WOOOHOOO!!! Light is dawning on a new day of opportunity and the light has dispelled the darkness of sleep time once again!!! As I ponder that thought, I get really excited about the thought that just as our Father turns darkness to light in the universe to lighten up our days so that we can see to walk victoriously, so it is as His children of faith that we, too, have His Holy Spirit within us to dispel the darkness of the enemy at work on us and those all around us to bring new vision into life!!! Whooop!!! Whooop!!! Whooop!!!
Our Father speaks to me today thru the reflection upon a Bible message spoken to the angel of the church in Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17). In this passage Jesus is described as “Him who has the sharp, double-edged sword.” The book of John in the Bible says this about Jesus:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men (gals, too). The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
John then goes on to talk about John the Baptist who was born into the world to point others to the Light which was “the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:6-14)
The gospel of Christ is:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His One and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Of Jesus Christ who lived on this earth, was crucified, died and rose again three days later, it is written that we should have such an attitude as this:
“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
So Jesus, our Savior is the Word of God and this is how the Word of God is described in Father’s love letter to us kids of faith:
“For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
This is why Jesus is described to the angel of the church of Pergamum as “The One who has the sharp two-edged sword who “says” this.” Here is what the “this” Jesus tells the church:
Jesus told the church that He knew that they dwelt where Satan’s throne is and He commended them for holding fast to His name and that they did not deny His faith even when his hero witness and faithful one Antipas was martyred among them by faithless people where Satan dwelled.
The church of Pergamum was a divided church, some followed the teachings of the saint Antipas who followed Christ, but others in the church fell into following after the teachings and practices of the various gods of the city of Pergamum that Satan led them into in order to put a stumbling block before the “sons/daughters of Israel.” Those teachings and practices that Satan enticed God’s people with were “to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality.” Oh it is important as our Father’s kids to be sure that what we take in as spiritual food is Biblically supported – truth is key to standing against the enemy, dear family of Jesus!!! Let us not be led astray by lies that proceed out of the mouths of the flesh even if they are people greatly admired!!! To put their words over our Father’s Truths would be to make them an idol!!! YIKES!!! BE ON GUARD OF THE ENEMY ALWAYS!!! Our Father’s Word tells us:
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming and now it is already in the world. You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he/she who is in the world.”
1 John 4:1NASB
Those who are not of our Father are recognized by the fruit of their lives and as our Father says those following after false gods enticed God’s people in the Biblical passage to “commit acts of immorality.” YIKES!!! WATCH OUT FOR THAT SAINTS!!! BE ON GUARD OF THE ENEMY ENTICEMENTS!!! If immorality is the fruit of someone’s life enticing us as kids of faith, know what it is: Immorality is defined as fornification (sexual immorality), idolatry (putting something or someone above Jesus), whoredom (practice of prostitution, being faithless and idolatrous), pornography (movies, pictures, magazines, etc., that show or describe naked people or sex in a very open and direct way in order to cause sexual excitement), selling off of sexual purity, promiscuity of any kind. Promiscuity is the practice of having casual sex frequently with different partners or being indiscriminate in the choice of sexual partners.
I can understand the concern that Jesus had for His church in Pergamum and even today as our Father’s kids in this world, let us not be of the world, but be separate from the world and lights for our King who is all-wise, all-love, all-powerful and forever victorious!!! He has given us His Word to protect us and to provide us the best life possible – the divine holy life of bright-shining light in a dark world!!!
Jesus called those in the church of Pergamum who had fallen prey to Satan’s schemes of enticement to repent (turn to the right true way, accepting His forgiveness and power to stand with Him) or He would be coming to them quickly and He would make war against them with the sword of His mouth. Oh, yikes!!! Watch out!!! It isn’t a pleasant thing to hear when God has a hard talk with His kids, but if as kids we listen, it brings the best life ever for us and many!!! I love that divine outcome thought!!! 🙂
Our Lord closes His message with these Words:
“He/she who has an ear, let him/she hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him/she who overcomes, to he/she I will give some of the hidden manna and I will give him/her a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he/she who receives it.”
Oh to those who overcome the devil by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimony over he who accuses God’s people day and night and sets them up for falling shall receive Father’s hidden manna!!! Is there someone who is speaking what is contrary to our Father’s truth to you or enticing you into immorality where you are??? Kowabunga that devil and let’s stand for He who loves us best, precious family of Jesus!!!
To bless us for resisting the enemy, Father gives us His manna and manna is described as an edible substance that, according to the Bible, God provided for the Israelites (God’s people) during their travels in the desert to remind them of God’s grace and faithfulness. 🙂 Oh in place of the enticement’s of the evil one, our Father provides his kids with what is divine to eat – His Word stored up within our hearts that He reminds us of in times of need to help us win life over the enemy and be victorious in life!!! I sooo love that thought!!! It just makes me smile BIG!!! I sooo love our Father’s Word – it’s His love letter to us no matter where we travel as His people and it helps us to stand strong and firm in His truth that enables us to shine as bright as the stars of the universe as we speak out the Word of truth – Father’s double-edged sword!!! Ruh, ruh, ruh!!!
Let’s go united for Jesus, sweet saints!!! There is lots of darkness to dispel and to do so, we must stand in the power of our Father’s grace to empower us to shine bright and be His Word that divides the enemy from God’s people!!! I love this song here.
Have fun in the adventures of life with our Father and know that you are loved with unfailing, unconditional love by Him forever!!! His love is perfect for us!!!