Utmost Hope! Part Two

There may be folks in your life that have denied the Lord. Perhaps they have never accepted Him as their Savior. It may be that they have, but have left their first love.

In Revelation 3:2-3 Jesus commended the church of Ephesus. The end of verse 3-4 says, “…and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”

What happened? They had lost their first zeal to follow the Lord and to do His will alone. They fell into the error of allowing other things to take precedence over their relationship with the Lord.

We know that after Peter went through satan’s sieve he was restored to fellowship with Jesus. In John 21 Jesus recommissioned His disciple. He also told him what was to come.

Verse 18-19 says, “Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish. This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, Follow Me.”

I encourage you to read 1 and 2 Peter. His final words will strengthen you with the strength he received from his trial by fire. 1 Peter 1:6-7 says, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is test by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

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