Journal Entries
Every weekday you will find a journal entry here from someone different in our church family. 
 
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Revelation_12

Scripture

Revelation 12:3 

Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads.

Observation – What does it say?

 The “great and wondrous” spectacle of verse one is quickly interrupted by another ominous spectacle.  The scene is heaven and is meant to showcase the believing Messianic community and the twelve tribes of Israel.  War ensues on an epic scale starting in heaven then violently making its way to earth.  Defeated in heaven the devil and his angels persecute the Church; trying in vain to destroy her.  Finally they renew their war against her seed. 

Understanding – What does it mean?

It wasn’t long after my conversion to Christ that I realized the “honeymoon” was over.  I was joyously introduced to the trinity; Our Father in heaven, Christ the Risen Lord and the indwelling Holy Spirit.  I was a new creation in Christ created in Him to do good works.  I was more than a conqueror in Christ and I was filled with the Holy Ghost.  My true identity, which had been cloaked in sin, was coming into view.  It wasn’t long before I was confronted by a raging enemy, diametrically opposed to the plan of God for my life.   Satan, the world and the flesh make up what I call the “counterfeit trinity”.

Satan means “adversary” in Hebrew.  Tradition holds he was once an angelic being who rebelled against God and was cast down to earth, along with a third of the heavenly host.  Together they parade around like an angel of light attacking believers in warlike fashion.  Though we use the English words “earth” and “world” interchangeably, the bible differentiates: earth is the planet we live on and world is the order of all things that we live in.  Adam’s sin brought death into his world – into our world.  Satan manipulates earthly systems to breed death into the people of God.  In America there is a strategy to remove any and all references to the God of the bible from government establishments, e.g. the Ten Commandments. By flesh I mean our sin nature.  “Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires (Eph 6).   Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation, the old has gone, the new is here” (Rom. 6:6). The reality of our new status still comes under attack from within.  For example, try a biblical fast and see if you get any pushback.

Though the actual word is not used in the Bible, the truth of God revealing Himself in three persons is included.  The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all called God, given worship as God, exist eternally, and are involved in doing things only God could do.  Although, God reveals Himself in three persons, God is One and cannot be divided.  All are involved completely whenever One of the Three is active. AW Tozer.

 

Life Application

Every day is a gift.  The Bible is clear; no man can serve two masters.  If my day is lived out submitted to Christ, I serve Him and his plans for my life. That being said, the safest place for me on this entire planet is at the center of God’s will.   Otherwise, I risk choosing a system that is overseen by a corrupt and created being and whose final destruction is eminent. His time is short.  Those whose identity is in Christ will overcome this “counterfeit trinity” by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.   

– Warren Vivian

 

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Revelation_11

Scripture

Revelation 11: 16-17

16 And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying:

“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.

Observation

Revelation continues to speak of the vision of the end times – of death through attacks and destruction through earthquakes. [Sounds a bit familiar doesn’t it?]

What struck me is, in all of this, the posture of the elders – they “fell on their faces and worshiped God,” giving thanks.

Understanding

It struck me this week – in meeting with a friend and accountability partner, in attending the Grateful Gatherings, in reading and just in living out my life…that gratitude is the posture we must find and take in ALL situations.

In my own life, I’ve recently been less thankful and more regretful, shameful, doubtful, etc. But I recognized that all these things are self-centered, selfish and take my eyes, heart and energy away from what I’ve been created and placed here on this earth to do. And the shift from being inward focused to outward focused often is as simple as taking time to be grateful. Gratitude brings healing, wholeness, positive perspective, optimism, etc.

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. – Colossians 3:16

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. – Colossians 3:15

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. – Colossians 4:2

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe… – Hebrews 12:28

…always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

– Ephesians 5:20

Life Application

As Christians, we are called to a life of gratitude. I’ve gone through phases in my life where I’ve had the discipline of taking account of what I’m most grateful for each morning and/or each night. Time to get back to that. Giving myself some homework as we enter into Thanksgiving week.

God, thank you for the gentle reminder to live life from a place of gratitude. Regardless of circumstance, there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for! Help me to take this to heart as I go throughout today.  Open my eyes and heart to see all the blessings – big and small – and to turn them back to you for your glory and honor. 

With a thankful heart, I pray, Amen.

– Rei

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Revelation_10

Scripture

Revelation 10:10 

I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and in my mouth it was sweet as honey; and when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter. 

