Revelation 2:1-7 (NKJV)
1 "To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, 'These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands:
Lord, you hold us in your hand. Help me to be a man of hope.
2 I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars;
Holy Spirit, we have been through a painful time of testing; please guide us.
3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name's sake and have not become weary.
Father, many have labored in your vineyeard, yet the harvest is small.
4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.
Holy Spirit, restore us to our first love.
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5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place--unless you repent.
Jesus, just changing church structures won't change our hearts. Help us remember from where we have fallen and turn to you with heart-felt love.
6 But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
Father, we have fought the false teachers, but it has not been enough. We must go forward with the love of Jesus in our hearts.
7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God." '
Holy Spirit, help us hear you and follow your guideance.
BE THOU MY VISION -- My Favorite Irish Hymn!
A Word Received: I Am the LORD God who will bring you out of your land of bondage. Thank me.