Revelation 2:1-7

Rev 2:1  Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 

Rev 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: 

Rev 2:3  And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 

Rev 2:4  Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 

Rev 2:5  Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. 

Rev 2:6  But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 

Rev 2:7  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. 

pastorwardclinton.com

Ephesus is the type of a strenuous Church. There is something singularly masculine in the first part of the description. “I know thy works”—that is, thine achievements; not thy desires and purposes and aspirations, not even thy doings, but thy deeds. This Church in its severe self-discipline affords a welcome contrast to the easily-excited populace amid whom they lived, rushing confusedly into the theatre and shouting for two hours, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians.” The patience of the Church is twice mentioned; the second time it is patience not as a feature of the workman, but the patience of him who can suffer, and suffer in silence. And this virtue has a threefold delineation—patience, endurance, fortitude. “Thou hast patience, and thou didst bear for My name’s sake, and thou hast not grown weary.” There is another mark of the masculine character in Ephesus, a noble intolerance of evil—“thou canst not bear bad men.” And with this intolerance is the power to discriminate character, the clear judgment which cannot be deceived—“thou didst try them which call themselves apostles, and they are not, and didst find them false.” There is no surer mark of a masculine nature than this keen insight into pretentiousness, and fidelity of rebuke. There is so much good in this church that we are surprised to discover that they had left (not lost) their first love.  The honeymoon was over (Jer 2:2).  No amount of separation, sacrifice, or service can make up for your lack of love for the Lord.

It is love in its largest sense which the Church once had and now has lost; the love of God animating piety undoubtedly, but no less certainly the love of men making service sweet. Nor is it the feeling alone which has changed, it is not that love as a sentiment is lost; but love in its far reach has gone, kindliness and tender consideration and disregard of self, the grace that suffers long and is kind, that beareth all things, hopeth all things, believeth all things. The toilsomeness, the endurance, the stern self-judgment, the keen discrimination of character, are obvious; but the spirit that rises above toil or sweetens toil, the grace to woo and wed, has fled. We can understand the history only too well. Life has many sore trials, none sorer than this—that virtues which are unexercised die out, and that the circumstances which call for some virtues and give occasion for their development seem to doom others to extinction. The Christian character cannot live by severity alone. There were two demands which the Church at Ephesus had forgotten—the demand for completeness of Christian character, never more urgent than when the times are making us one-sided; the demand of God Himself for the heart. There must be impulse in His people if they are to continue His people; there must be love in all who, not contented with doing “their works,” desire to do the work of God.

The warning of the fifth verse must have been very surprising to the angel of the Ephesian Church. The Church seemed to be so efficient. Its works had been so hard, and yet they had been done. Its achieve-merits were patent. Especially its service in the cause of truth was conspicuous; the Church had not lost its zeal, its candour, its piercing vision. Ephesus warns us against the perils of the Puritan temper; it warns us also against the stoical temper, with its tendency to a not ignoble cynicism, of which some of our gravest leaders in literature have been the exponents. Puritanism plus love ham accomplished great things, and will do yet more; for a masculine tenderness is God’s noblest gift to men. But Puritanism, when the first love is lost, drags on a sorrowful existence, uninfluential and unhappy; its only hope being the capacity for repentance, which, God be praised, has never failed it. Perhaps the most solemn part of the message is that in which the Lord Himself declares—“I am coming; I will shake thy candlestick out of its place.” The Lord can do without our achievements, but not without love. He can supply gifts unendingly, can make the feeble as David; but if love be wanting He will shake the noblest into destruction, and remove them out of the way. There is one striking word immediately following this warning, a word of commendation; it is the only one of the messages in which a word of commendation does come in after the warning has been uttered, and it is a commendation of feeling. “But this thou hast, that thou hatest,” etc. Hatred is hardly the feeling we should have expected to be commended: but it is feeling, and any feeling is better than apathy or stolidity. Where men can feel hatred, other feeling may come; love may come where men have not reduced themselves to machines like an “Ebenezer Scrooge”.

