TOPIC: WAKE UP
OPENING PRAYER: I open my heart to meditate on your word, teach me your ways oh Lord.
SCRIPTURE: Revelation 3:1‐6
The church in Sardis is diagnosed as “having a reputation of being alive but is dead” (v.1) and those who are asleep are about to die (vs.2‐3)! What makes a church dead? See Colossians 3:5‐10 for a hint! The depth of Sardis’s backslidden state requires a mighty shake‐up.
If that is the description of any church or individual Christian, the treatment is to wake up! ‐ and v.3 shows how. The church in Africa is reportedly growing? Numerically, that is. Does this growth reflect a spiritual awakening? As important as numbers are, our faith should reflect changed lives.
Lots of activities without fruit bearing makes us ineffective and unproductive (See 2 Peter 1:5‐9). A Ghanaian proverb says, “There is no reward for unfinished work,” and that is true to life. Of what benefit is a race that does not get to the finishing line?
While starting is appropriate, finishing is even more important and beneficial; hence Scripture regularly reminds us not only to begin the Christian race but to finish it successfully.
Check how Paul finished his (2 Timothy 4:7) Notice that although there is nothing to commend the church in Sardis for, the Lord, however, does not forget “the few people who have not soiled their clothes” (v.4) ‐ i.e. those who do not live in sin (v.5). Identify five rewards awaiting such people.
Question(s) for Reflection
• Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow?
• Is there any warning for me to heed?
• What truth is God revealing to me in this passage?
Scripture Union Daily Guide 7 August 2022 Closing Prayer
• Check your personal life. Which areas need waking up? Pray that the Lord will bring showers of true revival.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with Philippians 4:19 ‐ 20
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RENEWED ZEAL FOR PORT‐HARCOURT REGION
Wherefore, lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees
THANK GOD FOR:
☀ The sustenance of the work in Portharcourt Region inspite of the many trials and attacks of the enemy.
☀ The fruits of the school work and the school visitors who are committed to the work in the Groups, Areas, and the Regions.
☛ Renewed revival among Pilgrims in the region for the harvest of souls.
☛ God’s supernatural awakening of more brethren for increased commitment to school work. ☛ Financial provision for the completion of ongoing projects in the Region.
⚠ Brethren becoming weary or too busy in their personal things, thereby cutting out fellowship with the brethren.
⚠ Lack of exemplary lifestyles that may discourage the upcoming youths in the Region.
Scripture Union Daily Guide 7 August 2022. Scripture Union is an international, interdenominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God. Scripture Union Daily Guide 7 August 2022