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A Word to the Church: Wake Up, You’re Spiritually Dead! by Shane Idleman

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Revelation, written nearly 2000 years ago, rings true with resounding clarity for us today. In Revelation 3, Jesus speaks to the spiritually dead church in Sardis: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.” They were physically alive but spiritually dead.

What might Jesus say to Sardis today…to your church today? “You have a name…you have an ad on Facebook, but you’re dead. You have a sign in front of your building, but you’re dead. You may even have a large audience, but you’re telling people what they want to hear; not what they need to hear…you’re dead. You barely have a pulse – you need to be revived.”

Why is Jesus so hard on this church? Jude 1:23 (NLT) reveals one answer, “Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.” Like Jesus, we are to speak the truth in order to help. The gospel pierces before it mends; it condemns before it releases.

Revelation continues, “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.” What does this mean for us today? To be watchful, cautious, and prudent in regard to important spiritual matters…to consider well our spiritual health and strengthen what remains. In short, lift your spiritual muscles – retrain, revive, and renew them.

How do you resurrect dead faith? How do you revive a dead prayer life? How do you regain passion for worship? First, determine if you are simply going through the motions as illustrated in this poem: “I would like to buy three pounds of God, please. Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk, or a snooze in the sunshine…I want ecstasy, not transformation. I want the warmth of the womb, not a new birth. I want a pound of the eternal in a paper sack. I would like to buy three pounds of God, please” (Wilbur Reese).

Once apathy is identified, strengthen what remains: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). We must first discipline ourselves before desire comes. We must first empty ourselves in order to be filled. We must first obey before receiving the blessing. We must first break before there is restoration. We must first pray before there is transformation. We must praise Him before there is peace. And we must first seek Him if we are to truly find Him. It all begins with a choice…a choice to strengthen what remains.

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