26 Jul Wake Devotionals
Week 4: Show me the ONE/ Noun
12 What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?
13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.
14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.
I challenge you to look at every day as an Adventure. Every day as an opportunity to share God’s Love with everyone you come in contact with throughout you day! But for the first followers of Jesus, learning and talking about the Bible was a natural part of everyday life. What would it look like for you to make learning, discussing and applying God’s Word a regular part of every day? As an adventure with God. Do you think you can do it? Who is up for the challenge?
The Bible gives us instructions on how to walk this out….So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (Romans 12:1, 2 MSG)
When you wake up…give HIM thanks for another day and ask HIM what my assignment today is. Every day is a choice to include HIM. Who do I GET to share the LOVE of God with today?! Our father in heaven wants to give you his eyes. When you see the sick, I see them healed. When you see the lost he see them asleep and ready to be awakened, when you see darkness approaching he see the enemy defeated, and when he looks at you he see you completed, made whole and beautiful, with nothing lacking.
Week 3: What Lulls you to Sleep? / Verb
Week 2: Wake Lazarus Wake
John 11:38-39 NLT
38 Jesus was still angry as he arrived at the tomb, a cave with a stone rolled across its entrance.
39 “Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them.
But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.”
In John 11:39, Jesus tells the people to roll away the stone in front of Lazarus’ tomb. The first reply is from Martha, and she pleads with the Lord that Lazarus has been dead for four days and by now there is a stench. Jesus’ reply to her is, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” Have you ever wondered why Jesus didn’t just miraculously make the stone move out of the way like it did on the day He was resurrected? Perhaps it was because this stone represented death and a place of unbelief. According to Martha, Lazarus can’t be revived now. He has already started to smell. He’s past the point of resurrection. Yet Jesus said, “Take away the Stone” and with a loud voice said, “Lazarus, Come Forth!” The stone had to be moved by man. They had to smell the stench as they moved the stone. They had to see his lifeless body lying there. They had to hear Jesus say, “Lazarus, Come Forth!” In verse 42, it says it had to be done so that the people may believe that God had sent Jesus.
Here are some questions for us to ask ourselves:
1. What is the stone that has kept you in hiding? Is it fear? Is it shame? Is it unbelief? What keeps you bound and holds you so tightly that you are unable to move when God says move?
2. Is there a lie that you are believing that says you are beyond saving?
Here is what Jesus is asking back to us, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”
Allow your faith to rise up and believe God that He will do what He said He will do! He always meets us at our point of faith and if we would just choose faith in all of our circumstances, we would see the glory of God be revealed! Wake Lazarus Wake!
Week 1: The Bear
Romans 13:11-12 11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
Wake is about coming into a conscious awareness of where you have been and where the Lord wants you to go. It’s about knowing the time and the season. We live in a world that wants to capture your attention. It wants to empower you to build strongholds in your life, fortresses that keep you bound in depression, anger, ungodly desires and apathy.
These strongholds get built with the building blocks of what you believe. They are never built with truths, for truth sets you free. Instead they are built with lies. What has the enemy has been making you believe? Has he said you are not good enough, not talented enough, unlovable, or worthless? What is the lie that keeps you from moving forward in your walk with the Lord?
If you are spiritually asleep you have a lack of feeling, emotion, interest or concern for what is happening around you. You are self-centered and not Christ-centered. Just a few verses before Paul restated Christ’s commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” If Jesus wants us to love our neighbor as ourselves, then isn’t it completely clear that the number one thing the enemy will try to do is to get you to not love yourself. He will get you to build strongholds that keep you far from God and far from His truth and His love. He will get you to not care about yourself or others.
2 Corithians 10:4-5
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
This word for weapon is the Greek word hoplon. It is only used six times in the New Testament. In Romans 13:12 the word armor is also the Greek word hoplon. So when it says put on the armor of light, it translates to put on the weapon of light.
We are in a Kairos moment, an epoch time and season when God is saying, “It’s time to Wake.” It’s time to let the light of Christ shine through us, to be the light of the world. It’s time to destroy the place where we have been dwelling and the strongholds that have kept us bound. It’s time to move. It’s time to Wake!