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A Light to the Dark Places 

To the angel of the church in Pergamum write:These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword. I know where you live — where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city — where Satan lives.(Revelation 2:12-13) 

In reading about the seven churches in the Book of Revelation, there was one church that was located in a very dark and dangerous place. The church at Pergamum was in a city that Jesus described as holding the throne of Satan, not just where he dwelled, but where he ruled. Satan does not rule from hell. He is not in hell; he is on this planet right now. There are places where he is worshiped and where he rules. Jesus described this place of Satan’s authority and his seat of authority as downtown Pergamum. 

If there was ever a place where we need to understand what is was like, it is Pergamum. We must realize that any time a human is worshiped, an object is worshiped, or even a goal is worshiped (instead of Jesus), it is the place where Satan dwells.  We also need to understand that the church is called to be the church in dark places. God calls His people to serve in dark places. Sometimes, God’s people don’t have a stomach for that…wanting to insulate both themselves and their children from the very people who need saving. The church is not a showcase for saints, but a hospital for sinners. The church can be a lighthouse for those in the dark. 

8 Comments

  1. millie on July 26, 2022 at 5:55 am

    Amen, As a mother (he is now an adult) I can say that this is very hard-our instinct is to protect and provide Godly experiences.

    • Larry Seale on July 26, 2022 at 7:52 am

      I understand. Today my son is moving his new wife to their new home & job 300 miles away, in a 26 foot U-haul truck. My son is no truck driver, a school teacher, I’m unable to be there to help….So I pray, please pray also. Thank you.

  2. Pamela Leigh Hightower on July 26, 2022 at 7:58 am

    Amen. I am the church that goes to a building to praise God with those who love HIM.

  3. Betty Laughlin on July 26, 2022 at 8:00 am

    May I be a light in the dark places of my life to those around me

  4. James W Howell on July 26, 2022 at 11:06 am

    Serve the Lord GOD , not allowing satan to interfere with God’s Will and GOD’S Word .

  5. Kelly on July 26, 2022 at 12:38 pm

    True statement

  6. Della on July 26, 2022 at 1:52 pm

    Amen!

  7. Kendrea J Stubblefield on July 27, 2022 at 9:42 am

    I to use to live in brokeness and darkness Jesus my Savior John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life

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