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I Know Your Deeds

August 29 // 1 Corinthians 8:20-21

Scripture
Rev. 3: 7, 8
“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one shuts and no one opens, says this: I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied my name.

Observation
Have you ever made this statement to a friend “I know what you did,” and watched while their face turned from pleasant to fear? It is one thing to make this statement to a family member in good relations, or to a close friend, hardly do we say it to someone we don’t know. The level of impact will be different depending on the relationship, as well as the truth behind the statement. How often we judge not by what we know, but by what we think we know.. Nevertheless, these four words can either light up your life or cause shame to your very bones. “I know your deeds.”

To the church in philadelphia, the words of Christ must have been like christmas to a child. Suddenly, eyes that had been cast down were now raised towards heaven, a new energy swept throughout the church congregation, as each member turned to their neighbor to smile in recognition,
“He knows our deeds!” This church had kept His word and persevered through trial and satanic attack. They were of little strength, but not defeated!

In Revelation 19:10c It Says, “ For the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy.” Here the risen Christ speaks a word that was relevant to the church of Philadelphia. He testifies to them that He knows their deeds. He sees the “Then and there,” what they are all about and He speaks to their need and rewards them accordingly.

Application
In Revelation 19:10c It Says, “ For the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy.” Here the risen Christ speaks a word that was relevant to the church of Philadelphia. He testifies to them that He knows their deeds. He sees the “Then and there,” what they are all about and He speaks to their need and rewards them accordingly.

If the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy, ( A word relevant for today,) what would He say to us as a church in Honolulu? “I know your deeds.”
Can the way we live our lives, as individual christians, affect the way Christ sees us as a church in Honolulu? Yes! We stand in Christ not only for ourselves, but for each other! When one of us suffers we all suffer.

To the church that will walk together as one, though at times their strength may be little, and the attack of the emery great, there will be an open door that no one can shut. He longs to give us the authority here on earth to bring His kingdom, the authority and favor to prepare His Bride!

Remember! He’s coming as a Bridegroom to be won over by His Bride! And we as a church have been given our part, in her preparation.
Prayer
Father, thank you that your word is alive and relevant for my life today, in the here and now. I give your Holy Spirit freedom to work in me which will bring about your will for my future. May all that I do in word and DEED bring you glory!
With my all my love,
Gail



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This journal entry was posted by Gail. She is currently married with 2 children and has attended New Hope for the past 12 years.

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