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The first three chapters of the book of Revelation present the accurate picture of Jesus Christ today, active in His Church. A picture of great glory and great authority; a picture of ruling in the churches that are on the earth. In chapter 2 and 3 of Revelation we find letters that John wrote directly from Christ to the seven churches in Asia. Those letters were letters of encouragement, letters of promise, letters of correction, and letters of warning. Every letter had a warning that the candlestick, which represented their church before the throne of God, could and indeed would be snuffed out by Christ should they not heed the warning that was brought to them by John.
I have a practical burden for you all individually and that is, “What is your faith really like?” If you look at the preaching of Jesus Christ, it is clearly spoken that there would be two kinds of faith on the earth. There would be a pretend faith. There would be an imitation faith. There would be a kind of faith that was bound up with enthusiasm and excitement when the feel-good aspect of it bringing blessing and purpose would be upon the individual. And then there is another kind of faith which Hebrews call true faith; a faith that passes through the fire and when it is all the way through it still stands. When you look at history and you find a segment of population where actually the whole entire faith of a group of people is totally gone over a period of hundreds and hundreds of years under persecution, you have to ask a question, “Did they really have faith? What did they really have?” It is incredible to me to think that those of us who have tasted the redemption of Jesus Christ, who have known deliverance from the power of sin, that we fall into the trappings of religious expression as a substitute for living the dynamic reality of what our faith is in Jesus Christ and God alone. It is important that we understand that faith, whether we be a small child or whether we be an adult, has the same basic means of operation. Jesus said, “When I come, will I find faith on the earth?” The Bible talks about the time to come in the book of Revelation as a time which would try men’s souls. Jesus said, “Except for the elect’s sake the days would be shortened,” and that even the elect would cave in and give up if it was not for the fact that God Himself intervened and made the burden lighter so that those believers could make it to the end. We need to recognize that Christ is about proving whether we have faith. We have that which we think is faith and all we have is soulish preference and we arrogantly label it “faith” and we unrighteously label it as that which pleases God and it is a lie. And He will prove us and He will find us out. There is a lot of those who say they believe, but, on the truth of the Word of God, what you say means nothing because faith is proven by the manner in which you trust God when there is nothing visible, emotional, or physical, by which we can say, “I’m feeling good, I am on the right path.”
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