Pastor Nikolay Sudakov from the city of Pervouralsk preached a sermon at Sunday service. The question of devotion is essential in the Holy Scriptures. The Lord “weighs” our lives and determines how heavy in faith we are (Dan. 5:26-28). Lots of people want to follow God but they don’t entirely devote themselves to Him, they don’t take up their cross and, thus, become unworthy of Him (Matt.10:38-39).

Moses’s position on God’s command to bring the people out of Egypt is a good example of entire devotion. The Pharaoh let the people go many times but every time he set his terms. At first he agreed to let them go if they go not very far (Ex. 8:25-28). Probably, he wanted them to be available to return at any moment. So it is in our lives: how far will we go in following Jesus and leaving sinful life? Or maybe we want to be close to God and to the world at the same time? But this will make us “lukewarm” Christians and God bitterly disapproves of this (Rev.3:14-16).

The next time the Pharaoh told Moses to leave children and wives (Ex.10:9-11). In this case they would have returned, too, because they wouldn’t be able to leave their families. Moses realized that the people’s future was in their children. Besides comfort and care it’s important to give our children sincere faith (2 Tim.1:5). For this purpose we must show them our faith not only at church but at home as well – in the way we treat each other, other people and think of circumstances.

The third Pharaoh’s term was not to take livestock with them. But Moses said the following: “You must allow us to have sacrifices and burnt offerings to present to the Lord our God … until we get there we will not know what we are to use to worship the Lord” (Ex.10:25-26). Everything we have is given to us by God. We don’t know what and when He will need. If I follow God I bring all the material resources I have with me.

We’re wrong when we think that faith means to get something from God. Moses sacrificed everything he had for God’s sake. “By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible” (Heb.11:27). If we’re faithful to God we can count on His support in everything (2 Chron.16:9).

Senior pastor Pavel Zhelnovakov spoke of the subject “The unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife” (1 Cor. 7:12-15). The sanctification is a process similar to the work of connecting vessels. Thanks to the purity and reverence of your life Christ dwelling in you touches the heart of your spouse. Therefore the vessel of your heart must be filled with Christ. The pastor said he would continue the subject at Bible study meeting on Tuesday.



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