Removing The Candlestick
by David Wilkerson

In Revelation 2:5, Christ gives us a word that lets us know we had
better take heed. He says, “Repent, and do the first works; or else
I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick.”

Jesus is saying here that unless we repent, He is going to remove
all the spiritual authority we have been given. This includes our
impact on our city, our community, our neighborhood, those any-
where in our sphere of influence. Every bit of influence we have
will be taken from us.

Right now, churches across the world are shutting their doors.
Their lights are literally being turned out because that is the
judgment they incur for refusing to repent. God said they would
lose their discernment, their spiritual blessings, their finances, His
very presence. Now they are dead, lifeless, with only memories
of His past blessings.

I preached in many such churches thirty years ago. At that time
they were packed with zealous believers while today barely a few
dozen people sit in their pews. Soon they will dwindle to nothing
and their doors will shut for good. God has written “Ichabod” over
their doors, which means, “The Spirit of the Lord has departed!”

Yet, beloved, God gives this same message to every Christian
individually. He says, “If you refuse to repent-if you remain in
your apathy-I will remove your lampstand. You will no longer
have any influence over your family, your coworkers-or anyone!”

Even as we read these words, we are not to fear. Jesus ends His
admonition to us this way: “To him that overcomes will I give to
eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God”
(Revelation 2:7). Dear saint, Jesus is that tree! He is telling us,
“If you will repent, I will give you constant life from My very being.
And as long as you continue to love Me, I will provide a flow of
supernatural life in you. This life will be revealed in your discern-
ment, your love for people, your good works for My kingdom!”
This is the trait that distinguishes every Christian who is truly in
love with Jesus.

Jesus promises that your godly sorrow, your repentant heart and
your renewed love for Him will lead you to life. So, pray to Him
right now: “Lord, give me a truly repentant heart. Take me back
to who I was when I was first in love with You. Yet, this time take
me deeper in You than I have ever been before.”

As you repent, God´s Spirit will begin to produce in you a new
revelation of the glory of Christ and He will make it known to
everyone around you!




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