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Part IV

Good morning and God bless you all,

I know some might be thinking I have forgotten two mention the other two
churches in the book of Revelation, but I haven’t. why don’t we discuss them now
and see the awesome importance of the fullness of the Holy Spirit in our lives and

“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, “These things says the First and
the Last, who was dead, and came to life”: “I know your works tribulation, and
poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are
Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear any of those things
which your about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into
prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful
until death, and I will give you the crown of life…”(Revelation 2:8-11)

The Lord gives us a picture of every situation and circumstances in life that can
and does affect our lives as individuals and Christians. He does this to let us
know He knows all about temptations and trials. By revealing the problems and
weaknesses of the different churches.  He helps us to see through His Holy Spirit
we can overcome all the traps and devious ways the enemy tries to entrap and/or
deceive mankind, hoping to cause him to fall.  The church at Smyrna was not a
wealthy church but the Lord points out, having earthly wealth is not the goal but
to be rich in His Spirit means everything. Our life here is not about gaining earthly
wealth but to put our treasures in heaven where moths and rust cannot destroy
and thieves cannot break in and steal (Matthew 5:19). Also with this devotion to
Him comes the reward of a crown of life. The Holy Spirit is the One who helps us,
whether rich or poor, to be devoted to Christ in all kinds of weather.

Now for the last church, the church at Philadelphia:

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, “These things says He who
is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one
shuts, and shuts and no one opens”: “I know your works. See, I have set before
you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept
My word, and have not denied My name. Indeed I will make those of the
synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie---indeed I will
make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you,
because you have kept My command to preserver, I also will keep you from the
hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on
the earth. Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may
take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My
God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the
name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven
from My God. And I will write on him My new name. He who has an ear, let him
hear what the Spirit says the churches.  (Revelation 3-13)

This is a symbol of God’s true church; strong, without spot, blemish or wrinkle. It
wasn’t a large church but had the authority (the key of David) then, and today
representing the power of our risen Christ. Because through whatever came their
way they stood firm upon the Word of God, the Lord ‘sets before them an open
door’ meaning an open door to reach the lost, through revival and evangelistic
opportunities. This church was radical for Jesus and because of their love and
boldness to go in view of many adverse situations they were given a place in God’
s presence, a new name, and the New Jerusalem. How awesome is that! The
rewards we are promised cannot be compared to the suffering and trials we have
here. It cannot be compared with His glory and all He has prepared for those who
trust and serve Him. (Romans 8:18)

So in recapping the churches, we see four things 1) The Lord complements their
good deeds before 2) He shows them the error of their ways. 3) Then the Holy
Spirit instructs them on how to reverse their wrong doings and last 4) He always
promises a reward for the faithful. Let’s us again look at each one and if we can
relate to any of the churches in our world today. if so, may we repent and do our
first works again:

1) Church at Ephesus: the loveless church
       Complement: rejects evil, has patience
       Error to correct: they left their ‘first’ love
       Christ instructs: Repent and do the first works again
       Promise: the Lord will give them to eat of the tree of life

2) Church at Pergamos: the compromising church
       Complement: they never denied Christ as Lord        
            Error to correct: they compromised, thinking it’s okay for evil to dwell
among them
       Christ instructs: Repent
       Promise: Christ will give of the hidden manna, a new name and personal

3) Church at Thyatira: the corrupt church
       Complement: they increased in love, service, faith and patience
       Error to correct: they were corrupt in allowing the spirit of Jezebel, immoral
cult worship
       Christ instructs: Repent and hold fast your faith
       Promise: the Lord will make them rulers over nations and will share in Christ’
s triumph

4) Church at Sardis: the dead church
       Complement: some had kept the true faith
       Error to correct: they had become dead, without any light of Christ
       Christ instructs: Repent, be watchful and strengthen what remains
       Promise: clothed in white garments, not blotted from Book of Life, Christ will
confess him

5) Church at Laodiceans: the lukewarm church
       Complement: Christ had no complement for them
       Error to correct: they were once on fire but now they’ve become lukewarm,
indifferent to God and/or man
       Christ instructs: Repent and be zealous again
       Promise: they would share with Christ on His throne

6) Church at Smyrna: the persecuted church
       Complement: though they weren’t rich in earthly things they were faithful to
the end
       Error to correct: Christ did not have a complaint about them at all
       Christ instructs: continue with what they were doing
       Promise: they would receive a crown of life

7) Church at Philadelphia: the faithful church
       Complement: kept all the commands of Christ, were faithful in all things
       Error to correct: Christ did not have any complaints
       Christ instructs: Keep the faith, doing what you are doing
       Promise: a place in the presence of God, a new name; make them a pillar in
God’s temple
WOW! I want to be a part of this church! Knowing no one is perfect, and hopefully
we do not see ourselves in one of the five churches Christ had to rebuke, can we
not see all these types of churches in our world today? As we look around us and
see all the corruption and deceit in our world today sometimes it can be hard to
see God’s church alive and strong. But as in the churches described in
Revelation we see through everything in Christ and through His Holy Spirit God’s
church stands amazing strong and undefeated. One thing I want us all to notice
to every one of the churches, good or bad Christ ends His saying with “He who
had an ear; let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches”.  

