Matthew 6:25-34 KJV

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HOW TO OVERCOME ANXIETY

Matthew 6:25-34

INTRODUCTION

When historians write the history of this generation they, with more clear vision of this age than us, may call this period of American history the Age of Anxiety. The very definition of the word “anxiety” seems to describe conditions today. In a practical way “anxiety” can almost be defined by one word: “distraction.”

An example of anxiety or distraction is found in the so-called problems of our nation. There is the distraction of unemployment, under employment, new diseases, personal and national debt. We are bombarded by the news media of racism, inequities, illegal immigration, terrorism and the list goes on to ad nauseam. “Ad nauseam” is a Latin term for an argument or other discussion that continues ‘to the point of nausea.’

And so many are crying “wolf” regarding race wars, inflation, death of the dollar, anarchy, world wide famine and etc. to ad nauseam. Some even say there is a new Dark Age approaching.

But all of these anxieties or distractions are Mickey Mouse compared to the events of the Tribulation Period, the darkest of all Dark Ages of history, that is lurking somewhere down the road.

In the midst of this word of pessimism and anxiety there is clearly only one island of optimism and that is the Lord Jesus Christ.

When the Christian is distracted from the things of God to the things of the world he or she is sinning. As George Mueller put it: “Where anxiety begins, faith ends. Where faith begins, anxiety ends.”

THEME: WE ARE NOT TO BE ANXIOUS:

I. BECAUSE OF HOW VALUABLE OUR LIFE IS Matthew 6:25-30

     A. When Anxiety Comes Worrying About Our Life            Matthew 6:25

         1. “Thought” – Greek

               a. Care to the point we almost cannot carry out our daily duties

               b. Be anxious or worried

              c. Be troubled with cares (past, present, future)

NOTE: Feeding our ulcer(s)

         2. Life – Greek

             a. “Psyche”

NOTE: Where we get the word “psychology”

               b. Mind

               c. Heart

NOTE: Thought out the Bible concern for others is commendable; anxiety, or worrying for our own wellbeing is condemned, except when we have moved away from God

               d. Carelessness and irresponsibility are not hallmarks of faith

               e. There is a degree of thinking about the cares of this life that is proper

                   1) For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.     II Thessalonians 3:10

                    2) But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.     I Timothy 5:8

NOTE: God does not forbid foresight and provision but the anxiety that distracts and upsets

     B. When Anxiety Comes Worrying About Food And Drink           Matthew 6:25-26

         1. Life is more than concern over food and drink

         2. The birds of the air have food from your heavenly Father

NOTE: Not their Creator, but your heavenly Father. Jesus is keeping things inproper perspective

               a. Birds do not sow their crops

               b. Birds do not go out and harvest their crops

               c. Birds do not store their crops

NOTE: Birds still have enough knowledge to prepare for the future

         a. Birds build nests

         b. Birds feed their young

         c. Some birds go south for the winter

     C. When Anxiety Causes Worry About How Long We Are Going To Live

Matthew 6:27

NOTE: The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Psalm 90:10,12

NOTE: Not that we will live a little longer but that we may gain a heart of wisdom

         1. By having anxious or fearful thoughts

NOTE: By having anxiety attacks

NOTE: Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

Matthew 6:27

         2. By adding one cubit to our stature (life)

               a. Cubit

                   1) From elbow to end of the middle finger

                   2) About 22 inches

               b. Stature or length of life

                   1) The Greek word means both height of stature and length of life

                   2) “Span of life” – a specific time of life

     D. When Anxiety Worries About Clothing    Matthew 6:28-30

         1. Consider the lilies of the field

               a. In our finest clothing, flowers far excel us

               b. They have a beauty no king or billionaire can excel

         2. God so little regards the giving of beauty and ornament as to give

the greatest beautifying to that, which will soon perish

         3. O you who have such little faith

1               a. Anxiety is our private internal gauge of faithlessness

1               b. Jesus does not tells us to imitate the birds and flowers for these are

less valuable than men and women

T.S. WE ARE NOT TO BE ANXIOUS:

     I. BECAUSE OF HOW VALUABLE OUR LIFE IS

II. BECAUSE OUR HEAVENLY FATHER CARES FOR US Matthew 6:31-33

     A. Which Is Contrary To What Gentiles Seek           Matthew 6:31-32a

         1. The world’s trinity of care

               a. Food

               b. Drink

1              c. Fashion

NOTE: Anxiety over these things has a distinct:

         a. Pagan characteristic

         b. Pagan quality

         c. Pagan trait

         d. Pagan norm

         e. Pagan standard of self worth

NOTE: Our worth is in the Lord Jesus Christ

         2. What the gentiles seek (Definition of what it takes to be a gentile)

               a. Desire or crave

              b. Ambition or the goal of life

         3. The Gentiles imagine that they must provide for themselves hence, they seek all these things

     B. Things Which Our Heavenly Father Knows We Need    Matthew 6: 32b

         1. He knows, not He assumes

         2. All these things, not some of these things

NOTE: He understands each need

         a. Food is needed to survive: we can only survive for three weeks without it

         b. Drink (water) is needed to survive: we can only survive for three to ten days without it

         c. Clothing is a reminder of how sin strips us of every dignity we can have

NOTE: It might not be too far fetched to say that more money is spent at the average mall on clothing than on any other item

NOTE: Maybe a purpose of pagan clothing is to beautify us so we forget our sin nature

     C. What God Wants Us To Seek For The Best Good In Life

NOTE: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.       Hebrews 13:5

NOTE: The purpose and goals of the Christian life:

         a. The Kingdom of God

         b. The righteousness of God

              1) Outward righteousness in our daily activities of life

              2) Inward righteousness; our thought processes

        c. All these things, food, drink, and clothing He will add to our lives

NOTE: The Kingdom Of God and His Righteousness are more important than food, drink and clothing. Food and clothing is what God supplies to his children.

