Revelation 1-3 23

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Revelation 1-3 – Day 23

Revelation 3:7-8

To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of Him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.

The Thought

The letter to the 6th church, which carries no criticism, opens with a description of Jesus as pure (holy and true), and the One who is holding the most important key. The one which allows Him to open the door of Heaven to those who are worthy to enter. But what is the key of David, and what does it represent for us today?

We must think about David’s success and how he survived the many trials that he faced. For us as Christians that means recognising how David lived out his faith. The best known challenge was when he faced Goliath! His words of faith guaranteed his success. Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the Living God (1 Samuel 17:26)?

The key of David in our verse today (words spoken by Jesus), represent total assurance that God is in control and will reward those who have confidence that God is at our side and on our side, and will help us win any and every battle that we face.


Read 1 Samuel 17 today and pray for an increase in your faith. Think about David as you go through your day. Ask yourself how he would cope with whatever difficulties you face. Remember that most of what David learned was when he was caring for the sheep alone. Be confident that the difficulties of today are preparing and strengthening you for the future.

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