The Vision of Jesus

 

Dear Heavenly Father, please be our guide through this study of the Seven Churches in Revelation. Show us Your meaning not one skewed with our thoughts and experience, but only Your thoughts. In Jesus Name Amen.

Sitting in a jail cell gives one extra time to think, ponder life and pray. John was in Patmos serving time for unlawfully sharing the message of Jesus Christ in Ephesus. The Jewish elite, because of Roman persecution, had thrown Christians under the bus to Domitian, a Roman Emperor. The elite said because the Christians taught the reality of who Jesus was that He came to earth to save us all, and was raised after three days from the dead. It would cause dire consequences to the Roman Empire. At this time if this message was shared it could be, if permitted, jail time and even death. In a time of meditation and prayer, in the “Spirit”, John heard a loud voice behind him. Picture that you are in a room all by yourself all is silent and all of a sudden “WRITE WHAT YOU SEE”, super loud. Do you think he jumped? Maybe a scream? I know what I would have done, my head would hit the ceiling, it would have been a good thing it was Jesus Christ because I would of probably needed a head wound healed.

Now after taking a moment to regain a little composure, if at all, he turns around to someone standing there surrounded by lampstands. Looking like royalty, white hair, flames in His eyes, and when He spoke it was deafening. He was holding seven stars in His hand, when He would speak out of His would came a double edge sword, and the light coming off of Him was bright enough John could not stand to look at Him for too long. You know someone you would expect to see in a prison cell. John says “I feel at His feet as though I was dead”, immediately a hand of comfort reaches out and says” Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore”. He lets John know I am Jesus, I am here, and everything is all right. My children need to hear some things and I need you to write them down and deliver it to them.

In this journey through the vision of the seven churches of Revelation we will see the love that our God has for us. You will see that with fulfilling the prophesy of coming to earth, being crucified, and raised from the dead three days later; did not mean that He then ascended to Heaven put His feet up sat back on His throne and said “I am good now take care of it”. No; He came down once more and said hey, I love you and you did not hear what I said, you need to take care of this our we will not be able to see each other. The message that He left to the Seven Churches still resonates today, in some aspects more now then back when the Revelation was given to John. We will see how some would twist the word for personal gain; others would get to comfortable and think they could do it better then God. Groups that would try to justify their sin through the teaching of Christ, and a few that use deceitfulness to try and destroy what Jesus had done for them. With the warnings and acknowledgments that are given in these seven letters we can see that if we apply them to our lives it will make our walk with Christ even closer then you could have ever imagined.

Vision of the Son of Man

I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”

Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. Write therefore the things that you have seen those that are and those that are to take place after this. As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches. Revelation 1:9-20 (ESV)

 

 

 

When it Seems to Hard

Dear Heavenly Father, it seems like lately I cannot catch a break. Lord take away this darkness that surrounds me and cover me in you light. I release gloom that has been on me I give it to You, make my bones strong and guide my every step so I can be Your spring whose waters never fail. In Jesus Name Amen

Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Isaiah 58:9-11 (ESV)

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Consumed

Dear Heavenly Father, keep me on solid ground firmly set on Your unmovable foundation. Lord I pray that I am always humble, show me when I am not. Always thankful for all that You have done for me, always willing to step up were You need me. I always want to hold You up in the highest of places in my life. Consume me Lord with everything that You are. In Jesus Name Amen

See to it that you do not refuse [to listen to] Him who is speaking [to you now]. For if those [sons of Israel] did not escape when they refused [to listen to] him who warned them on earth [revealing God’s will], how much less will we escape if we turn our backs on Him who warns from heaven? His voice shook the earth [at Mount Sinai] then, but now He has given a promise, saying, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the [starry] heaven.” Now this [expression], “Yet once more,” indicates the removal and final transformation of all those things which can be shaken—that is, of that which has been created—so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, and offer to God pleasing service and acceptable worship with reverence and awe; for our God is [indeed] a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:25-29 (AMP)

Sharper than a Two Edged Sword

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the direction that You have given me, please help me to understand all that You have had written down so that in every circumstance I will be ready with the knowledge that You provide. In Jesus Name Amen

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:13 (ESV)

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All that have Ears

Dear Heavenly Father, Lord give me the understanding to be able to comprehend all that You have for me. Lord may my ears always be open to all that You have for me. The knowledge that You share with me is undeniably and unexplainedly the best most informative I could ask for, thank you. In Jesus Name Amen

Hear, for I will speak noble things, and from my lips will come what is right, for my mouth will utter truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them. They are all straight to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge. Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, Proverbs 8:6-10

Who is Jesus?

