Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Word of My Patience

Some interesting words the Lord uses here:

Rev 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
8 I 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. 9 Behold, 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. 10 Because 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. 11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. 12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. 13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

He says "I know thy works" yet instead of listing the things that the other churches did for works, He simply says "thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name." Then He talks about "keeping the word of my patience." This philidelphia church has a little strength, keeps Jesus's word, has not denied His name, and evidently...are patient. In days like today,when all the signs are pointing to Jesus' imminent return, its easy to get excited, and we should, but we must also remain patient. Patience is one of our cardinal virtues. m0y hand is still in a cast..hard to type..GRACE AND PEACE :-)