June 22

And so, my brothers and sisters, first of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.  Even so…The Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.  The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire.  Since everything on the Earth will be destroyed in this way, you ought to live a holy and godly life as you look forward to the coming Day of the Lord!  Everyone who has this hope purifies himself, just as He is pure.  So, beloved, since you are expecting these things to happen, be eager to be found by Him at His coming living a pure and blameless life and at peace…in serene confidence, free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts.  Let me warn you therefore, beloved, that knowing these things beforehand, you should be on your guard, lest you be carried away by the error of lawless and wicked persons.  I don’t want you to lose your own secure footing.  But grow in the special favor and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.  But just as He Who called you is Holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am Holy.” [2 Peter 3:3, 10-12, 14, 17; 1 John 3:3; 1 Peter 1:14-16]

Revelation 2:1-29

To the angel (pastor) I have placed in charge of the church in Ephesus concerning his congregation and each individual member, write:
“These are the words of Him Who holds the seven stars in His right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands: I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance.  I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.  You have persevered and have endured hardships for My name, and have not grown weary.  Yet I hold this against you: you have forsaken your first love.  Remember the height from which you have fallen!  Repent and do the things you did at first.  If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.  But you have this in your favor: you hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, who use their positions within the church to set themselves up as a priestly class to lord it over the members, which I also hate.  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches and each of their membersTo him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.”

 8To the angel (pastor) I have placed in charge of the church in Smyrna concerning his congregation and each individual member, write:
“These are the words of Him Who is the First and the Last, Who died and came to life again.  I know your afflictions and your poverty…yet you are rich!  I know the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.  Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer.  I tell you, the Devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days.  Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life!  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches and each of their membersHe who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.” 

 12To the angel (pastor) I have placed in charge of the church in Pergamum concerning his congregation and each individual member, write:
“These are the words of Him Who has the sharp, double-edged sword.  I know where you live…where Satan has his throne.  Yet you remain true to My name.  You did not renounce your faith in Me, even in the days of Antipas, My faithful witness, who was put to death in your city…where Satan lives.  Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: you have people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality, compromising with the ways of the world and entering into unlawful unions with them, thereby acting as destroyers of My people.  Likewise you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.  Repent, therefore!  Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches and each of their membersTo him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna.  I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.” 

 18To the angel (pastor) I have placed in charge of the church in Thyatira concerning his congregation and each individual member, write:
“These are the words of the Son of God, Whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze.  I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.  Nevertheless, I have this against you: you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess.  By her teaching she misleads My servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols, drawing them away into spiritual harlotry and abomination.  I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling.  So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.  I will strike her children dead.  Then all the churches will know that I am He Who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.  Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets (I will not impose any other burden on you): Only hold on to what you have until I come.  To him who overcomes and does My will to the end, I will give authority over the nations…’He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery’…just as I have received authority from My Father.  I will also give him the morning star.  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches and each of their members.”

Friends, brothers and sisters…

There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell.  You must be a born-again child of God.  I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s Kingdom.  I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born of water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.  You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]

 If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”

He walks with me and He talks with me:

 

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