This past week I just happened to come across the first sermon that I preached in front of a congregation nearly a decade ago. I remember it well as if it were only yesterday when I stood in that pulpit to serve as God’s voice. I was ecstatic about being able to serve the Lord and share the message that He placed on my heart with everyone in attendance, and, in all fairness, I was a bit nervous as well.
So I thought to myself, “What the heck, why not share it with everyone online,” which would be in keeping with the words of Jesus who said, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Rev. 3:22). That said, and if you choose to listen, I hope the Lord speaks to your heart through the message as He did for others who heard it those many years ago. The focus passage of Scripture is provided below the audio player.
14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the [a]Beginning of the creation of God, says this:
15 ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will [b]spit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, 18 I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. 19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. 21 He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”
Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture is taken from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
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