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Awake Thou That Sleepest!
Awake Thou That Sleepest!
“AWAKE THOU THAT SLEEPEST, AND ARISE FROM THE DEAD” (Ephesians 5:14).
- These words were addressed to saints who had already been quickened into life (Eph 2:1-3).
- The immediate context uses light (against darkness) as the spiritual life of godliness (Eph 5:8-17).
- See Scripture (Mat 25:1-13; Mar 13:32-37; Lu 15:24; Ro 13:11-12; I Co 15:34; I Thes 5:6-7).
- What we mean by spiritual sleep and death is the death of pleasure living (I Timothy 5:5-6).
- Perfecting holiness in the fear of God is our goal as the predestinated sons of God (II Cor 7:1).
- We are all many times in need of personal revival and restoration to full love and obedience.
- We automatically default to lethargy, slothfulness, forgetfulness, distraction, routine, and ruts.
- Marriage shows this by the great passion of dating and the less passionate thereafter.
- Business shows this by the constant slipping of focus, organization, repair, zeal, etc.
- Health shows this by the speed with which a health crisis can be all but forgotten.
- A heart attack will keep a man serious briefly, but watch when angina leaves.
- We start working out . . . we miss a workout . . . we lose zeal . . . we quit.
- What is the most obvious lesson of the book of Judges? Israel defaulted to folly repeatedly.
- There are three assumptions of faith by which all men live each minute of their lives.
- I assume there is no glorious God of judgment, and I choose to live for myself.
- I assume there is a glorious God of judgment, and I choose to live totally for Him.
- I assume there is a glorious God of judgment, and I choose to live for myself anyway.
- The third choice is foolish hypocrisy and death. It is lukewarm or carnal Christianity.
- God respects cold and hot more than the lukewarm approach of faith without works.
- The foolish choice of living lukewarm hypocrisy satisfies neither God nor the flesh.
- If the sovereign God convicts, run to Him and let nothing hinder (Ps 119:60; Matt 13:20-22).
- The spiritual life – and its great commitment and cost – sounds horrible while in the flesh.
“IF THE LORD BE GOD, FOLLOW HIM” (I Kings 18:21).
- You cannot, you must not, halt between two opinions. If He is God, then serve Him all out.
- Thou believest there is one God, so do the devils (Jas 2:19). Faith must have works (Jas 2:14-24).
- You can depart from the living God (Heb 3:12-13)? Mormonism or Hinduism is not the issue.
- We cannot reason that salvation is for us to enjoy life. It is for us to know and serve Him.
- All of life and whatsoever we do in life should be to His glory (I Cor 10:31; Col 3:17,23).
- You can never be content with your spiritual condition or you are not like Paul (Phil 3:8-15).
- We cannot prepare to speak to others until we have sanctified the Lord ourselves (I Pet 3:15).
- True evangelism is based on changed lives (I Thess 1:9-10; Matthew 5:16; I Peter 2:10-11).
“REMEMBER . . . REPENT . . . DO THE FIRST WORKS” (Rev 2:5).
- What is remembering (II Peter 1:9; Psalm 42:4; II Corinthians 13:5; Psalm 139:23-24)?
- What is repentance (II Cor 7:10-11)? It includes confessing (Job 34:31-32; Ps 32:5; I Jn 1:9).
- What are first works? (I Thess 1:9-10; Matt 6:33,24; 22:37-38; James 4:4; I John 2:15-17).
- Humble yourself before God, cast your care on Him, and resist Satan (I Pet 5:6-9; Jas 4:6-10).
- Seek the Lord like Asa, with a focused purpose and zeal to find Him (II Chron 15:2,8-17).
- Beg God to turn you (Psalm 80:18-19; 119:25,37; 143:10-11; Jeremiah 31:18; Lam 5:21).
- Make restitution or reconciliation wherever it might be needed (Matt 5:23-27; Luke 19:8-9).
- Maximize the use of the body for additional strength (Heb 10:23-25; Eccl 4:9-12; I John 5:1).
- Make no provision for the flesh (Romans 13:14; Matthew 5:29-30; I Cor 15:33).
- If Ahab found mercy of the Lord, then surely we can find mercy easily (I Kings 21:25-29).
- No sinner has ever been rejected from the feet of Jesus (Luke 7:36-50; 23:42-43; Ps 40:1-3).