TOPIC: THE LOVELESS CHURCH (II)
Fire Scripture: Rev. 2:1-7
This ﬁrst letter to the Ephesians Church reveals some things about and the city of Ephesus itself. We learnt all these yesterday. The city of Ephesus had the temple of Diana, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. It was believed that Diana blesses her worshippers immensely.
Hence, they recognised her as the goddess of prosperity. She was also the goddess of prostitutes that were ready to attend to anybody in the temple. Criminals who ran into the temple were considered to have escaped from punishment. Hence, immorality and crime were the order of the day. Imagine what that society would be like – a suffocating and sinful environment. The church and believers must do everything to hold on to Christ.
Beloved, God told the Church of Ephesus that He knew they hated the Nicolaitans, just as He hated them, because the Nicolaitans were those who were participating in pagan ceremonies, though they believed that once you are saved, you are saved. They are of the opinion that nobody can be totally perfect or be holy – that Jesus loves sinners but hates sin. We have so many of such believers in today’s church.
God is calling them to repentance. Are you one of them? Take instant step to repent and come back to your ﬁrst love. This is more important to God than all your activities. No wonder, Paul prayed for the brethren in Ephesus that they would come to know the height, depth and width of God’s love for His children. What a dimension of revelation! (Eph. 3:14-19). This is nothing but a mystery of His power and love. May we be partakers of this immeasurable love, in the name of Jesus.
Many years ago I took a decision to love God with all my heart and never to look back, no matter what is happening around me. Beloved, do not be easily deceived by false teachings and fake prophecies. Read your Bible, discover more of the truth of God’s word and claim the promises. God is faithful to perform what He promised.
Luke 15: 18-19 -I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servant.
God loves each of us as if there were one of us.
I command any darkness that hinders love depart from your life today, in the name of Jesus.
Thy kingdom come
1. Thy kingdom come, O God,
Thy rule, O Christ, begin;
Break with Thine iron rod
The tyrannies of sin.
2. Where is Thy reign of peace,
And purity, and love?
When shall all hatred cease,
As in the realms above?
3. When comes the promised time
That war shall be no more,
And lust, oppression, crime
Shall flee Thy face before?
4. We pray Thee, Lord, arise,
And come in Thy great might;
Revive our longing eyes,
Which languish for Thy sight.
5. Men scorn Thy sacred name
And wolves devour Thy fold;
By many deeds of shame
We learn that love grows cold.
6. O’er heathen lands afar
Thick darkness broodeth yet:
Arise, O morning Star,
Arise, and never set.
1. Anything in my life that does not glorify God, be nullified, in the name of Jesus.
2. Father Lord, use me for Your glory, In the name of Jesus.
3. Every decree of darkness assigned against my life, break and scatter, in the name of Jesus.
4. I bind the spirit of satanic operation over my life, in the name of Jesus.
5. Satanic instruction against me, be cancelled by the blood of Jesus, in the name of Jesus.
6. O Lord, let me see what You see in me, in the name of Jesus.
7. O Lord, transform what You need to transform in my life, in the name of Jesus.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Ezra 4; Ezra 5; Ezra 6; Ps 137
Thank you for your time in reading Today’s MFM Devotional for 14th September 2021 – Ephesus: The Loveless Church 2, written by Pastor D. K. Olukoya. God bless you!