The Shopping Channel

A family cleared out two large bedrooms full of unopened boxes from the Shopping Channel. Many thousands of dollars spent on things that were never opened or looked at or used.

In Revelation 3:18 we read: 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 eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

What does God sell? Gold, pure garments, pure sight; all for the price of true faith. All that we invest in here will remain here. It will all be burned, consumed in the judgment. Nothing will endure of this substance. But that which we have by faith will remain. Enduring external unspoiled and glorious are the items purchased by faith.

The Shopping Channel – Broadcast for December 19, 2014
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The Great Depression

Eighty five years ago the wealthy awakened in all the comfort and security that money could buy. But they were suddenly impoverished when the stock market crashed. Wealth evaporated and many in their despondency hurled themselves from tall buildings.

In Revelation 3:17 we read: 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:

Money is useful for buying and selling and offering the illusion of wealth. But beneath it all we are all the same. Our wealth is unrefined, unable to endure eternity. We are poor blind and naked and can only find true enduring wealth from the hand of God. He has gold that will not perish, clothing that gloriously covers and He gives sight to the blind.

The Great Depression – Broadcast for December 18, 2014
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Spiritual Spittle

I worked for a salesman who said that you can overcome objections but you cannot overcome indifference.

In Revelation 3:16 we read: So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

The Christians in Laodicea were not fervent in their love and service of God, to be commended; neither were they cold so that they could be revived. They were tepid, lukewarm, useless. They were spiritual spittle, to be cast away. Indifference is a deadly poison to the soul.

Spiritual Spittle – Broadcast for December 17, 2014
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What’s Your Temperature?

On a recent doctor’s visit the nurse took my temperature. I wasn’t there because I was sick, just for a wellness check. She took the strange looking thermometer, scanned it across my forehead and voila she had my temperature: 98.5.

In Revelation 3:15 we read: I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

The Lord can see your spiritual temperature without need of instrument. He knows if you are cold or hot. Imagine thirsting for a cold drink to refresh or a hot drink to revive but instead drinking a tepid mixture that made you want to throw up. That was the temperature of the Laodicean church.

What’s Your Temperature? – Broadcast for December 16, 2014
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Laodicea -The Lukewarm Church

What would it be like if people went to church just because it was expected of them?

In Revelation 3:14 we read: 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;

Indifference is a deadly poison that slowly rots the soul and robs the spirit. In marriage, it sucks the life out of the loving relationship. At work it makes the job only about collecting a paycheck. Indifference is deadly and the church in Laodicea was the church of the indifferent. There was no heat, little love, and a great need to awaken to the life they had in Christ.

Laodicea -The Lukewarm Church – Broadcast for December 15, 2014
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Enduring Residence

I have moved many times in my life. I would prefer that my next move would involve the transfer from this life into eternity. I have lived in so many houses and apartments. It is hard to remember the details of some and others I have likely forgotten. I have found no permanent residence on this earth.

In Revelation 3:12 we read: 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.

Look at our residency in heaven; we will be placed like a pillar that is immovable. We will have God’s name written upon us signifying to whom we belong. We will have the name of the city of God written upon us signifying where we belong. We will have the new name of Jesus written upon us signifying that we are forever saved. All of this to he that overcomes.

Enduring Residence – Broadcast for December 12, 2014
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The Enduring Crown

The Enduring Crown

In Revelation 3:11 we read: Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

The return of Christ will happen suddenly. In a moment, in a twinkling, He will come. There will be no time to finish unfinished business, no time for quick confessions and penance, no time to run to an altar, or call a pastor. Look, He comes quickly. We must hold fast to the truth we have and live the life that honors the one returning. If you hold fast until He comes, you win and the crown is yours.

The rewards of this life terminate with us, but the crown of life is forever to those who overcome.

The Enduring Crown – Broadcast for December 11, 2014
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Kept From the Hour of Temptation

I attended a sales meeting where the boss handed out little trophies to everyone there. He said a few nice words and with a hearty handshake and smile he gave each one his trophy. It was nice!

In Revelation 3:10 we read: 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.

When we think of the rewards to be given us in heaven, we often overlook the rewards given to us now. The believers who patiently endured the present trials would be kept from the hour of temptation. This is a reward in this life, in the near future, perhaps in real time. The Lord can take us out, or bring us through. He knows how to deliver from tribulation.

Kept From the Hour of Temptation – Broadcast for December 10, 2014 http://wordtimeministries.com Notes and comments © 2014 by Ronald C. Reed All rights reserved.

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They Will Know That I Have Loved Thee

Sometimes the greatest persecution comes from the hands of religious people. The church in Philadelphia was afflicted by religious people who wanted to squash them because they held to the name of Jesus.

In Revelation 3:9 we read: Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

What a picture this is! Those who persecuted the church will come and worship at their feet. They will bow at the name of Jesus one day and the persecuted church will be standing there as they do. Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

They Will Know That I Have Loved Thee – Broadcast for December 9, 2014
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The Open Door

“I hope I make it,” my friend would often say. His faith was weak and he thought perhaps he had not done the right kind of works to be saved. I always answered him the same. “By grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.”

In Revelation 3:8 we read: I know thy 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.

The Christians in Philadelphia had little strength but they had not quit believing. Their faith remained and because of that faith, the Lord held open the door for them. No one could shut that door even if they killed the ones believing. That is the grace of God that He would make the way before us and hold the door open until we finally enter in.

The Open Door – Broadcast for December 8, 2014
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