Thursday, February 23, 2017

Awake, O Sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you

Ephesians 5:4-14 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

You will be surprised that the next verse i.e.  Eph. 5:15 says: "Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil."

See God understands that we humans are not perfect. Prodigal son, was a simple human who fell out of the grace. He sinned. But the fantastic thing about him is that he arose.

Please read Luke 15:16-20 "And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.
“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father's hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ And he arose and came to his father."

Sometimes, not some times but every time when we fall out of grace, we do nasty things. And therefore, it is important when we fallout of grace we should not stay in that fallen state. We must arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on us.

The spirit of Jezebel is very active these days. And there are many who are not even aware of it.
Please read Revelation 2:21 "I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent..."

Jezebel is an example from the Old testament of stumbling saints (2 Kings 9-10) It expresses a general principle seen in “Jezebel” (Revelation 2:20)
The Jezebel in the days of Elijah teaches us something about the Jezebel in the church in the book of Revelation. Jezebel who married King Ahab introduced a new religious system to Israel, which brought them into false worship, idolatry. At one point in the prophet Elijah’s ministry Elijah was discouraged and hid from Jezebel in a cave. So she chased the true prophets away. Rev.2:20 is speaking symbolically of a actual woman that calls herself a prophetess, a teacher; one of power and influence in Thyatira.

We all fall, but God has promised Grace if we humble ourselves.
James 4:6 ".... Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Even David fell, but he got up and arose from the dead, received the light. He humbled himself. He cried before the lord. He repented. And God lifted him up.

The prodigal son wasted everything. He saw a great loss. He saw a big shame. But still he stood up and decided to go back to his father. It required gutts but he did it. I assume, the ego/guilt tried to stop him but he fought with his ego/guilt and went to his Father.

What's the next step you feel God is asking you to take?

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