The Walker's Diary for: Monday Dec 9, 2019
"To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:
These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands:  I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.  You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.
 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.  Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.  But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
 "To the angel of the church in Smyrna write:
These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again.  I know your afflictions and your poverty--yet you are rich! I know the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.  Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.
 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.
 "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, even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city--where Satan lives.
 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: You have people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality.  Likewise you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.  Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.
Go, proclaim this message toward the north:
" 'Return, faithless Israel,' declares the Lord,
'I will frown on you no longer,
for I am merciful,' declares the Lord,
'I will not be angry forever.
O Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer,
who shields my head in the day of battle--
 do not grant the wicked their desires, O Lord;
do not let their plans succeed,
or they will become proud.
 Let the heads of those who surround me
be covered with the trouble their lips have caused.
 Let burning coals fall upon them;
may they be thrown into the fire,
into miry pits, never to rise.
 Let slanderers not be established in the land;
may disaster hunt down men of violence.
 I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor
and upholds the cause of the needy.
 Surely the righteous will praise your name
and the upright will live before you.