Seven Churches – Laodicea: The Lukewarm Church

Seven Churches – Laodicea: The Lukewarm Church

Revelation 3:14-22

In writing to the seven churches, the Holy Spirit through the Apostle John, drew spiritual applications from the natural surroundings in which the people found themselves.

To the Laodiceans it was written: “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth” (Verse 16).

Laodicea, directly east of Patmos from which John wrote, was in the Lycus Valley. Its water was obtained from the hot springs nearby. Tumbling over rocks and cliffs, it was lukewarm by the time it reached the city.

Other references to the city’s status are given:

  1. It was a banking center – “Thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods … I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire (Verses 17 and 18).
  1. Sheep grown in the valley produced luscious wool, making Laodicea a clothing center – they were told to buy “white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed” (Verse 18).
  1. The city had a medical school and made eye salve – Jesus said “Anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see” (Verse 18).

Material prosperity and affluence characterized this city, but they were warned that spiritually they were “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” (Verse 17).

Perhaps even worse than these characteristics is the attitude which says, “I have need of nothing” (Verse 17). God can meet the need of the miserable, poor, blind and naked, but there is no hope for the individual, the city, or the nation that says they have no need of God.

God’s mercy is indeed longsuffering for He issues to this church an invitation of fellowship that He does not include in any of the other letters: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Verse 20).

Salutation

“These things saith … “

  1. “The Amen” – Once in the New Testament “Amen” is a title of Christ, Revelation 3:14, because through Him the purposes of God are established, 2 Corinthians 1:20 (from Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words).
  1. “The faithful and true witness” – this is an amplification of the word “Amen”, as one of the definitions of “Amen” is: “God is faithful”.
  1. “The beginning of the creation of God” – John 1:1-2

Assets

There is nothing to commend them for.

Liabilities

“I know thy works … “

  1. “Thou art neither cold nor hot” – be either for Me or against Me, but not apathetic.
  1. “Thou art lukewarm” – implies that they were once hot and then cooled off.
  1. “Thou sayest, I am rich and increased with goods” – spiritual pride. Material prosperity had become idolatry to them. It is possible to be rich and yet not make money an idol, or to put your trust in riches. It all depends on the condition of the heart.
  1. “And have need of nothing” – this is the epitome of the independent or prideful spirit.
  1. “Knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” – they didn’t know their own position before God.
  1. “I counsel thee to buy of me” – I advise you to purchase from me these things:
  1. “gold tried in the fire” – deity, purity, divine nature
  2. “that thou mayest be rich” – spiritually rich
  3. “white raiment” – marriage garment
  4. “that thou mayest be clothed” – fit to come into my presence
  5. “eye salve” – revelation of God, insight into the Word of God
  6. “that thou mayest see” – see God for who and what He is and then see your spiritual condition
  7. “Be zealous … and repent” – chastening is for sons and daughters because of love; Proverbs 3:11-12, Hebrews 12:5-11.

Promise

“To him that overcomes” …

Will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, as I also overcame and have sat down in My Father’s Throne” – to him who overcomes he shall sit where I sit, having the same power and authority that I have.

The highest promise given to the seven churches is for the ones that can overcome the apostasy of the last days.

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Seven Churches – Philadelphia: The Faithful Church

Seven Churches – Philadelphia: The Faithful Church

The name “Philadelphia” means love of the brethren or brotherly love. Philadelphia was a city of the province of Lydia in Western Asia Minor (modern day Turkey). Philadelphia was about 28 miles southeast of Sardis.

Philadelphia was a center of the wine industry. Volcanic activity contributed richness to the soil for growing vines.

Philadelphia has been nearly destroyed several times by earthquakes. The promise, “him that overcometh I will make a pillar,” i.e. immovably firm, stands in contrast to Philadelphia often shaken by earthquakes. A portion of a stone church wall topped with arches of brick remains; the building must have been magnificent, and dates from Theodosius. This church had but “little strength,” i.e. was small in numbers and poor in resources, of small account in men’s eyes. The cost of repairing the often shaken city taxed heavily the citizens (from Fausset’s Bible Dictionary).

Still a city of considerable size, Philadelphia is known today by the Turks as Allah-shehr “the city of God” (from Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary).

Revelation 3:7-13

Salutation

“These things says … “

  1. He who is holy (pure, undefiled, set apart)
  2. He that is true (faithful)
  3. He that has the Key of David (Amos 9:11 and Acts 15:16 refer to the Tabernacle of David being restored. The Key of David is praise, kingly authority, prophet and priestly authority, governmental authority)
  4. He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens (cross reference is Isaiah 22:22) – has access to go through doors and authority to lock and unlock doors

Assets

“I know thy works … “

  1. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it (“A great and effectual door is opened unto me” – 1 Corinthians 16:9)
  2. For you have a little strength, and have kept My word (small in number, not rich, not strong and powerful, yet faithful to the Word)
  3. And have not denied My Name (have not denied the faith, have not denied that His Name is Lord)
  4. Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie — indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.
  5. Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.
  6. Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.