Observation

In this chapter, John sees a strong angel that comes with a little book.  The angel announces what is coming in the near future for those who follow christ, suffering and martyrdom (vs. 6).  John is then directed to take the book from the angel and eat it.  The book is sweet in his mouth (this is the gospel), but turns bitter in his stomach (this is the reality of suffering for christ).  John is then directed to go preach this message of the sweet and bitter.     

Understanding

God does not promise that this life will be easy.  But he does promise to be our king.  And we also know that once we get past this life, our suffering will be gone for eternity.

Life here on earth can be down right scary at times.  It seems as though we live in a world convinced that we are all going to die at any second.  Take cars for instance, what once was a simple mode of transportation that had four wheels, two bench seats, and could hold from for to twenty people, is now a highly designed piece of equipment with computers and sensors and automatic brakes.  Even my airbags have airbags.  Everything is regulated in the name of safety.

As a kid I had the belief that everything was going to be alright because God was on my side.  He was my safety regulation.  But then one day, that bubble of safety is blown apart when life happens.  Your parents get divorced, your grandmother has cancer, and there isn’t enough money to make rent at times.  On top of all that, God wants us to share his love with the world who doesn’t want to hear it, but needs it so badly.  It’s enough to make me want to crawl under a rock for the rest of my life.

  Ultimately, I know that someday all of the pain from this life is going to end.  I will get to experience being made to feel complete, lacking in nothing, content in God’s presence.  God tells us that, until that day, he will be there for us.  We will not be overtaken (Isaiah 43:1-2) and we will be given a way out when tempted (I Corinthians 10:13).  We just need to hold tight to God in the mean time.

Life application

I need your strength, Jesus, to share Your love.

Jesus, help me to overcome the fear of this world in order to share the most important message of all.  Give me eyes that see in the light of eternity.  Most of all, give me the right words at the right time.
 
– Tyler Galloway
 
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Revelation_9

 
Scripture
 
Revelation‬ ‭9:20-21‬ ‭NIV‬‬
 
“The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.”
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Observation-What does it say?
 
We have been reading about and studying John’s visions through the 7 trumpet judgments. In this chapter, we are at the 5th and 6th trumpet judgments. The last 3 trumpets refer to the 3 woes, so this chapter starts the first 2 of those 3 woes. Woe means great sorrow or distress (New Oxford American dictionary). In the 5th trumpet judgment, a star from Heaven fell (star is symbolically referring to an Angel) and was given the key to the bottomless pit. The abyss opened, and released smoke and locustlike creatures. During the 6th trumpet judgment, a voice from the altar released 4 Angels bound at the Euphrates and 1/3 of mankind was killed by 200 million horses and riders with lion’s heads, and fire, smoke and sulphur coming out of their mouths and tails like snakes. (Vss. 16-19) (Source: notes from Pastor Parker’s HL Revelation class).  Even through all of this destruction, mankind still hardened their hearts and would not repent to the Lord.
 
Understanding-What does it mean?
 
People choose their fate. We reap what we sow. If we choose the flesh, from the flesh we will reap destruction. If we sow to please the Spirit, we will reap eternal life.
 
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:7-8‬ ‭NIV‬‬
 
It’s easy to want to feel sorry for people who are at the hands of a holy, angry and just God, BUT, those people have chosen their fate. If 5 months of torture and wishing to die even though you can’t (Revelation 9:6) and witnessing a 3rd of mankind eliminated (Revelation 9:15) does not cause men/women to repent and turn to the Lord, I don’t know what will. Jesus gives us free will to choose because He loves us. He doesn’t force people to love Him or live in eternity with Him. It just boggles my mind how people still refuse to repent after seeing all of that destruction. I don’t want to go into the debate of predestination vs. free will, but what I do know is that the people who harden their hearts toward the Lord are bound for destruction. They’ve continued to choose to live in the flesh instead of in the Spirit.
 
Life Application
 
Do not give up in praying for unbelievers and sharing our faith even though it seems like people’s hearts have hardened towards God.
 
I’m speaking to myself as well when I say we cannot give up despite the hardened hearts. It’s frustrating when people we pray for and share the Gospel with mock us, turn us away and refuse to accept the Good News. It’s very discouraging. But we cannot give up. Among the hardened hearts are softened hearts that are ready to hear and receive Him today.
 
Dear Jesus, please help us to focus more on the wins instead of the fails of evangelism. We pray for all the hearts that are ready to receive Your message of love, grace and eternity today and we pray that we would not give up in praying for and reaching out in faith the world you came and shed Your blood on the cross for. Amen.
 
