“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” Revelation 3:22
Has your church been listening? Or another way to say it: has your ministry and the people been listening?
I had a teacher once who would express “you hear, but you don’t listen.” The sound reaching your ear and even the ability of your mind to comprehend, does not mean that you are listening. Listening to the Holy Spirit means that you take heed to what has been expressed, and with your whole heart and attention you put into action what was spoken to your soul.
So what part of what the seven Spirits said applies to you and your church?
To the church at Ephesus the Holy Spirit said:
You have labored, had patience, have not fainted, and even by the Word of God have been able to discern between those who are fake Christians and those who are true. That is good, but I, Jesus, am no longer your first love! The reason you are doing these things is for the social status and attention you get among yourselves: I have been put into second place in your hearts. If you don’t repent, I will take the clear light of the candlestick away, and you will no longer have the ability to discern between the fake Christians and the true. (Read Revelation 2:1-7)
To the church at Smyrna the Holy Spirit said:
You have lost the clear light of the candlestick, so now there are fake Christians who are worshiping with you. Because of this, persecutions are soon to follow, coming from these who are claiming to be “the Church.” You who remain faithful to me, be faithful all the way to the death! (Read Revelation 2:8-11)
To the church at Pergamos the Holy Spirit said:
Persecutions from those claiming to be the church have come! Satan has set up his throne in the hearts of many people, even though they claim to love me. Additionally, like Balaam did, they are placing stumbling blocks in front of my people by seducing them with corrupted doctrines. Now the people have an unfaithful love towards me where they flirt with temptations. But I still know the few remaining ones who are faithful to me, and I will feed them a pure and faithful Word that is hidden from the fake Christians. (Read Revelation 2:12-17)
To the church at Thyatira the Holy Spirit said:
Now there are many unfaithful harlot churches claiming to be married to me. These unfaithful harlots seek to kill my true ministry and to seduce my people into being unfaithful also. These harlot spirits bring evil from the very depths of Satan through the false teachings that they speak. But through my Word I will give my faithful servants a rod of iron where by they will conquer all these evil spirits. (Read Revelation 2:18-29)
To the church at Sardis the Holy Spirit said:
The final result of evil spirits working through those claiming to be the church: you will have a name, or an identity that claims to be Christian, but the reality is that you are dead in your soul because of the sins you are still committing. But yet, even in this horrible Sardis church condition, there is a small remnant that still love and obey me with a pure and faithful heart. (Read Revelation 3:1-6)
To the church at Philadelphia the Holy Spirit said:
It is time to place judgement upon all these evil spirits claiming to be the church! I will open the door of heaven so that clear light may pour down upon the church. Then my true people will have clear teachings and light to live by, and to gather together into one to worship by. Even fake Christians who are among them will fall down to acknowledge the true light. But beware: just because they acknowledge the truth, does not mean they love the truth! Don’t let them steal again your crown of righteousness. I will establish those who overcome as an unmovable pillar in my temple, the true church of God. (Read Revelation 3:7-13)
To the church at Laodicea the Holy Spirit said:
The ultimate deception is working against your soul! Your love for me has become lukewarm. You believe because of so much light and understanding that you have, that you are OK, but you are actually about to be spewed out. You hear and comprehend, but you have not been listening because you are not taking heed to what the Holy Ghost has expressed and warned concerning the seven churches. Consequently you have not, with your whole heart and attention, put into action what has been spoken to your soul. I am warning you against the life of spiritual ease that you have chosen. Wake up! Get back to an earnest love for me and my work. Only if you are willing to face the persecutions like I have, will you overcome and sit with me in my throne. (Read Revelation 3:14-22)
Has your Church been listening to what the Spirit says to the seven churches? Have you been listening?