MFM Devotional for 19th November 2021
TOPIC: SARDIS: THE DEAD CHURCH (I)
Fire Scripture: Rev. 3:1-6
MFM Daily Devotional Message
The ﬁfth letter in the book of revelation was written to the Sardis Church and it was a sad one indeed. Only a few had not soiled their garments. The church in Sardis was spiritually lifeless, with only a few of its members remaining faithful to the true message of Christ. Outwardly, it appeared alive and active and had a reputation of success and spirituality but that was past glory. The church in Sardis might have had seemingly effective ministries and dynamic form of worship, but was void of the purity and power of the Holy Spirit.
The church’s reputation might have fooled a lot of people but Jesus saw the secret lives and hearts of all the people. He saw a form of religion but not true spirituality. Not a single commendation was given to the church at Sardis. For a better understanding, let’s look at a bit of the history of Sardis. Seven hundred years before the letter was written, Sardis was one of the greatest cities in the world. It was a very wealthy city with a river full of gold.
The greatest king of Sardis, Croesus, was the richest man ever to have lived up to that time. The city was built on a hill so steep that the dwellers were very comfortable and secured and they believed nobody could conquer them because of the natural defense of the city. But they were conquered and captured on two occasions.
Beloved, this is the city that Jesus Christ wrote to. The condition of the church in Sardis should prompt churches and individual Christians today to examine themselves and see whether they are alive and growing spiritually. The Bible says that the things that are written are for our learning. It means that we need to identify all the Lord condemned in the Sardis Church and ensure that they are not parts of our personal lives as well as our church.
The Lord said that though the Sardis Church appears to be alive, it is dead. It means that the church is no longer yielding fruits unto God and not proﬁtable to heaven. The Lord added that the church should repent so that the few other things that remain of it will not die. The Lord also noted that only few in Sardis had not stained their garments with sin. He expected the church to do a lot better. I pray that you will not fail and disappoint heaven, in the name of Jesus. Beloved, learn from the pitfalls of the Sardis Church and make amends. Jesus called the church to repentance. He is calling you to repentance as well today!
Acts 3:19 – Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
I belong to Jesus’ generation, what about you?
I shall walk with the Lord in the land of the living, in the name of Jesus.
MFM Daily Devotional HYMN
- Revive Thy work, O Lord!
1. Revive Thy work, O Lord!
Thy mighty arm make bare;
Speak with the voice that wakes the dead,
And make Thy people hear!
Revive Thy work, O Lord,
While here to Thee we bow;
Descend, O gracious Lord, descend,
Oh, come and bless us now.
2. Revive Thy work, O Lord!
Disturb this sleep of death;
Quicken the smould’ring embers now
By Thine Almighty breath.
3. Revive Thy work, O Lord!
Create soul thirst for Thee;
And hung’ ring for the bread of life,
Oh, may our spirits be!
4. Revive Thy work, O Lord!
Exalt Thy precious name:
And by the Holy Ghost,
Our love For Thee and Thine inflame.
MFM Daily Devotional 19 November 2021 PRAYER POINTS
1. Revival fire, pass through my life, in the name of Jesus.
2. My Father, deliver me from spiritual death, in the name of Jesus.
3. O Lord, give me the grace to lay aside the works of darkness, in the name of Jesus.
4. My Father, help me to be on fire for you, in the name of Jesus.
5. Sin will not have dominion over my life, in the name of Jesus.
6. O Lord, let my heart be fixed on you, in the name of Jesus.
7. Jesus, help me not to disappoint you, in the name of Jesus.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Galatians 1; Galatians 2; Galatians 3
MFM Daily Devotional 19th November 2021. The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) is a Pentecostal denomination founded in Yaba, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria in 1989, now with churches in several countries. It was founded by Daniel Kolawole Olukoya.