I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
The challenge for each of us if we wish to LIVE in the fullness of God’s promises for our life is how do we navigate life and its challenges. The navigation of what we have never experience before, life and its challenges, is somewhat tricky and complex for we know not what to expect, every moment is new and revealing. Because of the challenges of life and the navigation thereof, God has given to us Himself embodied in His Spirit, the breath of God inside of us that makes us living souls. We are alive because of the essence of who God is dwelling within us giving us life, the ability to LIVE. The breath of God, His essence, Spirit has been given to us to have the ability and sensibilities to navigate life and its challenges on God’s purpose and plan for our lives. Live By The Spirit because it has been given to engage life and its challenges and win, producing a witness of transformation not only of our space but everyone and everything connected to us. The tribulations of life are God’s opportunities, see it as such, Live By The Spirit and you will see and receive vision, God’s purpose and plan for overcoming and inheriting life and life more abundantly, to LIVE in the fullness of God’s promises for your life!