Liabilities

None (Jesus had nothing negative to say to the churches of Philadelphia and Smyrna)

Promises

“He who overcomes … “

  1. I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more (a strong support in God’s house, steadfast and unmovable); see Galations 2:9 – James, Peter and John were regarded as pillars.
  1. “I will write upon him … “
    1. The name of My God (those who belong to Him bear His Name, Revelation 14:1, Acts 9:15)
    2. The name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God (Revelation 21:2 and Galations 4:26)
    3. My new name (bridal relationship with Jesus, Revelation 2:17)

Love – Fruit of the Spirit

Love – Fruit of the Spirit

Loving God and loving others is the #1 Kingdom principle.

One of the first things Jesus will ask you when you get to Heaven is if you learned to love.

Our love walk is vitally necessary when it comes to receiving healing and deliverance, or whatever it is that we are asking the Lord for.

The failure to walk in love can prevent a person from receiving their healing and can block the flow of God’s blessings.

Whatever we receive from the Lord, we receive by faith.

Faith works by love (Galations 5:6).

Without love, our faith will not work properly.

If we are not receiving answers to our prayers, perhaps we need to check up on our love walk.

Unforgiveness and hatred are deadly to our love walk, and these are blessing blockers.

To hate our brother is the same as walking in darkness, according to 1 John 2:11.

We cannot say that we love God and are walking in the light, yet hate our brother at the same time (1 John 1:5-8, 2:9).

Hatred is as the sin of murder, and no murderers will inherit eternal life (1 John 3:15, Revelation 21:8).

If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

If you do not have love in your heart for someone, the Holy Spirit can place that love there.

Romans 5:5 tells us that the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

In the Old Testament, there was probably nothing of greater importance than the burnt offerings and sacrifices. Yet love is superior to all of the sacrifices.

David said in Psalms 51:16-17 that God does not delight in sacrifices and burnt offerings, but in a broken and contrite heart.

The heart and attitudes of man is what God is after.

Mark 12:33 (NKJV) says, “And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

The law of Moses contains numerous laws. However, if we just walk in one law – the law of love – we will have fulfilled the law.

Romans 13:8-10 (NKJV) says, “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.”

Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfillment of the law.

If you walk in love, you will not break any of the ten commandments.

Jesus commands us to love one another. John 13:34-35 says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

In John 14:21 Jesus said that if we love Him, we will keep His commandments.

In John 15:13 Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”

Greek word for “love” = Agape (noun). Sacrificial, unselfish love; benevolence; good will. God’s love for mankind. Our love for God and others. Agape love involves feelings of affection, but is based on a decision of the will. Agape love always gives, and puts the interests of others before its own.

Agape is a term used for the Love Feasts in the early church. The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary states: “At this meal the Christians, in connection with their common Redeemer Jesus Christ, ignored all distinctions of rank, wealth and culture, and met as members of one family.”

Greek word for “love” = Agapao (verb). To regard the best welfare of another. To have preference for one another. To prize and treasure. Love for the brethren. God’s love for mankind as demonstrated by giving His one and only Son. Our love for God demonstrated in affectionate reverence, prompt obedience, and grateful recognition of benefits received.

Greek word for “love”: Phileo – friendship; to be kindly disposed to one; tender affection; personal attachment; sentimental feelings; to love from the heart.

Greek word for “love”: Philos – a dear one; to be fond of; a friend; an associate; a neighbor.

Greek word for “love”: Philadelphia – brotherly love; the love which Christians cherish for each other as brethren.

Greek word for “love”: Philandros – affectionate as a wife; a wife showing affection to her husband. Titus 2:4a.

Greek word for “love”: Philoteknos – loving one’s offspring or children. Titus 2:4b.

Greek word for “love”: Philanthropia – love of mankind; benevolence; philanthropy. Acts 28:2; Titus 3:4.

Greek word for “love”: Philanthropos – love of mankind; philanthropy; humane; kindness. Acts 27:3.

Agape (noun) and agapao (verb) is the highest form of love, and is imparted to us by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5).

Without agape love in operation, it is not possible to act in genuine phileo or philos love (love for the brethren, family and friends).

In 1 Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul gives us a clearer understanding of what it means to walk in agapao love.

Love is Patient (Greek: makrothumeo) – to be long spirited, forbearing, patient; to be patient in bearing the offenses and injuries of others; to be mild and slow in avenging; to be long suffering; slow to anger, slow to punish.

Love is Kind (chresteuomai) – to show oneself helpful; to act benevolently; to show oneself mild.

Love is Not Envious (zeloo) – to have warmth of feeling against; to be heated or boiling; jealousy.

Love is Not boastful (perpereuomai) – braggart; to vaunt oneself.