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-Michelle Gaddi 


Revelation_8

Scripture
 
Revelation‬ ‭8:13‬ ‭ERV
 
“While I watched, I heard an eagle that was flying high in the air. The eagle said in a loud voice, “Terrible! Terrible! How terrible for those who live on the earth! The terrible trouble will begin after the sounds of the trumpets that the other three angels will blow.”
 
ObservationWhat does it say?
 
In this chapter, the seventh seal from John’s revelation is revealed. The opening of the seventh seal reveals the appearance of seven angels with seven trumpets. When the first angel sounds his trumpet, hail, fire, and blood come hurling down to earth, burning up a third of the earth’s trees and grass. When the second trumpet from the second angel sounds, something like a huge mountain gets thrown into the sea, killing a third of the living sea creatures and ships, and turning a third of the sea into blood. The third trumpet being sounded will cause a great star to fall from the sky and land on a third of the rivers, and contaminating a third of the earth’s water supply. Then when the fourth trumpet is sounded a third of the sun, moon, and stars are struck, turning them dark. This causes a third of the day and night to be without light. It’s then in John’s vision that he hears an eagle call out “Woe! Woe! Woe to the people of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!”
 
UnderstandingWhat does it mean?
 
Just when you think it can’t get any worse…
 
John’s vision from God is a pretty scary thought. With all those calamities just from the first four trumpets being sounded, and then an eagle flying by pretty much saying “you ain’t seen nothing yet folks!” I don’t want to imagine what it would be like living on earth during these times. I mean it sounds like the weather is going to be really cold and dark, and food and water are going to begin to be really scarce. It’s a really scary thought for anyone who is left behind during the rapture. Something a person shouldn’t wish on anyone! But the good news is we still have time. We don’t know how much time we have left, but I think it’s best we better take advantage of what time we do have. Time to tell our family and friends the good news of the gospel of Christ. Time to share to anyone and everyone. The signs are upon us that time is counting down towards the end. We should take the Marine Corps attitude that we “leave no man behind.”
 
“And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.”
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Matthew‬ ‭24:6-8‬ ‭NLT‬‬
 
Life Application
 
Like a good boy scout, I must be prepared.
 
“A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. But what if the servant is evil and thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’ and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut the servant to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭24:45-51‬ ‭NLT‬‬
 
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-Moses Gaddi


Revelation_7

Scripture

Revelation 7:11-12 

 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures.  They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: Amen! Praise and Glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever.   Amen!

Observation – What does it say?

Chapter seven presents two spectacular visions in between the opening of the sixth and seventh seals (or judgments).  Picture mighty Angels, all the tribes of Israel, multitudes from every nation, and the twenty four elders of chapter four all positioned around the throne of God worshiping the Lamb of God.  The scene is anything but quiet. The verse I chose lists seven (a number associated with perfection) attributes expressing complete or perfect praise.   

Understanding – What does it mean?

 A couple years after the 1994 earthquake that struck Southern California Jack Hayford, founding pastor of the Church on the Way, delivered a series of messages that later became the substance of a book titled “E Quake, earth’s last and greatest cataclysm.” The horror of that early morning upheaval was still fresh in the congregants mind; the epicenter, after all, was only a few miles away. My house was also near the epicenter and my in-laws lost their home to a fire started by the earthquake.  I felt a host of feelings that morning but I confess that HOPE was not one of them.  That is precisely what caught my attention, and I quote, “One of the essential principles to unlocking the hope of Revelation is worship …”

“The book of Revelation is the newspaper of tomorrow but it is also a handbook for today.  It forecasts a series of terrible and terrifying events, but at the same time it provides a perspective that on the whole affords us with a very practical hope.”  To avoid getting sucked into the speculative and the superficial excitement surrounding Revelation Pastor Hayford points the reader to the substantial.  Don’t focus on the mind numbing visions without first fixing your eyes on the Vision Giver. 

 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands,  and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest.  The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.  His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters.  In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead Revelation 1:12-17

Hear his voice, observe his garments, just try and look fully upon his Shekinah glory, fix your eyes on his, and witness his authority over all adversaries.  It’s no wonder the apostle John found himself in a position of abject worship; prostrate before the Almighty One. To live in California is to live under the specter of the “BIG ONE.”   Seismologists suggest an impending 7 plus quake with a devastation level beyond imagination.  Revelation predicts events that will disintegrate life as we know it on earth.  I can’t think of a better reason to join in with the host of heaven as they continually worship the King.

