Tuesday, March 29, 2011
In chapters two and three, the Lord addresses five of the seven churches with, "I know your deeds." The remaining two are greeted with, "I know your tribulation and poverty" and "I know where you dwell."
I am struck anew with how personal the Sovereign King of the Universe is and how He responds to faithfulness and infidelity.
The second help I receive is from verses 8 and 2: I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. I have almost no influence or power; but I can be alert in order to obey and be true to His Name that I may finish the work He has set before me, (continually reminded of the "faith without works is dead").
Oh, Sovereign Lord and my Father, I thank You for these Words which stir in me a stronger desire to make my life high fidelity to You. Yet, You know how small and frail I am, how prone I am to taking naps rather than fighting for the faith. Keep me alert and watchful, grant me spiritual night-vision and keep me in Your timezone. Direct me in caring for the responsibilities You have entrusted to me that I may keep Your Word and not deny Your Name. Please increase my capacity for discernment in the spiritual that I may bring glory to Your Name. Help my spiritual siblings to be strengthened, alert and faithful, too. Praise You.