Topic: Thyatira: The Corrupt Church
Rev. 2:24- But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.
Rev. 2:18 – 29
MFM Daily Devotional 9 October 2021 Outline
The fourth letter of Jesus Christ went to the church at Thyatira. And again as with the Church of Ephesus, we see believers who have been faithful to serve God but who also had serious spiritual issues. The believers at Thyatira were praised for the spiritual growth that they showed in serving God (vs. 19) However, their willingness to compromise on spiritual matters greatly displeased the Lord.
Thyatira was the smallest church yet, they received the longest letter. This shows the seriousness of the problem they had. Thyatira was a great commercial town that specialised in dyeing wool red or purple. This was where Lydia was born. Thyatira had an army garrison. It had a fortune telling shrine and a large number of trade unions. You could not sell any goods in the city except you belonged to one of these trade unions.
Members of the Unions always held feasts in the temple of their idols and also engaged in gross immorality. John calls one particular person “Jezebel,” derived from the Old Testament Jezebel, whose name is a synonym for false worship, sensuality and manipulative control (1 Kings 16:31, 19:1 – 3; 21:1 – 15). Some at Thyatira were accepting the seductive teaching of this person, who undoubtedly claimed to speak for God, but by bringing harm to sincere believers.
Christ condemned this Jezebel and the freedom to sin that she represented and He called those who tolerated her to repent and turn back to God. Beloved, there are so many Jezebel-like persons in the church these days. They do not see anything wrong in sleeping around where they operate: majority of the members have been polluted and contaminated by the Jezebelian doctrines.
Dear reader, God does not want us to go the way of this church of Thyatira, where they enjoy all the ungodly behaviours and corruption. As God sent a letter of warning to them, He is also sending the same warning to us today to repent and turn back to Him, and Him alone. Examine your life. Are you still following God?
Anyone that is not ready for change will never experience transformation.
The wickedness of the perilous times shall not sink the boat of your salvation, in the name of Jesus.
HYMN: Breathe on me, Breath of God
1. Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what Thou dost love,
And do what Thou wouldst do
2. Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until my will is one with Thine,
To do and to endure.
3. Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Till I am wholly Thine,
Till all this earthly part of me
Glows with Thy fire divine.
4. Breathe on me, Breath of God,
So shall I never die,
But live with Thee the perfect life of Thine eternity
1. O Lord, show Yourself mighty in the affairs of Your church, in the name of Jesus.
2. Let the kingdom of God come into the heart of all Christians, in the name of Jesus.
3. Spirit of degeneration, die, in the name of Jesus.
4. O Lord, reign forever in my heart, in the name of Jesus.
5. Spirit of Mammon, get out of my life, in the name of Jesus.
6. Foundational decay, get out of my life and die, in the name of Jesus.
7. Let Your will be done in my life, O Lord, in the name of Jesus.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR
Matthew 13; Luke 8
MFM Daily Devotional 9 October 2021 for Saturday Message. The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) is a Pentecostal denomination founded in Yaba, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria in 1989, now with churches in several countries. It was founded by Daniel Kolawole Olukoya