Revelation – Jesus is Coming Back!
We joke with each other when one of us attempts a haughty attitude in life. We remind them that “we know where you live” or “we see where you live”! Your prideful words don’t match what or where you came from. You’re exposed by those who know you well. You are no better than us who grew up with you, many think. Do we think that of some of our peers and friends?
“I see where you live…”, says the Lord of all. God knows where we come from and where we are going. That’s why he hates our prideful statements and actions as if we had anything to do with our being and doing, our plans or our final destination. It’s all about Him. All we have to do is accept Him, believe in Him, rely on Him, trust in Him and live for Him. Jesus knows we all need help to grow in Him. He knows we need His help to not give in to the world’s complacency about Him or direct opposition to Him. “I’ll be with you soon” John is told in his revelation vision. This is our Jesus. This is our hope. Yes, don’t give in, don’t give up. Jesus IS coming back!
Revelation 2, The Message
12 Write this to Pergamum, to the Angel of the church. The One with the sharp-biting sword draws from the sheath of his mouth—out come the sword words:
13 “I see where you live, right under the shadow of Satan’s throne. But you continue boldly in my Name; you never once denied my Name, even when the pressure was worst, when they martyred Antipas, my witness who stayed faithful to me on Satan’s turf.
14-15 “But why do you indulge that Balaam crowd? Don’t you remember that Balaam was an enemy agent, seducing Balak and sabotaging Israel’s holy pilgrimage by throwing unholy parties? And why do you put up with the Nicolaitans, who do the same thing?
16 “Enough! Don’t give in to them; I’ll be with you soon. I’m fed up and about to cut them to pieces with my sword-sharp words.
17 “Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. I’ll give the sacred manna to every conqueror; I’ll also give a clear, smooth stone inscribed with your new name, your secret new name.”
When will He be “fed up”? God only knows. Be ready. Stay awake. Listen. God sees where we live. Don’t give in to those who follow the opposition.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We indulge in silly little social interactions that lead nowhere sometimes. Sometimes our words are questionable and even hurt. Help us to be ready with Your right thinking, saying and doing. Yes, you know where we live. Help us to live life to the fullest, even more abundant and free, giving You all glory and praise. Guide our every thought and action today.
In Jesus Name, Amen