Love is Not Proud or Arrogant (phusioo) – to be haughty; to inflate; blow up; blow out; to cause to swell up.

Love is Not Rude (aschemoneo) – to be (or act) unbecoming; behave unseemly.

Love is Not Self-Seeking (zeteo) – seek; require; demand (one’s own way); selfishness; self-centeredness.

Love is Not Easily Angered (paroxuno) – to exasperate; to irritate; provoke; rouse to anger; to be sharp.

Love Thinks No Evil (Greek: kakos) – troublesome; injurious; pernicious; destructive; baneful; keeping a record of wrongs.

Love Does Not Rejoice in Iniquity (Greek: adikia) – injustice; moral wrongfulness (of character, life or act).

Love Rejoices in Truth (Greek: aletheia) – what is true in any matter under consideration (opposed to what is feigned, fictitious, false); truth as a personal excellence; that candor or mind which is free from affectation, pretense, simulation, falsehood, deceit.

Love Bears All Things (Protects) (Greek: stego) – to roof over, (figuratively) to cover with silence; to keep secret; to hide; conceal; to protect or keep by covering; to preserve; to bear up against; hold out against, and so to endure, bear, forbear.

Love Believes All Things (Trust) (pisteuo) – to have faith (in, or with respect to, a person); to think to be true; to be persuaded of; to credit; place confidence in.

Love Hopeth All Things (Expect) (elpizo) – to expect; expect the best.

Love Endures All Things (hupomeno) – abide, remain; i.e. bear trials; have fortitude; persevere.

Love Never Fails (or Falls) (pipto) – to fall; used of descent from a higher place to a lower; used of descent from a standing to a prostrate position; to fall from a state of uprightness; i.e. to sin; to come to an end; cease.

Galations 5:13 says, “For you have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love SERVE ONE ANOTHER.”

To serve means to minister to others, attending to and waiting upon others, caring for others, serving the welfare of others.

To be a servant one must have a spirit of humility.

Servanthood is putting the best interests and needs of others before oneself.

A servant attitude is one of meekness, kindness and gentleness.

A servant leader leads by example.

To serve others is to show honor, preferring one another (Romans 12:10).

To serve others is to esteem others higher than ourselves.

Philippians 2:3-4 says, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Jesus defines greatness as that of being a servant.

Before God exalts a person to leadership, He looks for a servant heart.

Mark 10:43-44 says, “Whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister; and whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.”

A servant leader seeks to be a good example to others. They lead by serving, and their followers learn to serve by observing their leader.

Jesus is our ultimate example of a servant leader.

Mark 10:45 (NKJV) says, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” John 6:38 states: “For I have come down from Heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”

Jesus is our role model of how to demonstrate servanthood to others. Jesus left His place at the head table to wash His disciples’ feet (John 13:5). Jesus also displayed humility by ministering to the needs of people around him. He healed people and went about doing good.

Jesus and the Bride of Christ serve one another.

Jesus serves the Church by demonstrating His unending love, humility, mercy, goodness, kindness, graciousness and faithfulness.

Jesus leads by example. There is no selfishness in Him. He is concerned about the needs of His Bride.

Jesus laid His life down for His Bride, and He wants us to lay our lives down for one another.

Jesus is very patient. He is not harsh, sharp or easily angered.

Jesus cherishes His Bride, fostering her with tender loving care, with the implication of brooding over her like a hen would brood over her chicks, keeping them warm and safe.

Jesus nourishes and nurtures His Church.

There is a distinction between being a church-goer and being the Bride of Christ.

A person can be religious and not even be saved.

The Bride is in love with Jesus and seeks to do His will.

The Bride serves her Bridegroom (Jesus). She finds out what pleases Him the most and then does those things.

Agape love and servanthood means to show honor, respect, courtesy and consideration to one another.

Honor is defined as: high regard or great respect given, received or enjoyed; dignity; repute; esteem; to treat with deference and courtesy.

Respect is defined as: to feel or show honor or esteem for; hold in high regard; to consider or treat with deference or dutiful regard; to show consideration for; courteous regard; to avoid intruding upon (such as respecting others’ boundaries and feelings).

The term “deference” is defined as: a yielding in opinion, judgment or wishes; courteous regard or respect; honor.

In certain passages of the Bible, some translators use the word “respect” while other translations use the term “reverence”.

Reverence is similar to respect, except has deeper meaning. Reverence implies deep respect together with love.

To revere is to have high esteem or awe for; to venerate. Reverence suggests a regarding with great respect, affection, honor and deference.

Love edifies others.

Romans 14:19 says, “Therefore, let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.”

Romans 15:2 says, “Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, for his edification.”

Edify is defined as: “to build up (as in the idea of building a structure); a builder; an edifice; an architect; to construct; to confirm; to establish; to be a house builder; to rebuild; to build up from the foundation; to restore or repair.”

