Pray for the saints to overcome the deadness of Sardis in the Body life, the lukewarmness of Laodicea by seeking the riches of Christ, and the barrenness of the degenerating believers in desperation (Rev. 3:1-2; Rom. 12:1-2; Rev. 3:14-18; Rom. 12:11; John 15:2a; Hymns, #843, ss. 1 and 5; #471, s. 3).
Rev. 3:1-2—And to the messenger of the church in Sardis write: These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: I know your works, that you have a name that you are living, and yet you are dead. Become watchful and establish the things which remain, which were about to die; for I have found none of your works completed before My God.
Rom. 12:1-2—I exhort you therefore, brothers, through the compassions of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be fashioned according to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and well pleasing and perfect.
Rev. 3:14-18—And to the messenger of the church in Laodicea write: These things says the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the beginning of the creation of God: I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I am about to spew you out of My mouth. Because you say, I am wealthy and have become rich and have need of nothing, and do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined by fire that you may be rich, and white garments that you may be clothed and that the shame of your nakedness may not be manifested, and eyesalve to anoint your eyes that you may see.
Rom. 12:11—Do not be slothful in zeal, but be burning in spirit, serving the Lord.
John 15:2a—Every branch in me that does not bear fruit, He takes it away.
For further reading please refer to CWWL, 1993, vol. 2, “The Training and the Practice of the Vital Groups,” ch. 2, pp. 278, 280-282.
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