The word “Nicolaitans” means “conquer the people.”  Apparently, a group in the church lorded it over the people and promoted a separation of “clergy” and “laity” (see Matt 21:20-27; 22:1-12) The priest hood was set up by God, but its purpose is not to “lord it over” the people but to serve and produce high quality disciples of the Christ.  Some of the priests and pastors started out good but lost their way somewhere along the pathway.  Ephesus had too little of what so many have too much of—sensibility, passiveness, willingness to receive, to be made something of, to be quiet and let the Blessed One save them who had long been striving, and of late so ineffectually, to serve Him. Good as strenuousness is—and of human virtues it is among the chief—even better is the responsive spirit. Why was the one we call St Paul given a vision when none of the other priests, as far as we know, in his day given one?  Much of the reason likely had to do with his sincerity and earnestness to do the will of God coupled with a responsive spirit that none but God was able to see during the time when he was a persecutor of those called Christians.

— A preview from my forthcoming book on the Revelation of Jesus the Christ. – pastorwardclinton.com

Rain and 2nd Chronicles 7:14

It is not raining where I am today, the 27th of August, as the sun rises and it is looking exceptionally nice.  It is not that it was all that spectacular but more of a matter being so nice to see after a week or two of rainy days.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the rain as well as the sunshine but too much of either becomes a bit disturbing.

I lived in the Philippines for awhile and went through monsoon seasons and did not find that to be disturbing at all.  When in Guam, we had wet season and dry season, which I have to admit I preferred wet season over heavy monsoon.  However, those seasons are like summer and winter on the mainland of the U.S.

Returning to where I currently live, we had an unusually long dry spell which has been followed up by a long wet spell.  My little pond completely dried up.  I learned that I had bass and catfish as well as lots of brim.  I toyed with the idea of renting an excavator to essentially dredge the dried out pond out a little and put some of the fertile silt in my garden area since it had pretty much “given up the ghost” as well due to the drought.  Then the rain started.  The first few days it was all around me but not getting closer than a mile or two away.

Now I had already been thinking of 2nd Chronicles 7:14 back when my fish were dying, and the water was approaching “all gone” as my late wife would have put it.  I had already been thinking about the somewhat different than normal weather patterns being reported all across the nation.  I had already been thinking and praying for a “Great Awakening” to take place in our nation on the scale of the one which was instrumental in bringing the Unites States of America into existence.  With the kakistocracy in Washington, D.C. it is no surprise that such is not yet happening nor is it a surprise that the “woke” ones are embracing the Climate Change mantra instead of acknowledging that God just might be trying to get their attention and especially the attention of those who are “awake.”   After all, 2nd Chronicles 7:13-14 is addressed to the awake ones and calls us to a specified action.

My pond overfloweth:

Yes, the rain came, and it has been raining and raining … and raining.  I stopped singing “Showers of Blessing” a week ago.  I’m not complaining, and I do believe I am blessed, but I am carefully revisiting 2nd Chronicles 7:14 and making sure I am aligning myself with His call to action.  Due, in part to Genesis 8:22 and Psalm 74, I do not fall for the Climate Change Hoax that is being perpetrated on us by the leftists.  I know Who created the climate and His promises regarding it and the instructions to His people.  Therefore, as I ponder 2nd Chronicles 7:13-14, I recognize that unusual weather patterns may very well be warning signals from Our Father in Heaven because we have strayed from His paths and He still loves us and wants to do something special through us, His awake ones.

2Ch 7:13  If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 

14  If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 

Stay Alert

Veronica Keith 

A good little bit before we moved in, we saw a tiny little mouse in the attic. We never saw any signs of it anywhere else in the house. Even after we moved in, we looked for signs, but nothing.

