Awake, O Sleeper! 12 June Take no part in and have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness, but instead [let your lives be so in contrast as to] expose and reprove and convict them
. Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine (make day dawn) upon you and give you light. Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people); making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.
As I was reading this scripture some time ago, that phrase, Awake, O sleeper, seemed to leap out at me. It reminded me that the daily-ness of life can sometimes lull us to sleep spiritually. It can cause us to doze off to sleep. But I believe the Spirit of God is sending out a wake-up call to us today. He is saying, as He did in this verse, Wake up, Sleeper! The day of the Lord is coming. There are three things that will take us through these evil, end-time days in strength and glory: 1) The Word of God 2) Prayer 3) The Guidance of the Holy Spirit You can overcome every evil that comes against you if youll keep your faith strong. And the simple key to keeping your faith strong is this: Stay in the Word of God. By being constant in prayer (Romans 12:12), you can maintain fellowship with your Father. Just talk to Him throughout your day and listen. Being in touch with Him will keep you strengthened. And youll see your prayers answered. If you keep your spiritual ear tuned to the Holy Spirit, and obey those promptings in your spirit, youll avoid the pitfalls and traps of the devil. So wake up! Throw off those covers of laziness and indifference and take your position in Christthe Anointed One and His Anointing. Get in the Word, in prayer and obey the Holy Spirit. Give God first place in your life and He will keep you under His shadow of protection in these last days.1 Chronicles 3-4; 1 Thessalonians 5I live purposefully and worthily and accurately. I live wisely and make the very most of the time, because Jesus is coming soon. Ephesians 5:15-16, The Amplified Bible
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:11-20