Rev 3:8I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. 9Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. 10Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 11Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
The Lord is speaking to the Churches ^^ in Revelation 2-3 and what does He say is required to be kept from the hour of temptation? Patience.....Note carefully the words the Lord uses: 1. Patience and 2. Hold fast. What is He saying? Just hold on. These are not aggressive, offense words. These are defense words. Buckle down, dig in and wait. The way the Spirit of the Lord speaks to this writer through the Word is to 'highlight' in the minds eye and the spirit certain sections of the Word when it is being read. This section was highlighted for your writer today.
An open door has been set before us. No man can close it. Glory to God. We are in need of faith and patience.
Heb 6:2That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Time is passing by quickly. Next month we will be halfway through 2018! This writer will encourage you with the Words the Spirit has used to encourage me:
Pr 3:3Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.
5Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.a
Time is short and growing shorter every day. One day soon all of us will be standing before the Lord our God to answer for our days here on earth. Let us be doing those things that are good and pleasing in His sight. Let us do the good our hands find to do and walk with our God in love and faithfulness. Then on that day we stand before Him we will not be ashamed.
2 Peter 1:3According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 11For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
grace and peace