THEME: TREE OF LIFE
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”
-To the Ephesus church, John writes imploring the congregants to return to their first love. That is; to love God with all their hearts, strength, souls and minds; and depart from their evil ways. He also reminds them of the need for repentance and conversion into faith in Christ. Like in the beginning when Adam fell and lost the paradise of first loving communion and fellowship with God, we are reminded to return to God who gives us the right to the tree of life. To the persecuted church; Jesus cautions them of the persecution to come which appears as a crown of thorns but in the end they would be clothed with the crown of life (Rev 2:10). Christ calls each one of us to carry our own crosses and follow Him for only through Him we can have eternal life. To put on the full armor of God so that we may be able to stand against the snares of the evil one, and obtain victory through Christ who strengthens us.
Our Dear Heavenly Father we come to You today with thanksgiving in our hearts. Thank You for the gift of life and wellness that You have given us. You breathed life into our nostrils at conception and have brought life everlasting in our lives through Your death and resurrection, we bless Your holy name. Give us the strength Holy Spirit our Helper to overcome the temptation that so easily ensnare us and ground us in firmer faith through Christ our Lord. Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread & forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power & the glory; forever & ever. Amen
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