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“Revelation Chapter Two” Take heart by praying in the Holy Spirit of Truth to give you His wisdom

UNTO THE angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And has borne, and has patience, and for my name’s sake has laboured, and has not fainted.  Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.  Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.  But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.  HE THAT HATH AN EAR, LET HIM HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT SAITH UNTO THE CHURCHES; TO HIM THAT OVERCOMETH WILL I GIVE TO EAT OF THE TREE OF LIFE, WHICH IS IN THE MIDST OF THE PARADISE OF GOD. 

And unto the angel of the church of Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.  Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.  HE THAT HATH AN EAR, LET HIM HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT SAITH UNTO THE CHURCHES; HE THAT OVERCOMETH SHALL NOT BE HURT OF THE SECOND DEATH.  And to the angel of the church of Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

But I have a few things against thee because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit fornication.  So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.  REPENT; OR ELSE I WILL COME QUICKLY, AND WILL FIGHT AGAINST THEM WITH THE SWORD OF MY  MOUTH.  HE THAT HATH AN EAR, LET HIM HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT SAITH UNTO THE CHURCHES; TO HIM THAT OVERCOMETH WILL I GIVE TO EAT OF THE HIDDEN MANNA, AND WILL GIVE HIM A WHITE STONE, AND IN THE STONE A NEW NAME WRITTEN, WHICH NO MAN KNOWETH SAVING HE THAT RECEIVETH IT.  And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works, and the last to be more than the first.  NOTWITHSTANDING I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things that are sacrificed unto idols.  And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.  Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into GREAT TRIBULATION, except they that repent of their deeds.  And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.  But unto you I say, and unto the rest of Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.  BUT THAT WHICH YE HAVE ALREADY HOLD FAST TILL I COME.  AND HE THAT OVERCOMETH, AND KEEPETH MY WORKS UNTO THE END, TO HIM WILL I GIVE POWER OVER THE NATIONS: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.  And I will give him the morning star.  HE THAT HATH AN EAR, LET HIM HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT SAITH UNTO THE CHURCHES.

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“The Revelation of St. John the Divine” Pray in the Spirit for wisdom and take heart chapter one

Chapter 1:1-20 THE REVELATION of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ and of all things that he saw.  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.  John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.  Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be the glory and dominion for ever and ever.  Amen.

BEHOLD, HE COMETH WITH CLOUDS; AND EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIM, AND THEY ALSO WHICH PIERCED HIM, AND ALL KINDREDS OF THE EARTH SHALL WAIL BECAUSE OF HIM.  EVEN SO.  AMEN.  I AM  ALPHA AND OMEGA, THE BEGINNING AND THE ENDING, SAITH THE LORD, WHICH IS, WHICH WAS, AND WHICH IS TO COME, THE ALMIGHTY.  I, John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I AM ALPHA AND OMEGA, THE FIRST AND THE LAST: AND, WHAT THOU SEEST, WRITE IN A BOOK, AND SEND IT UNTO THE SEVEN CHURCHES WHICH ARE IN ASIA; UNTO EPHESUS, AND UNTO SMYRNA, AND UNTO PERGAMOS, AND UNTO THYATIRA, AND UNTO SARDIS, AND UNTO PHILADELPHIA, AND UNTO LAODICEA.  

And I turned to see the voice that spake with me.  And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.  His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his  eyes were as a flame of fire;  And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.  And he had in his right hand seven stars; and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.  And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead.  And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, FEAR NOT; I AM THE FIRST AND THE LAST: I AM HE THAT LIVETH, AND WAS DEAD; AND BEHOLD, I AM ALIVE FOR EVERMORE, AMEN; AND HAVE THE KEYS OF HELL AND OF DEATH.  WRITE THE THINGS WHICH THOU HAST SEEN, AND THE THINGS WHICH ARE, AND THE THINGS WHICH SHALL BE HEREAFTER; THE MYSTERY OF THE SEVEN STARS WHICH THOU SAWEST IN MY RIGHT HAND, AND THE SEVEN GOLDEN CANDLESTICKS.  THE SEVEN STARS ARE THE ANGELS OF THE SEVEN CHURCHES; AND THE SEVEN CANDLESTICKS WHICH THOU SAWEST ARE THE SEVEN CHURCHES.

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Loving Others Fulfills The Law: Listen to Jesus and take heart in Matthew 22:35-40

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Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?”  JESUS SAID TO HIM, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.  THIS IS THE FIRST AND GREAT COMMANDMENT.  AND THE SECOND IS LIKE IT:’YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’  ON THESE TWO COMMANDMENTS HANG ALL THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS.”  When Jesus was speaking about this it is clear that He speaking about love because when you love the Lord with everything in you and you love your neighbor as yourself you will not do him or her harm and if you do sin against the Lord and your neighbor, if you have love in your heart then you will feel remorse and seek forgiveness and restitution.  Take heart these truths regarding…

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“An appeal for unity” Brethren listen to these words regarding the same mind of Christ without divisions

1 Corinthians 1:3-10 Grace be to unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.  I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:  So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  NOW I BESEECH YOU, BRETHREN, BY THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, THAT YE ALL SPEAK THE SAME THING, AND THAT THERE BE NO DIVISIONS AMONG YOU; BUT THAT YE BE PERFECTLY JOINED TOGETHER IN THE SAME MIND AND IN THE SAME JUDGMENT.  