A couple of weeks after we moved in we started smelling the weirdest, most off-putting smell and it was always near plumbing (bathroom, water heater, etc). We tried everything. Cleaned thoroughly, and flushed the lines thinking it might have been stagnant water because the water was on way before we moved in so we thought that could be it. Even thought it might be the treatment plant. To no avail…..

Yesterday morning I walked through the kitchen, right past the dishwasher barefoot. I was headed to the laundry room to start laundry and was DISTRACTED. Derek walked RIGHT BEHIND ME, following my steps. He saw faint movement and looked down. And there it was, the small rat snake. He picked it up and took it outside.

He came back in and said, “there was your smell”. Rat snakes put off an awful odor as part of a defense mechanism. He had been in our house for at least 2-3 weeks. Since he’s been out….no smell.

He came in looking for a mouse. That mouse was valuable to him. He wanted it and he came looking for it.

I asked Derek how he thought it got in. And his response got me thinking this morning. He said, “he could have slipped in when any of us left the door cracked just a bit”. As we were moving, or kids going in and out, maybe walking out to the grill. It was small and sneaky and very well could have slipped right past us and us not even know he got in.

So this morning the Holy Spirit said to me, “do you see what can happen when you’re distracted? How quickly the enemy can sneak in your door, and sliver right past you? If he thinks there is something valuable there, he is going to try to sneak in and take it”.

And that’s how it happens. We miss one church service that turns into 6 months, we have one drink that leads back into an old lifestyle, we send one text that leads to an affair, we tell one fib that turns into a trail of lies and deceit.

The signs were there. I smelled the smell. (anyone that knows me understands this). I knew there was an enemy in the camp. But I was too “busy” to continue to look. So I just cleaned around it to try to make it “better”.

If satan can’t have you, he’ll distract you. Once you are safe in the Father’s arms and your name is written down, he can’t have you, so he tries to distract you. He tries to interrupt your holy living, he tries to break up your family, he tries to corrupt your mind, and he tries to fill you full of bitterness and unforgiveness.

LISTEN TO ME: He tries to stop you from getting any other names in that book!!!!!!! He tries to stop you from witnessing. He tells you you can’t, he ruins your witness through lies.

Don’t leave the door cracked. Lock it down. Be on guard. Put that armor on first thing. Stay prayed up.

“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 NIV

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:10-11

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 NKJV

“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:19-20 NIV

Trudeau

So very realistic, given his actions, however, he does revere Klaus too.

Trudeau recently verbally attacked all conservatives with extreme prejudice and then ran and hid, which seems to be his m. o.; such a fascistic coward he is.

Why is the government of Canada imposing vaxx mandates on truckers when they’re being lifted in the most radical leftist cities in America? What’s going on in Canada is the disintegration of freedom, which is, in large part, what the COVID restrictions have really been all about.

CNN’S DANA BASH ASKS ANTHONY FAUCI’S PERMISSION TO EAT AT A RESTAURANT, GETS TOLD NO BECAUSE OF THE OMICRON

We are now twenty-two months into this pandemic. Plus fifteen days to flatten the curve, three variants, two presidents, and a Danny Bonaduce in a pear tree. Almost two years into this nonsense, and the corporate media is STILL asking Anthony Fauci for permission for how to live their lives. What seemed absurd to normies back in August of 2020 isn’t absurd to CNN’s Dana Bash. Unavailable for comment is CNN’s Brian Stelter, who is busy fapping himself over January 6.

The highest-paid unelected government bureaucrat and media whore was a guest on the Sunday morning news shows (imagine that) where Bash asked his permission for how Americans should behave. Specifically, people who have gotten three shots.

            “How should vaccinated and boosted people behave? Can they go into a restaurant, eat safely indoors right now?” – Dana Bash – CNN sock puppet

Let that question percolate in your noggin’ for a bit. Fauci is a government official. Dana Bash is, at least in theory, a reporter. Reporters are supposed to hold government officials to account on behalf of the American people. This reporter is ASKING THE GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL’S PERMISSION for the American people to behave a certain way. This has become common and way too many people accept it.