Thayer’s Greek Lexicon further defines “edify” as to promote growth in Christian wisdom, affection, grace, virtue, holiness and blessedness.

The opposite of edification is to tear down, to damage, to destroy, to injure, to harm, to break, to weaken, to put others down, to discourage or depress, to destabilize, to undermine, to demoralize, to cut away by unkind remarks or actions, to crush, to deflate, to diminish or reduce, to shred into pieces, to belittle, to humiliate, to criticize, to disdain, to be negative.

Remember the “3 E’s”:

Edify

Esteem

Encourage

Love never fails. If things are failing in your life, then check your love level.

Love is not just an attribute of God, God IS love. God is not faith, but He is full of faith. God is not mercy, but He is merciful. However, God IS love. That’s the essence of who He is.

There are no limitations to those who walk in God’s love.

The revelation of all possibilities is in the understanding of my love identity.

The Church has been in the state of reason and emotion for a long time. They feel good, and may run around, yet don’t have the success or victory rate you should have if you got the revelation of His love. When you’re in a real fight, you have to know how to use the Sword of the Spirit and be led by the Spirit. The Church needs to go to the reality of who you really are in Christ and what you have on the inside of you and be able to use the Sword of the Spirit accurately and skillfully.

Ephesians 3:14-21 – Love Identity. How do I access or activate this kind of love identity?

Love is the highest you can go in the realm of the Spirit. Love is higher than faith, and even higher than the blood of Jesus. Love is God and God sent the Blood. Love is higher than the Gifts of the Spirit.

Love is the most excellent way.

God is love and love is God’s whole identity. When you love God, you got all the promises of God, from Genesis to Revelation. You have the fullness of God.

Love makes you more than a conqueror. Romans 8:20. Anything defeating me is only temporary.

Ephesians 3 (prayer Paul prayed for inner strength to be bold, strong, victorious, joyful).

Romans 5 you can be in the greatest battle. We glory in tribulation also, knowing that tribulation worketh patience, and patience experience, and experience hope. And hope makes not ashamed because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. “Hearts” is referring to your soul. The love of God is shed abroad in my mind and emotions, and I am conscious of the fact that God will never leave me or forsake me.

God’s love is shed abroad in your emotions. Say “touch me Lord Jesus”, and He will.

God can shed abroad His love into your imagination. Can you imagine what would happen to your life?

Romans 12:2 cannot work without love. You cannot fully renew the mind with just the Word, but you need the love of God to renew the mind. The perfect will of God means love.

The love of God is shed abroad in our will.

Perfect love casts out fear. 2 Timothy 1:7. The power, love and a sound mind cannot work without love.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, be not dismayed, for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee. I will help thee. I will uphold thee with My right hand.

Ephesians 3:14, inner man is your soul.

The root of the Spirit is love. Everything else is the fruit.

When you get out of love, you get into the flesh and into pride.

Your first works is love.

Love is the master of the Spirit world.

When you are all upset and walk out of love, you are not as powerful as you could be.

The love walk is not an emotional love walk. It’s triumphant.

Satan downplays love because he knows how powerful it is. This world demonstrates weak love.

Be rooted and grounded in love.

Love surpasses knowledge.

Love surpasses facts. I’ve got something in me to stir up miracles.

Love is supernatural.

Your life will be transformed by God’s love inside of you.

You have to be strengthened in your inner man by God’s love, before you qualify for the next verse. Ephesians 3:20 “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us …”

The richest attribute of God’s Glory is love.

Galations 5:6 says faith which works by love.

Love is the ground wire.

The stagnation and frustration you’ve been going through is over. Love makes grace show up.

You will be stronger than you’ve ever been in your life, because of a deeper love relationship between you and God.

Love will never let you down, even when you make a mistake.

“The past won’t last.” Whatever you need wiped out can be wiped out by the power of love.

Love gives. “For God so loved the world that He gave …”

“God so loved the world” … that’s you and me. He loves us just the way we are. He just wants you to surrender yourself to Him and receive Him as Savior and Lord.

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit involves tongues, but is a baptism of the love of God.

Works don’t replace love.

Return to your first love and first work (Revelation 2:1-7).

All limitations can be crossed by love.

We are called in Christ to make marks which cannot be erased, and love makes those marks.

Because of love I will live and declare the glory of the Lord.

Love brings results to our prayers and faith.

“Lord, spread Your love through my imagination.”

Love heals the broken heart.

There is no greater love on earth than being a grandparent.

Love can be stirred up. Hebrews 10:24 “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.”

Love is greater than faith. Though I have all faith to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing (1 Corinthians 13:2).

Love is greater than tongues and prophesying. Without love, I am as a clanging symbol and am nothing (1 Corinthians 13:1-2).

Love is greater than giving away all your money and goods to the poor, or giving yourself as a martyr, for without love it profits me nothing (1 Corinthians 13:3).

