YOUR OWN ISLAND OF PATMOS…

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The apostle John was one of Jesus’ closest disciples. He was present throughout Jesus’ ministry on earth and authored the books of First, Second and Third John, as well as the Book of Revelation. But, how did he receive The Revelation? He wasn’t sitting in a His comfortable, climate controlled room typing into His laptop. He was exiled on the Greek Island of Patmos under Roman persecution for the Testimony of Yeshua, Jesus Christ.

Revelation 1:9

I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Yes, John was there when Jesus performed his miracles, when He walked on water, when He healed and brought back people from the dead. He was there when Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper…when He was betrayed. Yes, John responded to Jesus call to…

Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

…and answering that call is why he was exiled on the Island of Patmos. He was being persecuted for the Gospel. But, God allowed it…

But why? Why did God allow His servant to be exiled? Especially if he was busy about his Father’s business? Could he not have given John The Revelation at his house? Could he not have given it to him in a dream as he slept cozy in his bed?

Could it be that God had to move every other distraction out of the way for an experience and Revelation of this magnitude and importance. Did John need to be isolated, ‘sanctified’ or ‘set apart’ to this extreme so God could reveal His plan for our future?

Could it be that God made sure that not only John’s mind was clear, but that he left without any doubt…THAT WAS GOD!

I think so!

In fact, I think we have all of us in the Body of Christ have had our own Island of Patmos, even if we didn’t recognize it.

We can get so busy with our day-to-day lives that we aren’t taking the time to really hear from God. We can even be so busy working for the Kingdom, that we aren’t slowing down enough and emptying ourselves enough to receive…fresh revelation that God has for us and those in our circles of influence.

You may have had an accident or sickness that slowed you down.

You may have lost a job or relationship that was distracting you from your true purpose.

You too may have even been jailed or imprisoned for something you did not do. Why would God allow that?

I wrote this article after being inspired by a friend who told me he had foot surgery that caused him to be home from his job for six weeks. He said during that time he grew so much closer to God, and he was given fresh revelation from scriptures he has heard and read his entire life.

What’s unfortunate is that sometimes when God ‘exiles’ or us from our lives so that we can hear from Him, we don’t recognize it. We may see it as misfortune. We may use that time selfishly for ourselves, or may even use that time for the enemy.

Stop and think back on your life.

Has God tried to isolate you for His purpose? Did you make the most of that opportunity, or squander it?

Make sure you are making yourself available to God to speak to you. Disconnect yourself from the world, job, family…distractions and make yourself available to God.

I know that personally, I can take better advantage of the opportunity of fasting to empty myself and afflict my flesh so that God doesn’t have to do it for me.

Pray for wisdom and discernment to recognize if God has you on your own Island of Patmos’ to speak to you, and give you fresh revelation.

If you’re in that season right now…use it.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

THE LONG NIGHT…

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John 21:1-14 (NKJV)

After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”

They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately[a]got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?”

They answered Him, “No.”

And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will findsome.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.

Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.”

11 Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”—knowing that it was the Lord. 13 Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish.

14 This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.

Jesus let the disciples fish all night, and they caught nothing. He could have showed up sooner. He let them fish all night long. If they had given up and left, they would have missed the miracle…

Joseph’s long night (Genesis 37-45)…

Before he was sold into slavery, his brothers didn’t like him. In fact, they hated him. Think of how horrible it was for those closest to you, those who should have your back to want you dead. Joseph dealt with that before he was sold into slavery.

Joseph was the sold into slavery at age seventeen, but it wasn’t until he was thirty years old that he was given authority in Egypt. Again we can quickly read his story, but his days and nights were just as long as ours.

It was his faith, relationship and devotion to God that got him through his longs nights after being accused of sexual harassment and thrown into prison for years. Of, having hope of getting out of prison only to be forgotten and remaining an additional two years (Genesis 40-41).

 I could go on and on with examples in the bible of people enduring ‘long nights’


As we read through the bible it’s easy to read several chapters, which can cover hundreds or thousands of years in an afternoon.

We must remember, that these people who God chose to use in His word, were just like us. They had full lives. THEIR DAYS AND NIGHTS WERE JUST AS LONG AS OURS.


Jesus let them fish all night and they caught nothing. If they had given up and left, they would have missed the miracle…

If some things have worked out when you wanted…how you wanted…the way you wanted, you would have…

Missed your miracle…

Given credit and glory to yourself or someone else…

Missed an important page in ‘your story’…

Stay strong in the Lord and keep the faith as you go through the ‘long nights’ in your life. No matter how long or dark, remember God is still there. If you keep the faith, you can be sure that things all things will work together for your good…

Romans 8:28 (NKJV)

 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

And, even if we brought our ‘long night’ ourselves. Remember that God has not forsaken or forgotten you.

Psalm 30:5 (NKJV)

 For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.

BE BLESSTIIFED!

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