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Monday, February 6, 2017

Thyatira: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: Revelation 2: 18-28

“And all the churches will know that I am the one who searches minds and hearts…. hold fast to what you have until I come.”

Fire consumes but also purifies.

In California there are several places where forest fires have ravaged Redwood groves and yet still many of these giant trees survived, now bearing their scorched markings blended with new growth.

Jesus brings His fire into our hearts to reveal false teachings. Too often taught as a hidden agenda by those we assume have authority.

His fire also helps us to clarify our own motives for works. Does the desire to work come from true compassion, or to fulfill an obligation, or to look good to others? Sometimes real purpose gets swallowed up in reputation and competition for attention—both personally and publicly.

It takes courage for any worship community to seek clarity and change steps if necessary. It takes commitment to stand against lies that can infest and destroy truth. It requires a battle to conquer when evil is unmasked.

“Hold fast” Jesus says. He is coming—He will bring His authority into the circumstances. If we are willing to ask—to listen—to follow—to obey.

Lord, please keep all Your churches true to the works You choose for each to do. Give each Your words to purify our motives.

Psalm of Worship: Psalm 27:13

“I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

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