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Summary: The great need of the hour is for there to be an awakening to revival and spiritual desire.

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AN AWAKENING

TEXT: Romans 13:11-12

Romans 13:11-12 KJV And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. [12] The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

I. INTRODUCTION—GOING TO SLEEP ON LIFE

-This is one of the exhortations of Paul as he starts to conclude the Roman letter. In fact, we can assert that this is one of the things that is attached to Romans 12:1-2 when he pleads with the Roman church not to let themselves be conformed to the world.

-There are matters that Paul realized that would help the saint of the Lord not to allow himself to go to sleep in a spiritual sense:

• Present your bodies as a living sacrifice

• Don’t be conformed to this world

• Renew your mind

• Discern the will of God

• Don’t think more highly of yourself than you ought to

• Think soberly

• Serve

• Teach

• Exhort

• Give

• Lead

• Let love be genuine

• Abhor what is evil

• Hold to the good

• Show brotherly love

• Show honor to others

• Don’t be slothful

• Be fervent in your spirit

• Rejoice

• Be patient

• Pray

• Give to those in need

• Bless and don’t curse

• Weep with those who weep

• Don’t be wise in your own sight

• Don’t repay evil with evil

• Give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of others

• Live peaceably

• Be kind to your enemies

• Be subject to governing authorities

• Owe no man anything

-All of these are the words of Paul as he leads up to his words that it is high time for all men to come out of their state of sleep.

-We often discover that we can be asleep with our eyes wide open. There is a sleep that comes to the soul without many ever even realizing it took place. You can go to sleep on life. In fact, there are thousand and one different ways to medicate yourself so that you go to sleep on the potential of life:

• Mindless entertainment

• Soul-numbing materialism

• Pursuing worldly success

• Withdrawing into depression

• Nursing a grudge

• Holding on to some bitterness of the past

-There were some sleepers in the Bible that went to sleep at the most inopportune time and because they went to sleep, they missed out.

• Jacob—When he woke up, he realized he had missed God. (Genesis 28:16)

• Samson—Lost his strength while he was sleeping. (Judges 16:20)

• Jonah—Slept through a storm that nearly sank the ship he was running from God on. (Jonah 1:6)

• Peter, James, and John—Slept in Gethsemane when the Lord needed them the most. (Matt. 26:45; Mark 14:41)

-More often than not we can find ourselves sleeping through life and we miss opportunities that literally could change the whole direction for us.

II. THE AWAKENING OF THE PRODIGAL SON


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