NOTE: The God Who gives us salvation, the new life and the new heavens and the new earth will not deny us bread on the road of heaven to that goal

T.S. WE ARE NOT TO BE ANXIOUS:

         I. BECAUSE OF HOW VALUABLE OUR LIFE IS

         II. BECAUSE OUR HEAVENLY FATHER CARES FOR US

III. BECAUSE OF THE FUTURE           Matthew 6:34

     A. Have No Anxious Or Worrisome Thoughts About Tomorrow

         1. Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow and pain

NOTE: “I have so worried about that terrible problem today I will not have to worry about it any at all tomorrow”

         2. All that anxiety does is empty today of its strength

     B. Tomorrow Will Have Its Own Set Of Problems

         1. If tomorrow brings a cross, He Who sends it can and will send grace to bear it

         2. The worst misfortunes are those that never arrive – French Proverb

     C. Enough For Today Is Its Own Trouble Or Evil

         1. Evil here means both moral evil and just normal troubles of life

NOTE: Flat tire, washing machine breaks, lawn mower won’t start …

NOTE: “Evil” or “trouble”

         a. Greek word “kakos”

         b. “Spitefulness” – a wish or intent on the part of an individual to do deliberate harm

         c. Meanness that is not ashamed to break the laws of God or parents or at work or laws of the land

         2. The different forms of “evil”

               a. Personality conflicts in the home, in the neighborhood, at school and at work

               b. Physical and emotional pains

              c. A person responding to burdens common to our present life

NOTE: The Talmud (Jewish law and tradition) says, “Man was born with his hands clenched; he dies with them wide open. Entering life he desires to grasp everything; leaving the world, all that he possessed has slipped away.”

NOTE: God wants us to live today in Him. And He wants us to work to provide for our families. But our jobs our occupations, our positions are not the goals of life, only a means to provide and preserve a life dedicated to the service of God. And in the meantime, we are not to fret over food, fashion or the future.

CONCLUSION

WE ARE NOT TO BE ANXIOUS:

I. BECAUSE OF HOW VALUABLE OUR LIFE IS

II. BECAUSE OUR HEAVENLY FATHER CARES FOR US

III. BECAUSE OF THE FUTURE

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Matthew 6:25-34

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HOW TO OVERCOME ANXIETY

Matthew 6:25-34

INTRODUCTION

When historians write the history of this generation they, with more clear vision of this age than us, may call this period of American history the Age of Anxiety. The very definition of the word “anxiety” seems to describe conditions today. In a practical way “anxiety” can almost be defined by one word: “distraction.”

An example of anxiety or distraction is found in the so-called problems of our nation. There is the distraction of unemployment, under employment, new diseases, personal and national debt. We are bombarded by the news media of racism, inequities, illegal immigration, terrorism and the list goes on to ad nauseam. “Ad nauseam” is a Latin term for an argument or other discussion that continues ‘to the point of nausea.’

And so many are crying “wolf” regarding race wars, inflation, death of the dollar, anarchy, world wide famine and etc. to ad nauseam. Some even say there is a new Dark Age approaching.

But all of these anxieties or distractions are Mickey Mouse compared to the events of the Tribulation Period that is lurking somewhere down the road. The darkest of all ages will be the Tribulation Period.

In the midst of this word of pessimism and anxiety there is clearly only one island of optimism and that is the Lord Jesus Christ.

When the Christian is distracted from the things of God to the things of the world he or she is sinning. As George Mueller put it: “Where anxiety begins, faith ends. Where faith begins, anxiety ends.”

THEME: WE ARE NOT TO BE ANXIOUS:

I. BECAUSE OF HOW VALUABLE OUR LIFE IS Matthew 6:25-30

     A. When Anxiety Comes Worrying About Our Life            Matthew 6:25

        1. “Thought” – Greek

               a. Care to the point we almost cannot carry out our daily duties

               b. Be anxious or worried

              c. Be troubled with cares (past, present, future)

NOTE: Feeding our ulcer(s)

         2. Life – Greek

               a. “Psyche”

NOTE: Where we get the word “psychology’

               b. Mind

               c. Heart

NOTE: Thought out the Bible concern for others is commendable; anxiety, or worrying for our own wellbeing is condemned, except when we have moved away from God

               d. Carelessness and irresponsibility are not hallmarks of faith

               e. There is a degree of thinking about the cares of this life that is proper

                   1) For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 KJV

                   2) But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.   1 Timothy 5:8 NKJV

NOTE: God does not forbid foresight and provision but the anxiety that distracts and upsets

     B. When Anxiety Comes Worrying About Food And Drink           Matthew 6:25-26

         1. Life is more than concern over food and drink

         2. The birds of the air have food from your heavenly Father

NOTE: Not their Creator, but your heavenly Father. Jesus is keeping things in proper perspective

             a. Birds do not sow their crops

               b. Birds do not go out and harvest their crops

               c. Birds do not store their crops

NOTE: Birds still have enough knowledge to prepare for the future

         a. Birds build nests

         b. Birds feed their young

         c. Some birds go south for the winter

     C. When Anxiety Causes Worry About How Long We Are Going To Live  Matthew 6:27

NOTE: The days of our lives are seventy years; And if by reason of strength they are eighty years, Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Psalm 90:10,12 NKJV

NOTE: Not that we will live a little longer but that we may gain a heart of wisdom

