FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Scripture: Revelation 3:7,8
Revelation 3:7,8 says, “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens. I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.”’” I believe the church in Philadelphia represents the end-time remnant of faithful believers wherever they are found, scattered across the nations. These are the ones who have truly given themselves to Christ. These are the ones who have had great adversity. That is signaled by the phrase, “You have a little strength…” Having a little strength is not in any way, shape or form a diminished condition. It reflects the adversity that comes to those who wholly yield to Christ. Such adversity is followed by the blessing of, “You have kept My Word.” The truth is, the reason they have a little strength is probably because they have kept His Word. But the adversity that comes against those who keep His Word, many in the church fail to recognize. I remember one of the first manifestations of receiving the Holy Spirit was the reality of the unseen adversity that comes from a spiritual enemy. I became amazingly aware that there was an unseen adversary who used people to bring as much adversity and destruction as possible. The church of Philadelphia are those who have a heart for the fullness of God in the last days and are willing to pay the price to walk in it.