Wake up Sleeper and Rise from your Death
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light Eph 5:3-14.
The bible identified different categories of sinners: the dead, the sleeper and the complacent. These are at the same time, levels of spiritual insensitivity, that is spiritual insensitive. It is not possible for a sinner to be understand the things of the spirit nor can he know the things that are freely given to Gods children, that is sensitivity to things around him. This is because these things are spiritually discerned. So they are not for sleepers nor for the death because they can neither see nor receive them (Rom 8:7, 1Cor 2: 12-14). Being dead in sin, they commit all manner of sin without any restriction. This is because the sinner or the carnal nature (who produces every sin, Gal 5:19) lives or is active in them while the human spirit with which man communes with divinity is existentially dead or inactive in them.
If you eat you shall die
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die, Gen 2:17 .
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat Gen 3:6 .
But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
Rom 5:15,16 .
The day Adam eat the forbidden fruit, he died though he continued to move about, and as a
result of his death, all his seeds were dead because through the offence of one many be dead.
The bible went further to say that in Adam all die and in Christ all shall be made alive, 1 Cor
15:22. Therefore, outside Christ, all were dead in sin and under the reign of darkness. Hence
Jesus came to give life and in abundance.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive …. Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame 1cor 15:22-34.
These days, many think that it is possible to serve God and at the same time continue in their evil ways. This is why if ones goes to any prayer house or prayer centers, one will see a lot of ‘Christians’ who are seeking for one favour or the other from God. Most of them have learned how to pray, they call God a lot of names, some even speak in new tongues yet are living in sin. God cannot be deceived. He knows His children and the children of His enemy 2 Tim 2:19. He cannot be distracted even with services in the church. Such people can even take up all the leadership positions the church. If you are still living in sins like fornication, exam malpractice, bribery, sorcery and do on, you need to rise up to like and enjoy a great harvest from the finished work of our Lord Jesus.
Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God 1Co 15:34 .
The reason there is too much sin these days and yet the name of Jesus is in many lips is because
there is a general lack of the knowledge of God. The book of 2 Sam 3:7 and John 4:22 revealed
that people can be serving God without actually knowing who they are serving. It is not possible to
know the truth and still remain a slave to sin John 8:32. A man sleeping or a dead man can be
sleeping with a deadly snake and yet he will not know. That a devouring lion is coming against a
sleeper or a dead man means nothing to him until he or she awakes. This explains why such people
plays and fondles with sin despite its destructive nature. This explains why many play with holy
objects. I wanted to preach to a young man, and he laughed at me telling me that we charismatics
are not serious. He said that if I doubt him, that I should follow him to his house and he would
show me a scapular that belongs to one of our sisters which she forgot after having sex with him.
Meanwhile he was talking about one of our sisters that is well known for her gift of vision. This is
what sleep can do in the life of a follower of Jesus.
Arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light
It is not possible to see Gods light while sitting or lying down. The bible told a story about a son of
a king that was seated in a riotous and a wasteful life. As a result of this, he was starving, struggling
with pigs over food. He was in a dirty rag, without a foot wear, very far from his father in a famine
and so many other terrible conditions. This young man continued in this pitiable state as long as he
was seated in that type of life, that he chose for himself, until one day he said, “ I WILL ARISE
…” Lk 15:18. This young man did not just stop at saying that he would arise but in verse 20, the
bible recorded that “HE AROSE”. This was how his life changed and at the end of the day, he
regained his royal status. In fact he thought that he went out with all that belonged to him as far as
his father’s wealth was concerned only to discover that a lot of good things were still awaiting him
which included a fat ram, a royal robe, a golden ring, a foot wear and so many others.
Arise and shine
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall
arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. Isa 60:1, 2.
For one to be distinguished or shine, one must first of all, ARISE, then secondary, he must
receive and embrace the Light (Jesus) that has come, without whom, shining is impossible. When
these are done, then the glory of God will rise upon you. Every thing around your life will become
glorious even when terrible darkness or global economic impasse is seen all around you (verse 2).
So it is time to arise from that sin that have held you down all these years. Are you an
Abortionist?, you arrange for the abortion of your wife and children. You arrange with some one
that will write exams for your children. Are you a liar, or a gossiper. You are not just a fornicator
but you even sleep with anointed men of God. What is that particular sin that you are dead in or
seated on? It is time to say I will arise. You will go back to your father. The power of God is
upon you right now to loosen any hold of sin your life. So awake thou that sleepest, and arise
from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light in Jesus name.