         1. By having anxious or fearful thoughts

NOTE: By having anxiety attacks

NOTE: And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?        Matthew 6:27 ESV

         2. By adding one cubit to our stature (life)

               a. Cubit

                   1) From elbow to end of the middle finger

                   2) About 22 inches

               b. Stature or length of life

                   1) The Greek word means both height of stature and length of life

                   2) “Span of life” – a specific time of life

   D. When Anxiety Worries About Clothing    Matthew 6:28-30

         1. Consider the lilies of the field

               a. In our finest clothing, flowers far excel us

               b. They have a beauty no king or billionaire can excel

         2. God so little regards the giving of beauty and ornament as to give the greatest beautifying to that, which will soon perish

         3. O you who have such little faith

               a. Anxiety is our private internal gauge of faithlessness

              b. Jesus does not tells us to imitate the birds and flowers for these are less valuable than men and women

T.S. WE ARE NOT TO BE ANXIOUS:

     I. BECAUSE OF HOW VALUABLE OUR LIFE IS

II. BECAUSE OUR HEAVENLY FATHER CARES FOR US Matthew 6:31-33

     A. Which Is Contrary To What Gentiles Seek           Matthew 6:31-32a

         1. The world’s trinity of care

               a. Food

               b. Drink

               c. Fashion

NOTE: Anxiety over these things has a distinct:

         a. Pagan characteristic

         b. Pagan quality

         c. Pagan trait

         d. Pagan norm

         e. Pagan standard of self worth

NOTE: Our worth is in the Lord Jesus Christ

         2. What the gentiles seek (Definition of what it takes to be a gentile)

               a. Desire or crave

               b. Ambition or the goal of life

         3. The Gentiles imagine that they must provide for themselves hence, they seek all these things

     B. Things Which Our Heavenly Father Knows We Need    Matthew 6: 32b

         1. He knows, not He assumes

         2. All these things, not some of these things

NOTE: He understands each need

         a. Food is needed to survive: we can only survive for three weeks without it

         b. Drink (water) is needed to survive: we can only survive for three to ten days without it

         c. Clothing is a reminder of how sin strips us of every dignity we can have

NOTE: It might not be too far fetched to say that more money is spent at the average mall on clothing than on any other item

NOTE: Maybe a purpose of pagan clothing is to beautify us so we forget our sin nature

     C. What God Wants Us To Seek For: The Best Good In Life

NOTE: Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”     Hebrews 13:5 ESV

NOTE: The purpose and goals of the Christian life:

         a. The Kingdom of God

         b. The righteousness of God

               1) Outward righteousness in our daily activities of life

               2) Inward righteousness; our thought processes

         c. All these things, food, drink, and clothing He will add to our lives

 

NOTE: The Kingdom Of God and His Righteousness are more important than food, drink and clothing. Food and clothing is what God supplies to His children.

NOTE: The God Who gives us salvation, the new life and the new heavens and

the new earth will not deny us bread on the road of heaven to that goal

T.S. WE ARE NOT TO BE ANXIOUS:

         I. BECAUSE OF HOW VALUABLE OUR LIFE IS

         II. BECAUSE THE HEAVENLY FATHER CARES FOR US

III. BECAUSE OF THE FUTURE           Matthew 6:34

     A. Have No Anxious Or Worrisome Thoughts About Tomorrow

         1. Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow and pain

NOTE: “I have so worried about that terrible problem today I will not have to  worry about it any at all tomorrow”

         2. All that anxiety does is empty today of its strength

     B. Tomorrow Will Have Its Own Set Of Problems

         1. If tomorrow brings a cross, He Who sends it can and will send grace to bear it

         2. The worst misfortunes are those that never arrive – French Proverb

     C. Today Has Enough Trouble Or Evil Without Us Adding More

         1. Evil here means both moral evil and just normal troubles of life

NOTE: Flat tire, washing machine breaks, lawn mower won’t start …

NOTE: “Evil” or “trouble”

         a. Greek word “kakos”

         b. “Spitefulness” – a wish or intent on the part of an individual to do deliberate harm

         c. Meanness that is not ashamed to break the laws of God or parents or at work or laws of the land

         2. The different forms of “evil”

               a. Personality conflicts in the home, in the neighborhood, at school and at work

               b. Physical and emotional pains

               c. A person responding to burdens common to our present life

NOTE: The Talmud (Jewish law and tradition) says, “Man was born with his hands clenched; he dies with them wide open. Entering life he desires to grasp everything; leaving the world, all that he possessed has slipped away.”

NOTE: God wants us to live today in Him. And He wants us to work to provide for our families. But our jobs our occupations, our positions are not the goals of life, only a means to provide and preserve a life dedicated to the service of God. And in the meantime, we are not to fret over food, fashion or the future.

CONCLUSION

WE ARE NOT TO BE ANXIOUS:

I. BECAUSE OF HOW VALUABLE OUR LIFE IS

II. BECAUSE OUR HEAVENLY FATHER CARES FOR US

III. BECAUSE OF THE FUTURE

 

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James 3

 

THE TONGUE

James 3

INTRODUCTION

We all have experienced the power of the tongue whether good or bad. We’ve each felt the wonderful affirming words of a friend who helped so much. Or, maybe we have felt the painfully cutting words that seemed to tear out our heart. It has been said that we are what we eat, but we will see that in actuality we are what we speak. What we say is a direct insight into what we are.

The word of God speaks volumes on the subject of our speech and what it reveals about us. The book of James gives us an excellent break down of the power of the tongue and the implications of it. Through this study we will learn what our words indicate and learn what God expects of us.

THEME: WHAT DOES OUR TONGUE REVEAL ABOUT US?

I. OUR TONGUE REVEALS OUR MATURITY LEVEL James 3:5

NOTE: Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!         James 3:5

          a. “Boasteth great things”

          b. Only time found in the New Testament

           c. To bear one’s self loftily in speech or action

     A. Wise Words Are Refreshing Proverbs 18:4

NOTE: The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.      Proverbs 18:4

          1. The one who speaks wisdom refreshes as deep waters

          2. It refreshes and satisfies as does a well spring, genuinely

          3. As a flowing brook it is gentle, promotes growth and replenishes

     B. We Reap What Our Mouth Sows Proverbs 18:20

NOTE: A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Proverbs 18:20

NOTE: “Fruit” – Literally, The children of his mouth

          1. Of what persuasion our lips are

          2. What fills our stomachs

          3. With our lips of edification will come greater filling

     C. The Value Of Wise Lips Proverbs 20:15

NOTE: There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.     Proverbs 20:15

NOTE: Jewelry vs. lips of knowledge; Song Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friends

          1. Lips of knowledge are precious

          2. Greater in value than gold

           3. Greater in value than rubies

NOTE: When assaulted by evil speech David meditated on God’s statutes

NOTE: Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.      Psalm 119:23

          a. “Sit” – Hebrew “dwell”

          b. vs. “Meditate” on God’s statutes

T.S. WHAT DOES OUR TONGUE REVEAL ABOUT US?

          I. OUR TONGUE REVEALS OUR MATURITY LEVEL

II. OUR TONGUE REVEALS OUR SIN NATURE James 3:8

     A. Evil Speech Reveals Our Evil Bent Of Nature Isaiah 32:6

NOTE: For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.         Isaiah 32:6

NOTE: The drink of the thirsty to fail cf. salt lose its flavor

          1. Outward evil speech comes from the inward vile person

          2. Our hearts are evil

           3. We express our evil through evil instruments and devises

            4. It is an inside problem of the heart which results in the outside expression

     B. The Evil Tongue Will Pay A Price Proverbs 13:3

NOTE: He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction. Proverbs 13:3

          1. The one who keeps his/her mouth guards his life (military term)

          2. But the one who does not control his/her speech will face destruction (ruin, terror, a breaking)

     C. We Do Not Have To Submit To Our Sin Nature Proverbs 4:24

NOTE: Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.        Proverbs 4:24

          1. Put away a froward mouth

               a. Froward

               b. Distorted facts

          2. Put away perverse lips

               a. Deviate

               b. Crookedness

          3. God makes available to us the power to change and repent

NOTE: If we fear the Lord we will repent. God hates a froward mouth        Proverbs 8:13

NOTE: The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.          Proverbs 8:13

          a. Hate – an enemy

          b. Arrogancy – self-exalting.

          c. Froward – Perverse

T.S. WHAT DOES OUR TONGUE REVEAL ABOUT US?

          I. OUR TONGUE REVEALS OUR MATURITY LEVEL

        II. OUR TONGUE REVEALS OUR SIN NATURE

III. OUR TONGUE REVEALS OUR HYPOCRISY    James 3:9

 

NOTE: Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.          James 3:9

     A. The Jews Were Guilty Titus 1:9-10

NOTE: Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision

Titus 1:9-10

          1. The chosen people of God were hypocrites by speech

               a. Unruly talkers

               b. Vain talkers

               c. Deceivers

NOTE: God deals harsher with those who know better

     B. Isaiah Was Guilty Isaiah 6:5

NOTE: Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. Isaiah 6:5

          1. He was a prophet

          2. He was a man of God

          3. But he had unclean lips

          4. We as God’s people can be guilty of hypocrisy of mouth

     C. Our Mouths Were Made For Edifying Ephesians 5:3-4

NOTE: But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

Ephesians 5:3-4

          1. We should be giving thanks

          2. Not filthy talk

          3. Not foolish talk

NOTE: Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.   Psalm 19:14

CONCLUSION

WHAT DOES OUR TONGUE REVEAL ABOUT US?

I. OUR TONGUE REVEALS OUR MATURITY LEVEL

II. OUR TONGUE REVEALS OUR SIN NATURE

III. OUR TONGUE REVEALS OUR HYPOCRISY

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THE VISION OF CHRIST

Revelation 1

INTRODUCTION

The Author – John

NOTE: The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.

Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.

John to the seven churches that are in Asia:

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne

Revelation 1:1-4 ESV

The Circumstances At The Time Of The Writing

NOTE: I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet

Revelation 1:9-10 KJV

The Recipients – “The seven churches that are in Asia”

NOTE: John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne  Revelation 1:4 KJV

NOTE: saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” Revelation 1:11 NKJV

Revelation is a hard book to understand for many. There is a special blessing for those who study it and obey its teachings.

NOTE: Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.       Revelation 1:3 NKJV

Definition Of “Revelation”     vs. 1

A disclosure of something previously concealed. It focuses on the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the theme of this book as with all scripture.

NOTE: And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.       Luke 24:27 ESV

Arguments over the identification of symbols and episodes in the book, lose sight of the important teachings concerning Christ Himself.

Note the title in the KJV cf. 1:1

NOTE: The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John         Revelation 1:1 NKJV

THE OUTLINE OF REVELATION ONE

I. INTRODUCTORY MATERIAL Revelation 1:1-3

     A. The Revelation Revelation 1:1

          1. Of Jesus Christ

          2. To his servants (saved, not lost)

          3. Regarding the things that must shortly come to pass

     B. The Messenger Revelation 1:1-2

          1. John

          2. Who has the recorder:

               a. Of the Word of God

NOTE: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The same was in the beginning with God.

All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

John 1:1-4 KJV

              b. Of the testimony of Jesus Christ

              c. Of all things that he saw

NOTE: John is thought to be about 98 years old at this time

     C. The Blessed Revelation 1:3

          1. He that reads

          2. They that keep the words of this prophecy

          3. They that keep those things that are written there

II. JOHN’S SALUTATION Revelation 1:4-8

     A. To The Seven Churches In Asia Revelation 1:4 cf. 1:11

NOTE: The location of these seven churches in in modern day Turkey

     B. From Jesus Christ Revelation 1:4-8

          1. Which is, was and is to come

          2. The faithful witness

          3. The first begotten of the dead

          4. The prince of the kings of the earth

          5. The One who loved us

               a. Washed us from our sins

               b. Washed us in His own blood

               c. Made us kings and priests

           6. The One coming with clouds

           7. The Alpha and Omega

           8. The Almighty

III. JOHN’S VISION          Revelation 1:9-20

     A. His Location Revelation 1:9-10

          1. Brother and companion

               a. In tribulation

               b. In the kingdom

               c. In the patience of Jesus Christ

          2. In Patmos

               a. For the Word of God

               b. For the testimony of Jesus Christ

          3. In the Spirit on the Lord’s Day

     B. The Description of Christ Revelation 1:10-20

          1. The Voice Revelation 1:10-11

               a. Great voice as of a trumpet

               b. Saying:

                    1) I am Alpha and Omega

                    2) Write it in a book what thou seest and send unto:

                         a) Ephesus

                         b) Smyrna

                         c) Pergamos

                         d) Thyatira

                         e) Sardis

                         f) Philadelphia

                         g) Laodicean

          2. The Description of Christ Revelation 1:12-16

               a. Seven (individual) golden candlesticks Revelation 1:12

                    1) Represents seven churches in their principle function – giving forth light

                    2) Gold represents the deity and glory of Christ

                    3) The implied olive oil represents the power of the Holy Spirit

                    4) Lamps have no light in themselves

               b. One like unto the Son of Man Revelation 1:13-15

NOTE: Only once more in Revelation is there an emphasis of His humanity and Messianic character

NOTE: And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.   Revelation 14:14 KJV

1) In a garment down to the foot

NOTE: Same as high priest and judge

                     2) A golden belt

                          a) A belt about the loins means service

NOTE: rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist.

Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

John 13:4-5 ESV

                         b) A belt about the breast means priestly judge

NOTE: The High Priest had a belt with a golden thread, here made entirely of gold

                         c) Jesus is judging each church’s use of its light i.e., dealing with the churches according to their responsibility to burn brightly

NOTE: Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.   Revelation 2:5 KJV

NOTE: Why do you want more beatings? Why do you keep on rebelling? The whole head is hurt, and the whole heart is sick.  Isaiah 1:5 HCSB

NOTE: It was the duty of the high priest to see that the candlesticks were “kept in order” in the old sanctuary through the night

NOTE: Outside the veil of the Testimony, in the tabernacle of meeting, Aaron shall be in charge of it from evening until morning before the Lord continually; it shall be a statute forever in your generations.

He shall be in charge of the lamps on the pure gold lampstand before the Lord continually.

Leviticus 24:3-4 NKJV

 

                    3) Hair was white as wool and snow

                         a) Purity rather than age

                         b) Possess all the attributes of the Father

NOTE: As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire.        Daniel 7:9 ESV

                      4) Eyes as a flame of fire

                     5) Feet like unto fine brass

                          a) Symbolizes divine judgment

                          b) Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. Revelation 19:15 NKJV

                     6) Voice as the sound of many waters

NOTE: Try to out-talk a mighty river

                     7) Held seven stars in His right hand

                          a) Angels – messengers

                          b) Represent the seven pastors responsible for the spiritual welfare of the seven churches

                         c) In right hand of Jesus

                             (1) Possession

                             (2) Protection

                             (3) Sovereign control

NOTE: Pastors have relations to Christ that no other church members have

          a. Partake directly of Christ’s authority

          b. Responsible to Him directly

          c. Upheld by His right hand

          d. Beyond the power of angels or men to displace them

                        8) Out of His mouth a sharp two-edged sword

                            a) Refers to a long, heavy sword used by the Greeks and Romans

                            b) Used five times in Revelation

                            c) Different from sword in Hebrews 4:12

NOTE: For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.       Hebrews 4:12 KJV

                                  (1) Revelation sword-used for one purpose – kill, never wound

                                  (2) Hebrews sword-used for uncovering things that are wrapped up

                        9) His countenance was as the shining sun on a clear day

NOTE: The three lights in Revelation 1

          a. Lampstand – churches

          b. Stars – pastors

          c. Sun – Christ

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Revelation 1 KJV

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THE VISION OF CHRIST

Revelation 1

INTRODUCTION

The Author – John

NOTE: The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne

Revelation 1:1-4

The Circumstances At The Time Of The Writing

NOTE: I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet

Revelation 1:9-10

The Recipients – “The seven churches that are in Asia”

NOTE: John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne  Revelation 1:4

NOTE: Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.         Revelation 1:11

Revelation is a hard book to understand for many. There is a special blessing for those who read it, study it and obey its teachings.

NOTE: Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.      Revelation 1:3

Definition Of “Revelation”     vs. 1

A disclosure of something previously concealed. It focuses on the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the theme of this book as with all scripture.

NOTE: And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.       Luke 24:27

Arguments over the identification of symbols and episodes in the book, lose sight of the important teachings concerning Christ Himself.