Life Application

Father, my worship is far from perfect.  I have lost the edge that was once bold and loud, i.e., purposeful and demonstrative.  I am not called to be loud and obnoxious but I am called to passion and perseverance.  To whom should I turn Lord?  All hope is found in You.  You have the words of eternal life.  There is none like you in heaven or on earth.  Salvation belongs to you God for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. Amen.  

-Warren Vivian

 

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Revelation_6

Scripture

Revelation 6:15-17

15 Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16 They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide usf] from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of theirg]wrath has come, and who can withstand it?”

Observation

In Revelation 5:1, it reads “Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals.”
 
Now, Chapter 6 is the opening of the seals – 1st-4th (vs 1-8), 5th (9-11), then the 6th (12-17).

I had challenges pulling anything out of the actual scripture but the commentary was helpful to me in getting a sense of what was meant by all this…

When the sixth seal was opened, there was a great earthquake. The foundations of churches and states would be terribly shaken. Such bold figurative descriptions of great changes abound in the prophecies of Scripture; for these events are emblems, and declare the end of the world and the day of judgment. Dread and terror would seize on all sorts of men. Neither grandeur, riches, valour, nor strength, can support men at that time. They would be glad to be no more seen; yea, to have no longer any being. Though Christ be a Lamb, he can be angry, and the wrath of the Lamb is exceedingly dreadful; for if the Redeemer himself, who appeases the wrath of God, be our enemy, where shall we find a friend to plead for us? As men have their day of opportunity, and their seasons of grace, so God has his day of righteous wrath. It seems that the overthrow of the paganism of the Roman empire is here meant. The idolaters are described as hiding themselves in their dens and secret caves, and vainly seeking to escape ruin. In such a day, when the signs of the times show those who believe in God’s word, that the King of kings is approaching, Christians are called to a decided course, and to a bold confession of Christ and his truth before their fellowmen. Whatever they may have to endure, the short contempt of man is to be borne, rather than that shame which is everlasting.

[Source: http://www.christianity.com/bible/commentary.php?com=mhc&b=66&c=6]

Understanding

Christians are called to a decided course, and to a bold confession of Christ and his truth before their fellowmen. Whatever they may have to endure, the short contempt of man is to be borne, rather than that shame which is everlasting.

As I shared yesterday, my faith has been tested recently; but I’m reminded that I am called to a “decided course…a bold
confession.”  That the “contempt” is short, but the impact everlasting.  So I get to choose.  To allow the temporary circumstances of today shape my confession – whether changing it or making it bolder or quieter.  But, in choosing, it’s important to remember the consequences have potential to affect other people’s eternity. 
 
If I believe I’m called to be God’s hands and feet in the world, that I’m made for missions and to be used by God to “go” [Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit], how I choose to walk forward from this moment will affect something greater, something larger than just me. 

Life Application

God, thank you for making yourself real to me, even in my doubt.  Thank you for reminding me that you see me, know me and love me…that you’ve called me to do great things in your name. 

Embolden my confession, give me strength, build my faith…all that you may be glorified.  Help me to see the ways I can be your hands and feet in the world today and set right in my mind where you would have me go from here. 

Thank you for the family that you’ve placed me in.  Bless those who have prayed for me and loved on me, even as I’ve tried to isolate.  May their investment be returned ten-fold.  And help me to keep my eyes open to see where I can invest in those who may be struggling as well. 

In your name, I pray. Amen!

– Rei

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Revelation_5

Scripture

Revelation 5:9

And they sang a new song , saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and break it’s seals; for you were slain, and purchased for God with your blood men from every tribe and tongue and nation

Observation

In chapter four, John talks about God as the creator of the universe.  In chapter fiver, he talks about Him as the redeemer.  He describes Him as a lion, strong and fearless, whose anger is both frightening and destructive.  The lion, our king, is the only one who can overcome the seven seals. 

Understanding

Our redeemer is worthy to be praised in truth.

What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.  -A.W. Tozer

I want to think of God as he ought to be thought of.  Which I think encompasses so many things all at once, that it is nearly impossible to comprehend.  God is all at once loving, forgiving, compassionate, jealous, full of wrath and justice.  All things that make him perfect. 

When I think of God on a day to day basis, I have the flaw of thinking of Him as more of a repair man.  The person I call, when I have exhausted my knowledge and skill, and have completely fouled up whatever it is I am trying to fix.  Essentially, a last resort.

However, I need to be thinking of God in much higher terms.  He is the one who not only created the world, but He can also make it complete and new.  A repair man does not make my plumbing new, he only fixes the hole that he finds.  God sees the hole in our life, and buys us a whole new house. 

