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THE STEADFAST OR FAITHFUL CHURCH. (Philadelphia)

THE STEADFAST OR FAITHFUL CHURCH. (Philadelphia)

SCRIPTURE: REVELATION 3:7-13

Revelation 3:7 The Faithful Church

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write,

‘These things say 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”:

 Revelation 3:8 “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.

 Revelation 3:9 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.

 Revelation 3:10 Because you have kept My command to persevere, 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.

 Revelation 3:11 Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.

 Revelation 3:12 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.

 Revelation 3:13 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’

 REFLECTION:

Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. It appears the ancient church took that name to heart. They loved Jesus, and Jesus was not ashamed to call them brothers (Hebrews 2:11). Out of the seven churches, only this church and the church in Smryna received unqualified praise and approval. They deeply pleased Jesus.

We must understand that it’s God’s power that determines our future. Our salvation and commendation from him are not based on the great things we do but on the great things Jesus has done. All he’s asking of us is to humbly keep his powerful word. He’ll do the rest.

When suffering comes, it’s our reliance on Jesus in the midst of suffering that gives us such strong confidence in him. When Jesus is all we have, we realize Jesus is all we need.

This church’s faith caused them to rise above their own strength and lay hold of the strength of God. That’s what we need too. We need the strong word of God for our little-power lives. We need the mighty hand of Jesus to hold us firm when everything else feels as if it’s falling away.

Dear friends, please read those verses for yourself and see the biblical standard for a “Faithful Church.” This is the kind of Church(hearts) God is looking for. We may not be there yet but always striving to become that faithful church God wants.

Finally, I would encourage you read verse 10 with deep understanding. Now, I understand that there would come a time of trial in the world soon. Covid-19 was just a glimpse of what will come according to verse 10. Do not fret, God says, for those that have kept His command to persevere, He’ll keep them from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. It implies that our Faith must be tested-( See verse 10). Are you ready to be tested?

 PRAYER:

O LORD, OUR DESIRE IS TO BECOME THE FAITHFUL CHURCH YOU INTENDED, HELP US TO GET THERE AS WE STRIVE DAILY TO BECOME MORE FAITHFUL, LOYAL, AND HONEST IN JESUS NAME, AMEN.

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Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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