Note the title in the KJV cf. 1:1

NOTE: The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John   Revelation 1:1

THE OUTLINE OF REVELATION ONE

I. INTRODUCTORY MATERIAL Revelation 1:1-3

     A. The Revelation Revelation 1:1

          1. Of Jesus Christ

          2. To his servants (saved, not lost)

          3. Regarding the things which must shortly come to pass

     B. The Messenger Revelation 1:1-2

          1. John

          2. Who has the recorder:

               a. Of the Word of God

NOTE: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The same was in the beginning with God.

All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

John 1:1-4

               b. Of the testimony of Jesus Christ

               c. Of all things that he saw

NOTE: John is thought to be about 98 years old at this time

     C. The Blessed Revelation 1:3

          1. He that reads

          2. They that keep the words of this prophecy

          3. They that keep those things that are written there

II. JOHN’S SALUTATION Revelation 1:4-8

     A. To The Seven Churches In Asia Revelation 1:4 cf. 1:11

NOTE: The location of these seven churches in in modern day Turkey

     B. From Jesus Christ Revelation 1:4-8

          1. Which is, was and is to come

          2. The faithful witness

          3. The first begotten of the dead

          4. The prince of the kings of the earth

          5. The One who loved us

               a. Washed us from our sins

               b. Washed us in His own blood

               c. Made us kings and priests

          6. The One coming with clouds

          7. The Alpha and Omega

          8. The Almighty

III. JOHN’S VISION          Revelation 1:9-20

     A. His Location Revelation 1:9-10

          1. Brother and companion

               a. In tribulation

               b. In the kingdom

               c. In the patience of Jesus Christ

          2. In Patmos

               a. For the Word of God

               b. For the testimony of Jesus Christ

          3. In the Spirit on the Lord’s Day

     B. The Description of Christ Revelation 1:10-20

          1. The Voice Revelation 1:10-11

               a. Great voice as of a trumpet

               b. Saying:

                   1) I am Alpha and Omega

                   2) Write it in a book what thou seest and send unto:

                          a) Ephesus

                          b) Smyrna

                          c) Pergamos

                          d) Thyatira

                          e) Sardis

                          f) Philadelphia

                         g) Laodicean

               2. The description of Christ Revelation 1:12-16

                    a. Seven (individual) golden candlesticks Revelation 1:12

                         1) Represents seven churches in their principle function – giving forth light

                         2) Gold represents the deity and glory of Christ

                         3) The implied olive oil represents the power of the Holy Spirit

                         4) Lamps have no light in themselves

               b. One like unto the Son of Man Revelation 1:13-15

NOTE: Only once more in Revelation is there an emphasis of His humanity and Messianic character

NOTE: And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.   Revelation 14:14

                    1) In a garment down to the foot

NOTE: Same as high priest and judge

                    2) A golden belt

                         a) A belt about the loins means service

NOTE: He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.

After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

John 13:4-5

                         b) A belt about the chest means priestly judge

NOTE: The High Priest had a belt with a golden thread, here made entirely of gold

c) Jesus is judging each church’s use of its light i.e., dealing with the churches according to their responsibility to burn brightly

NOTE: Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.   Revelation 2:5

NOTE: Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.  Isaiah 1:5

NOTE: It was the duty of the high priest to see that the candlesticks were “kept in order” in the old sanctuary through the night

NOTE: Without the vail of the testimony, in the tabernacle of the congregation, shall Aaron order it from the evening unto the morning before the Lord continually: it shall be a statute for ever in your generations.

He shall order the lamps upon the pure candlestick before the Lord continually.

Leviticus 24:3-4

                         3) Hair was white as wool and snow

                             a) Purity rather than age

                            b) Possess all the attributes of the Father

NOTE: I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.       Daniel 7:9

4) Eyes as a flame of fire

                        5) Feet like unto fine brass

                            a) Symbolizes divine judgment

                            b) And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. Revelation 19:15

                        6) Voice as the sound of many waters

NOTE: Try to out-talk a mighty river

                        7) Held seven stars in His right hand

                             a) Angels – messengers

                             b) Represent the seven pastors responsible for the spiritual welfare of the seven churches

                             c) In right hand of Jesus

                                  (1) Possession

                                  (2) Protection

                                  (3) Sovereign control

NOTE: Pastors have relations to Christ that no other church members have

          a. Partake directly of Christ’s authority

          b. Responsible to Him directly

          c. Upheld by His right hand

          d. Beyond the power of angels or men to displace them

                   8) Out of His mouth a sharp two-edged sword

                        a) Refers to a long, heavy sword used by the Greeks and Romans

                        b) Used five times in Revelation

                       c) Different from sword in Hebrews 4:12

NOTE: For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.       Hebrews 4:12

(1) Revelation sword-used for one purpose – kill, never wound

                             (2) Hebrews sword-used for uncovering things that are wrapped up

                   9) His countenance was as the shining sun on a clear day

NOTE: The three lights in Revelation 1

          a. Lampstand – churches

          b. Stars – pastors

          c. Sun – Christ

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HOW JESUS LOOKS AT THIS CHURCH

Revelation 2:1-7

INTRODUCTION

Every time the President does something, or doesn’t do something, someone takes a poll to see how people look at his decision, or lack thereof. Not only Presidents but also politicians and communities want to know how they are doing. We as individuals want to know the group mindset of our community also.

A new bride wants to know how her cooking is. A new employee wants to know how he / she is doing on the job. A bride doesn’t go to her mother – in – law to find our how her cooking is. She wants HIM to tell her.

