STAR > Oh how we all love to see all the beautiful stars glowing brightly in our night sky’s . I am told there are billions of stars in the Universe, billions ! Our Mighty gOD placed each one in its position , purposely , and if you can imagine , He knows each one by name ! Billions of stars and all have a name , wow ! That is unimaginable . Nothing is impossible with God !
Just a word to all of our heroic service men today on this Memorial Day , our active duty soldiers, veterans , and to the many families of those we have lost! THANK YOU , FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY , THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA , WE THANK YOU ALL
In the evening when the stars begin to shine , in whatever country you may be in , Know that Gods loves you and is near you and will never leave your side .
Call on HIS MIGHTY NAME IN TIME OF TROUBLE AND HE WILL BE YOUR SHINING STAR TO GUIDE YOUR WAY!
MY WORKS > This verse tells us the WORKS are Gods , he who keeps Gods works will be given power over the nations .
I take this to mean that we that endure ,obey Gods word throughout our lives even until the end , do what is right and good in Gods eyes, love each other as God loves us . We that do this will overcome .
HOLD FAST > Hang on for dear life , as we have heard so often in our lives , don’t let go ,whatever you do , do not waiver or let go for anything . We hear this a lot when we ride roller coasters , motorcycles, anything that is fast and could be dangerous if we do not hold on tight .
In this verse we are told to hold on tight and do not be led astray under any circumstances , HOLD FAST !
BURDEN > . something carried: a load being carried
carrying a heavy burden on his back
2. worrying responsibility: a difficult or worrying responsibility or duty the burdens of parenthood .
Here in Revelation 2:24 the church of Thyatira is being told that those who do not follow the teachings of Jezebel (the depths of Satan) that are teaching evil and vile things like the Jezebel in the Old Testament did, will be spared from any burden . This is the group of people who stayed true to God and did not give in to false teachings.
REVELATION 2:23 > TODAYS KEY WORDS > MIND AND HEARTS>
MINDS AND HEARTS> This would be our physical mind (brain) and our heart. These two organs being of utmost importance in keeping us alive . Our minds are so intricate , meaning:
1. with many parts: containing many details or small parts that are skillfully made or assembled
2. complex and difficult: with many interrelated elements, parts, or factors so as to be complex and difficult to understand or resolve
Our hearts pump our life blood into our bodies to keep us alive each moment . We all know these things , But only God knows the true worth of these organs . He made them , He intricately designed every cell in our bodies , He doesn’t talk here about how these two organs make our bodies function , He is talking about how , He can search our minds and our hearts . Doctors can repair our minds and our hearts physical ailments , only God , can search them for what is important , the only important thing , Do we know His son , Jesus , who died for us , so that we may have eternal life .
SICKBED> We all know the meaning of this word , and I think we all agree on this one , we don’t like being sick or in a sickbed.
We are told in this verse that God will punish Jezebel( wannabes in other words) and those that are following her teachings . We know from 1Kings that the real Jezebel expired in the Old Testament in the chapter of 1Kings . That about says it all for this verse , do not follow false teachings.
TIME > Hey what time is it ? How much time do we have? Where has all the time gone ? These are questions we find ourselves asking a lot , sometimes ( no pun here ) every hour on the hour if we are nervous ,waiting for something to happen .
Time is running out for Jezebel as we will continue to find out what happened to her in continuing verses and in 1:Kings if you are reading that as well.
Our God is One of Patience and Longsuffering and Kindness, yet , He is an angry and Jealous God as well , Jezebel will only have so much time to repent >
This church of Thyatira is being lured into evil beliefs from those such as Jezebel , they are again being warned there is only so much time !
JEZEBEL > This is womans name , but here I am, 60 and I have yet to know anyone that has ever called their daughter Jezebel . Jezebel we are told here ,called herself a prophetess.
In this verse we are told the things God has against the church of Thyatira .They are being taught falsehoods and immorality , they are not obeying God and his commandments , they are being disobedient to Gods laws.
Below is a description from the Old Testament Book of 1Kings of what happened to Jezebel . This was one wicked women , read more about Jezebel in 1 Kings
1 Kings 21:23
23 And concerning Jezebel the LORD also spoke, saying, ‘The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.’
SERVICE> Work done by somebody for someone else, as a job, duty, punishment or favor.
Here in this verse this church of Thyatira is commended for several things , its love , service , faith, patience ,and works, however, it seems they are putting their works (good deeds, etc, ) before , love , service , patience and faith,
Here is 2 Timothy 3:10 we are reminded of purpose and way of life :
2 Timothy 3:10
10You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance,