Devotion

A Personal Message from God

by Greg Laurie on Sep 2, 2021
Write this letter to the angel of the church in Ephesus. This is the message from the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand, the one who walks among the seven gold lampstands
—Revelation 2:1
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Imagine if God sent you an email or if Jesus sent you a text. Would you read it? I know I would.

In the same way, we can think of the book of Revelation as a personal email, text, or letter from the Lord directly to us.

Revelation reveals a supernatural world—the world of Heaven and Hell, God, angels, and supernatural activity around us every day. There’s a supernatural realm coexisting with the natural realm.

There’s also a timelessness in the book of Revelation. It reveals eternity, and we realize there’s an afterlife. God, living in the eternal realm, can see the past with perfect accuracy and the future with total clarity.

So when He tells us that something will happen, we can be sure that it will happen exactly as He has said it would. That’s why the Bible is the one book that dares to predict the future not once, not twice, but hundreds of times with 100 percent accuracy.

In the second and third chapters of Revelation, the words of Jesus to the seven churches speak to us prophetically. We essentially have a flyover of Church history, starting with the church of Ephesus and concluding with the church of Laodicea.

They were actual churches that followed a postal route of the day, and Jesus spoke specifically to these churches and their pastors.

Jesus’s words to the seven churches not only speak to us prophetically, but they also speak to us practically. We start with a church that’s losing its passion, and we end with a church where Jesus is on the outside, trying to get in.

Jesus is aware of what’s going on in His Church, and He’s aware of what’s going on with you as an individual as well. Wherever you are, He knows what you’re facing. He knows what you’re going through.

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