Summary: The third message in a series on the Holy Spirit. It’s about waking up the church.
WE’VE GOT THE POWER – 3
“WAKE UP SLEEPY HEAD”
Text: Ephesians 5:14-21
Introduction: Over the past few weeks I’ve been preaching a series called, “We’ve Got The Power”. This morning, I want to continue with the third part of this series called, “Wake Up Sleepy Head”. But before moving on, let me recap what I have preached so far.
The first sermon in this series was called, ”Where It All Began”. In this sermon I talked about when the New Testament Church actually began. Through Scripture we learned that the church did not begin on the Day of Pentecost, as some believe, but that it began at the day Jesus ascended up into heaven. I then went on to explain that there are in fact two distinct and very different baptisms (three if you want to get technical) (explain the 3).
Then, in the second sermon called, “What’s The Purpose”, I spoke on some of the purposes of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit - both individually as well as collectively. In other words, the purpose of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
Today, the title of my message is: “Wake Up Sleepy Head” Our text is found in, Ephesians 5:14-21. It says, “Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light." See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.” (NKJ)
There is an illustration that comes from one of George Orwell’s essays. It offers a graphic image of human laziness. Orwell describes a wasp that "was sucking jam on my plate and I cut him in half. He paid no attention, merely went on with his meal, while a tiny stream of jam trickled out of his severed esophagus. Only when he tried to fly away did he grasp the dreadful thing that had happened to him."
We are living in the VERY LAST DAYS! as described in Luke 21.
In this Scripture, Christ Himself says in verses 31 - 33, "So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place. So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
Billy Graham wrote in his book, Storm Warning, “In the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew’s devastation, as my grandson, Stephan-Nelson, was working night and day helping the survivors to get water and food, he noticed a sign on the roof of one house which read: "Okay, God. You’ve got our attention. Now what?" I see storms of apocalyptic proportions on the horizon. God is beginning to get our attention. Now what?