Revelation 1:10-20 NKJV I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, 11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” 12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; 15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. 17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.” I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. 19 Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this. 20 The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.
Jesus is Judge. He will judge every single one of us one day (2 Corinthians 5:10). What happened when John saw Him? Look at verse seventeen again. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. Was this the same Jesus as the one John had laid his head on (John 13:23)? This is a combination of John being in human flesh and Jesus being glorified as Judge over all. John humbled himself. Notice what Jesus did and said after John had fell down as one dead, But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid.“ Humility should be our attitude, as we rejoice, preparing ourselves to meet our Lord.
Jesus cares about His church. In verse twenty Jesus reveals that the lampstands are the churches. In verse thirteen John saw Jesus in the midst of the churches. So, how are we to live? We are to live soberly, righteously and godly.
Titus 2:11-14 NKJV For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. 15 Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.
It does not matter what everyone else is doing or not doing. Our focus, as Christ-followers HAS to be on the Lord. Our main concern should be what His will is for our lives. Remember, we are not alone (Matthew 28:20). Jesus has promised to help us (John 14:16-18 & 26, 15:26 & 16:7-8). How precious to read the following words from the book of Isaiah.
Isaiah 41:13 NKJV For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand,
Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’
When Jesus talks to the seven churches in Revelation chapters 2 & 3. He tells them several times, I know your works. What matters is what we do and the motive behind it. Jesus told them to repent. There are people going to ‘church’ thinking that is enough. While it is great to go to church the Bible even tells us to (Hebrews 10:25), that in itself is not enough. The Lord is concerned about our hearts. What is our motive? Are we giving, saying, doing and serving out of love (1 Corinthians 16:4)? If it isn’t, then please, repent and turn back to the Lord. He is a loving God and He is standing there with arms wide open ready to receive you back into the fold.
Thank You for seeing our hearts and knowing what our motives are (1 Samuel 16:7). It means so much to us to know that You care for us (Matthew 10:30-31). You love us beyond how we can even measure. You are love. We ask that if any of our motives, ways, or thoughts have not been pleasing to You, that You would reveal it to us. As You reveal things, help us to surrender to You and Your Lordship and to turn away from all that is displeasing to You. Whatever thoughts or attitudes we have had, that do not align with Your word, we repent of and ask for Your total cleansing. We do not want any single thing preventing the flow of Your Holy Spirit in our lives. May our every thought, motive and action now be pleasing to You. Help us to live a life fully committed to You. You will give us the power and the strength that we need to face these last days without any fear. You are with us. You will guide us. Help us to stay focused on You and not the storms that surround us. In Your presence is fullness of joy (1 Peter 1:8-9). We praise and thank You for every single thing You are doing in our lives. Be glorified in us. We ask all things in Jesus’ name. Amen.
If you do not know Jesus but would like to know more about Him, including how you can be saved, please read the following blog titled, You Never Let Us Go. God bless. https://thefathersfeet.wordpress.com/2020/01/07/you-never-let-us-go/