Begin your time with God in prayer:
Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life. Yield your will to God’s will.
Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart:
Read Revelation 3:14-22
How does Jesus describe Himself in verse 14?
How did Jesus describe the church in verse 15?
What was Jesus’ response to their lukewarm condition in verse 16?
This church had a big problem. They were materially rich. They didn’t think they needed anything, but their comfort blinded them to the spiritual truth that they were lukewarm towards God. Jesus described them as wretched, pitiable, poor, blind and naked.
How can one have material comfort and still be wretched, poor and blind?
This is Jesus’ counsel to the church. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:18-20
Jesus shows us how we need to change because He loves us. Then, He waits for us to respond. Will you invite Christ into your church? Will you invite Him into your heart?
Apply God’s Word to your life:
· How might material comforts have blinded you to your true spiritual condition?
· Repent and invite God to take His rightful place in your heart.
· How will you keep material blessings from interfering with God in your life?
Father, thank you for all the material blessings I have and thank You for loving me enough to discipline me. Forgive me for letting my blessings lull me away from You. I need You. I invite You into my life and give You Your rightful place. Help me to live for You and for eternity.
Related verses to meditate on:
Galatians 5:7: "You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?"
Mark 8:36: "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?"
Acts 3:19-21: "Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago."
Romans 12:1-2: "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
Posted on Sun, January 10, 2016
by Sunrise Church