I know your works – Part 2
Text: Revelation 2:1-19; 3:1-15
Key Verse: Revelation 2:2, “I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars.” (KJV)
Every one’s works are open to God and known by Him. It is foolishness for anyone to think that he will do something under the sun without God knowing about it. God searches the heart and knows all our intentions.
In 2 Samuel Chapter 11, you come face to face with a man who was called the sweet psalmist of Israel and a man who was said to be a man after God’s heart. But one day, he saw a woman and lost his senses. Her name was Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite. From the day David saw that woman, he sent for her and had sexual relations with her. God saw David planning to have that sexual relationship and God left him to have that sexual relationship.
David sent for Uriah from the battlefield and gave him a portion of meat to go home, so as to cover his evil act, but Uriah refused because he was a man of integrity. Uriah refused to go home and sleep with the wife because he was still on the battlefield fighting for his nation, Israel and his king. His lord Joab and other soldiers were on the battlefield. David’s plan failed, but he planned to kill Uriah by instructing Joab to put Uriah in front, where the battle was fiercest and Uriah was killed.
God knows what is in your heart and every person in the world at the same time. God saw David, when he was planning to kill Uriah. When he sent for Uriah from the battlefield, God knew his intentions. God saw when David took Bathsheba to his house after the period of mourning was over. Uriah was in the battle fighting for his king, but he didn’t know that the king wanted to kill him. The heart of man is deceitful and desperately wicked. God searches the heart and why is He searching the heart? To reward every man according to his works.
God took up Ezekiel in Heavenly visions to see the great abominations that the House of Israel committed in the temple (Ezekiel 8). God asked Ezekiel to dig into the wall to go in and see the wicked abominations, which they were doing there. He went in and saw seventy elders of the house of Israel worshipping crawling things, unclean animals and all idols of Israel in the temple. God asked Ezekiel, son of man did you see what the elders of Israel were doing?
The question now is: what are the Pastors doing behind closed doors? What are you doing behind closed doors? You may never know what is happening in the dark corners of the earth, until the Lord open your spirit eyes to see what you don’t know and what you can’t see. It was God that took Ezekiel up in the visions of the Lord and started showing him things he did not know.
Today’s Nugget: God will surely judge all of us.
Prayer: Lord, help me to live right behind closed doors.
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Rev. Pastor Ejikeme Ejim, General Superintendent, Assemblies of God Nigeria.
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