The Lord has spoken to my heart to read these verses and share with you my fellow believers in the faith of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior regarding our mind being unified without division.  We, who are in the body of Christ have the Holy Spirit of Truth and thus, we have not our own opinions of the meaning but rather Truth in all understanding and knowledge of Christ being the same.  Take heart these truths in Corinthians 2:10-16 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him?  even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:  for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.  FOR WHO HATH KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE MAY INSTRUCT HIM?  BUT WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST.

Now realize that this is speaking of judging THINGS not condemning people.  We also need to have discernment which is sound judgment regarding people and situations which is NOT CONDEMNING but rather judging what is right or wrong in order to stay away from being led down a path of destruction.  Proverbs 3:21 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:  2 Timothy 1:7-10 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

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“Walking In Love, Light, and Wisdom” Being followers of God as His dear children, Ephesians 5:1-21

Therefore be followers of God as dear children.  And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.  But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving thanks.  For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.  Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.  Therefore do not be partakers with them.  For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Walk as children of the light.  For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth, proving what is acceptable to the Lord.  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.  For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.  But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.  Therefore He says: “AWAKE, YOU WHO SLEEP, ARISE FROM THE DEAD, AND CHRIST WILL GIVE YOU LIGHT.”  

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.  And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.

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“The Lord’s healing and revival of those who have a contrite heart” Isaiah 57:14-21

And one shall say, “Heap it up!  Heap it up!  Prepare the way, Take the stumbling block out of the way of My people.”  For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.  For I will not contend forever, Nor will I always be angry; For the spirit would fail before Me, And the souls which I have made.  For the iniquity of his covetousness I hid and was angry, And he went on backsliding in the way of his heart.  I have seen his ways, and will heal him; I will also lead him, And restore comforts to him And to his mourners.  I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,” Says the Lord.  “But the wicked are like the troubled sea, When it cannot rest, Whose waters cast up mire and dirt.”

Our sinful nature is a stumbling block to all people including the saints, however we who are born again in the name of Jesus have the Holy Spirit of Truth who guides us in the Lord’s righteousness.  One thing I realize is how I don’t want to sin against God and hate my sinful nature.  But I realize that at times I do sin and need to repent and confess it to God in the name of Jesus seeking forgiveness.  The devil tries to trick me at times by saying how can I be saved since I sin at times?  The Holy Spirit of Truth always brings me to His Truth in God’s Word and in my heart to know that I am saved by the Grace of God and not of myself or works.  This just happened to me the other day with regard to myself and at times I focus on myself instead of the Lord and this I hate which is my selfish and sinful ways.  God comforted me in my heart with His Word and guided me to read these verses and share with you for encouragement in the Lord.  Because of God I have a contrite and humble spirit and heart as I am sad for when I grieve Him with sin.  

These words bring such comfort to my heart and realize that God has mercy on me and all the saints who love His Son Christ Jesus.  Take comfort in these words dear brethren in Philippians 1:2-11 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace.  For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.  And this, I pray that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

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Loving Others Fulfills The Law: Listen to Jesus and take heart in Matthew 22:35-40

Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?”  JESUS SAID TO HIM, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.  THIS IS THE FIRST AND GREAT COMMANDMENT.  AND THE SECOND IS LIKE IT:’YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’  ON THESE TWO COMMANDMENTS HANG ALL THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS.”  When Jesus was speaking about this it is clear that He speaking about love because when you love the Lord with everything in you and you love your neighbor as yourself you will not do him or her harm and if you do sin against the Lord and your neighbor, if you have love in your heart then you will feel remorse and seek forgiveness and restitution.  Take heart these truths regarding love in Romans 13:8-10 Own no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.  For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,”  “You shall not murder,”  “You shall not steal,”  “You shall not bear false witness,”  “You shall not covet,”  and if there is any other commandment, all are summed up in this saying namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Wow! These are so powerful but yet so encouraging at the same time.  We don’t have to be perfect, but what we need to do is love our heavenly Father first with all of our heart, soul, and mind, then love our neighbor as our-self so we will do our best not to sin against God and others, but knowing that if we confess our sins before the Lord He will forgive us and purify us of all unrighteousness and seek forgiveness of others also and do forgive as well when others do this against us.  God’s love is  so amazing and powerful.  Let us rejoice in His perfect love and strive to be like Jesus by putting on Christ as it says in Romans 13:11-14  And do this, knowing the time, that now it  is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.  The night is  far spent, the day is at hand.  Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.  Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkeness, not in licentiousness and lewdness, not in strife and envy.  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

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“The Lord’s Rebuke”

The Lord spoke to my heart with regard to myself unto these things from which I have not repented in my mind and heart.  God said to me, “Why do you mourn greatly for those who persecute you or cause you pain?  Therefore, do you need to mourn and wail also unto Me for your sin you have committed against Me alone?  Turn your laughter into mourning; humble your heart before Me and watch what I will do.  Mourn greatly for the sins you commit against Me.  For this is the heart of poor in spirit and I your Lord will faithfully heal you completely.  You will rejoice in My love as I alone heal your broken heart.