About Love #1-54

  1. Loving God and loving others is the #1 Kingdom principle.
  1. Our love walk is vitally necessary when it comes to receiving healing and deliverance, or whatever it is that we are asking the Lord for.
  1. The failure to walk in love can prevent a person from receiving their healing and can block the flow of God’s blessings.
  1. Whatever we receive from the Lord, we receive by faith.
  1. Faith works by love (Galations 5:6).
  1. Without love, our faith will not work properly.
  1. If we are not receiving answers to our prayers, perhaps we need to check up on our love walk.
  1. Unforgiveness and hatred are deadly to our love walk, and these are blessing blockers.
  1. To hate our brother is the same as walking in darkness, according to 1 John 2:11.
  1. We cannot say that we love God and are walking in the light, yet hate our brother at the same time (1 John 1:5-8, 2:9).
  1. Hatred is as the sin of murder, and no murderers will inherit eternal life (1 John 3:15, Revelation 21:8).
  1. If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
  1. If you do not have love in your heart for someone, the Holy Spirit can place that love there.
  1. Romans 5:5 tells us that the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
  1. In the Old Testament, there was probably nothing of greater importance than the burnt offerings and sacrifices. Yet love is superior to all of the sacrifices.
  1. David said in Psalms 51:16-17 that God does not delight in sacrifices and burnt offerings, but in a broken and contrite heart.
  1. The heart and attitudes of man is what God is after.
  1. Mark 12:33 (NKJV) says, “And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
  1. The law of Moses contains numerous laws.  However, if we just walk in one law – the law of love – we will have fulfilled the law.
  1. Romans 13:8-10 (NKJV) says, “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.”
  1. Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
  1. If you walk in love, you will not break any of the ten commandments.
  1. Jesus commands us to love one another.  John 13:34-35 says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
  1. In John 14:21 Jesus said that if we love Him, we will keep His commandments.
  1. In John 15:13 Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”
  1. Greek word for “love” = Agape (noun).  Sacrificial, unselfish love; benevolence; good will.  God’s love for mankind.  Our love for God and others.  Agape love involves feelings of affection, but is based on a decision of the will.  Agape love always gives, and puts the interests of others before its own.
  1. Agape is a term used for the Love Feasts in the early church.  The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary states: “At this meal the Christians, in connection with their common Redeemer Jesus Christ, ignored all distinctions of rank, wealth and culture, and met as members of one family.”
  1. Greek word for “love” = Agapao (verb). To regard the best welfare of another.  To have preference for one another.  To prize and treasure.  Love for the brethren.  God’s love for mankind as demonstrated by giving His one and only Son.  Our love for God demonstrated in affectionate reverence, prompt obedience, and grateful recognition of benefits received.
  1. Greek word for “love”: Phileo – friendship; to be kindly disposed to one; tender affection; personal attachment; sentimental feelings; to love from the heart.
  1. Greek word for “love”: Philos – a dear one; to be fond of; a friend; an associate; a neighbor.
  1. Greek word for “love”: Philadelphia – brotherly love; the love which Christians cherish for each other as brethren.
  1. Greek word for “love”: Philandros – affectionate as a wife; a wife showing affection to her husband.  Titus 2:4a.
  1. Greek word for “love”: Philoteknos – loving one’s offspring or children.  Titus 2:4b.
  1. Greek word for “love”: Philanthropia – love of mankind; benevolence; philanthropy.  Acts 28:2; Titus 3:4.
  1. Greek word for “love”: Philanthropos – love of mankind; philanthropy; humane; kindness.  Acts 27:3.
  1. Agape (noun) and agapao (verb) is the highest form of love, and is imparted to us by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5).
  1. Without agape love in operation, it is not possible to act in genuine phileo or philos love (love for the brethren, family and friends).
  1. In 1 Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul gives us a clearer understanding of what it means to walk in agapao love.
  1. Love is Patient (Greek: makrothumeo) – to be long spirited, forbearing, patient; to be patient in bearing the offenses and injuries of others; to be mild and slow in avenging; to be long suffering; slow to anger, slow to punish.
  1. Love is Kind (chresteuomai) – to show oneself helpful; to act benevolently; to show oneself mild.
  1. Love is Not Envious (zeloo) – to have warmth of feeling against; to be heated or boiling; jealousy.
  1. Love is Not boastful (perpereuomai) – braggart; to vaunt oneself.
  1. Love is Not Proud or Arrogant (phusioo) – to be haughty; to inflate; blow up; blow out; to cause to swell up.
  1. Love is Not Rude (aschemoneo) – to be (or act) unbecoming; behave unseemly.
  1. Love is Not Self-Seeking (zeteo) – seek; require; demand (one’s own way); selfishness; self-centeredness.
  1. Love is Not Easily Angered (paroxuno) – to exasperate; to irritate; provoke; rouse to anger; to be sharp.
  1. Love Thinks No Evil (Greek: kakos) – troublesome; injurious; pernicious; destructive; baneful; keeping a record of wrongs.
  1. Love Does Not Rejoice in Iniquity (Greek: adikia) – injustice; moral wrongfulness (of character, life or act).
  1. Love Rejoices in Truth (Greek: aletheia) – what is true in any matter under consideration (opposed to what is feigned, fictitious, false); truth as a personal excellence; that candor or mind which is free from affectation, pretense, simulation, falsehood, deceit.
  1. Love Bears All Things (Protects) (Greek: stego) – to roof over, (figuratively) to cover with silence; to keep secret; to hide; conceal; to protect or keep by covering; to preserve; to bear up against; hold out against, and so to endure, bear, forbear.
  1. Love Believes All Things (Trust) (pisteuo) – to have faith (in, or with respect to, a person); to think to be true; to be persuaded of; to credit; place confidence in.
  1. Love Hopeth All Things (Expect) (elpizo) – to expect; expect the best.
  1. Love Endures All Things (hupomeno) – abide, remain; i.e. bear trials; have fortitude; persevere.
  1. Love Never Fails (or Falls) (pipto) – to fall; used of descent from a higher place to a lower; used of descent from a standing to a prostrate position; to fall from a state of uprightness; i.e. to sin; to come to an end; cease.

