Matthew 6:10 NASB
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
It is necessary that we ask in our prayers for the preservation and increase of His Church.
Preservation is necessary for the dangers that threaten from the world. The general norms and values are deviating more and more from what God’s Word tells us.
Preservation is also needed from dangers threatening from modern religious movements.
It is often presented that man must believe in a God Who is aimed at giving everyone a rich and luxurious life, while no more attention is paid to the sinful state of man.
The need for repentance and dying to sin is no longer mentioned. The one-sided work of God, and the miracle that we can be saved, are no longer discussed, nor are they preached in many churches.
And you can be pretty sure, that if you have the nerve to point out to the “believers” the need for radical repentance and conversion in your sermon, that it will be the last time you’ve received a sermon invitation from that church.
People rather receive a pat on the shoulders from the pulpit, than to be reminded of the danger they run with regard to their eternal destiny.
They prefer to adhere to a so-called happy life of faith, without the experience of guilt.
How necessary it is that the Lord Himself keeps His Church from all these dangers.
▪︎ Preservation with the Word and confession.
▪︎ Preservation for blending into organization and meetings.
▪︎ Preservation from obfuscation and from learning without the fear of God.
▪︎ Preservation in a godly way of life to the glory of God.
The Church cannot preserve and increase itself.
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