By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
"Therefore let us not sleep, as others do; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of Faith and Love; and for an helmet, the Hope of Salvation.
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him." (1 Thes. 5: 6 -10).
number of years ago, Dr. Billy Graham stated: "The world wants it
straight but the church wants it in circles!" How sad!
said: "...If ye continue in My Word, then are ye My disciples indeed.
And ye shall know the TRUTH and the truth shall make you free" (John
(2 Timothy 4: 2- 4)
are now living in the closing days of time! God's great time clock is about
to strike '
handwriting is on the wall: Time is short and Judgment is prophesied to come
to a Christ - rejecting world! Soon, the day of mercy will be over and Jesus
will return for His Church! An angel will then step out on space and
come down with a powerful message to a sin-filled world. Placing one foot
upon the sea and the other on dry land, he will raise his hand to heaven and
swear by Him Who lives forever, that Time shall be no more!"
(Revelation 10: 5-6)
CHURCH IS ASLEEP TODAY!
believe that the Church is asleep today across the world, and has failed to
take the commands of Jesus Christ seriously! Jesus knew this would happen,
so He asked the question: "..Nevertheless, when the Son of Man cometh,
will He find faith on the earth? " (Luke 18: 8). A lukewarm,
this message, I share Scriptures that give us an accurate picture of the
Church today. At every critical junction, the Church was asleep!
- A PICTURE OF A DISOB
Jonah 1: 1- 6, we find a picture of a rebellious & disobedient
church! Jonah was a special messenger which God wanted to use. He was
commanded to go to Nineveh with a warning of coming judgment. He refused and
deliberately took a ship to Tar shish, running away from God's call on his
life and the direct command of the Almighty!
see the same thing happening today. Many put their own agenda ahead of god's
agenda. they serve themselves or others before serving God! God has become
only a convenience or an errand boy, instead of the Commander-in-Chief and
Master of our lives! God's call is put on the back burner of our schedule, a
second fiddle, a spare wheel, instead of the center of our lives!
In his rebellion, Jonah "rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa..." He used the missionary money to do 'his own thing'! In his complacency he went "down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep!" A picture of today's rebellious Church! Refusing to preach the Gospel. Refusing to fast and pray and seek God for Revival. refusing pay our tithes and win souls May God help us!
SAMSON - A PICTURE OF A WORLDLY CHURCH!
-16 - 21) we see
a picture of the worldly Church asleep upon the lap of the world! Samson was
an anointed, gifted, and spirit empowered Nazarite - a picture of a
bold, victorious and powerful Church tearing down the strong holds of the
enemy! Winning victory after victory until the enemy found a chink in
his Armour, a weakness that he could exploit.
And then, the disastrous fall ! God's champion, stripped of his power, devoid of his eyes, a pitiful hulk of humanity, denigrated, defeated, had become a laughing stock in the eyes of his enemies! Like an oxen, grinding in the mill. Oh, God help us. Oh, God help your Church.
didn't happen overnight. There were warning shots fired across the
'bow of his boat'! He had plenty time to change course, but he didn't!
Samson played the fool and lost! He lost his anointing, his power, his
position of authority and leadership and his life!
was a gift from God to his parents and to
afraid the Church today is becoming worldly and losing her great testimony
and strength! The Church is asleep today!
DISCIPLES ASLEEP - A PICTURE OF A PRAYER LESS CHURCH!
Matthew 26: 36 - 44, we see a picture of a prayer less Church! In His hour
of greatest need, His inner circle disciples let Him down! Jesus' heart was
heavy, knowing that He had to face betrayal, denial, scourging, mocking and
the Cross. He knew that the sins of the entire world would be laid upon Him.
He would carry our sin, shame, pain, sickness and judgment, so we could
these tremendous burdens fell upon Him so that He "sweat as it were
great drops of blood", He was depending upon support from His
disciples, especially His inner circle of Peter, James and John, but they
also fell asleep! Three times He called upon Them to pray with Him as His
hour was approaching, but no, they could couldn't keep their eyes open!
He asked: "What, can't you even watch with Me for one hour?" Not even a single hour, in His most pressing hour, as He battled the flesh and the devil.
wonder how Jesus feels today, when He sees the prayerlessness of Christian
people and the coldness of our churches? In a survey in the
Luther - the great reformer - prayed an average of three hours every
day. He said that if he missed praying at least two hours a day, the devil
would get the advantage over him! Is it any wonder that he could stand alone
against the evils of the Roman Pope, the Cardinals, Nobles and the Emperor,
and bring revival to Europe?
Acts 20: 7 - 10, we find a picture of the some in the churches falling
asleep in the middle of the revival. Young people going to
also happens in
And after Jesus had fasted 40 days, Satan came to tempt Him. Jesus rebuffed the devil and he had to flee, but he tried unsuccessfully to seduce our Saviour.
FOOLISH VIRGINS A PICTURE OF THE UNPREPARED
In Matthew 25: 1 -10, we see a picture of a Church that is not ready to meet Jesus. A church without the oil of the Holy Spirit is a foolish church, like the five foolish virgins! A church without the Oil of the Holy Spirit is a powerless church and is asleep.
on the parable of Jesus about the 'Sower and the Seed', D.L. Moody stated
that there are three groups of Christians! The seed that fell on good ground
produced fruit, some thirty, some sixty and some 100 per cent. The
great Evangelist felt that the thirty per cent represents those who
have gotten saved and stopped growing. The sixty per cent were those who
became strong in God and were separated from the world. The last group, he
stated, was the best; those who had sought God and received the Baptism of
the Holy Spirit according to John
said that the
It behooves us to repent of every sin, pray until we are sanctified and set apart for Jesus - from the world, flesh and the devil - and baptized in the Holy Spirit and fire! The Bible says that Jesus is coming for a "glorious Church without spot or wrinkle." (Eph. 5: 27)
In closing, allow me to quote three powerful Scriptures:
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. 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.
"Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wanton ness, not in strife and envying." (Romans - 13)
"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror (wrath) of God, we persuade men..." (2 Corinthians -11)
"Wherefore He saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise. Redeeming the time, because the days are evil." (Eph. 5: 14 - 16). Amen.