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Sunday, 30 November 2014 00:00

The Night is Almost Gone

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Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of right living…Romans 13:11-12


The alarm is sounding!  Do you sometimes sleep through the ringing of your alarm clock in the morning?  Certain people in my family (which shall remain nameless) can sleep through the most obnoxious alarm tone ever known to man.  I can’t imagine sleeping that soundly, to not even hear that noise or be stirred by it.


The truth is that many in the church are in the same state of deep slumber. Prophets and watchmen have been sounding a loud, sometimes even grating, message of warning to ‘wake up now’.  Over and over we hear the watchmen’s messages of getting our houses in order, our spiritual hearts right.  And yet….many Christians are placing their fingers in their ears, closing their eyes and saying blahblahblahblah……  don’t want to hear it.  I’ve heard every imaginable response to the ‘get ready’ message, the most common being that people have always thought it was the end times and there’s been no major earthshaking change, so life goes on.  It’s easier to live in denial.  


“The night is almost gone, and the day is near.”  The “night” is the dark world in which we currently reside.  The “day” is the day of Christ’s coming.  The day is near.  We must don the armor of light, the armor of right living, purity, godliness, preparing ourselves to be a spotless bride.  If the awesomeness of God is so powerful one cannot look on Him and live, what will happen when we’re standing in His Presence and our hearts are still full of anger, unforgiveness, greed, jealousy, etc.  We will disintegrate into a pool of regret.  Yes, we are His forever, forgiven, loved and redeemed.  However, He has given us mandates, commands, non-negotiable guidelines for walking in His Spirit, with our eyes focused on Jesus, the Light.  A spotless Bride requires house cleaning of massive dimensions.  He helps us do the work because we are His. Then, we reach out to a lost and dying world who wants to know the reason for our hope.   


The earth shall soon dissolve like snow; The sun forbear to shine

But God who called me here below, Will be forever mine, will be forever mine

You are forever mine

Chris Tomlin - Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) Lyrics

Ask God to reveal to you what your role is in sounding the alarm.  You may not be a prophet, but you are a redeemed, beloved disciple who is called to be salt and light.  Be sure your alarm is not droning on unheeded, first.  Then, get serious about your part in touching a wounded, bleeding world who needs the Light of Christ.  

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