Thank You, Lord, for Your steadfast Word. Prepare my heart now to receive Your truth.
"But hold fast what you have till I come. And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations" (Revelation 2:25-26)
There was a Jezebel of a woman in the church at Thyatira and she was poisoning the fellowship (Revelation 2:20-23). She was a self-appointed prophetess, spouting theological and moral error that led to spiritual adultery. And the church was allowing her to continue teaching in the name of tolerance.
Perhaps they thought they were broadening their minds. But they were merely stretching their consciences. They were making a tragic mistake, tolerating something they shouldn't. And Jesus warned that this was the beginning of a malignancy which would destroy the life of their church.
Sometimes it's nice to be narrow, and sometimes it's wise to be intolerant - especially when it comes to those things which affect our eternal destiny. Churches are going to be under attack in these last days with seducing spirits and doctrines of devils (1 Timothy 4:1). We can't let the popular philosophies and spiritual-sounding concepts of the day cause us to deviate from God's Word.
In Jesus' message to Thyatira, there is instruction for us on how to overcome. He gives them just one thing to do - He says, "Hold fast until I come." He tells them to get a firm grip on the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 1:2-4). and to stand fast. We're to hold tightly to God's truth as we await Christ's return.
It that seems difficult, remember that the saints are going to have their day. One of these days, Jesus is going to come and rule this world, and we're going to rule and reign with Him. It may not be long before He returns and gives us power over the nations. Don't give up, don't let down - stay with the Word of God. Hold fast to the truth of His Word and don't let go. Then you'll be an overcomer.