PODCAST – A Bible Study on the Church of the Laodiceans – Part Four. (Revelation 3:14-22)
Thought for Today
Arise and Shine
“Arise, shine! For your light has come,
and the glory of Yahweh has risen on you.
For look! darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples,
but Yahweh will rise on you,
and his glory will appear over you”
God calls to us to shine though darkness is covering the earth. He sends His light to us in the face of Jesus Christ that we may “arise” in the growing night. It is in Christ that the arising glory of God empowers and strengthens His own to be beacons of Hope to the lost. Our light has come; His life in us is the light of men. His Life is our Light.
“In Him was life
And the Life is the Light of men”
The Life of Christ within is our salvation. Teaching is good and necessary for a season but the teaching must give way to the Life. Teaching must produce a hunger for Him to live and reign within our hearts. In hearing of His life, the true in heart launch their lives into the great ocean of all that He is. The teaching of His extraordinary grace must produce lives that are not content with the “hearing” of His goodness; but like Paul we cry out to know experimentally the “width and length and depth and height” of all that He is (Ephesians 3:18). There is an inward pursuit to “know Him” (Philippians 3:10) for it is in the true knowing of Him we are enabled to walk in the power and wonder of His salvation.
Our living Hope is not based on outward words; our hope is sure because of the Christ within. He is our hope, He is our salvation and He is the substance and surety of all that God has promised.
“To them God willed to make known
what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles:
which is Christ in you, the hope of glory”
May we arise in this hour being fully persuaded of His promises. Come to Him with full intent to drink of the waters of His salvation from the living well of His own being.
“Ho, everyone who thirsts
Come to the waters…”
“Blessed are those who hunger
and thirst for righteousness…”
Thought for Today
The River and the Fruit
“And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”
Where the river flows, there is fruit. Fruit is the outflow of any life whose roots drink in the wonder of the river. Christ is the river, He is the vine and He is the only source of True Life. The trees on the banks of this river not only bear fruit but provide nourishment for others. It is the food of the Spirit; food that strengthens the hearts of His own to walk and live and bear fruit for the welfare of others. The expressions of substance and nourishment reveal the verity and source of life of the tree.
The phrase “there will grow” is powerful. “There”. Where? By the River. Those who are drinking of this river grow. There is no stagnancy or sense of just holding on. The life here is eternal life; ever increasing, ever pulsating and always developing in the glory and beauty of Christ Himself! How vital it is for ourselves and others that we learn to be rooted and sustained by His living waters.
“Ho, every one that thirsteth,
come ye to the waters”