Have a Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! He That Overcometh!!!
Revelation 2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
Revelation 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
Revelation 2:8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
Revelation 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
How can anyone be rich and poor at the same time? You look at a man who may be a millionaire and live in a fine house, drives a nice car, wears expensive clothes, who literally has everything that money can buy and there is no way that you would say that he is poor. Yes we can say he is poor; if he doesn’t have Jesus he is very poor.
Then we have a man who is poor, no money in the bank, lives in a tiny little home, no material goods we would in no way say he si rich. However he has Jesus he is far richer than the rich man without Jesus.
A man could have a million dollars but without Jesus is very poor. A poor man with nothing but has Jesus is a very rich man.
But the Bible tells us that there are two kinds of wealth and two kinds of poverty. On the other hand a man may be poor materially, but if he knows Jesus as his savior, he is richer that King Solomon or King Midas because he is rich spiritually. This was the case of the church at Smyrna. They were poor materially but rich spiritually! Let’s examine the Lord’s love letter to the Smyrna church.
Jesus declares that He is the “first and the last.” This church was having a hard time. They were being persecuted and suffering greatly. The name Smyrna means “suffering.” It comes from the word “myrrh” which is the same spice which the wise men brought to the baby Jesus and it is the same spice mixed with vinegar offered to our Lord on the Cross. It is a fragrant spice but in order to smell it’s perfume it must be beaten and crushed. This church was going through some deep water and it was being crushed by the persecution it was facing. But Jesus is saying “The one who is with you is greater than the one who is against you,” and “I am with you, I have more power than Satan, don’t be afraid, I’ll never leave you nor forsake you.”
Next, Jesus says that “I was dead, but am alive.” He is saying that they killed me but death couldn’t keep me and if I have power over death, surely I have the power to help you. Other people die never to live again in this world but not Jesus. You can go to the tomb of Lenin or Stalin and you will find their bodies. You can go to the tomb of Mohammed or Confucius or Buddha and you find a pile of bones. But go to that little rock hew tomb where the Son of God was laid and you will find it bare and empty. We can sing, “Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph or his foes, He arose a victor from the dark domain and He lives forever with his saints to reign, He arose, He arose, hallelujah, Christ arose!” Friends it is a great comfort indeed to know that we have a Savior who can sympathize and understand our sorrows and suffering and walk through the “valley of the shadow” with us and also be the omnipotent one who lives forevermore.
We are a very rich and blessed people to be Saved, our Savior is alive, he died for our sins and arose again.
Jesus is not only the all-powerful one, he is the all-knowing one. He arose from the grave inlike any other god people worship, but he knows all things. He knows more about each one of us, more than we know about us. Whether we lived in the first century, or twenty first century he knows everything about our condition. He knows our hearts better than we do. We amy be able to fool Mother, Father, Husband, wife, Pastor, Brother, Sister but NEVER the Lord.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. He knows how we lived, what we did for him; again works won’t get us into Heaven, but after salvation there are some things we need to be doing. Some things we NEED NOT to do and our Precious Father knows about every single one!!!
Hebrews 11:34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
Hebrews 11:35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
Hebrews 11:36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
Hebrews 11:37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
Jesus says that He is going to reward those who were faithful with a crown. He tells not to be “fearful” but to be “faithful unto death.” He didn’t say that they would be delivered from prison or even death but He did say that He would give them a “crown of life.”
2Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
2Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
The Lord tells us, Promises us who is faithful till the end will recieve the Crown of Life; why? They continued to trust and serve him. They didn’t give up, they didn’t turn their backs and run in the other direction. Some Christians will say “I have been struggling and struggling and the Lord does nothing”. Well he never told us he would see to it we would have no struggles here, no trials or tribulations here. Is it alwasy easy to stand and be brave? No and our precious Lord knows that, but what did he do for us? Was it easy for him to go to that cross for us? No he had to be separated from the Father because of our sins. Without the cross we would all burn in hell forever all eternity.
Stand Tall, Stand Faithfull, Stand For Jesus!!!
SOLDIERS OF THE CROSS
Soldiers of the Cross, arise,
Gird you with your armor bright.
Mighty are your enemies,
Hard the battle ye must fight.
O’er a faithless, fallen world
Raise your banner in the sky;
Let it float there wide unfurled;
Bear it onward, lift it high.
Mid the homes of want and woe,
Strangers to the living Word,
Let the Savior’s heralds go,
Let the voice of hope be heard.
Where the shadows deepest lie,
Carry truth’s unsullied ray;
Where are crimes of blackest dye,
There the saving sign display.
To the weary and the worn
Tell of realms where sorrows cease;
To the outcast and forlorn
Speak of mercy and of peace.
Guard the helpless, seek the strayed,
Comfort troubles, banish grief;
In the might of God arrayed,
Scatter sin and unbelief.
Be the banner still unfurled,
Still unsheathed the Spirit’s Sword;
Spread Thy Word in all the world;
Let Thy kingdom come, O Lord.