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Scott Zior The Church at Sardis
---REVELATION 3:1-6--Rev 3:1 This is what you must write to the angel of the church in Sardis: I have the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. Listen to what I say. I know what you are doing. Everyone may think you are alive, but you are dead. Rev 3:2 Wake up! You have only a little strength left, and it is almost gone. So try to become stronger. I have found that you are not completely obeying God. Rev 3:3 Remember the teaching that you were given and that you heard. Hold firmly to it and turn from your sins. If you don't wake up, I will come when you least expect it, just as a thief does. Rev 3:4 A few of you in Sardis have not dirtied your clothes with sin. You will walk with me in white clothes, because you are worthy. Rev 3:5 Everyone who wins the victory will wear white clothes. Their names will not be erased from the book of life, and I will tell my Father and his angels that they are my followers. Rev 3:6 If you have ears, listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. ---BACKGROUND--Sardis was an important city for hundreds of years. It was a secure city set on Mt. Tmolus with a river moat at the bottom. It was well protected but did experience a series of invasions. Gold was found in the river called Pactolus. They made coins in the city and were famous for their fruits and wool products. The city also had several grand temples dedicated to gods and goddesses. The city was finally invaded and destroyed and never rebuilt. ---v1--Here Jesus says that he has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. The seven stars are the seven churches. Jesus knows what you are doing. NOTHING IS HIDDEN FROM HIS EYES! He knows what you do in secret, the things you think no one knows about. The believers of Sardis appeared to be alive. They knew how to look good in the church! Christians today also know how to look good in the church. They know when to stand and when to sit. They know what to do to appear spiritual and alive. But they are DEAD! SPIRITUALLY DEAD! God told Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit from one tree in the Garden of Eden. He said that if they did they would surely DIE! Satan came and tempted them and they ate the fruit and they were expelled from the garden. On that day, they DIED in SPIRIT, not in the body. The death of the body came later and was also a result of the curse. ARE YOU EATING FROM THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT! Are you playing church! In a number places in the world, Christians are percecuted and even killed for their faith. Can you stand in the day of persecution! ---v2--WAKE UP! WAKE UP! WAKE UP! You have little strength! Increase your strength! That was Christ' Subcribe FREE and get FREE worship music & bonus items. Go to www.WeeklyWorship.org.
word to the believers in Sardis and that is His word to some of you today! Go to "God's Gymn" and workout. Like the bodybuilder eats protein, you also must eat the protein of the Word. As the bodybuilder relies upon the guidance of a trainer, you also must rely on the guidance of the trainer, the Holy Spirit. As the bodybuilder spends time training regularly in the gymn, so you also must spend time in training. Build up your muscles! Strenghten your heart to stand for Christ! You are not completely obeying God! We make excuses for not obeying and we rationalize or twist things in our minds. Satan denied and twisted the truth in his attempt to deceive Eve and he succeeded. He is still using these same methods on you and me. Compromise does not produce the character of Christ in us. Obedience does that! "To OBEY is better than sacrifice...1 Sam 15.22." Jud 1:4 Some godless people have sneaked in among us and are saying, "God treats us much better than we deserve, and so it is all right to be immoral." They even deny that we must obey Jesus Christ as our only Master and Lord. But long ago the Scriptures warned that these godless people were doomed. ---v3--The believers are told to REMEMBER what they had been taught. Some of you are new believers and have not been taught about the Bible previously. So I encourage you, make an effort to REMEMBER what I am imparting to you and what other godly people are teaching. And if you have been a Christian for a long time, I encourage you to REMEMBER the things you have been taught! HOLD FIRMLY TO THE TRUTH, to the Word of God! Be like a pitbull with the truth. The pitbull is a type of dog that locks on when it bites and it will not let go no matter what. It is like a vice! TURN FROM SIN! We are called to live holy lives. We are to walk on the "HIGHWAY OF HOLINESS Is 35.8." We are to become more like Jesus Christ. We are to grow the FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT in our lives. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance...Gal 5.22. Are you growing these in your life? Are you multiplying these and are you cultivating these fruits in the lives of others? The city of Sardis was often raided by gangs of robbers who lived in the surrounding mountains so the people had to be on their guard against "thieves". The scripture says, "You surely know that the Lord's return will be as a thief coming at night. (1 thess 5.2). YOU HAVE TO LIVE READY! You need to PLAN AS IF CHRIST WERE NOT COMING FOR A HUNDRED YEARS BUT LIVE AS IF CHRIST WOULD COME TODAY. ---v4--Christ acknowledges that there are some in Sardis who have not fallen into the trap. They have remained holy and pure and unright before the Lord. He promises them that they will be clothed in white clothing and that they will walk with Him. That is the best part to me. TO WALK AND TALK WITH CHRIST WILL BE AWESOME! My friend, please make every effort to overcome and to live a holy life. ---v5--To him who overcomes, his or her name will be written in the Book of Life. The Book of Life is the book in heaven which records the name of every person who is saved, born again. These are the people Subcribe FREE and get FREE worship music & bonus items. Go to www.WeeklyWorship.org.
who will be welcomed into heaven. If your name is not there, you will not be allowed in. You will be sent to hell! In those days, some cities would keep a register or a book of all its citizens. And if a person did not abide by the laws of that city, if they became a criminal or undesirable, they would be kicked out of the city and their name would be blotted out of the city register. They would not be welcome to come back to that city! That is what Jesus is refering to here. There is a heavenly, celestial city, called the NEW JERUSALEM, whose builder and maker is God Himself. And only those whose names are written in that city register, the Lamb's Book of Life will be allowed to enter and live there. Christ will also testify on their behalf to the Father and to the holy angels. To those who are his own, he will confess and confirm and they will be received. But to those who are not his own he will say "depart from me, I never knew you." They will say "but Lord, we did so many things in your name." Not everyone who says to him, "Lord, Lord" will enter into heaven but only those who DO THE WILL OF THE FATHER. My friend, are you doing the will of the Father? Or are you doing your will? Or the will of other people? On what basis will the Lord accept you in heaven? Can you answer that vital question? If not, search it out and find the answer because eternity is at stake. You can email me at email@example.com if you need guidance. ---v6--Our ears are for hearing! So hear what the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God is saying to you and to me and to the church. Many times we HEAR but we do not really LISTEN. And when we do LISTEN, many times we do not OBEY. There are times my wife or kids are talking to me. I may hear their words but I am not really listening. Then I have to say, "Huh, What did you say?" Sometimes we are like that when God is speaking to us. God spoke to Samuel several times before Samuel realized that it was God. God wants you to learn to listen. GOD SPEAKS DEFINITIVELY THROUGH HIS WORD. But he also speaks in other ways, consistent with His Word. He speaks through pastors, other people, dreams, songs, a still small voice and in other ways. Ask the Lord to help you listen to His voice!
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