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Sunday - December 18th 2005
'" Awake or Asleep "
by Pastor Tony Sutton

Eph 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
THE CHURCH
THE CHURCH AS WE KNOW IT IS ASLEEP. IT'S CANDLE IS UNDER A BUSHEL AND NO ONE CAN SEE THE LIGHT. Matthew 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. I AM NOT TALKING JUST ABOUT OUR CONGREGATION OR YOURS, I AM REFERRING TO THE CHURCH AS A WHOLE. THERE IS ONLY ONE CHURCH! THE CHURCH OFTEN REFERRED TO BY THE WORLD IS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, BUT I FIND IN THE WORD OF GOD, THAT ANY BORN AGAIN BELIEVER IS A PART OF "THE CHURCH" THAT IS THE BODY OF CHRIST.


Jon 1:6 So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.
THE INDIVIDUAL
WHEN THE CALL COMES FROM GOD, TO HIS SERVICE, WE OFT TIME FIND OURSELVES WANTING TO RUN FROM HIM. WE HIDE IN MANY WAYS. EXAMPLE: GOD CALLS FOR OUR SERVICE AS A MINISTER, WE THEN TAKE ANY AND ALL POSITIONS AVAILABLE. SUCH AS: TEACHER, DEACON, SONG LEADER, ETC. IT'S GOOD TO DO ALL THAT WE CAN FOR GOD, BUT IF HE DID NOT CALL YOU FOR THE POSITION, YOU HOLD, THEN YOU ARE NOT WHERE YOU NEED TO BE. YOU ARE NOW A HINDRANCE. AFTER a while WE BEGIN TO BE BURNED OUT. YOU KNOW, IT IS BECOMING A BURDEN TO DO WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND NOT A JOY. SOON AFTER THIS YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF ASLEEP IN CHRIST, WANDERING WHAT HAPPENED. SAYING, HOW DID I GET TO THIS POINT?

Revelation 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
THE RESULT
THE BIBLE TELLS US TO REMEMBER. WE NEED TO RECALL WHAT JESUS DID FOR US. WE NEED TO REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE IN THE CENTER OF GOD'S WILL. WE NEED TO REPENT, TURN FROM OUR WICKED WAYS, SEEK HIS FACE, AND IF WE DON'T, THEN HE WILL COME AND REMOVE THE CANDLESTICK, WHICH IS THE GUIDE, THE JOY, THE DRIVE, THE CLOSENESS. IN SO MANY WORDS HE IS SAYING, WE WILL BE MISERABLE, JOYLESS, AND NO VISION. YOU KNOW WHAT I AM SAYING. YOU BEGIN TO SEE THE FAULTS OF EVERYONE ELSE, YOU DO EVERYTHING, NO ONE WILL HELP, YOU JUST FEEL LIKE GIVING UP. PLEASE DO!!! GIVE IT UP!!! THEN LET GOD GIVE IT TO YOU AS HE SEES FIT. THEN WE WILL FIND THAT WE ENJOY WORKING FOR GOD. WE ARE NOT SO PUT OUT ANY LONGER.

Psalms 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
THE ANSWER
CALL UPON THE LORD WHILE HE MAY BE HEARD. AS DAVID CALLED UNTO THE LORD WE NEED TO FOLLOW SUIT. ASK JESUS TO RESTORE THE JOY. WE NEED THE VISION WE ONCE HAD. ASK GOD TO FILL YOU WITH THE JOY, LOVE, EXCITEMENT, THE DRIVING FORCE TO LEAD OTHERS TO CHRIST

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