“And unto the angel (messenger) of the church in Sardis write: THESE things saith he that hath the seven spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, AND ARE DEAD ( but you are dead). BE WATCHFUL, AND STRENGHTEN THE THINGS WHICH REMAIN, THAT ARE READY TO DIE: for I HAVE NOT found thy works perfect (complete) before God. REMEMBER therefore how thou hast received and heard, and REPENT, IF THOU SHALL NOT WATCH, I WILL COME UPON THEE AS A THIEF, AND THOU SHALT NOT KNOW WHAT HOUR I WILL COME UPON THEE. Thou hast a few names (few people) even in Sardis which hath not defiled (stained) their garments; AND THEY SHALL WALK WITH ME IN WHITE: for they are worthy.”
What could we possibly answer Him to this? We being a denominational belief system, but going by HIS WORDS this is not even a belief system. It is spiritual church HE CHOSE US as members in. I will not get into denominations for that reason. Jesus addressed this once by saying that He had “Other sheep not of this fold” that He must bring also.
WE make it about denominations and there will be none in heaven (during our short trip there while He accomplishes the win of the Battle of Armageddon. There will be no denominations in New Jerusalem, which will be on this earth, and all believers will be joined there with Him. “In that day His Name shall be one”. But it does matter here.
In Revelation, He sends out encouragements and warnings to the seven churches. Which I believe in the spirit realm can be assigned to denominations. Sardis, interestingly enough translates in Hebrew to “Prince of Joy”. This church has a NAME that it is ALIVE, lively stones, full of joy at the presence of the Lord.
They would be of the Holiness/ Pentecostal/ Apostolic persuasion. Hard to separate this group because they are so similar. The Holiness believe in being filled with the Holy Ghost and the many manifestations of His presence BUT they have ran into problems with their “holy” becoming a little holier than thou, strict rules on females and stifling dress codes, overbearing dominate male attitudes held by SOME (NOT ALL) have made it something to run from rather than being embraced. Pentecostal, pretty much the same type of worship but with more leniency on women, it has been marred with the running amok of “prophecy” and a belief that we can just speak things, (well, we can speak all we want but a true word from God CANNOT be taught by man and can not come at will) and if something does not come to pass, well that is that and there goes someone’s faith. Apostolic, who hold to the knowledge that Jesus Christ Is God and worship with tongues and hold fast to the Gift of The Holy Ghost but again it also has been tainted by male dominance and extremely strict rules of conduct. None of these problems should be in ANY of these groups, they should be filled with the joy and presence of the Holy Ghost and walking on sunshine because of having received the greatest of all gifts! And everyone else THINKS these things were just for the Disciples or are private and not to be publicly displayed.
So if you “belong” to one of these groups please listen up. Sardis is often used as a name for a baby boy, you know baby, fresh, brand new start but the fruit of its “parents” before. So this is in Revelation, the end of all ends, we are in the last days so these messages ARE for the last day churches. If any of us saw a baby laying on the ground gasping for breath we would in a heartbeat grab that child and scream for help with everything within us and not stop screaming until help came and that baby was resuscitated, bright eyed and cooing again. But for sake of THE WORLD we ARE willing to let those things God has called us into be thrown to the ground and lie there, gasping for breath on the very verge of death!
Notice that Jesus said “The things which REMAIN” showing us that some things have already died and are now lost. The garments are the robes of righteousness, holiness that have became stained due to giving ourselves to things of this world and FORGETTING WHAT WE HAVE RECEIVED OF HIM AND HOW WE HEARD, meaning at the moment of salvation, the moment that we asked God into our hearts, the moment we were filled with the Holy Ghost (not the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, but the Holy Ghost) that is the state that He wants us kept in.
Often as we journey as Christians, it is so easy to go with the flow and be swayed by doctrine other than what He called us into. I am not saying these are wrong but if he called you to be a Pentecostal and you decide you are Baptist or Non Denominational, YOU ARE NOT in your proper station and maybe it is more convenient for you but God will not excuse your absence from the post he has chosen. As he tells us to REPENT, realize what we are doing and STOP doing it and get ourselves back where we are predestined and preordained to be. And if we fail to do so, He will, when we least expect Him, visit us, and the death knell will no longer be in the distance, it will be heard in our very ears.
With the passing generation IT is dying and no one notices, no one cares, no one asks what is wrong with us? Why are we not nurturing these precious gifts of God? Why are we not seeking those old paths of praise and worship? Why are we no longer preaching about Holy Ghost and Fire Baptism? Why are Heaven and Hell rarely mentioned? Why aren’t we telling the lost that there is so much more, that they can pass from death to life NOW on this earth. That there is so much more than what they see.
When are WE going to be as they were in the upper room? And put down completely carnal stereotypes of each other and if I hear “men pray for men, women pray for women” one more time I will scream! If a woman ASKS for ladies only to pray for her, or if a guy specifically ASKS for guys only to pray for him, I can see that, they have personal reasons but when it is a mandate, then obviously someone has a problem with carnality in their thinking that they need to address with the Lord, because these things SHOULD NEVER EVEN BE THOUGHT IN A CHURCH. It IS NOT OUR PRAYERS THAT ARE DOING ANYTHING IT IS THE POWER OF GOD!
The person whom He chooses to come through is up to Him, and that can be ANYONE and sometimes the least person we would expect is the very one God will use to send His anointing through and allow them to pray a prayer of faith over us and send our breakthrough or healing. And He is not going to change His mind because we are uncomfortable with each others gender.
That is another big issue we WANT, We think. We don’t ponder what God wants, and we will receive nothing outside His will and we will lose much with that stubbornness. We are all ONE in the spirit, we are NOT male nor are we female. I guess that would be a fair way to answer a difficult person, maybe it is not that we are female, it is maybe just that one day they will be THE SAME thing WE ARE! And in the spirit world that day has already come! I have even heard of discouraging against seeking your particular gift because “anyone can have any gift”, well that could be, but we are told to neglect not the gift that IS IN US and different callings are given to different ones.
He does what He wants, BUT the church is going to have to start seeking and nurturing these gifts and not be so centered on WHO has what because again it is up to God, not us and He looks upon the heart. We are to be in one mind and one accord praying with one purpose of mind and if we can not do this we MUST overcome these MAN MADE OBSTACLES until we can. We are going to have to decide if we want Him in all His fullness or do we want to “fit” in with the rest of the world. And we “must decrease (our self, our human nature) and HE MUST INCREASE” Be who you are in Christ and seek him and all He has called you to be.
Φλογιζω NBJ 2016
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