A while ago God began to reveal some things about a person I knew. I told someone and they suggested I pray for the person. It was a time in my life that I felt exhausted and I said "I don't think I have anything left". The wise counsel that I received was that if I prayed and interceded for the person that God would give me the strength I needed and raise people up to intercede for me. I began praying for the person and as a result God strengthened me. Today God reminded me again of the principle learned...when you build up others and pray for others it strengthens and helps you. Today God gave me the revelation that if I began to pray and intercede for others he would raise up people and intercessors to pray for me and it would change everything. This principle seems simple enough but when life is full of chaos and one blow comes after the other, simple things aren't always so simple. I hope you don't mind but I am going to be transparent today. My older sons and I were talking and I told them what God had told me about interceding for others and we began to talk about intercession and the importance of having the Holy Spirit. As we were talking I told them how when we began interceding for others everything that had been held up would be released. We then began to talk about how things seemed to be unnaturally held up and then I remembered one thing in particular. Every time I would call to check on it the representative would ask me if I had been a victim of identity theft. Something clicked. Identity theft. The devil had launched these attacks to keep me immobile. To keep me from walking in the fullness of who God has called me to be. In a sense I had lost my identity in a way. A sort of spiritual amnesia; I wasn't worshiping and I am a worshiper, I wasn't interceding and God has called me to intercession etc. We must not lose focus in times. We must remain on fire for Christ. We must pray, we must fast, we must study the bible, we must build up our brothers and sisters in Christ, we must worship! It's who we are.It's our identity.
1. And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write ; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I knowthy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest , and artdead.
2.Be watchful , and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die : for I havenot found thy works perfect before God.
3.Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard , and hold fast , and repent . If therefore thou shalt not watch , I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
4.Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
5He that overcometh , the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
6.He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
7.And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write ; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth , and no man shutteth ; and shutteth , and no man openeth ;
8.I knowthy works: behold , I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
9.Behold , I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and ar enot, but do lie ; behold , I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to knowt hat I have loved thee.
10.Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
11.Behold , I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast , that no man take thy crown.
12.Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
13.He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
14.And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write ; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15.I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou were cold or hot.
16.So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17.Because thou sayest , I am rich, and increased with goods , and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18.I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich ; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed , and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear ; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see .
19.As many as I love , I rebukeand chasten : be zealous therefore, and repent .
20.Behold , I stand at the door, and knock : if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21.To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame , and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22.He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.