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Revelation 2:1-7

If someone were to ask us what Revelation was about, we'd probably respond with something like "It's about the future." And that's true, but Revelation deals with the past and the present as well. Over the next few days we'll be focusing on seven messages to churches that were in existence at that time in the area we know today as modern Turkey. So this portion deals with the past. However, Jesus' words (His commendations and warnings) also apply to us today, both as a body of believers and individually.

Today we read about the church in Ephesus. Jesus commends this church for its works and endurance and its diligence in ferreting out false teaching. But a very serious charge follows--the church at Ephesus "had abandoned the love [they] had at first." This is unacceptable and Jesus calls them to remember and repent (verses 4-5).

No one plans or intends to fall away from loving God. So what causes this to happen and how can we guard against it? And if we find that we're heading down that slippery slope, what do we do to correct it and recapture that love? Tami W.

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I love how God's warning to this church applies to us today- to remember our first love. When I get too busy with my day and don't take the time to seek His face, pray and read the Bible, I'm zapped. I may be going along just fine but I'm easy prey for satan. God first loved us and it's very important to spend time with Him- daily. Reading the Word is key and when we do this, we're able to court God daily.


Getting distracted and therefore "drifting" away from the Lord [leaving our first love] is all too common. We need to keep our focus and love upon the Lord amidst the business of our days. It's certainly not easy! .... but it's rather an ongoing battle! We have been bought with a great price!, and so, the victory is sure!

One has to guard against "church" replacing our first love- God. It can become easy to let church activities such as teaching Sunday School, VBS, choir, etc. to replace one's daily, personal walk with God. While putting feet and hands to our Christianity is so very important, it is a daily one-on-one communion with our Heavenly Father that is the most important part of a Christian's life- not the activities.

To return to our First Love, make the time to be alone with Abba each day. James 4:8a- Come near to God, and He will come near to you.

What does Jesus praise about this church (2:2-3)? "hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary....You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate"...
What does He criticize (2:4)? "..have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place."..
What's the solution for this problem? I HATE BEING PUT ON THE SHELF AND FEELING USELESS, SO I MUST REPENT AND PRAY. ACKNOWLEDGE GOD’S CONTROL AND SOVERIEGNTY. I WILL DWELL ON HIS WORD, MERCY, LOVE AND KEEP ON KEEPING ON!

It sounds like the church at Ephesus started doing things because the love of God motivated them, but what they were doing became a ritual. They forgot why they were doing them. To get back they need to ask for forgiveness, delete that which is wrong, and remember to do as God says - get back to their roots.

For me, it's been when I have been so wrapped up in 'doing good' that I've let slip time to spend in the Word and in prayer. Before I even realize what's happened it feels like my world is spinning out of control. Then I'm right back into carving out that time again. As long as I keep my priorities straight....spending time with the Lord and His Word first in my life, everything else seems to fall into place.

Following Jesus, can be hard but it is worth it all to persevere because of His great love for us and who He is. Sometimes my extended family who are all good people, because of their lifestyle can cause you to step back for a moment but I always have to remember who I serve and withdraw sometimes and pray for them. Some persons take criticism that is meant in good faith to feel we are against them when it is not. I am seeking God's guidance how to do this in a better way. Sometimes I just do not say anything.

I pray for my family without ceasing and I must say I am happy when I see certain changes and thank my Almighty Father for His love. We have to keep in God's Word and talk to Him daily and pray for others. We just CANNOT give up. If we truly love Him. He will not allow us to give up either.

I was on a trip last week. My schedule was disrupted and most of the week passed without me opening my Bible. I had the time, I just didn't think about it. I was too distracted by everything going on around me. By the end of the trip I felt that something was missing. I felt empty. That's when I realized how many days had passed since I opened up my Bible. I was blessed to return home and join this study on the book of Revelation. It's just what I need. For me, keeping the focus on how I began my journey with God is essential to keeping my faith fresh and alive!

Sadly, the cares of this life interfere with our loving our Saviour in the way we did when He first found us and when we first found Him. If we trust Him to work out these earthly situations, seek Him by turning to the Word, going there for help....then, we will spend more time with our Lord in prayer, know Him better, plus, we will have our earthly situations worked out in the right way! And there will not, likely, be a day we don't read some of our Lord's words to us. Also, sometimes, people become caught up in "every wind of doctrine" as the Word describes, which comes between them and the Saviour. I am sorry to say that many factions of "new age" have infiltrated the minds of professing Christians, and they do not even know it. I pray for the church body that we do not leave our first love. Amen!

God promoses us His Spirit to dwell in each of us.it seems the focus of the Holy Spirit in the church today is sidelined as if He were not as important as other issues.i wonder how many christians are "fighting" without knowing how powerful they really are,i mean, we have the awesome ,powerful Spirit of God guiding us and teaching us,using us if we will submit our lives to Him,in many different ways.we must constantly be renewing our mind with Gods word and allow the Holy Spirit to have His way with us in order not to fall away.but when we do trip and fall,the key is not to stay down and submit to defeat.we are children of God and this is His plan for us to get back up without condemnation and walk in the Spirit,our life depends on it.

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Time with God is breath and life.
May I never out live my love for Jesus my Savior. Thank God we are in the age of Grace. Faith Hope and Love the greatest of these is Love. Lord help me love as YOU love us.

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