Prophecies Spoken Through Zechariah that apply to our lives today

Prophecies Spoken Through Zechariah to Zerubbabel (Governor of Judah) and Jeshua (the High Priest and Zerubbabel’s right hand man) that apply to our lives today:

1. Who has despised the day of small beginnings? (Zechariah 4:10)

As we are faithful in the little task or few people God has entrusted into our spiritual care, then God will bring expansion and increase.

2. This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the LORD of Hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6)

It’s not by human strength that we will receive our healing, deliverance, breakthrough, miracles, answers from God—but it’s going to happen by the Power of the Spirit of God!

Whatever situation you are going through in your life in which you need God to intervene … whatever mountain you are facing today, where it says “Zerubbabel”, replace your name there.

Say outloud:

This is the word of the LORD to ________________, saying, “It’s not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the LORD of Hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? Before ________________ thou shalt become a level plain.”

3. Who art thou, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a level plain.

Matthew 21:21-22 Jesus answered and said unto them, “Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, ‘Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea’; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”

What mountains are you facing? Jesus said to speak to our mountains of difficulties and command them to be removed out of our way, and it would obey us. Replace Zerubbabel’s name with your name, and declare outloud.

“Who do you think you are, O great mountain? (and name what your mountain is). I command you, according to Matthew 21:21, to get out of my way in Jesus’ Name! Before _________________ you shall become a flattened plain.”

4. God will enable you by His Grace to finish the task He has called you to do (Zechariah 4:7, 9).

Vs 9: “Zerubbabel laid the foundation of this Temple, and he will complete it.”

Vs 7: “Zerubbabel will finish building this Temple with mighty shouts of thanksgiving for God’s mercy, declaring that all was done by grace alone.”

Shout “Grace, Grace” as you lay the capstone of the foundation.

5. When Satan accuses you before God, Jesus defends you because of His Great Mercy.

Zechariah 3:1-2 Then the Angel showed me (in my vision) Joshua the High Priest standing before the Angel of the Lord; and Satan was there too, at the Angel’s right hand, accusing Joshua of many things.

And the Lord said to Satan, “I reject your accusations, Satan; yes, I, the Lord, for I have decided to be merciful to Jerusalem—I rebuke you. I have decreed mercy to Joshua and his nation; they are like a burning stick pulled out of the fire.”

Revelation 12:10 For the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

6. Jesus removes our filthy garments and clothes us in robes of righteousness. HE is our righteousness. We are not righteous by things we do, but our righteousness is found in Jesus Christ.

Our filthy garments were removed (sin and junk of the past) and we are given clean, white robes of righteousness to wear. The Lord is preparing His Bride to be ready for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

Revelation 19:8 And to her [Bride] was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Zechariah 3:3-4 Joshua’s clothing was filthy as he stood before the Angel of the Lord. Then the Angel said to the others standing there, “Remove his filthy clothing.”

And turning to Joshua He said, “See, I have taken away your sins, and now I am giving you these fine new clothes.”

Romans 3:22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.

Jeremiah 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His Name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

7. We are given priestly garments to wear and a priestly turban to crown our head (representing anointing and authority), carrying out our priestly functions.

Zechariah 3:5 Then I said, “Please, could he also have a clean turban on his head?” So they gave him one.

The Lord gives us a crown of beauty where there was once ashes (Isaiah 61:3), and we are like a royal diadem in His Hands (Isaiah 62:3).

A crown is for beauty, honor, royalty, and signifies position. Our position is that of spiritual priests unto God, offering spiritual sacrifices (1 Peter 2:5,9; Revelation 1:6).

