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To My Loved Ones in Laodicea
Speaker: Mark Evans
The church at Laodicea had become satisfied with the status quo. A very wealthy church, they had everything they needed materially but Jesus knew that their self reliance was leading them down a dangerous road. Somewhere along the way they had become so caught up in themselves that they had missed what life with Christ was really about. In His letter to them in Rev. 3:14-22 He calls them to hear Him knocking at the door of their hearts and open to Him so they might experience the joy of life that comes only when we depend solely on Him for everything we need.
In Jesus letter to His loved ones on Philadelphia he finds no fault in them. He writes to them in Rev. 3:7-13 a letter of encouragement reminding them of His love and care for them. Because of their love and service for Him the church was facing significant difficulties but they were willing to face those difficulties in order to experience the Love and peace that comes from walking with Christ.
The church at Sardis in Rev. 3:1-6 had the reputation of being alive but Jesus said they were dead. In Jesus economy being busy does not equal being alive. Walking in close relationship with Him is how He defines life. He desires above all that we love and follow Him every day.
Rev. 2:18-29 is Jesus' letter to His loved ones in Thyatira. In this letter, He reminds all of us that the works He is looking for in our lives come as a result of a heart that has been transformed as a result of a personal relationship with Him.
The church at Pergamum was facing things that could have been ripped right from today's headlines. The Lord's letter to them speaks to us today about what it means to be faithful to Him in the midst of difficult surroundings.
Jesus' letter to the church at Ephesus tells us that there are ways to follow the rules and know the right answers and still not love Him with all our hearts. We need to make sure that above all we do we love Him first.
Doubt is something that most if not all of us have dealt with at some point and time. Even in the story of Christmas the people involved had doubts about what was happening. Luke chapter 1:5-25 gives us some insights into how we should handle doubt.