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WAKE UP!

 Besides this, knowing the time it is already for you to wake up from sleep, for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is nearly over, and daylight is near so let us discard the deeds darkness and put on the army of light.

 Romans 13:11-12

Are You Sleeping?

 You are out there right now and you might be sleeping.

 You might be living a daily life of work where each hour seems like a year, and the commute home is filled with cig alerts. Perhaps you are a stay at home mum, or single parent and your days seem like they never end. And finally when you drift off to sleep you know you only have a few hours until you wake up.

 But what if you were sleeping?

 What if you have been going to church for years, two days, and sometimes even three days a week? What if you are on committees, attend board meetings, and even work with the youth of your church, yet you were still sleeping.

 If you sleep much longer it could be too late and you could find yourself somewhere you didn’t expect, the Great White Throne Judgment, where Jesus could say this to you:

  “Then will He say to those at His left, “‘Begone from me, with the curse resting upon you, into the Fire of the Ages, which has been prepared for the Devil and his angels.

 For when I was hungry, you gave me nothing to eat; when thirsty, you gave me nothing to drink;

  when homeless, you gave me no welcome; ill-clad, you clothed me not; sick or in prison, you visited me not.’

 “Then will they also answer, “‘Lord, when did we see Thee hungry or thirsty or homeless or ill-clad or sick or in prison, and not come to serve Thee?’

 “But he will reply, “‘In solemn truth I tell you that in so far as you withheld such services from one of the humblest of these, you withheld them from me.’

“And these shall go away into the Punishment of the Ages, but the righteous into the Life of the Ages.”

 Matthew 25:41-46 (1912 Weymouth New Testament)

 If you don’t wake up to certain facts, and if you don’t respond to the tug of the Holy Spirit on your conscience, it might soon be to late. God is the only one who knows when it is time for or temporal life to end and our eternity to begin.

 There is a way however to make sure you end up in the Life of the Ages, and not the Punishment of the Ages. Let me share a few things with you now, things that bring hope, and the chance to make a reservation for the eternity to come.

Alarm One: The Gospel That’s Not The Gospel

 This will either come as a shock to you or you’ll be nodding your head in agreement but The Gospel is not being taught at the majority of churches. If you’re shocked and outraged that’s good, because it means that you’re being convicted of something, in fact if one is preaching true The Gospel people shouldn’t be jumping up and down in eager anticipation asking where to sign up.

 Perhaps you’ve heard this pitch line from the pulpit before: …If you give your life to Jesus he’ll give you happiness, peace and joy.

 Sounds pretty good right…wrong!

 This sort of “gospel” does much more harm than it does good because it doesn’t treat Jesus realistically, and not only that it has practically nothing to do with the true Gospel. This sort of prosperity and love gospel will cause just about anyone to think to himself or herself I think I’ll try that out.

 Such an outlook should be a warning sign in itself but let’s just say that this person chooses to raise their hand at the end of the service accepting Jesus into their life. They might even go into the room to have prayer with a Elder and receive a Bible.

 After they get home and the Bible ends up piled over with bills. Bills, which continue to get more expensive and more numerous, life is crazy there’s no improvement with the marriage or the kids. There is certainly not peace and the only joy this person gets is when they finally fall asleep at night.

 After a month, if that this person finally gives up on Jesus. And not only that they’re a little bit annoyed that the pastor flat out lied from the pulpit. Consequently this person never returns to a church again.

 The Real Gospel

 People really hate hearing the real Gospel because it doesn’t sound as nice as the false gospels pick me up however the real Gospel is significantly different from the false gospel in that if preached right it WILL save lives.

 The Real Gospel proceeds in this order:

 1: All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) The wages of Sin is death.

2. In case people think they haven’t sinned we stop next at the Ten Commandments.

3: Once a person is convicted of their sin nature then we point them to-.

4: Jesus Christ who we explain died for EVERYONE who ever existed, to take the PUNISHMENT for their sins. A Punishment that was DEATH.

5: We explain that you need to REPENT of their sins. Put them in Jesus’ hands and have a change of heart.

6: In order to get a new heart they have to PRAY to JESUS and cast all their sins upon Him and BELIEVE that HE died for their sins.

