time that we spend together building it. It is all about me and Him, spending time together as he teaches me how to do things that I have never done before.

Those who would come and point out my flaws are really mocking my relationship with Jesus. He loves me and accepts me. He doesn’t want me distracted by the rules and directions of others, but He wants me to stay focused on Him, His Words and the things that we are doing/building together.

He warns me to not allow those who think they can build a better cabin (life) by works that are outside of Him. He even says that when our cabin is done, they will stand (and even bow down) in awe of what we had together. He lifts me up when I obey His lead and ignore the rules of this world, because the carnal ways of the world are worthless to Him.

That is what the foolish virgins forgot to do. They didn’t maintain the direction of the Holy Spirit (oil in their lamps), and somewhere along their walk they got distracted and fell asleep. They didn’t stay diligent to the end, and they missed out on the wedding.

Me? I look forward to the wedding feast of The Lamb, and I want to bare the Name of God and hold the Keys to His Kingdom (that we built together).

When people hear about the cabin Mary and I are building, they are more in awe that a married couple is doing this together without killing each other. When Mary follows my lead, people praise her for doing something that they never thought she could do. There is a Eternal Spiritual Principle there that when translated to our relationship with Jesus Christ, will keep us safe and protected forever.

My desire is to be as good a husband to Mary as Jesus is to me, and I strive to be as good a bride to Jesus as Mary is to me.

Lord God, I know that You love me flaws and all…
Lord I know that You don’t see my flaws when I walk in Your Grace and Mercy…
Lord I want to follow Your lead and honor Your Words…
Lord please forgive my sins, for I have renounced them their command over me…
Lord keep me close and lift me up…

For You Lord Jesus, are my sole provider and protector, my one love, my only hope, and my overwhelming desire.

About the Author

A husband to an awesome wife, father to 3 beautiful girls, step-father to a beautiful girl and smart son. Preacher, Designer and best of all a Servant to a loving and gracious God.

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