Dear Heavenly Father, let me always see who You are see things through Your eyes. Help me to personally know You through the word, be my light in the darkness Lord. You were here in the beginning and have the answers to all of the questions that I have. Thank You Lord for your gift, Your sacrifice and Your love! In Jesus Name Amen.

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. John 1-5, 14, 18

He’s got this!

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for all that you do and have done for me Lord! Please Lord give me Your strength and always help me walk through everything I do not understand, those things that do not make sense, and the issues that are just life. Thank you Lord for watching over me I only hope that I have just a smidge of the faithfulness for You that You have shown me. Thank You Lord. In Jesus Name Amen

Behold—the God who gives me triumph! I am confident, unafraid, and I will trust in you.” Yes! The Lord is my might and my melody; he has become my salvation! Isaiah 12:2 (TPT)

He’s got this!

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for all that you do and have done for me Lord! Please Lord give me Your strength and always help me walk through everything I do not understand, those things that do not make sense, and the issues that are just life. Thank you Lord for watching over me I only hope that I have just a smidge of the faithfulness for You that You have shown me. Thank You Lord. In Jesus Name Amen

Do not yield to fear, for I am always near. Never turn your gaze from me, for I am your faithful God. I will infuse you with my strength and help you in every situation I will hold you firmly with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (TPT)

Just For You

Dear Heavenly Father, You have done so much for me, You surrendered Yourself for me, was beaten to a pulp before You were nailed and hung on a cross. To top it all off You have prepared a eternal home for me, you have forgiven all of my frailties, my insecurities, and understand what I have gone through. You hold my hand and walk with me down the path that I travel. My heart overflows with an unending love for You Lord, thank you. In Jesus Name Amen.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:16-17

Just For You

Dear Heavenly Father, You have done so much for me, You surrendered Yourself for me, was beaten to a pulp before You were nailed and hung on a cross. To top it all off You have prepared a eternal home for me, you have forgiven all of my frailties, my insecurities, and understand what I have gone through. You hold my hand and walk with me down the path that I travel. My heart overflows with an unending love for You Lord, thank you. In Jesus Name Amen.

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him” 1 Corinthians 2:9

Hug From God

 

 

Dear Heavenly Father, as I go through all of this junk that never seems to end I just need Your overwhelming peace and comfort Lord. Please pour that peace over every circumstance and in every possible way even in those things that I cannot even imagine. Lord please surround me in Your presence, love, and be with me always. In Jesus Name Amen

In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

Hug From God

 

 

Dear Heavenly Father, as I go through all of this junk that never seems to end I just need Your overwhelming peace and comfort Lord. Please pour that peace over every circumstance and in every possible way even in those things that I cannot even imagine. Lord please surround me in Your presence, love, and be with me always. In Jesus Name Amen

Now, may the Lord himself, the Lord of peace, pour into you his peace in every circumstance and in every possible way. The Lord’s tangible presence be with you all.    2 Thessalonians 3:16

Hug From God

 

Dear Heavenly Father, as I go through all of this junk that never seems to end I just need Your overwhelming peace and comfort Lord. Please pour that peace over every circumstance and in every possible way even in those things that I cannot even imagine. Lord please surround me in Your presence, love, and be with me always. In Jesus Name Amen

Now, may the Lord himself, the Lord of peace, pour into you his peace in every circumstance and in every possible way. The Lord’s tangible presence be with you all.    2 Thessalonians 3:16

He’s Got This

When it seems like you cannot turn to the right, you try to turn to the left and it seems to be blocked also take a deep breath and take the step forward. We have been told that we will have trials but do not worry God will walk you through it. Seems a little cliché but He’s got the whole world in His hands!