“The safest thing to do is to be in a home setting… What you want to avoid are places where you have 20, 30, 40, 50 people.” – Herr Fauci

I see. So, we’re told no more lockdowns. Joe Biden isn’t going to call for more government-mandated lockdowns. Yet, anytime Fauci is on television on behalf of the Joe Biden White House, he’s encouraging you to lock yourselves down. That way it’s not the government that is responsible for small businesses struggling. It’s the fault of the people who are making the decision not to leave their houses, a decision that they are being scared into by the government. Makes total sense – Brodigan, Jan 3, 2022, Louder with Crowder

“Record numbers testing positive for a sore throat isn’t a crisis

I see. So, we’re told no more lockdowns. Joe Biden isn’t going to call for more government-mandated lockdowns. Yet, anytime Fauci is on television on behalf of the Joe Biden White House, he’s encouraging you to lock yourselves down. That way it’s not the government that is responsible for small businesses struggling. It’s the fault of the people who are making the decision not to leave their houses, a decision that they are being scared into by the government. Makes total sense – Brodigan, Jan 3, 2022, Louder with Crowder

“Record numbers testing positive for a sore throat isn’t a crisis

And people in the hospital for car accidents testing positive isn’t a surge

The real crisis is the irrational hysteria which has people with no symptoms waiting hours for a test or missing work for 10 days.” – Marco Rubio

The Senator has a point, a very good point indeed. So, when are Americans going to start acting like Americans instead of mindless minions of a marxist state?

Brandon = Biden

College bros started chanting “F*ck Joe Biden.” A reporter lied to us claiming they were really saying “Let’s Go Brandon.” And the internet did what the internet does. 

“The times that we’re living in right now are forcing lots of people on both sides of the aisle to look at a thing, or hear a thing, and be told that what they’re seeing and what they’re hearing is not real. And you can’t do that to people indefinitely and expect them not to push back somehow. You can’t tell people that the border is secure and then show them images of tens of thousands of people flooding over it. You can’t tell people that the evacuation of Afghanistan was a success and then show them people falling off of a plane… And you ask people who are watching a NASCAR race at home, who clearly hear the crowd yelling ‘F*ck Joe Biden’ to pretend that what they’re really hearing is ‘Let’s Go Brandon.’ I think what’s happened is people have just become sick and tired of being told that what they’re seeing and what they’re hearing is not what they’re seeing and hearing.” – Mike Rowe

Someone may take offense to this, but it remains a fact. The sooner everyone or at least the majority wake up and begin taking action the better for our nation and the world; there are dire consequences ahead if we fail to stop their agenda. …eternal consequences…

LGB=FJB

#Let’s Go Brandon

Let’s go Brandon is the rallying cry right now for faith & freedom loving Americans; and perhaps for liberty-loving people worldwide.

Mike Huckabee was being very gracious in saying that the reporter at the racetrack confused what was being said by the fans in the background by claiming the crowd was saying Let’s Go Brandon ( #LGB ) when the crowd was being sufficiently vocal for it to be clearly understood that they were chanting #FJB. Now, to give her credit, it rhymes. Most of us are aware that the CNN reporter was attempting to cover up-hide what was really being said and that she did it in either standard CNN reporter malpractice or for fear of losing her job for telling the truth instead of towing the Dem Party Line and covering up the truth when it doesn’t fit their agenda.

The left doesn’t lie to us because the truth will hurt our feelings; they lie to us because the truth might provoke us to make choices that won’t serve their interests. In the not too distant future people will wonder how we could have let them lie to us for so long and cause so much damage to our society.

If we’d had honest journalism from the Main Stream Media over the past few years we wouldn’t have China Joe in the White House and we would still have a booming economy. Therefore, it is time to wake up, speak up, and take back our country.