An employee doesn’t ask the former boss how he / she is doing. The only person who counts is the present boss.

Who does a church go to find out if it is doing the job right? Not to a denominational headquarters. Not to other churches. Not to each other. We go to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Another fact: we don’t ask our boss how we are doing when we “blow it.” We only want to hear from our boss when we are doing great!

In Revelation 1 – 3 these churches didn’t ask Jesus how they were doing but He told them. What He told them can apply to this church, us, today.

THEME: TO BE PLEASING TO THE LORD WE MUST: 

I. BUILD A GOOD REPUTATION Revelation 2:1-3

     A. Of Following The Leadership Of The Lord Revelation 2:1

          1. The pastors are in the Lord’s hand

          2. The Lord walks in the midst of the churches

NOTE: For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20 KJV

NOTE: The church did not boast of its location

          a. Most prominent city (location) in Asia (Turkey) cf. deep in the heart of everything

          b. Tourist attraction – Temple of Diana cf. Branson, etc.

NOTE: The church did not boast of its reputation: The only church in the New Testament to have epistles from two apostles – Paul and John

     B. Of Taking A Stand Against Unrighteousness

          1. Cannot bear them which are evil Revelation 2:2

          2. Examine (try) those who are liars Revelation 2:2

     C. Of Years Of Good Testimony Revelation 2:3

          1. Have endured – carried the burdens of a church

          2. Have patience, perseverance, endurance – Not quit

NOTE: We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.         Romans 5:3 NLT

          3. Have labored for My name’s sake (not in name of self)

NOTE: Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”        2 Timothy 2:19 NKJV

NOTE: And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.       Acts 5:40 KJV

NOTE: For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.  Hebrews 6:10 NKJV

NOTE: He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.        Revelation 3:5 NKJV

NOTE: Labor – Greek – toil unto weariness and exhaustion

          4. Have not fainted

NOTE: They did all the right things

T.S. TO BE PLEASING TO THE LORD WE MUST: 

          I. BUILD A GOOD REPUTATION 

II. BUILD A GOOD SEPARATION Revelation 2:4-5

     A. I Have Somewhat Against You Revelation 2:4

          1. Failures require Christ to point them out to us Revelation 2:4a

NOTE: The weak spot of a church is usually purity

          2. Failures affect us spiritually

               a. Our ministry

               b. Our testimony

               c. Our power to serve

               d. Our relationship to Jesus

     B. The Fear Of Leaving Our First Love, Jesus, For A Program Or Position Revelation 2:4b-5a

NOTE: Are we running a program or are we ministering unto the Lord?

          1. Remember where we fell

          2. Repent of that failure

NOTE: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.         1 John 1:9 KJV

          3. Do the first works – get back to basics

NOTE: I preached first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that all must repent of their sins and turn to God—and prove they have changed by the good things they do.       Acts 26:20 NLT

     C. The Fear Of God Closing Our Ministries Revelation 2:5b

          1. I will come quickly

          2. Repent or removal

NOTE: I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!

So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

Revelation 3:15-16 ESV

NOTE: The only options we have with sin – hot or cold

T.S. TO BE PLEASING TO THE LORD WE MUST: 

          I. BUILD A GOOD REPUTATION 

        II. BUILD A GOOD SEPARATION

III. BUILD A GOOD PERSPIRATION (SWEAT)       Revelation 2:6-7

     A. We Have To Stand Against What Jesus Stands Against

          1. To be Christ-like is more than just being “spiritual” but regarding a lifestyle

NOTE: Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.      1 Corinthians 11:1 NKJV

          2. To be Christ-like will fall into two categories

          a. The Christian dealing with attitudes

          b. The Christian dealing with actions

NOTE: I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:1-2 ESV

     B. The Nicolaitans

NOTE: Jesus named names

NOTE: Nicolas, one of the first deacons in Jerusalem, is said by some to be the founder of the doctrine of the Nicolatians

NOTE: And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch   Acts 6:5 KJV

          1. “Superior” people who are spiritually above the average church member

               a. Said to be the origin of the priesthood in the churches

               b. To rule over vs. to humble oneself and minister up to the congregation

NOTE: But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.       Matthew 23:11 KJV

          2. It’s meaning

               a. Niko – To overthrow, to get the victory

NOTE: The sports wear company, Nike, is from niko

NOTE: The Greek goddess, Nike

               b. Laos – The people

NOTE: The movement that placed religious leaders over the people to tell them how and what to think instead of being like the Bereans

NOTE: These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.   Acts 17:11 KJV

     C. We Have To Strive To Be Overcomers Revelation 2:7

NOTE: Ignoring the sin will not make us an overcomer

         1. We overcome by listening to the Holy Spirit Revelation 2:7

NOTE: However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.    John 16:13 NKJV

         2. And evidence that we are going to heaven when we overcome by the power of the Holy Spirit and then overcome sin

NOTE: The word “strive” (KJV) means, to literally struggle as in a game to win

               a. It also means to contend with an adversary, to fight or work hard

               b. It is from this Greek word (agonizomai) that we get the English word, agonize

CONCLUSION

TO BE PLEASING TO THE LORD WE MUST: 

I. BUILD A GOOD REPUTATION 

II. BUILD A GOOD SEPARATION

III. BUILD A GOOD PERSPIRATION (SWEAT)

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Revelation 2:12-17

Revelation 2,12-17

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WHEN JESUS LOOKS AT OUR LIVES

Revelation 2:12-17

INTRODUCTION

George Beverly Shea sang the beautiful song that includes this insightful line: “His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.”