Now let us walk further with the Holy Spirit and see that there is much more to see
and taste of Him. I know many are asking themselves, ‘how can there be more
than what we received at salvation’. Well I’m going to use the Scripture to
hopefully show us we can have more and there is much more to the Holy Spirit
then what we felt at Calvary. May we hear what the Spirit wants to reveal today.

“Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the
wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where
they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had
no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they
had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns
sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop;
some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear let him
 Matthew 13:3

Now let’s see how the Lord interpreted this to His disciples.

Seeds by the wayside: A person hears the word, received it. But because he does
not understand what he has received the enemy soon comes in and snatches
what he received away. The Holy Spirit gives understanding

Seeds in stony places: A person hears and immediately hears and with joy
receives new life. But when troubles come and he is persecuted for Christ sake
he stumbles. He has no depth.

Seeds fell among thorns: A person hears the word but before he can become
grounded the cares and deceitful riches of the world choke out God’s word and
he becomes unfruitful. He has no root, he’s feet are on sandy ground.

Seeds fell on good ground: A person hears the word, seeks the Holy Spirit to give
him/her understanding, listens and begins bearing much fruit/ souls for Christ.

Now what I see is when we meet Jesus, repent and receive Him into our heart; he
changes us from this to that. We become a new creation in Him. But if we do not
get in the Word, if we do not continue to ask, seek, and knock, the enemy will
come in and steal what we have been given. I believe that when we receive Christ
as Lord and Savior of our lives that God’s Holy Spirit is imparted to us. But if we
do not seek more of Him we become weak and vulnerable to the enemy’s
deceitful ways. That, I believe is why Jesus ‘commanded’ the disciples to go to
the Upper room until they were enduded with more of His Spirit, the Holy Ghost.
As we can see from the parable above if we receive salvation, which is the
greatest gift, and we do not go to the Upper room many will not be strong enough
to withstand the evil one; who is stronger than human beings.

I also believe this is why so many are being deceived by false teachings;
therefore corrupting the Word of God. We need to be very watchful over our own
soul; keeping it in check at all times. The enemy does not have a heart. He doesn’t
feel compassion or pity, mercy or any good things. His total goal is to snatch you
from the arms of Jesus, the One who died to set you free, and imprisoning you
again; forever losing your soul.

Let me close by repeating myself again. Our enemy, Satan, the devil was once
created in all the beauty of heaven; he was an archangel. And we know from God’
s Word that angels are stronger than human beings.

…whereas angels, who are greater in power and might,…(II Peter 2:11)

An angel rolled back the stone at Jesus’ tomb (Matthew 28:2)
Opened locked prison doors (Acts 5:19)
God sent one angel to destroy Jerusalem (I Chronicles 21:15)
God sent two angels to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19: 1 & 13)
Angels excel in strength (Psalm 103:20)

I said all that to help us see that Jesus sent His disciples to the Upper room
because He knew the strength of people verses the strength of angels; which
Lucifer once was. Christ sent them, as He sends us, to the Upper room to receive
not only power but the fire of the Holy Spirit. He would not send His disciple out
to minister without the full power of His Holy Spirit and He will not send us, His
disciples today, out without this same power and fire. He, being God and man, will
not ask you to do what He Himself did not do; Christ ministry did not fully begin
until the Holy Spirit descended on Him when He was baptized.  Jesus being our
example shows us how to walk, talk and conquer the enemy on every hand.
Christ walked in the righteousness of His Father. He withdrew Himself to private
prayer and through the strength of the Holy Spirit He was encouraged. The Holy
Spirit brings us to the throne of God. He also prays for us when we don’t know
what and how to pray.

In closing you may be saying, ‘I believe I received all when I accepted Christ, I don’
t believe there is more.’ If this is still your belief and you are not even tempted to
see if He is more than answer me this, ‘Why are so many of our churches weak
and being deceived, having itching ears and mixing the world into God’s word?’

Stay tuned there’s still more to come.

Blessings to all

Dee Knupp
Partner in Power In Unity Ministries