Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
(Revelation 3:6 (NIV))
When John wrote down what he had been told to record in what we now know as the book of Revelation, he was given several messages for the churches. Each of the seven churches mentioned can be equated to an historical period, plus they can be equated to the conditions of almost any church that is in existence today. Each of the churches received a specific message that told them what they were doing right and what they were doing wrong.
How do you think these messages were received by the different churches?
How do you think these messages were received by the individual members of the different churches?
Now, imagine that you heard the following messages about your relationship with Jesus. How would you react?
You are dead. Wake up!
I am about to spit you out of my mouth!
I hold your sexual immorality against you!
Not very pleasant. Would you take it to heart and repent or would you go off in a huff because you got your feelings hurt? I have a little tidbit of information that you may want to consider. If it hurts your feelings, there is probably some truth to what you are hearing! Think about that from your experiences with different churches and pastors. Perhaps it was a passage of scripture that caused your feelings to be hurt. Whatever the situation may have been, remember the following.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
(Hebrews 4:12 (NIV))
God’s Word is not a sugar coated, feel good type of message. Truth can hurt. Are you willing to hear the truth even if it hurts your feelings? Are you willing to repent if the truth requires it?
What are you hearing from the Spirit?