Pomegranates by Chanan Mazal

Pomegranates by Chanan Mazal

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Wake Up!

Awake …

to arouse from a sleepless state, to make active, stir up

from my friend wikipedia




In one of the first posts on arils and castles I shared my desire to live intentionally awake in Christ.  I admitted that I was tired of being stuck in maintenance and survival mode.  

A few days after I wrote that entry I came across the following verses...


"The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber...put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light...
clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ."

~Romans 13: 11,12,14

I just love God's timing and sense of humour!

I reluctantly admit to the world that I need to learn to live awake in Christ and what does God have to say?

"Wake Up Nicole!"

A little embarrassing, bordering on the obvious and absolutely hilarious!  

Humour aside, you can hear the urgency in this verse for us to wake up.  The time is now.  Do not wait and linger.   

The chapter continues to provide directions on what we need to do in order to awake from our slumber.

We are to put aside the deeds of darkness, the things that do not reflect Christ.  Get rid of our old self, the flesh.

Putting aside the deeds of darkness will be impossible by our own effort and strength.

That is why we are called to put on the armour of light.  We are to clothe ourselves with Jesus.  He is our garment.  He is our armour of light. 


"In him (Jesus Christ) was life,
 and the life was the Light of men." 



John 1:4  




Please join me in this prayer or adapt it to make it your own.


Father of heavenly lights,

Awake us from our slumber.  Bring to mind the deeds of darkness that we need to put aside.  (pride, jealousy, withholding love from our neighbour...).

We need you to help us to put to death our sinful nature to live led by your Spirit.  Forgive us for actions that have dishonoured you. Show us how to put these deeds aside and to clothe ourselves with you.

Thank you Jesus that you are our armour of light.  That you cover, guide, and protect us with your light.  May we reflect your life and light to those we meet.

In the name of Jesus who is our life and light,  

Amen    


Breathe on me, breath of God, breathe on me

Awake, awake, awake my soul,
God resurrect these bones
From death to life, 
For you alone
Awake my soul

Chris Tomlin - Awake My Soul





















2 comments:

  1. As I was reading I was immediately reminded of the story of The Valley of Dry Bones in Ezekiel. What a powerful thing it is to wake up! To come back to life! And how we need to hear God shouting this to us.
    "So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army."
    Ezekiel 37: 7-10

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  2. Beautiful - thank you Laura. Yes, thankfully God can breathes new life into us and can resurrect our hearts and the areas of our lives that need His divine touch! I just love that passage in Ezekiel - thank you for sharing it with us!

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