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Happy Reading, Richard
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
In Rev 3:1 we read; and to the angel of the church in Sardis write; "He
who has the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars says this; `I
know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are
messenger in Sardis was one who had built up a tremendous reputation
before others as a spiritual man. But the Lord's opinion of him was the
exact opposite of that of his fellow-believers in Sardis. This shows how
carnal and gullible most believers in Sardis were.
than 90% of believers are unable to differentiate between a carnal
preacher and a spiritual one. And more than 99% of believers are unable
to distinguish between human-soul-power and Holy-Spirit-power.
believers are impressed by the display and exercise of spiritual gifts
and that is how they evaluate a preacher or an elder. And that is how
they are deceived. God however looks at the heart. The messenger at
Sardis may have had the gifts of the Spirit. But he was spiritually
is a warning for all of us to take heed to: The opinion that 99% of our
fellow-believers have about us can be 100% wrong! God's opinion about
us could be the exact opposite of their opinion.
same applies to a church. Others may consider a church to be
"spiritually alive". But God may know it to be spiritually dead and
vice-versa. Churches that God considers spiritually alive could be
considered dead by undiscerning men.
believers evaluate a church by the warmth of the welcome they receive
when they come to the meetings, the size of the congregation, the amount
of noise and emotion in the meetings, the musical quality of the
singing, the intellectual content of the sermon and the amount of the
offering!! But God isn't impressed by any of these things.
evaluates a church by the Christ-like humility, purity and love and the
freedom from self-centeredness that He finds in the hearts of its
members. God's evaluation and man's evaluation of a church can therefore
be at total variance with each other. In fact, they usually are.
He, who has ears to hear, let him hear.
Remember Only one life, will soon be past, Only what is done, for Christ will last.
grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion
of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14)