When we praise, it helps us to bring our focus back to who  God is.  But it is imperative to think of God in the truth of who he is.  Not only as our creator, but also as our redeemer.

Life application

When I lose focus on you, help me to bring it back to your truth.  I want to have my life be defined as a life of worship to you.  I love you my redeemer.
 
– Tyler Galloway
 
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Revelation_4

 
 
Scripture
 
Revelation‬ ‭4:8-11‬ ‭NIV‬‬
 
”Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “ ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.” Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.””
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Observation-What does it say?
 
The book of Revelation was written in a four fold type of communication (God, Jesus, the Angel and John). It was to reveal what would soon take place. Although John wrote it with his hand, he was essentially the secretary who wrote down everything that was communicated to him through visions and prophecies. In this chapter, the throne in Heaven is revealed to John and all that can be seen is praise and worship to Jesus. First there are 4 living creatures who are singing, then 24 elders, then both, then an innumerable host of angels, then a universal worship of the lamb of God!
 
(Source: Notes from Pastor Parker’s Revelation class in Higher Learning.)
 
Understanding-What does it mean?
 
The one thing we can be sure of in eternity is that unending praise and worship will erupt to the One who sits on the throne, which is Jesus Christ, our Lord, Savior and King!
 
Imagine John’s wonder and amazement of being given the privilege and honor to see a chorus in Heaven shouting their unending praises to Jesus…it’s purely out of awe for who Christ is and because He alone is worthy. That must have been so humbling and overwhelming which is how I would’ve felt (in a good way), yet the most beautiful sight and powerful sound because it’s worship at its best with Jesus sitting on His rightful throne to top it off! Truly amazing!!
 
Life Application
 
If we were to picture Jesus sitting on His throne, how would that change the way we worship Him today?
 
When we speak about worship, we are not only talking about on stage worship or in the congregation worship, although that’s part of it. We are talking about our worship in our everyday going about at work, in our marriages, with our children, in our relationships, in the way we spend our time and money, in the way we share our faith?
 
Let’s always be in a mindset of worship, prayer and praise because as the 4 living creatures, 24 elders and hosts of angels taught us in this chapter, He is worthy of it 24-7.
 
We give You honor and praise Jesus for the pure fact that You alone are worthy of all of it! Amen.
 
“…They lay their crowns before the throne and say: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.””
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭4:10-11‬ ‭NIV‬‬
 
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-Michelle Gaddi 


Revelation_3

Scripture
 
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭3:2‬ ‭NLT
 
“Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God.”
 
ObservationWhat does it say?
 
Jesus tells the church of Sardis to, “Wake up, and stay awake.” He told them that there were certain aspects of their faith and practice that were still alive, but they needed to be more serious about their worship, devotions, and ministry. Jesus was tired of the church of Sardis  just going through the motions. He was calling for a spiritual overhaul. The church had received a revelation from God. Now it’s up to them to put it into practice…before it’s too late!
 
UnderstandingWhat does it mean?
 
When God reveals to you a problem you are having, it would be a wise of you to fix it.
 
Jesus revealed to John His analysis of the church in Sardis. It would be wise for anyone who receives advice from God to make sure they follow it through. It reminds me of that television show Kitchen Nightmares. In it, a restaurant business isn’t thriving the way it can be. It has potential, but for some reason it’s just not working for them. In comes world renown chef, Gordon Ramsay. He doesn’t hold any punches back. He tells the owner of the restaurant exactly what’s wrong with their establishment, and what they need to fix. Sure the owner of the restaurant is set in their ways and are stubborn of change. But they understand the life of their restaurant depends on it. For the most part, the restaurant owners take the advice of Gordon Ramsay. They begin to see the business flourish. Then months later the show follows up with the restaurant to check up on them. The ones who took the advice and continued to follow through with it were the restaurants who succeeded. Then you have the restaurants who stuck with the advice for a short time, then fell back on their old habits. The same habits that put them in that mess to begin with! Needless to say, those restaurants either continued to struggle, or they flat out died completely. 
 
So are you going to take heed to what God reveals to you in His Word or through His people? Our lives depend on it.
 
Life Application
 
Pray to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you things in your life that may be causing a rift between you and God. Spend a couple of minutes in silence to listen and see what He shows you.
 
“Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong.”
‭‭Job‬ ‭6:24‬ ‭NIV‬‬
 
Be obedient to the Holy Spirit and follow through what He asks of us. Have faith that He knows what’s best for us, and watch “our business” thrive the way it should.
 
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-Moses Gaddi