Wake Up Christian! (Romans #32)

Text: Romans 13:11-14

Christianity is like waking up out of a sleep.  Christianity is likened to the morning of a day.

1 Thessalonians 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

Wake up (vs 11)

  • It’s time to wake up whether you think it’s time or not
    • The appeal the Holy Spirit makes to you and I is our perspective on our time
    • With each passing moment you are that much closer to a sinless, joyful, glorified life
    • Procrastination comes from the thought that you always have more time
    • Proverbs 26:14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.
      • Sloths don’t grow churches
    • James 4:13-14 life is a vapor, don’t know what shall be tomorrow.
    • Biblically speaking this is redeem the time
    • Colossians 4:5 redeeming the time toward those that are without.
    • You only have what’s left
  • It’s time to wake up whether you feel like it or not
    • Don’t always feel like waking up.
    • If I waited to go soul winning for a time when I feel like going soul winning, it may never happen.
    • If I wait for a feeling to serve God, I’ll never serve God.
    • Sometimes I feel like I’d do anything to be able to get a chance to do nothing.
    • Proverbs 27:1 measure your time in days
      • You don’t have to beat temptation for the rest of your life.  You just need to beat temptation today.
      • One day at a time.  Matthew 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Do right today, not tomorrow.
      • fight temptation one more day – 1 Corinthians 15:31 I die daily

Get dressed (vs 12)

  • You generally don’t have to work in what you sleep in.
  • The daytime brings with it a new set of clothing.
  • Ever feel like wearing your pajamas all day?  I do.
  • College pajama people
  • Ephesians 5:11-13
  • Start living like where you are going
    • Eternal life has already started, so begin living it
    • cast off and put on
  • armor of light
    • fear in the darkness – at night, the unknown
    • turn on the light and the scary shadow you realize is just a tree
      • Satan isn’t working in the shadow, he isn’t the tree branch, he’s working in your mind.
      • Galatians 5:19-20 …witchcraft...
      • You know what makes you free from the fear?  The truth.
      • Armor of God – belt of truth

Go to work (vs 13-14)

  • Act differently in the daytime than you do at night.
    • Worked on a rig where my driller would wake up, get buzzed and come to work.  He smelled like alcohol all day.
    • But even the world recognizes some activities that go on at night don’t go on during the day.  The world will accept drunkenness at night, but in the daytime even unsaved folks would say you had a problem if by 9AM you were drunk.
  • Ephesians 5:14-18
  • Actively redeem the time because you will always face opposition doing the Lord’s will in this world.
  • Walk a certain way
    • honestly – nothing to hide
    • Not being filled wrong
    • Not using your body, your vessel, wrong
    • Not having the wrong attitude about others
  • 1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light
  • make no provision – that means a compromise
    • Friendship with the world is enmity with God
    • Satan generally gains ground by compromise
    • Partial fulfillment of God’s will
    • Go to church and back home to serve the devil
    • Separation is where strength comes from
    • Stay as near as possible to the world and sin
    • Keep one foot in each
    • Burn the bridges! make no provision for the flesh
    • God’s family unit divided or a “house divided” – Matthew 12:25
    • Wrong order in the family, divides the house