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THE DECEASED OR DEAD CHURCH(SARDIS)

THE DECEASED OR DEAD CHURCH(SARDIS)

SCRIPTURE: REVELATION 3:1-6

Revelation 3:1 The Dead Church

“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write,

‘These things say He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.

 Revelation 3:2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.

 Revelation 3:3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore, if you do not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.

 Revelation 3:4 You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.

 Revelation 3:5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

 Revelation 3:6 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’

 REFLECTION:

History had it that the believers were spiritually overconfident.

They believed they were spiritually secure and gave no thought to the enemy inroads of false teaching that was beginning to eat away at their souls. Sardis never regained its own independence after being conquered. The city was destroyed by an earthquake around A.D.

Dear friends, verse 2 and 3 got me thinking, and I was wondering if anyone has ever been confronted by this statement either in your place of work or somewhere else. “For I have not found your works perfect before our organization”, Wow! You could imagine working so hard with much effort and believing you are doing well, and your boss suddenly shows up and make such statements. How would you feel? So many of us will respond differently, I guess. Well, verse 3 encourages us on what to do about such statements. May God help us live and make our Churches(heart) alive.

According to Pastor Bob-Manuel, in his book on page 110-116, gave us some requirements of true repentance. He said, “true repentance requires the individual to do some righteous things to demonstrate his repentance. True repentance requires us to accept or acknowledge our sins and admit that we are miserable sinners before God (Psalm 51:3-4).” I’ll strongly recommend you look up on the effects and evidence of true repentance from his book on page 113 if you can.

However, I’ll leave you with these questions to reflect upon; Do you know you could be physically alive but yet spiritually dead? (see verse 1 above). Are you aware that when you are dead spiritually, its possible you stink(smell)? Lastly, do you know SIN can put you to death spiritually and you start decaying after a while with those sinful nature? The good news is in verse 3, read it carefully and do likewise if you are not sure of your salvation. Jesus is around you now, all you need do is acknowledge Him and ask for forgiveness with a true and repented heart, open your hearts in prayer and receive Him. Easy right?

 PRAYER

Our Loving Jesus, most of us are not sure if our Churches (heart) are dead or alive but we boldly come to you asking to raise every dead church(hearts) that will be proactive in preparation for your coming. This we ask oh Lord in Jesus name, Amen.

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Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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