by Tammy Phillips
April 25, 2021
And 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. (Romans 13:11 KJV)
Can you hear the Lord stirring us from our physical and spiritual sleep?
As I read through Isaiah 51 and 52, “AWAKE, AWAKE” was used three different times. The first time it was used in Isaiah 51:9. Israel was asking the Lord to wake up, put on strength and save them like he did before. Haven’t we done the same thing? We might have said something like, “Wake up LORD. Are you there? Do you care? Where are you? Put on Your strength and save us from the corona, sickness, an empty bank account, joblessness, a failing marriage, or even, in my case, my heaviness. The laughable thing is that He is God Almighty. He is strength and all powerful. Impossible is nothing for Him. The word also says in Psalms 121:3-4, “He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.” It is not God that is sleep; it is us. However, the awakening of us, the awakening of our faith and the beginning of our salvation begins with a call to God. Do not feel bad. We are in pretty good company because David did the same thing in Psalms 35:23, 44:23, and 59:4-5. The disciples also followed suit during a roaring storm in Luke 8:24, “And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm.” Wake up to the power and greatness of the LORD.
How did the Lord respond? He awoke. He rose up. He took action. He spoke. In Luke 8:25 He also replied by implying, “Y’all wakeup. Where is your faith?” In Isaiah 51:17, He answered the call by saying , “Awake, awake, stand up!” and in Isaiah 52:1-2 “Awake, awake! Put on your strength…2 Shake yourself from the dust, arise; Sit down, O Jerusalem! Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion.”
In the richness of the definition of the word, “awake”, I heard the Lord say:
Wake up! Wake up!
Raise up! Raise up!
Rise up! Rise up!
Come up! Come up!
Lift yourself up! Lift yourself up!
Be hot! Be hot!
Be alert! Be alert!
Be watchful! Be watchful!
Open your eyes! Open your eyes!
The Lord is our Helper, but He tells us we have some responsibility in this game of life. We must WAKE UP and be full of faith in Him. We need to trust that He is who He says He is, is powerful enough and will do what He says He will do. Our next steps should be to stand up, take responsibility for our own actions, put on strength, shake the dust off, arise and loose ourselves from the self- imposed bonds around our necks.
On my journey, God continued to love me back to Him. He woke me up to some changes that I had to make…again. I have made them and will start to share about them soon. I have not arrived at my goal weight, but that is my destination. I am on the road. I can tell you that I stood up and took responsibility for myself. I am strong and get stronger every day. I am loosed and I am free from the bonds around my neck and the invisible prison that used to keep me from enjoying God’s best life for me. I can tell you that I am lighter in body, but so much lighter in my soul. It is not all about the weight. It is about being obedient to the call.
I enCOURAGE you to AWAKE! AWAKE! Where you have turned your back on God, call out to Him! He is our Savior in all things. If you do not know Jesus as your Savior and Lord or you have slid away from, He says to all:
Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. (1 Corinthians 15:34 NKJV)
Therefore, He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.” (Ephesians 5:14 NKJV)