A daily devotional moment by Chris Garcia
Revelation 3:7–8 (NKJV): “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write,
‘These things say He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”: “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.
I would like to start us off with a prayer that I believe we all desire. May you always have eyes to see Jesus. May the Spirit of the Lord always give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God. May your eyes always be open to Him and His presence in your lives through the entrance of worship and through the Word of God. When we were worshiping, I had a very strong sense of Christ Himself. His presence as Jesus our Messiah. If you look at Revelation chapter 3, Jesus describes Himself as the One Who holds the key of David. He writes to the church of Philadelphia the following, “These things says He who is holy, (Referring to Jesus) He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens: I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My Word, and have not denied My Name.” Jesus places an open door before the churches of Philadelphia. Which no one can shut. The reason why He did this is because He said, “You have little power and have kept My Word and have not denied My Name.” That goes to show us something. That God doesn’t take a blind eye to those that have little power and have not denied Him. The Scriptures says in Galatians, “Do not grow weary in well doing. You may have a little power left in well-doing. For in due season, you will reap a harvest of blessing if you faint not.” Jesus has not forgotten those who have little power and have kept His Word. Some of you have a little bit of power. You have kept the Word of the Lord. Yet in your trials, have yet still not denied Him and He would say that He would open a door to you that no one could shut. In verse 7 of Revelation 3, He says, “He who is Holy, He who is true.” You might feel discouraged in your current situation. You might have a little power.
You might have a little strength. But what you must recognize is that Jesus alone and only Jesus is your anchor. You need to understand that He is Holy and He is true. He is faithful and true to His words and promises to you. The Philadelphians were under tremendous attack. Contextually in this context, the church of Philadelphia was under tremendous attack because of persecution. Because they had little strength. He wanted the Philadelphians to understand 3 things. That He could be trusted. That He is Holy. That He is true and that He has the key of David. Some of you are going through a trial. Maybe a variation of persecution. Maybe you are in distress. Perhaps you are experiencing persecution in your family. Perhaps persecution by those who say they love the Lord but in reality, they don’t. You find yourself fighting with a little bit of thread and little strength. You are perhaps wobbly and discouraged on your path and walk with the Lord. He would then say to you, as a reminder that He can be trusted. He is Holy and He has the key of David. He opens doors that no man can shut. He shuts doors that no man can open. Just like He knew the deeds of the Philadelphians. He knows your heart for Him. He knows all your deeds. He sees you and he has placed before you an open door that no one can shut. Why? Because you have a little power and you have kept His Word and have not denied His Name. It is our task to simply stay faithful to our Creator.
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