Of the church in Ephesus

“Write this letter to the angel[a] of the church in Ephesus. This is the message from the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand, the one who walks among the seven gold lampstands:  Revelation 2:1

The first message John receives to the seven churches in Revelation is to the church in Ephesus.  The city of Ephesus was the capital of proconsular Asia.  Each of the seven churches that John received a message for not only existed at this time when John was alive but also represent spiritual conditions that exist in a local church and also in the life of a believer.

Jesus states that He is the one who holds the seven stars in His right hand and the one who walks among the seven golden lampstands.  As we remember previous from chapter one the seven stars are representative of the seven angels who abide over the seven churches and the seven lampstands are the seven churches themselves.

The Lord holds all things in His hand and the right hand is a place of authority because Jesus Himself sits at the right hand of the Father.  He not only holds all things in His hands and controls all things but He walks among us and where two or more are gathered He is there in our presence.  Every time we come together as a people the Lord is in our midst.  The more our hearts are prepared for Him and His presence the more His presence will be manifested in our midst.  The reason many churches seem spiritually dead is because they have not prepared their hearts through prayer and the diligent study of God’s word.

The Lord desires to do great things in our midst today.  He desires to pour His Spirit out upon His sons and daughters.  But we must ask ourselves how hungry are we really.  Do we allow things that have no eternal value to take the place the Lord deserves?  When things are comfortable it is very easy to be lulled to sleep by the comfort.  But we must be diligent on a daily basis and disciplined in our devotional life with Jesus Christ.

The relationship we have with the Lord is a living one and what we invest into it is what we will get out of it.  If we fail to invest in our relationship with the Lord there will be little to no growth that will take place.  We will become an easy target of Satan because our hearts will not be prepared and we will not matured as we should have.  But as we invest in our relationship with Him we naturally mature and as we mature we recognize the tactics and devices of Satan.  We begin to become an overcomer on the earth and as we continue to mature we will be entrusted with the greater things of God’s kingdom.

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