Today’s Reading - Revelation 2:12-17
14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality. 15 Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. - Revelation 2:14-16
Rotten wood does not start where it finishes. If left unattended to, it starts as a very small place of compromise which can happen for many different reasons. The rot will grow until eventually it can consume the entire board. It will not fix itself. The rot has to be removed. Enter Pergamum. Rot is living in the city and unless it is removed it will only get worse. The good news is the faithful had remained faithful and true to the name of Jesus. The solution was not very complicated and pretty straightforward. Repentance. When we are made aware of things in our life which cause harm in our relationship with Christ, compromise is not the answer. Confession, repentance and the forgiveness of a grace-filled God is the only way forward. Getting rid of the problem is the answer, not allowing the problem to hang around and seeing if we can convert the problem. No, the answer is getting rid of the rotten wood and only the power of God working through the Holy Spirit can replace the rotten wood with good wood. Restoration of our brokenness must include removing what is causing the problem. The big things are easy. We can get rid of those quickly. It’s the little things that we don’t even know are there that slowly grow that are the hardest to deal with. Don’t let Satan live in your city no matter how small or how large. Repent therefore!
Heavenly Father, search our hearts for any sign of rot that will cause disease in our relationship with you. Receive our repentance and set our heart free of the desire to ever get in a rotten place. We want manna, we want a new white stone with a new name. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Personal Prayer Focus - Pray over all your relationships.