Did you ever stop to think about how many times you’ve had to repeat yourself when trying to get your children to pick up their room or do their homework, or how many times you’ve said the same thing over and over yet no one seems to listen?

Ask any parent(or spouse!)and I’m sure they’ll agree that sometimes you just have to keep hammering home the point until they get it. Looking back I’d have to say I gave my poor mother an awful lot of grey hair because I had a tendency to do things my own way. Come to think of it, I haven’t changed much in that regard so I guess I’m just naturally hard headed.

Jesus knew a thing or two about repeating himself as well. Don’t believe that? Then read along with me and lets see how many times Jesus repeated basically the same phrase as He delivered a message to each of the seven churches in Asia.

Revelation 2:7 (NKJV)
7 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”
Revelation 2:11 (NKJV)
11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”
Revelation 2:17 (NKJV)
17 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.”
Revelation 2:29 (NKJV)
29 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Revelation 3:6 (NKJV)
6 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Revelation 3:13 (NKJV)
13 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Revelation 3:22 (NKJV)
22 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

If I did the math right that make seven times that Jesus said “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Seven times he admonished the church to open their hearts to receive the message that was delivered to them. Seems to me that this must be pretty important to the Lord.

What I find striking about this is that the Spirit of God knew the spiritual condition of these seven churches. So much so that He knew their shortcomings,their strengths and weaknesses,and yes even their motives. In short,nothing could be hidden from the Spirit because He is the Spirit of Truth.

Whether it be a church or whether it’s you or I,the Holy Spirit does indeed know us.Every part of us.What does this mean for us today? Well, if it’s true that God “changes not” then it’s also true that the Spirit knows us just as intimately as He did those seven churches nearly 2000 years ago.

Now, shouldn’t we be listening to His voice and acting upon it the first time?

Be blessed,

Ron

 

 

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