May 17, 2019

Draw nearer to God - Bro. T. Stephen

My  Dear  Brothers and Sisters, I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus  Christ our Lord.  The blessed  word  that God has  given  for  you  today  is  from the book of  Revelation 3:16  “So because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold I will spew you out of My mouth.”

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, in the book of Revelation John, speaks about the Seven churches namely Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos,   Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia,  and Laodicea. Among all these churches, Laodicea was the worst.    The Lord instructs John to tell the people of   Laodicea saying, “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot,  I would wish you were cold or hot.”  God warns the people saying He will withdraw his love from them if they are lukewarm and neither cold or hot.    The people of Laodicea say, they are rich and have become wealthy and have need of nothing. They did not know that they were actually wretched miserable, poor, blind, and naked. God wanted to provide them with white garments that they may be clothed. And anoint their eyes, with eye salve, that they may see.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, Jesus Christ expects that men should be in earnest. But many professors of Gospel are neither hot nor cold. They are found to be indifferent in needful matters but hot and fiery in disputes about things of lesser moment. This is because of self-conceit, and self-delusion. Their thoughts were much different from the thoughts that Christ had of them. We should be careful not to cheat our own souls. Let us beg God that we may not be left to flatter and deceive ourselves.  Professors of Gospel grow proud as they become carnal and formal. They were poor really poor but they thought they were rich. They could not see their state, nor their way, nor their danger. Yet they thought they saw it. They were exposed to sin and shame. They were without a house or harbor.  For they were without God. They failed to realize that only in God the soul of man can find rest and safety.

My Dear brothers and Sisters, Christ gives good counsel, to this sinful people, and happy are those who take his counsel. One needs to part from  sin, in order to be filled with his hidden treasure.    They must receive from Christ His word and Spirit then their eyes shall be opened, to see their way, and their end. Let us pray earnestly to the Lord,  to take away our pride , prejudice, and worldly lust. Christ stands knocking at the door of the hearts of sinners. Those who open to him shall enjoy His presence. He will give fresh supply of His grace and comforts. Dear Brothers and Sisters, Christ Himself had temptations and conflicts. But he overcame them all, and was more than a conqueror. Those who experienced Christ in his trials shall also be made like Him in glory. Therefore surrender your lives to Christ.  Draw nearer to God.  He will modify your mannerism and renew your life to the ways of God. God bless you.


Our loving heavenly  Father,  we thank You for this blessed day.  Lord thank you for your counsel.  Help us to part from sinful ways, and commit our ways unto the Lord. Let us have good spirit, to accept Christ and keep His precepts. Give us the desire to open up the door of our heart, and enjoy His presence, his grace and comforts. In Jesus name, we pray.


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