We are royal heirs of God.

There are various crowns that believers will receive as rewards.

Crown of Life (James 1:12) – “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” Revelation 2:10b “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

Crown of Righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8) – “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

Crown of Glory (1 Peter 5:2-4) – “Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.”

Crown of Splendor (Isaiah 62:3 NIV) – “Thou shalt also be a crown of splendor in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.”

Crown of Rejoicing (1 Thessalonians 2:19) – “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?”

Crown of Beauty (Isaiah 61:3 NIV) – “To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.”

8. We have been given spiritual access to God’s Throne—we can boldly approach the Father through Jesus Christ, and our prayers and worship ascends to Him.

Zechariah 3:7 “The Lord Almighty declares: ‘If you will follow the paths I set for you and do all I tell you to, then I will put you in charge of my Temple, to keep it holy; and I will let you walk in and out of My Presence with these angels.’”

It’s also possible to be granted literal access to Heaven’s Throneroom, where you are there in person through Heavenly visitations (whether caught up in or out of the body) or through visions.

It seems as if Jeshua, the High Priest, was being given access to literally, whether caught up in person or through a vision, go in and out of God’s Throneroom. It seems as if holiness, complete obedience, and worship is the key.

You shall walk in and out of My Throneroom with the angels. You shall have Throneroom encounters, angelic visitations, visions and prophetic dreams.

Pt. 1 – A Cleansed Conscience by the Blood of Jesus (Being Cleansed from Dead Works)

Key Scriptures:

Let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting Him. For our guilty evil consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s Blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22

Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity. Just think how much more the Blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds [dead works] so that we can worship the living God. Hebrews 9:13-14a

Under the Old System, the blood of animal sacrifices only atoned for sin for a maximum of one year and had to be repeated over and over again. The blood of animals could temporarily cover over sin, but contained no power to transform the heart of man.

Jesus said that all sin and evil deeds originate from the heart. It begins with thoughts, attitudes and motives. Then action follows.

Ceremonial washings and rituals could temporarily purify the outward body, but could not cleanse the mind, or purge a defiled conscience, or remove guilt and shame.

If the blood of animals (which was imperfect) could remove sin temporarily, and the sprinkling of blood by an heifer bring purification, then HOW MUCH MORE shall the Blood of Jesus (which is perfect) cleanse our conscience from guilt, defilement and dead works.

Dead works refers to things that are:

  • Unprofitable
  • Unfruitful
  • Have no life
  • Acts that lead to death
  • Do not add anything beneficial to your life but instead only serves to drain the life out of you
  • Actions that cause damage (such as abuse)
  • Attitudes that are toxic (such as unforgiveness, hatred, unresolved anger, pride)
  • Crooked and criminal deeds
  • Iniquity
  • Wickedness
  • Craving the praise of man and doing things to make yourself look good
  • Any kind of deeds in which God is not impressed (even if man is)
  • Selfish motivation and ambition
  • Any works you do in which you will receive no reward in Heaven
  • Works of the flesh, such as those things listed in Galations 5:15-21. These include: biting and devouring one another, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envy, murder, drunkenness, revelling, desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, and such things.

Pt. 5 – Mariah Beulah Woodworth-Etter (1844-1924)

Mariah wrote several books, some of which have been reprinted and are in circulation today.  Some of her book titles include:

  • Acts of the Holy Ghost, Life and Experience of Mrs. M.B. Woodworth-Etter, published in 1912
  • Signs and Wonders God Wrought in the Ministry, published in 1916.
  • A Diary of Signs and Wonders, reprint by Harrison House of the 1916 original book.
  • The Holy Spirit, reprint by Whitaker House of the original book.
  • Holy Ghost Sermons, extracted sermons from her original books printed by Harrison House.
  • Maria Woodworth-Etter on Miracles, editor’s devotional companion book based on the writings of M.B. Woodworth-Etter.

Mariah was very prophetic in her sermons.  In one sermon, it was entitled “Prepare for War”, in which she prophesied of a coming world war.  This came to pass with World War 1.

Mariah talked much about the importance of worship, prayer, the authority of the Word of God, fasting, and intimacy with the Holy Spirit.  She emphasized the necessity of holiness and dying to the carnal nature (Galations 5 and 6) in order to walk the narrow path that leads to eternal life.

In her writings, you feel a sense of the reverential fear of God (which needs to be restored to the Body of Christ today).  There is lack of respect and honor today in God’s house, and lack of respect towards God personally in day to day living.  There is also a lack of respect towards authority figures and those who are older.

Today people do what is right in their own eyes.  People can attend church and be religious, but then live for the devil the rest of the week.  God does not want mixture in our lives.  There should be a distinction between light and darkness, between saved and unsaved.  God is looking for holiness and consecration.  Holiness is not outward, as much as it begins inwardly.

