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                               CHAPTER  THREE

Church of SARDIS:  Sardis means Righteous; but this church is dying in the Spirit.

Verse 1
AND TO the angel (messenger/pastor) of the assembly (church) in Sardis write: These are the words of Him Who has the seven Spirits of God [the sevenfold Holy Spirit] and the seven stars: I know your record and what you are doing; you are supposed to be alive, but [in reality] you are dead.  

Is 11:2
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him--the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the reverential and obedient fear of the Lord--  

The people are cold and there is no anointing upon their lives.  The closer we press into the the Word and will of the Lord the more the Holy Spirit will move through us, which is the Power of God.

Verse 5
Thus shall he who conquers (is victorious) be clad in white garments, and I will not erase or blot out his name from the Book of Life; I will acknowledge him [as Mine] and I will confess his name openly before My Father and before His angels. 

Jesus says He will not blot the name of the person which overcometh, from the Book of Life.  This tells us there are some names being blotted out from this precious book.

Church of Philadelphia: Humble, faithful

Verse 7
And to the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Philadelphia write: These are the words of the Holy One, the True One, He Who has the key of David, Who opens and no one shall shut, Who shuts and no one shall open:  

The KEY of David represents the authority of Jesus.

Is 22:22-24
And the key of the house of David will I lay upon His shoulder; He shall open, and no one shall shut; He shall shut, and none shall open. And I will fasten him like a peg or nail in a firm place; and He will become a throne of honor and glory to His father's house, And they will hang on Him the honor and the whole weight of [responsibility for] His Father’s house; the offspring and issue [of the family, high and low], every small vessel, from the cups even to all the flasks and big bulging bottles.

Verse 8
I know your [record of] works and what you are doing. See! I have set before you a door wide open which no one is able to shut; I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept My Word and guarded My message and have not renounced or denied My name.

We must not try to force our way into a ministry.  God will open the doors.  This verse is confirming the fact that in our own power, we can do nothing!  Only through the power [anointing] of God are we walking in strength.

Verse 9
Take note! I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say they are Jews and are not, but lie--behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet and learn and acknowledge that I have loved you. 

Those false brethren coming against us, and would destroy what God wants us to do, will be powerless.  We have nothing to fear.  As we keep our eyes on the Lord, and step and speak as He directs; the power of God will move through us.  

Isaiah 54:16-17
“I have created the blacksmith who fans the coals beneath the forge and makes the weapons of destruction. And I have created the armies that destroy. But in that coming day
no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I, the Lord, have spoken!

We need to always remember these words from the Lord Himself.. no weapon formed against us shall prosper. No matter how frightening it may look.

Verse 10
Because you have guarded and kept My word of patient endurance [have held fast the lesson of My patience with the expectant endurance that I give you], I also will keep you [safe] from the hour of trial (testing) which is coming on the whole world to try those who dwell upon the earth.

The hour of temptation is the TRIBULATION.  The Greek word for Temptation is: peirasmos; meaning: trials with a beneficial purpose and effect.  Again the Word says we that are true followers of Christ, He will keep us safe.

Church of LAODICA: These people are neither Hot nor Cold.

Verse 16
So, because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth!

2 Tim 3:5
For [although] they hold a form of piety [true religion], they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession].  Avoid all] such people [turn away from them].  

Ps 123:4
Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.

The passion we feel for the Lord, can become cool, and even indifferent, if we allow our flesh to rule over us. Many in our churches are in this state. We must guard our walk with true determination to stay close to the Father.

Matt 24:11-13
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

This scripture speaks here of Born Again Christians walking away from salvation.  The closer we walk to the LORD, the less likely we will fall under false teachings.  The message in each church is for us to be an over-comer.

Verse 17
For you say, I am rich; I have prospered and grown wealthy, and I am in need of nothing; and you do not realize and understand that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.  

NAKED  is referring to the carnal condition of the church, not being covered in the robe of righteousness.  It's too easy for a person of wealth to be overly confident of not needing anything, including Jesus.

Verse 18
Therefore I counsel you to purchase from Me gold refined and tested by fire, that you may be [truly] wealthy, and white clothes to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nudity from being seen, and salve to put on your eyes, that you may see.

Many people believe they are saved even though they are not living for Jesus.  The EYE SALVE is used to open our eyes to see the truth of where we are in Him.  We each need to ask the Lord to open our eyes so we can see ourselves clearly.  There is a price we need to pray even though salvation is free.  Our price is dying to self, this is a must for us to walk in the Lord.

Matt 7:21-23
Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name? And then I will say to them openly (publicly), I never knew you; depart from Me, you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands].    

Many have been saved and received spiritual gifts but lose their passion and direction as seen above.  For the Lord to "know" us, is as a woman knows her husband.. it's an intimacy that he demands.

Verse 20-22
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he [will eat] with Me. He who overcomes (is victorious), I will grant him to sit beside Me on My throne, as I Myself overcame (was victorious) and sat down beside My Father on His throne. He who is able to hear, let him listen to and heed what the [Holy] Spirit says to the
assemblies (churches).

This verse was written for the church, not for the world.  Remember the Bible is for the church.  It's important that we each look carefully at our lives and see if we need to get right with the Lord.

Many Christians believe if a person has the gifts then they are anointed in God.  As you can see in the above passage, that is not so.  Remember there are false anointings out there.  I have seen a demonic anointing in operation and the church body had no idea.. they thought it was God.

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