“Awake, O Sleeper, rise up from the dead and Christ will give you light.”
The study text to this verse says, “calls on God’s people to turn from their sinful darkness and live life in the full light of Christ.”
There are many who know and love Christ but have allowed their hearts to become angry and bitter towards Him. Their once light filled eyes see the darkness of the circumstances surrounding them and lose focus on the real Truth substituting instead for a lesser truth.
Father, stir our hearts to repentance and may the darkness that consumes us loosen its grip. Give us eyes to see and ears to hear delivering us from the dirt and mire that binds us. May our souls be awakened into the fullness of life teaming with grace and abounding in joy at the release of bondage giving glory to Your Holy Name. May we imitate everything you do. May we live life filled with love following your example. May we be so filled with Your glorious light that even those set in darkness tremble causing conviction in their hearts and questioning lifestyles chosen. May the fulfillment of the cross come to full realization in Jesus bringing forth repentance throughout the nations. Awake, O Sleeper, rise up from the dead and Christ will give you light.
Forget the past and look forward to what lies ahead. You must press forward to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus is calling you. The things you once counted as valuable in this world will be considered worthless when compared to what Christ has done for you. Put no confidence in human effort but that which is done with Christ. I will strengthen those who have tired hands and encourage those who have weak knees. Be strong and do not fear, for I am coming to destroy your enemies. I will open the eyes of the blind and unplug the ears of the deaf. Do not lose heart but find strength in Me.
Go as I have told you! Do not delay! Do not sit and contemplate the “what-ifs” nor let fear consume you. Fix your eyes on Me, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Fear not for I am with you.”
Do not let the Deceiver make you believe that you cannot do what I have commanded because you lack education, experience, or appearance. Take heart and know that I’ve chosen you because I gave you a willing heart and your love for me. “For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.”
Like Mary, when I spoke of how she was to conceive and carry my Son, she said, ““Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.” Do not doubt your calling, for I am the Great I Am and am sending you! What blessing there is for those who listen and obey! Do not pass up blessing for the pleasing of man but put your faith in action for Me.
Go to the fields, till up the hardened hearts trapped beneath the surface. For those broken free from the dirt and mire and who have ears that will listen, truth, grace, mercy and redemption will prevail into their very being and replace the darkness of lies once believed as truth. Workers are few but the harvest plenty. Willing hearts are needed to join Me in battle and cover the fields, no more idleness! You must not turn your head and think you are above the tilling. Clean the inside of your cup, and no longer the empty outward pleasing of man for I look at the heart. Be purposeful to the purpose outside of yourself for which I made you for the time is now to come and band together with me for just such a time as this.