Open Heavens Devotional: I KNOW YOUR WORKS II

Open Heavens Devotional: I KNOW YOUR WORKS II

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Pastor E.A Adeboye

Welcome to Open Heavens Daily Devotional written by Pastor E.A Adeboye

Monday, 17 October 2016

TOPIC: I KNOW YOUR WORKS II

Memorise: He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. – Revelation 2:29
Read: Revelation 2:8-11 (KJV)
8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
9
I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and
I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but
are the synagogue of Satan.
10
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil
shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall
have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give
thee a crown of life.
11
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the
churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
Bible in One Year: Hosea 1-5, Psalms 80:1-7
MESSAGE:
The
Almighty Father knows all that we do, nothing we do is hidden from Him.
This should make us rejoice because it means that our Master knows our
works, (assuming that our works are good) and He will appreciate and
commend us for them. In other words, even if people don’t appreciate us
or if they misunderstood us, God never misunderstands.  In Revelation
2:9, the Lord sent a message of goodwill to the Church in Smyrna:
 “I
know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I
know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but
are the synagogue of Satan.”
There
are beautiful things to note from the above scripture: Jesus knows
about the tribulation we are passing through. Little wonder one of the
saints of old wrote a hymn titled: “There’s not a Friend like the Lowly
Jesus.” The Chorus reads:
Jesus knows all about our struggles,
He will guide till the day is done;
There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus,
No, not one! No, not one!
Another
interesting thing about today’s Bible reading is the courage that the
Master gave to the Church in Smyrna. He said: “Fear none of those things
which thou shalt suffer….be thou faithful unto death, and I will give
thee a crown of life.” Beloved, this is a message from Jesus, the Lover
of your soul. Before this time, in John 16:33, Jesus made a categorical
statement void of ambiguity:
“These
things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the
world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome
the world.”
Jesus
further assured us of the great reward of escaping the second death if
we will strive to overcome (Revelation 2:11). May the Lord help us to
overcome in Jesus’ name.

Prayer point: Father, strengthen my inner man so that I may stand strong till the very end.

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