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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Denying Jesus' Name (Revelation 3)

Jesus had no condemnation for the 6th church, Philadelphia. Why? Because even through temptation and persecution they kept His Word and did not deny His name. So, what must I do to make sure I am keeping His Word and not denying His name?

I wonder if maybe the reason we often miss the point in Scripture is that we read through it quickly to get our check mark for the day rather than taking our time, reading for understanding and application. What if we even took the time to look up more information about what was going on? Would we get more of a sense of how the writing relates to our time today? Because there is really nothing new under the sun.

Philadelphia in what is now, western Turkey, was founded by the king of Pergamum. He named this city after his brother, Attalus Philadelphia. This area was known for vine growing and wine production. It was the center of the worship of Dionysus, the god of wine and fertility.

So what was going on in this city at this time. Jesus refers to those who were challenging the believers in this city as "the synagogue of Satan." In other words, these were people who claimed to be godly but were opposing this church for living out their testimony of Jesus.

Have you ever experienced that?

Have you ever had someone act like they were righteous while they criticized and attempted to knock the wind out of your sails because you were trying to live in accordance with Jesus' commands? Maybe it was a close relative, a close friend, a coworker, or maybe even someone within your faith community.

Maybe they said, "Go ahead and do ... everyone else does. It's not viewed as wrong anymore."

Does that sound like something Jesus would say or like something Satan would say?

Or maybe they accuse you of telling them what they can't do simply because you refuse to sin like them or with them.

Again, does that sound like something Jesus would say or like something Satan would say?

The accusations seem to come out of left field. You have no idea why you are suddenly being accused or encouraged to sin. But it often leaves you with the wind knocked out of your sails.

That is until you remember where your strength lies. Until you remember to just lean in to Jesus and take in a little bit of His power to resist sin!

Revelation 3:8-11 I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My Word, and have not denied My name. [9] Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews, and are not, but lie - I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and make them know that I have loved you. [10] Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. [11] I am coming quickly, hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown.

Ironic, that I am behind in writing my daily devotions right now, due to watching my grandson every day. Yet my own family has experienced some of this in the last week. God's timing of what we see in His Word just when we need it never ceases to amaze me.

Dear Lord, Your Words to the church of Philadelphia, penned by John over 1,900 years ago, just leap off the page to me today. Lord, thank you for your encouragement, for your reminders, and for your promises. Lord, please give us the strength every day to not go out without first putting on your armor and remembering to just lean in to You. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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