The loneliest person in the world is the person who has no one who watches after them, no one who cares one way or the other what happens to that person. We all have had the times in our lives when we said or thought no one cared for us. What wonderful pity parties.

The child of God cannot have such a pity party. Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”       Hebrews 13:5 NKJV

The church at Pergamos had no problem with loneliness, or so they thought. After all they resided in one of the most prominent cities of Asia Minor. It was a wealthy city with a large income coming to the city to visit the many temples, the university and to the library of 200,000 volumes.

Five of the seven cities mentioned in Revelation contended to be known as the city that had the privilege of establishing a center of worship of the emperor of Rome. That would amount to the income for hosting the Super Bowl today.

Pergamos won that right.

In the midst of all this is a church of Jesus Christ that is drifting into worldliness and carnality. Some of the members resisted this drift; the majority was swept out to sea.

A question each us need to ask: “Lord which way am I drifting?”

THEME: WHEN JESUS LOOKS AT OUR LIVES:

I. HE KNOWS WHAT WE ARE DOING Revelation 2:12-13

     A. He Has The Means To Correct The Deficiencies In Our Lives

          1. The sword, the two – edged one, the sharp one

          2. A long spear like sword cf. the Word of God

          3. Two edges have been represented by some to represent:

               a. Salvation edge

               b. Condemnation edge

     B. What Jesus Knows About Us

          1. Our works

               a. Every deed

               b. Every motive behind our work

NOTE: each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.    1 Corinthians 3:13 NKJV

NOTE: And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.         Revelation 22:12 KJV

          2. Our home (dwell)

NOTE: Satan’s seat

          a. Satan’s throne

          b. His base of operations

               1) Is our home a lighthouse for God?

               2) Is our home an embarrassment to God?

          c. Our home reflects how we hold His name

NOTE: No religious gathering is to be measured by numerical strength, but by its proper recognition of His name

NOTE: For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20 KJV

          3. Our personal loyalty

NOTE: Not group or church loyalty

NOTE: And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”      Joshua 24:15 NKJV

          4. Our personal faith

NOTE: He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 16:15-17 NKJV

NOTE: Not group or church faith but personal faith

NOTE: The greater the surrounding sin, the greater the commendation for holding on to Jesus

          5. How we hold His faith

               a. By our works

               b. By His name

     C. Jesus Even Knows Our Personal Names And Our Personal Works

NOTE: Secular historians took no note of a person who was faithful: but Jesus did

          1. My faithful martyr

          2. All that is known about him by us

T.S. WHEN JESUS LOOKS AT OUR LIVES:

          I. HE KNOWS WHAT WE ARE DOING

II. HE OPPOSES THINGS GOING ON AROUND US Revelation 2:14-15

     A. You Have There Those Who …

          1. The sin of compromise

          2. Refusing to stand with Jesus on clear issues

NOTE: Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.         Matthew 12:30 NLT

     B. The Sin Of Balaam

NOTE: Hired by a pagan king to curse Israel      Numbers 22-25

          1. A stumbling block

               a. Anything that causes us to fall into sin

               b. Anything that causes us to slow down in our Christian race

          2. The doctrine of Balaam

               a. To bring some object between the soul and God

               b. To rob God of worship, service, tithe, witness, etc.

NOTE: Therefore, put to death what belongs to your worldly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry. Colossians 3:5 HCSB

     C. The Doctrine Of The Nicolaitans

          1. Represents doctrinal departure

          2. Ephesus and Pergamos contrasted over the Nicolaitans

               a. The first contrast

                   1) The church at Ephesus hated the doctrine of the Nicolaitans

NOTE: But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.         Revelation 2:6 NKJV

                   2) The church at Pergamos embraced the doctrine of the Nicolaitans

NOTE: Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.                 Revelation 2:15 NKJV

               b. The second contrast

                   1) The church at Ephesus had the deeds

NOTE: I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars Revelation 2:2 NKJV

                   2) The church at Pergamos had the doctrine

NOTE: Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.        Revelation 2:15 NKJV

T.S. WHEN JESUS LOOKS AT OUR LIVES:

          I. HE KNOWS WHAT WE ARE DOING

        II. HE OPPOSES THINGS GOING ON AROUND US

III. HE WANTS TO WORK THROUGH US     Revelation 2:16-17

     A. The Solution To A Fruitful, Successful Christian Life – Repent vs. 16

NOTE: I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.        Luke 13:3 NKJV

     B. The Reward Of Jesus

          1. I will come to you

NOTE: His instrument in the fight: us

          2. I will fight against them

NOTE: Through us, by the Word

NOTE: My thoughts of what is right and wrong (“I think …”) vs. “What does the Bible say?” (Book, chapter and verse)

     B. The Reward Of Jesus To Overcomers

NOTE: To be an overcomer is a mark of salvation

          1. Jesus will give the hidden manna to eat

               a. This is said to be our present spiritual food

               b. The Word of God

          2. Jesus will give to the victorious Christian a white stone

NOTE: Some have suggested that this might be a large brilliant diamond

               a. Acquittal in a Roman court was the presentation to the accused a white stone; the person condemned was presented with a black stone

               b. In, not on, the stone written a new name

               c. Our title to eternal glory

NOTE: At salvation, as the old song goes, “A new name written down in glory”

NOTE: A Concluding thought:

The concern of Jesus is not what is going on in Rome or the taxes on commerce, or how pagans are behaving.

The concern of Jesus is on how His people are behaving.

CONCLUSION

WHEN JESUS LOOKS AT OUR LIVES:

I. HE KNOWS WHAT WE ARE DOING

II. HE OPPOSES THINGS GOING ON AROUND US

III. HE WANTS TO WORK THROUGH US

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