Summary: It is time for the sleeping Children of God to wake up
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Pastor Ed Pruitt
Let the Worshippers Arise!
Sunday January 15, 2006
1 I really don’t need to write to you about how and when all this will happen, dear brothers and sisters.
2 For you know quite well that the day of the Lord will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.
3 When people are saying, “All is well; everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall upon them as suddenly as a woman’s birth pains begin when her child is about to be born. And there will be no escape.
4 But you aren’t in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and you won’t be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief.
5 For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night.
6 So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be sober.
7 Night is the time for sleep and the time when people get drunk.
8 But let us who live in the light think clearly, protected by the body armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.
9 For God decided to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us.
10 He died for us so that we can live with him forever, whether we are dead or alive at the time of his return.
11 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
I there is anything that we Ministers of the gospel have, it is the privilege to point out curves on the road to heaven.
We have the undesirable task of warning believers about its dangers and yet we have the joy to inform of its privileges.
We at times must and need to warn saints who may seem to be in a perilous position.
There is a portion of the road that leads from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City.
This portion of the road has more dangers than any other portion.
There are no lions; and there are no dragons.
There are no dark woods, and no deep pitfalls.
Yet more pilgrims have been destroyed in this portion of the road than anywhere else.
Not even the Doubting Castle, with all its piles of bones, can claim nearly as many lives.
It is the part of the road called the Bewitched Highway.
What is the state of sleep that the Christian must beware of?
It is not death.
He was dead once, but he is now alive in Christ Jesus; and therefore shall never die.
Sleep is a state of insensibility which too often infects even the best Christians.
When a man is asleep he is numb to his surroundings.
The world goes on, and he knows nothing about it.
You can stand under his window and yell, and he sleeps on.
A fire is in a neighboring street, his neighbor’s house is burned to ashes, but he is asleep, and never knows.
People are sick in the house, but he is not stirred; they may die, and he doesn’t weep for them because he is asleep.
A riot may be raging in the streets of his city; a war may be in full swing, but the Christian that is asleep doesn’t share in the turmoil.
A volcano may explode somewhere near him, and he may be in great danger, but he cannot escape because he is sound asleep, he is insensible.