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The Little Book

WEEKLY SERMON

SUNDAY  July 14, 2024

Spirit that is Clothed with Christ (Sardis)

 

 

 

Introduction: Like many churches they were existing on the outside but the Spirit did not move on the inside so they spiritually Dead for there was no growth in the church. That is why evangelism is so important. The Holy Spirit did not move in that church and very few had a live relationship with Christ for they were going through the motions. They had no LIFE in their church!

 


Background – The city of Sardis was founded about 1200 BC and was very wealthy and affluent.  IT was located on a hill which made it hard to be attacked. So, it was very secure and very prosperous. So, it was overconfident and became complacent through the years. IT was defeated in 359 and 218 BC. The city was under Roman Rule in 133 BC and an earthquake destroyed it 17 AD.

 

Focus Scripture Rev 1:20,2:18-29 20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven  And unto the angel 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 art dead.2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
 

 

 

Jesus knows you and says something interesting that you are alive but dead. That can mean many things but it can also mean you are religious and do not have a personal relationship with me. Yet even in such a church there are some who are alive. God wants us to have a relationship with him. The bottom line is what do the Pastors teach for God speaks to the Pastors and what the Pastor does reflects on the congregation. If the Pastor has a vibrant relationship so will the congregation. If the Pastor has a dead relationship so will the congregation. So go to a church will the Pastor excites you spiritually!
 

Mt 23:25-29 25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,
 

 

 

I chose this verse because this tells us about the leaders of Israel. They studied the law and knew the law but they did not know the Lord. They rejected the Lord and were dead inside for they did not want to know the Lord. Righteousness helps you to want to know the Lord. It gets the relationship with God off of you and unto the Lord. The focus must be on Jesus. Religion can kill! Relationship loves others!  Relationship with God makes you want to love others and by loving others you fulfill the Law!
 

 

Jesus Identified as:  He that hath the 7 spirits of God and the 7 stars

 

Good Things:  1) I know your works 2) Name that you live and are not dead 3) few you have not defiled their garments for they are worthy
 

Bad Things – hold fast and repent or I will come on you as a thief and you will not when I will come
 

Judgment /Reward – I will confess your name before my Father and his angels and not blot out your name from the book of life. Clothed in white raiment
 

Life with God- The important thing with God is that he wants us to have Life with Him. When we do then can walk with God and lean about how to walk in the grace and mercy of God! God is the one who created all things and wants to be our source!  There is a WAR between God and Satan that is ongoing until the end of time. Jesus won the WAR but the sentence is not until after the tribulation period!
 

Word of His Power John 5:23-29 23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
 

 

 

Life with God helps you to walk in the Word. The Word helps you to walk in the power of God. The Power of God allows you to want to be with the Spirit of God. So, walking in the life of God leads you to walk in the Spirit of God!  When you honor the Son, you then have a relationship with the Spirit of God for you cannot believe on Him without the leading of the Spirit of God!  You cannot hear the voice of the Son unless the Spirit leads you! No man has life in himself for someone created us but the Son of God was not created!  Only the Son has resurrection life!  Jesus wants to demonstrate that power and one day will for all the world to see!

 

Anger Endures for a Moment Ps 30:4-8 4 Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.6 And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.7 Lord, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.8 I cried to thee, O Lord; and unto the Lord I made supplication.

 

 

 

There are people that get angry and stay angry but God does have anger yet that anger only endures for a short time. Favor brings life and resurrection and blessing! Joy comes after the trouble ended. Joy comes from the presence of God! Joy is what God wants us to have! God is the one who we make our requests and we know that God will answer them! So, trust that God will answer our requests and that he wants us to have joy.

 

Receive Him  Mt 10:37-40 37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
 

 

 

Once we receive Him, we can know that we are worthy. Worthiness is not because of our goodness but because of his goodness!  Receive him and you will find the life that God intended for you to have! God has a great plan for you and you know that God has the best for you! The Son was sent to let you know that God loves you and wants you to be able to demonstrate who He is so you can follow Him and demonstrate to others who He is!

 

In Him- You are put in Christ Jesus and that happened when you accepted Christ as your Savior. To receive the benefits that you have you must speak them forth and SAY them so you can release your faith to receive the blessings from God. So, SAY what you need and pray over you expecting the answer to manifest because of who Christ is in you!
 

Spiritual Blessings Eph 1:3-10 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
 

 

 

When you have blessings in the Spirit realm then you can see them in the natural realm also. The answer comes from the Spirit realm and not from the natural! God wants to give you good blessings and demonstrate his love to you! We can have those blessings because of the redemption he provided for us!  HE forgave us because of the riches of grace. You are holy and God calls us without blame. God sees us through the eyes of grace! We are considered to be his children for God calls us right in the Sight of the Son and that means we are right in the sight of the Father! You are perfect in the sight of God!

 

All the Promises of God  2 Cor 1:19-22 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea.20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
 

 

 

All the promises of God not just some of them. All the conditions for the promises were fulfilled in Christ. Jesus met the conditions on your behalf so God sees you as a commandment keeper. God then sees you perfect! God says you are perfect and gives you a yes and amen! The one who anointed you or set you apart is Christ. God sealed you and downpayment is the Spirit. Because of the Spirit in us we know that Christ is in you and we are on our way to heaven! God wants to keep you so trust Him!
 

You are in Christ 1 Cor 1:27-31 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
 

 

 God says you are in Christ! God uses those things that that the world does not value to confuse the so called wise!  God chooses to use what we call weak to make people strong!  God does not use the powerful things in this world to exalt men for God wants us to realize that it is of Him and through his power! God wants us to rely on Him HE made us righteous, sanctified and redeemed us. We need to glory in the Lord and not in ourselves! We should not glory in ourselves but in what He does for us!
 

