January 10, 2015

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Revelation 3:1-6

It’s tragic how we never learn. Israel received many warnings and yet refused to listen to the prophets. Is it because we think we are so much smarter than our parents, or because of advancements in science, or is it because we are living in the information age? Whatever the reason we think we know more than those who came before us. The adage is true; the only thing we learn from history is that we never learn from history. We listen to the devil’s lies that say whatever you do in secret, no one will know, and to a certain extent that is true. For a time we can get away with operating under the cloak of darkness, but as my father used to say, the law of the harvest is absolute.

Paul writes in Galatians 6:7, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” In Revelation 3, God is sending a warning to the church of Sardis that still applies to us today; wake up, and strengthen what remains.

Prayer: God of mercy, open our hearts to hear and apply your will and word to our lives that we too may conquer and be clothed in white in your kingdom. Amen

Today’s devotion was written by Steven King, Pastor of Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lincolnton, NC.

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