Today, is a bitter sweet day. This is the very last day of our study on King David. This Sunday will be the final message! The following Sunday, after Thanksgiving, we will begin a brand new message series with the start of Advent. We will be sticking with the Old Testament and be looking at the Messianic prophecies of Isaiah.
But today our reading is from the last book in the Bible. The reading is Revelation 2:1-7.
What does this text say about what God knows (2:2)? Is there anything we will do in our life that God is not aware of?
God knows everything. He knows your deeds, both good and bad. He sees the faith in your heart. Nothing we do in our life is outside the knowledge of God.
What is the Ephesian church commended for in this letter (2:2-3)? How are false apostles found out? How do we persevere and endure hardship without growing weary?
They are commended for their deeds, their hard work, and their perseverance. The tested those who claimed to be apostles by examining the Scriptures and their deeds. When we go through times of testing and hardship we persevere through seeking God and finding our strength in him. This happens through prayer and the Word.
What is held against the Ephesian church (2:4)? What are they called to do in response (2:5)?
They have forsaken their first love. This is their relationship with the Lord. They have set their eyes on other things. The Lord is no longer the passion of their life.
The calling is for them to return back to that first love and to love the Lord in the way they loved him at first. It is a call to renewal and revival.
Is there ways your love of God has been diminished? How do you return to loving God in the way you loved him in the past?
We are human are our relationship with the Lord ebbs and flows. It is easy to be distracted and to pursue other passions first. Returning to the Lord involves repentance and setting aside those things which distract and cause us to stumble.
What does it mean to overcome (2:7)? What were some of the things David overcame in his lifetime? What do you believe God is calling you to overcome in your lifetime? What is the reward?
To overcome is to let nothing come between us and Jesus. It is to push aside everything that hinders us from living passionately for him. When we think about David and what David overcame, he overcame fear to fight Goliath. He overcame the sin with Bathsheba through confession and repentance. He overcame disappointment in his life through prayer and trusting in the promises of God. He overcame when others stumbled, by living obedient to the Lord.