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A Message to the Messengers (4 of 41)
Series: The Unveiling
Jerry N Watts
July 3, 2011
* Every time you look into, linger over, and listen to God's word, you will discover something new and fresh.
* In reading verse 9, you can sense the loneliness of the Apostle John who finds himself on an island, quite likely, in solitude. Have you ever felt lonely, cutoff, deserted, and vulnerable? Quite honestly, he probably felt mistreated as the believers had now suffered many years at the hands of the Roman leader. No doubt his thoughts were with the congregation which he pastured. He knew that some of them were so discouraged that they were losing heart and wanting to quit.
* In spite of it all, John was staying focused on the Lord, maintaining his personal devotion and commitment. Even on the island he was, obviously, seeking God's hand. This may be a personal lesson for us. Wherever we are (I.E. home, work, vacation, jail, etc) that we continue to seek God's face, see His hand, and trust His heart.
* In writing this letter, John had already sought to encourage his discouraged brothers by reminding 'us' of several things;
* First, be reminded of the blessings which come from reading, studying, and keeping the written word.
* Next, be reminded of who it is that we serve.
* Finally, be reminded that, one day, He's coming back!
* Now, John says, "It was on our day of worship (The Lord's Day) that I was fully filled with the Spirit of God, here's what I heard, and this is what I was told to do about it." (Next week, we'll look at what he saw.)
* Let us keep in mind that John was now an elder statesman in the early church. Think about the fact that John walked with Jesus around 30AD and now it is some 60 years later, yet his heart still pumped with life for the Lord he had walked with. History tells us that he pastored an urban church in the Roman Empire and now he found himself isolated.
* It is what John was told to do a ...
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