Mariah did not shy away from talking about the reality of eternal judgment (which is unpopular today to talk about), and she had compassion for the lost and wanted to warn as many as possible.

Mariah was a woman, who through hardships and perils, whose faith remained strong.  She was noted for her perseverance.  She considered herself a pilgrim here on this earth, and heaven was her real home.  While she longed for heaven, she also wanted to remain on this earth to fulfill her destiny and lead as many to Christ as possible.

Although she experienced tremendous success in her ministry, it wasn’t all rosy.  She also suffered setbacks and much persecution.  Her persecutors consisted of those who were not saved, as well as some Christians who were opposed to her ministry.

When she was 69 years old, she and two co-laborers were arrested and falsely charged with crimes they did not commit.  She was also accused of hypnotizing people.  God vindicated her and the charges were dropped.  But at the moment it was happening, she had to endure the lies spoken against her.

God used Mariah in her evangelistic ministry to gather together those of various denominations and religious backgrounds.  They came together in unity under one roof to worship Jesus, and the Holy Spirit and the power of God was poured out.  God also used her ministry to gather together people from various ethnic groups, as well as those from all walks of life and economic status.

She ministered to the saved and the unsaved.  She had an apostolic anointing.  She was a mentor to pastors and other ministers, she was a spiritual mother to many, she established various ministry works, and she paved the way for others as a pioneer.

Mariah’s ministry (and her contemporaries) were “John the Baptist’s” who prepared the way for the worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit, in which Pentecostal revival broke out in Topeka, Kansas and Azuza Street in Los Angeles, as well as other places around the world in the early 1900’s.

Mariah was a contemporary with preachers and leaders such as Smith Wigglesworth, William Seymour, Charles Parham, John G. Lake, and the Pentecostal outpouring on Azuza Street in 1906 and the subsequent years.  She was a forerunner of Kathryn Kulhman, used mightily of God to demonstrate that the power of the Holy Spirit is as real today as it was in the book of Acts.

In reading her writings, much of what she says is prophetic.  The Holy Spirit speaks, encourages, exhorts, comforts and even warns individuals through the messages He prompted Mariah to preach and record on paper.  Some of the anointing on her life is imparted into the readers who receive what the Spirit is saying to the Church today.

In reading Mariah’s sermons, prophesies, exhortations and other writings, there is a heavy anointing on it today even though it was written a hundred years ago.  The messages God spoke through her is still relevant to the Church today.  She really was born before her time.

She also spoke much about future events to come in the Body of Christ and the world, including the second return of Christ and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.  She exhorted the Bride of Christ to prepare herself to meet the Bridegroom.  Only those Christians who would walk in the Spirit, bear the fruit of the Spirit, and live in holiness would be able to ascend and enter into the Marriage Supper.

In the parable of the ten virgins (5 wise and 5 foolish in Matthew 25), when Jesus returns for His Church, will only half (50%) of those who claim to be Christians be ready to ascend to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb?  (Kat Kerr, who has been caught up to Heaven on many occasions and has seen and talked with Jesus said that right now only 20% of the Body of Christ is ready to ascend in the rapture. The other 80% are living carnal lives.) Mariah’s writings inspire the Christian to take a closer look at their walk with God, and to turn away from sin and those things which hinder.  She inspired people to love God with all their heart and to love their neighbor.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Maria Beulah Woodworth-Etter, Acts of the Holy Ghost, Life and Experience of Mrs. M.B. Woodworth-Etter (Indianapolis:  M.B. Woodworth-Etter’s Ministry and printed by John F. Worley Printing in Dallas), 1912.

Maria Beulah Woodworth-Etter, Signs and Wonders God Wrought in the Ministry (Indianapolis:  M.B. Woodworth-Etter’s Ministry and printed by Hammond Press in Chicago), 1916.

Maria Beulah Woodworth-Etter, A Diary of Signs and Wonders (Tulsa:  Reprint by Harrison House of the 1916 original book).

Maria Beulah Woodworth-Etter, The Holy Spirit (Pennsylvania:  Reprint by Whitaker House of the original book), 1998.

Maria Beulah Woodworth-Etter, Holy Ghost Sermons (Tulsa:  Extraction of sermons from her original books printed by Harrison House), 1997.

Maria Beulah Woodworth-Etter, Maria Woodworth-Etter Devotional (Florida:  Reprint by Creation House of the original devotional), 1997.

Larry Keefauver, Lessons of Maria Woodworth-Etter on Miracles (Florida:  Creation House), 1997.

NOTE:  My favorite biographies are her original writings which have not been edited, and contain more information, sermons and prophecies than the reprint editions.  The titles include:  Acts of the Holy Ghost published in 1912 and Signs and Wonders God Wrought in the Ministry published in 1916.  A limited supply of her original books are found in book stores that specialize in classics that are out of print.  I found her two original books at www.alibris.com.  Her original books may also be found in some theological libraries.