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The Solution to the Church’s Laodicean Condition

A very important question for the church of today is how can we be changed from “nontherapeutic” to “therapeutic”? God’s message to the Laodiceans gives the answer. Jesus says He is standing at the door a wants into our lives. How do we let Him in? By becoming zealous and repenting (Rev. 3:19). In this verse Jesus tells the disciples that he will come to them when the Holy Spirit was available to live in them this took place on the day of Pentecost. It is through the baptism of the Holy Spirit that  Jesus lives in the believer.

What will the baptism of the Holy Spirit do for the lukewarm Christian? The infilling of God’s Spirit will bring revival to the recipient, and revival is the only answer the Laodicea’s problem. Only by
revival will the church become therapeutic to the world. Only by revival will the church come to the spiritual condition such that God can use her in a mighty way as a means of delivering men and women from the powers of darkness. Jesus certainly knew the importance of what would happen when the Holy Spirit would pour out in early-rain power on the day of Pentecost. Speaking of this He said “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wished it was already kindled” (Luke 12:49). What is the fire that Jesus is speaking of? The Fire of the Holy Spirit. How does the Laodicean church receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit? The same way believers always have – by prayer and fully claiming God’s Promise: (Acts 1:4, 5)

Supporting Scripture; (Luke 3:16), (1 John 3:24), (Ps. 85:6), Must read (Rev 3:14-21)

 

Personal Reflection and Discussion

  1. What is the only solution to the Laodicean problem?
  2. What two things must the church do to experience genuine revival?

Prayer Activities

  1. Call your Partner and discuss this devotional.
  2. Contact the people on your prayer list and let them know you are still praying for them.
  3. Pray with then and ask for the following;
    • For God to continue to convict you with the Holy Spirit.
    • For God to bring revival back to the church.
    • For the individuals on your pray list.
    • That we continue to seek the Holy Spirit
  4. For today use the following Bible Verse in your prayer (Ps. 85:6)

About bobh6

I am Seventh-day Adventist pastor in the Texas Panhandle

6 comments on “The Solution to the Church’s Laodicean Condition

  1. Rosi
    July 22, 2011

    I was talking to a dear friend the other day and i made the comment that we(everyone) were the Laodicean church. She looked at me like I was crazy. I explained what I meant and she was like “That is in the book of Revelation. No one understands that book. How did you decide that?” Needless to say we had a mini bible study. We need to pray and pray and then pray some more. We need to pray for the infilling. We need to pray for revival and we need to pray that we will allow Jesus in. Don’t leave Him knocking,lest He turn away.

    • bobh6
      July 26, 2011

      Just the other day you said, “I, myself, do not have the spiritual gift of being able to speak out and tell people about our Father” it looks like you do. If you trust in God He will give you everything you need. I think Isaiah says it best. (Isa. 42:6) “I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles”

      We are all called Rosie and it looks like you answered.

  2. Amalia
    July 22, 2011

    Revivals we offer at church…but what we need is a personal revival/ zealouness for God. How zealous are we about God’s work and his represention out there?

    I remember when I became an Adventist my Dad didn’t like the idea, but he comforted himself by telling me “just don’t become fanatical.” I always thought that was strange…why then would I become an Adventist and not just stay a comfortable Catholic. Of course I wanted something more…I want the full committment…I will stand up for Jesus, even if that meant being labelled fanatical. I was excited about all God had done for me directly and indirectly. Boy, I was soo in love with God, to hear that actually made me want to step up to the challenge. I almost wanted an opportunity to prove my commitment to God and carry my cross even just for His name sake.

    We should never forget our first love. That falls into always focusing on how great His love is. How many times do we hear things God did for Israel and how they would forget, they didn’t keep it in the forefronts, they didn’t let themselves get excited about God, and became balse about Him…lukewarm.

    • Amalia
      July 23, 2011

      Btw… God does not want martyrs. He wants to give us life and not that anyone should perish. So we shouldn’t go running to try to get ourselves carrying that cross…even Jesus asked for that cup to be taken away…that should tell us something.

      • bobh6
        July 26, 2011

        Martyrs no, voices pieces yes. But too often one leads to the other. Pray for guidance and protection and He will be there. Every day I pray for three things;
        1) The Strength to carry His message out unto the world.
        2) The courage to stand up for Him.
        3) The understanding that not everyone is at the same place in their walk with Christ.

        But it comes down to one thing; Trusting in Christ.

    • bobh6
      July 26, 2011

      This is the condition most Christians fall under, we become lukewarm for Christ that is why we need to pray every day for the infilling of the Holy Spirit.

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