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"Holy disatisfaction"

Summary of sermon by Friedel Stegen, 13 Jul 2014

 


Acts 4:29-32

And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus." And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.


These days I have been exercised by the book of Acts. I said, "Lord, if you could do that in the early church, why can't you do that today?" I can't be satisfied with anything less. So many things came to mind that I pondered over. Why isn't it like today? Why don't I have that which they had - the boldness to go out and preach? Or am I in a relaxing state where I am complacent? Peter, John and others preached the gospel and where they went something happened and in a short time the gospel was throughout the country.

We might say it was something new to them. The people hadn't heard the gospel. We can say we don't need that which the first church had and we don't realize that it is more important today than in the time of the apostles. There are more heathens today than at that time. We should tell people what happened on calvary. Maybe there is something in our lives and for that reason we don't have that boldness. At that time they told people what they had seen. The question came over and over again. Do we not have that any more in our lives? We have confessed our sins and repented and we become complacent and don't realize that when we enter into that ground, we lose ground. I am following the Lord Jesus and I don't do what the world does and I become complacent and lazy. I am saved and I am fully satisfied with what I have. When that happens we are on dangerous ground. We feel happy and protected. We go to church on Sundays and we are satisfied. We attend the evening devotion. Everything seems to be so good. I enjoy the fellowship of the co-christians. I have everything I need.


I am reminded of the Laodicean church (Rev 3:17 ) They said they are rich and have everything. It says, "I am rich. I have everything I want .I don't need a thing." That is a danger we Christians enter into when we become complacent. We have the truth. People say you privileged to hear the message every Sunday. It's a privilege to be at KSB. You are protected. You are rich. You sit back. We bask in the sunshine of this place. It is so good to be here and among Christians. You have all you want. You are so rich and you rest in that. I am fully satisfied but I don't have what the first church had. You can become so blunt and blind that you don't realize it and you think you are rich. You don't realize that you are poor, naked and you don't see. When I compare the first church with my life and our church, there is a danger that we say we have the truth and I don't need anything anymore. We don't realize that we are the greatest danger of being blind. When we get into that place, we start criticizing and finding fault. We point at other people.


Look at your life and see if things haven't crept in that weren't there in the beginning. For example, finding fault and seeing the faults of others and then we don't see that we are losing out. There was a time when I was only concerned with being right with God. I experienced God every day. He showed me the Holy Spirit and convicted me of sin and I exposed the works of the evil one. The righteous God doesn't close an eye to sin. I wanted His righteous to be in my life and that there is nothing in my life that would hinder the working of God. It is so easy to find fault. The apostles could only talk about what they had experienced. Everything was new every day. Everybody spoke about it. Is my life over-flowing that I can't but speak of the experiences I have with God every day? Is more of Jesus what I want? Is that my life? Is that what people see? Am I in perfect accord with others? They gave to the next person. Everyone had in over-flowing capacity. I could only speak of what Jesus did. That we talk of the things that have eternal value. Am I one with those who serve the Lord with all their heart?
Christians today seek the mistakes of the next person. They only see what is wrong in the next person.

That was the danger of the Laodicean church. They had riches and the pure gospel. They didn't realize they were blind and naked. We want our lives to have no difficult and tribulations and that we have an easy life with God. The Lord Jesus tells this congregation that they should buy refined gold that has gone through the fire. I might experience hatred, everyone being against me, sickness or whatever the Lord sends me but this is because all works together for good. The Lord says that is the gold we should bring. We should go victoriously through the tribulations so that we will be a refined gold. It must be pure gold. Every particle of dust and foreign thing in gold must be done away with. The fire does that. Eventually it is the purest gold because it has gone through the fire. When difficulties come, do you realize that it is God who is purifying you? The Lord Jesus says, "Ask for that. Ask that I purify your life so that only the purest gold that is left. I advise you to buy gold from me that has been purified by the fire." I pray, "Lord, purify me so that nothing foreign may exist in my life and so that I can't think of anything else but that my life would be like the Lord Jesus. I don't want to be held up by any person but I want to be like You."


Open my eyes so that I see my blindness. I am satisfied and I have everything and I don't see that I am blind. The Lord says, "Come and buy ointment so that you can see again." If I am blind, I don't see my nakedness. We can be a church which is blind and don't see our mistakes any more. We don't see our nakedness. We have everything. The danger is that we slip into complacency. I am perfectly satisfied with people talking about others and finding fault. We are comfortable as long as people don't touch me. That is the danger this church was in. They didn't realize that they were blind and naked. We are warm but also cold and we are satisfied in luke-warm water where bacteria flourish. Hot water kills and cold water freezes and it is so easy that we Christians become infected because of luke-warmness. I cry that I may never be luke-warm and that the purest gold would be found in me. I need His eyes to see. The Lord says, "Buy gold and white garments from Me." Buy white garments that have been cleansed by the blood of the Lord Jesus. It is only the blood of the Lord Jesus that cleanses so that we can receive white garments that will cover our nakedness. My cry is that my life will be like that gold that is purified by that fire and that my nakedness will be covered with a white garment. When last did you cry for that white garment and that ointment so that you can see again. I am the one that disciplines each one that I love.

We must allow the Lord Jesus to work in our lives and to cleanse us. The Lord Jesus has promised to cleanse and discipline us. We don't like that. We want to correct others but we don't want discipline because it is difficult. We don't realize that when He disciplines, it is because He loves us. Everything goes wrong and we say we can't. We follow the easy walk. We want to do according to our wishes and we are selling ourselves to the devil but when He corrects us, it is because He loves us and may He continue till His purpose is attained in our lives. Discipline is hurtful. I say, "Lord, I want to accept that because you love me." May we be faithful to the Lord so that we may have that what the apostles had. Whether it is difficult or not, it is because the Lord Jesus loves us.


Where ever He saw sick people, he helped. Where there was a storm the Lord Jesus was there. He was there to help and comfort. Where ever he could help he did. The Lord Jesus expects that from us. I have no time for anything else. Where-ever people needed help, the Lord Jesus was there. If I am a true disciple, He is waiting for you and me that we become Christlike. I am reminded of Philip who said,"I haven't seen your Father." Jesus said, "Haven't you seen me? We are one. If you see me, you see the father. If you see me, you have seen Christ. Philip, you have been with me and you haven't seen the Father." Father, open my eyes so that I see as you see and that where-ever I go I will resemble the Lord Jesus. Oh, that our would lives be such. May our lives portray our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I can't be satisfied with anything less because the Lord Jesus attained full salvation for us and it should be the easiest thing to get souls for Him. The apostles preached one sermon and three thousand came and then five thousand came. The people must have seen something in their lives. The Pharisees said they were uneducated but they had something. We have no excuse friends. If they can do it, so can we. May the beauty of the Lord Jesus be seen in us so that they know the Lord Jesus is alive because I act and react like Him. It should be the easiest thing to win souls for the Lord. I am running the race so that I can be more like Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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