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Apr 23

Good morning, Father!
Thank you for your awesome care and redemption, Lord! Thank you for leading me to water to drink, even in a dry land. Thank you for the new bird in my front yard, and the appearance of familiar visitors to my one bird feeder. Thank you for the shade and the smell of the the neighbor’s blossoms. Please help me to tolerate the neighbors booming bass that penetrates my entire house. Help it just fade into the background, or be pleasant to my sensitive ears, or just to be turned off before it has a chance to intrude upon my peace this day. Thank you, Lord, for teaching me patience and tolerance. Please grow me in your Love! 😀

 
Revelations 2:12-17 KJV

And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;
I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.
But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
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 hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

 
I was curious to look up “new name” for whatever reason, and came to this verse. I was further curious enough to look in the original Greek and found another little interesting tidbit. This “white stone” is in fact a ballot stone or ticket — with a new name or character written on it. So those who overcome will be given a VOTE — a secret vote, by the sound of it (or at least the name is kept secret). Or, they will be secretly voted into something via the name written on the “stone” — psephos — which can mean either a verdict of acquittal or a ticket of admission — or a vote. Either way, it is a little more interesting to note that psephos comes from a Greek root word that means handled, touched, and verified by contact. The only other place in the Bible this word is used is in combination with another Greek word, at the end of this verse:

 
Acts 26:10 KJV

Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.

 
Here we see Paul putting in his vote against the saints — as he once persecuted them. And we will receive the opposite of all that by overcoming, hanging in there to the end. Rather than facing the kind of condemnation that Paul originally had toward the saints, we will receive wholehearted acceptance from Jesus himself. How cool is that?!

 
Thank you, Jesus, for redeeming us! Thank you for giving us a vote of confidence and acceptance from God, our Father. Thank you for sending us your Holy Spirit, that we may know and love you and accept your gift. Thank you, Father, for making us your workmanship and using the finest ingredients to create our new lives with you! 😀

 

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