FRIDAY, APRIL 19
Scripture: Revelation 3:1-3
In Revelation 3:1-3 we are told, “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, ‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.”’” Here comes an increase of God’s Word and it forces a discernment shift. In verse 3 Jesus said, “Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.” In Revelation 3, the thief is no longer just the enemy. Jesus Himself will come upon believers as a thief if they refuse to yield to His army of mixed-seed-eating adversity. As we grow in the Lord we realize that not every adversity is of the enemy! Sometimes adversity comes from God. And that means we must change our response. If it is the devil, then we resist him and he will flee. But if it is God, we must repent from our mixed-seed lifestyles, then resist the devil and he will flee. A growth in the Word demands a growth in discernment. Is the church growing in their discernment? Any ministries that do not help the church grow in their discernment are, in fact, working against God by shortening the life of the righteous and lengthening the life of the wicked. Which ministries are we listening to? Do we know the side of God that shortens the life of the wicked?