Revelation 2:1-7 ERV; “Write this to the angel of the church in Ephesus:
“Here is a message from the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands.
“I know what you do, how hard you work and never give up. I know that you don’t accept evil people. You have tested those who say they are apostles but are not. You found that they are liars. You never stop trying. You have endured troubles for my name and have not given up.
“But I have this against you: You have left the love you had in the beginning. So remember where you were before you fell. Change your hearts and do what you did at first. If you don’t change, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. But there is something you do that is right—you hate the things that the Nicolaitans do. I also hate what they do.
“Everyone who hears this should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. To those who win the victory I will give the right to eat the fruit from the tree of life, which is in God’s paradise.”
“You have left the love you had in the beginning,’ ‘Change your hearts and do what you did at first’. I believe that time and trials causes our love to wax cold. I’ve seen it happen even in our own marriage; things you go through sometimes takes it’s toll on you, your circumstances create a distance between you that you must work at to get back together. I think back at how I felt when we were dating, the desire we had for one another and I allow those feelings to be refreshed.
Today, I reflect back on the day I gave my life to Jesus, accepted his deep love for me and realized the depth of his sacrifice. It was so personal, so complete, as if it consumed every bad thing I’d ever said or thought. That love, branded my heart with a brand unique to me. He gave me a new name, a new life, wiped away every evil, made me new. He released me from the prison of my own making, took me out of where I was and placed me in His Kingdom. Connected me to the Father by transfusing me with his own blood, the blood that brings healing, eternal life, everything needed for every test or trial I’d face. Done. Never to be undone.
“To those who win the victory I will give the right to eat the fruit from the tree of life, which is in God’s paradise.” I overcome because HE overcame. His victory is MY victory. He said he would never leave me, never forsake me, that he is with me always until the end and I believe that. Regardless of the daily struggle, He gives me the victory. He causes me to overcome. I will never forget what He did for me. Never.
So once again, I encourage you to reflect for yourself on what God has done in your life. If you’ve not yet begun your journey of love, simply say, “Jesus, I thank you for what you did on the cross for me. I receive you as my Lord and Savior. I believe that you love me and will never leave me. I receive your peace and presence in my life and surrender my own plans and purposes to you. Take my life and use it for your own glory, In Jesus Name. Amen”
Now, begin to read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Learn what a wonderful plan the Father has for us from the beginning of time. Get to know the one you serve and set yourself for the best relationship you’ll ever have.