Revelation 3:22 (ESV): 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
At the beginning of John’s revelation, Jesus dictated letters to seven churches in Asia Minor. These were real churches in real places.
While some would suggest these churches represent periods of church history, we should not overlook the fact that these were real churches with real problems.
Some of these churches had very serious spiritual problems, but each of these churches were in need of turnaround. The wonderful church of Smyrna was in danger of becoming intimidated by opposition. Philadelphia Church was to continue in the open door of ministry Christ had given her despite the opposition of others.
To each of the churches, Jesus gave the exhortation to listen to what the Spirit was saying to them.
Are we listening to what the Holy Spirit would be saying to us today, not only as individuals but also as local churches?
Are we, as a local church, following the voice and the will of the Spirit? Or, do we make our plans and ask God to bless them?
Heavenly Father, help me to tune my ear to the Spirit’s voice, not only for me individually and for my family, but also for my local church. Help me to hear and obey your will. Amen.
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