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the gifts and protection that you have given me to face every situation that I may encounter. You knew that I will have issues that I will face and You have set it up so that I will be taken care of you are awesome Lord, you never cease to amaze me! In Jesus Name Amen

Happy Mothers Day

Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Proverbs 31:35-29

Love Letters from God

Dear Children,

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 1 Peter 4:12-13  For I will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. I will cover you with My pinions, and under My wings you will find refuge; My faithfulness is a shield and buckler. Psalm 91:3-5 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. Isaiah 43:2 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

 Love God

P.S. I am waiting

 

 

Dear Heavenly Father, I stand before You and ask You to show me Your ways; please forgive me for all that I have done in my life. Forgive me for the people that I have hurt and anything else that I have done. Lord show me the things that I have done and am currently continuing to do so that I may change so I do not keep on doing them. I knock at Your door with humility in my heart and I yearn to know You the same way that You know me. I am not trying to deceive You our trying to gain some sort of selfish advantage, Lord You know my heart and I truly want to know You on a personal level that I can only get from someone who is my best friend and companion. Lord help me to see all that You are. I ask You come into my heart Lord and I proclaim You as the one true God, thank you Lord.  In Jesus Name Amen

 

 

 

 

Risen

 

 

He defeated death for the welfare of all, giving us the gift of life with Him forever our Lord and Savior. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 ESV

For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. Romans 6:9

 

Risen

 

 

He defeated death for the welfare of all, giving us the gift of life with Him forever our Lord and Savior. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 ESV

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Luke 24:5-6

 

Risen

 

 

He defeated death for the welfare of all, giving us the gift of life with Him forever our Lord and Savior. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 ESV

 

 

Good Friday

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for bareing my cross, the suffering that You endured to cover my sins is unimaginable. Lord I cannot say thank you enough. THANK YOU! In Jesus Name Amen

 

 

 

 

Good Friday

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for bareing my cross, the suffering that You endured to cover my sins is unimaginable. Lord I cannot say thank you enough. THANK YOU! In Jesus Name Amen

 

 

 

 

Good Friday

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for bareing my cross, the suffering that You endured to cover my sins is unimaginable. Lord I cannot say thank you enough. THANK YOU! In Jesus Name Amen

 

 

 

 

Good Friday

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for bareing my cross, the suffering that You endured to cover my sins is unimaginable. Lord I cannot say thank you enough. THANK YOU! In Jesus Name Amen

 

 

 

 

Good Friday

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for bareing my cross, the suffering that You endured to cover my sins is unimaginable. Lord I cannot say thank you enough. THANK YOU! In Jesus Name Amen

 

 

 

 

Good Friday

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for bareing my cross, the suffering that You endured to cover my sins is unimaginable. Lord I cannot say thank you enough. THANK YOU! In Jesus Name Amen

 

 

 

 

Love Letters from God

 

Dear Heavenly Father, I stand before You and ask You to show me Your ways; please forgive me for all that I have done in my life. Forgive me for the people that I have hurt and anything else that I have done. Lord show me the things that I have done and am currently continuing to do so that I may change so I do not keep on doing them. I knock at Your door with humility in my heart and I yearn to know You the same way that You know me. I am not trying to deceive You our trying to gain some sort of selfish advantage, Lord You know my heart and I truly want to know You on a personal level that I can only get from someone who is my best friend and companion. Lord help me to see all that You are. I ask You come into my heart Lord and I proclaim You as the one true God, thank you Lord.  In Jesus Name Amen

 

Dear Children,

 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (NIV) “Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn’t a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing. You’re at least decent to your own children. So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better? (MSG) “Ask, and the gift is yours. Seek, and you’ll discover. Knock and the door will be opened for you. For every persistent one will get what he asks for. Every persistent seeker will discover what he longs for. And everyone who knocks persistently will one day find an open door. (TPT) Matt 7:7-8

 Love God

P.S. I am waiting

Love Letters from God

Dear Children,

I sent my son to save you; and she will give birth to a Son, and you shall name Him Jesus (The Lord is salvation), for He will save His people from their sins.” Matt 1:21 (AMP) you who spend your days shrouded in darkness can now say, “We have seen a brilliant Light.” And those who live in the dark shadow land of death can now say, “The Dawning Light arises on us.” Matt 4:16 (TPT) “How blessed are those who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, because it is they who will be satisfied!” Matt 5:6 (ISV) for if you forgive people their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matt 6:14 (AMPC) “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matt 7:7-8 (NIV)

Love God

P.S. I am waiting

Thoughts

“If you love someone who is ruining his or her life because of faulty thinking, and you don’t do anything about it because you are afraid of what others might think, it would seem that rather than being loving, you are in fact being heartless.”   William Wilberforce

To the World

“There are four things that we ought to do with the Word of God – admit it as the Word of God, commit it to our hearts and minds, submit to it, and transmit it to the world.”  William Wilberforce