SUNDAY, APRIL 24
Scripture: Revelation 2:3-5
Verses 3 through 5 state, “…and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.” The joy of resurrection day is the joy of walking with the Jesus who is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, the One who has prevailed to open the scroll and loose its seven seals. What does that mean? That means when Jesus took a seat at the right Hand of God He became the Judge of all the Earth. As the Judge of all the Earth He can release a sword anytime, anyplace, anywhere it is needed and the rest of our Bible shows us very definitely that He does it at the prayers of the saints. Are we ready for that responsibility? Maybe the twelve were not ready to invoke a Biblical curse. Maybe the seventy were not ready to invoke a Biblical curse. Maybe Peter was not ready to announce the Ananias and Sapphira event. Maybe the whole early church had to get ready very quickly when they faced loosing James and then Peter and they had to bring the sword down on Herod. If we are going to gain our harvest field instead of forfeiting it, perhaps we need to learn very quickly. Have we bought a sword?