Fellowship with Him – you can fellowship with Him because your God is a BIG God and you can spend time with Him even though HE has a BIG universe to run.  You can enter into his presence for he wants you to know that you are a BIG part of his life. You are worthy in his sight so he has BIG plans for you so you can trust Him in all things!
 

Be Likeminded  -Phil 2:1-4 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
 

 

 

We hang out with like- minded people even today. Doctors with Doctors and those that like sports with others that like sports. We as Christians also hang out with other like -minded believers. We want to be with people who think like us and those that act like us for it makes us feel comfortable.  When we hang out with people that do not think like us it might ruffle our feathers so to speak. We do not want to get in strife with others for then we cannot love others. We are told here to put others first and to consider others before ourselves. That is not something we generally do for we are so focused on our needs that we do not put people before us.  Focus on blessing others for the great saints did that!


 I want to know Him Phil 3:8-14 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
 

 

 

 

 Is this your testimony in life that you want to know Him as he suffered or do you want to be comfortable? Paul considered all his accomplishments and they were many to be worthless. Paul said that he wanted to see miracle power operate in his life and the only way to do that was to put Christ first and to allow the power of the resurrection flow through Him. I want to see the power of God in my life!  The focus cannot be on what I have done but on what God wants to do in me. We should have this same attitude for we are all in a race not against each other but to accomplish the best that God has for us. Ultimately, we are to focus on accomplish the mission that we are each given!

 

God is Light 1 Jn 1:3-7 3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
 

 

 

God is light and that means that he is the one that has no evil or no darkness in Him. God is perfect in all his ways as the song says. God is the one that allows us to walk in truth so we can walk with each other with joy and grace and love. The Blood of Christ has cleansed us from all sin. Sin died the death on the cross for Jesus became my sin so I could become His righteousness that is the great exchange that was made at Calvary! This is part of the light that John could declare for it was given to us by revelation of the Spirit. Do you walk in this revelation of grace and light today?

 


Eternal Values – what are your values in this life? There are eternal values that we can have and those values are based on Christ! I can SIT with Him in Heavenly places. One day I will SIT with Him in Heaven. We are to have Heavenly values and not earthly ones. When we value what God values then we can SIT with Him in His house. His values are what matters for His values are eternal ones!

 

Saved by Grace  Titus 3:4-7 4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
 

 

 

One of the most important values we have to have in this life is the value of knowing that we can be saved and kept by grace. Too many do not know that!  They think they are saved by grace but kept by their deeds. You cannot be kept by your doing anymore then you can be saved by your deeds.  IT is not by works of righteousness that we have done! Paul the greatest grace and faith preacher ever, instilled in us this knowledge so we can walk in it! You are justified by grace and renewed in this knowledge of the Holy Ghost

 

I am Hid with Christ Col 3:1-3 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
 

 

 

 The devil cannot find me for I am hid in Jesus Christ since I was risen with Him. I can set my affection on Christ and what he did. The Bible says that I am dead to sin! My life is hid with Christ, because without Him I cannot be saved or kept! He is my Savior and my keeper!  I am part of the body of Christ so what God says about Christ is true about me. He has as a crown so do I, He will rule so will I he was raised to life everlasting so will I. We are one body so what happened to Him will happen to me! Look forward to Heaven and what Christ did for you!

 

The Blood Keeps Us Col 1:9-15 9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
 

 

 

The Blood saves you and keeps you safe from all the Devil wants to do to you. The Blood is a drawing line in the sand. The Blood, oh the Blood of Jesus sets you free! I am set free from all the devil did! I have redemption and the power of darkness! I am worthy and pleasing to God. I have strength and have an inheritance for I am a saint. This was the confession of Saint Paul and this is my confession, is it yours also? See yourself according to the Scripture! This is your reality what God says and not what the world says! Walk in the knowledge of God which is what the Bible says about you!

 

Conclusion: We have seen some things that God said about you and the LIFE that you have in Christ. We want you to see that God is for you and not against you! Do you know that you know that God is not mad at you! God is on your side and you should learn to focus on the God that lives in you and desires to allow you to focus on the goodness of God and not on the things of the world and allow to be defeated! Then we can see the power of God flow in our life on a daily basis!
 

Application – The way you apply this is to 1) read the Bible 2) spend time with the Spirit of God and learn his voice 3) seek out spiritual counsel that will uplift you and lead you into more spiritual things that you can grow and 4) fellowship with like- minded believers. Then you can know how to believe and speak the Word in your life!
 

Prayer for healing- (pray in faith believing) Expect a miracle and see yourself as being healed. Find a Scripture for your healing and speak that forth. Heavenly Father I pray for healing. I thank you for manifesting healing in my body today! You took all my sickness, disease, pain, sorrow for you paid for it on the cross of Calvary. I speak healing into my body and command ______________ to leave my body! No weapon can defeat me! I call myself healed because of the blood of Jesus Christ. Devil take your hands off of me for I am the child of the living God! Now thank the Lord for healing you!
 

Prayer for Salvation- I pray that all of you will come to know Jesus.  Pray with me: Heavenly Father I recognize my need for you for without Jesus, I cannot make it in this life. I need you! I know I am a sinner and I need your SON.  I recognize that Jesus died for my sin when Jesus died for me on Calvary. I believe that he rose again so that I can go to heaven and live with you there. Thank you for paying for my sin and bringing me into your forever family. So, Jesus come into my heart and live in me today! I am now a Christian!


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