7: God gives the ETERNAL LIFE IMMEDEATLY by sending the HOLY SPIRIT to INDWELL the new BELIEVER; the HOLY SPIRIT is also a DOWN PAYMENT for a RESERVATION for HEAVEN.

 That’s quite a difference isn’t it?

 Do not be fooled by a false gospel, as tough as the True Gospel might seem it will not only give you ETERNAL LIFE…but it will also give you eternal happiness, peace and joy.

 Alarm Two: The Holy Spirit is Missing

 In many churches in this day and age The Holy Spirit is almost entirely missing in action, this is especially obvious if you’ve attended a legalistic church in the past. If you’ve read my about page you know I was a 3rd Generation Seventh Day Adventist pastors kid, and until late June early July I had been attending my local SDA Church on Saturday and Packinghouse (Calvary Chapel Redlands) on Sunday.

 I am not exaggerating in any way when I say that it was like going from a funeral to a celebration of freedom in Christ. As much as I wanted to stay and continue worshiping at the SDA Church to be around friends that I’ve know for years, I simply could not continue going.

 Why?

 Because The Holy Spirit had brought my Spirit roaring back to life and it was just getting suffocated every Saturday at the SDA Church. It was like I was being so Spiritually repressed in there that my Spirit was on life support, if I didn’t stop attending I might have Spiritually died again.

 I was in danger of falling back asleep.

 So I made some drastic changes, first I stopped attending the SDA Church; I now spend most Saturdays working around the property I’m living on. Then on Sunday’s I stopped going to the SDA men’s breakfast, and walked 15 mins over the hill to Trinity Evangelical Free Church. And finally I stopped attending the Friday Night SDA service, and started attending the Former Adventist Fellowship Bible Study instead; it was like fanning the flame of my Spirit into an inferno!

 You see the Holy Spirit cannot be missing from the church let alone from WITHIN YOU it is REQUIRED stuff! If you church isn’t filled with the Holy Spirit it will kill you, and if you don’t have the Holy Spirit IN YOU then you never truly repented.

How can I possibly say that?!

 Rom 8:9  But you do not live as your human nature tells you to; instead, you live as the Spirit tells you to—if, in fact, God’s Spirit lives in you. Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.

Rom 8:10  But if Christ lives in you, the Spirit is life for you because you have been put right with God, even though your bodies are going to die because of sin.

Rom 8:11  If the Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from death, lives in you, then he who raised Christ from death will also give life to your mortal bodies by the presence of his Spirit in you.

Rom 8:12  So then, my friends, we have an obligation, but it is not to live as our human nature wants us to.

Rom 8:13  For if you live according to your human nature, you are going to die; but if by the Spirit you put to death your sinful actions, you will live.

Rom 8:14  Those who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s children.

Rom 8:15  For the Spirit that God has given you does not make you slaves and cause you to be afraid; instead, the Spirit makes you God’s children, and by the Spirit’s power we cry out to God, “Father! my Father!”

Romans 8:9-15 (Emphasis Mine)

Look carefully at what it says in verse 9, it says at the end that if you don’t have the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit in you, you don’t belong to Christ!

 You could have gone to church for 30-40 years and thought just because I come here I’m saved.

 Just because I’m born into a Christian family I’m saved.

 Since I’m a pastors’ kid I’m saved.

 You are only saved when you get down on your knees; admit you’re a sinner worthless without Christ and incapable of saving yourself. If you REPENT and accept the Gift of ETERNAL LIFE by Faith from God you WILL receive the Holy Spirit.

 It is about a Personal one on one relationship with the HOLY SPIRIT and you know what once you have that relationship there’s one more thing you have to be careful about.

 Alarm Three: It’s Still My Life

Folks I’m going to make this as simple as I can, this is not about you. Jesus Christ paid a ransom for you, if you truly accepted that gift and the Holy Spirit is in you your life is no longer your own. Your life in now God’s life, He paid for it fair and square, the down payment of the Holy Spirit is growing in you everyday. You became a new creation.

You may look the same on the outside but on the inside you have a new heart that’s on fire for Jesus Christ, and you are driven to chare that faith and knowledge. In fact you’re expected to do just that, you’re called saints, ambassadors of the Kingdom of God here on earth. Your job is to share what you now know with those who are asleep to the truth like you used to be.

Your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit, and each Christian is one small person sized part of the global Church, and Jesus Christ is the head of that church.

Once you realize that your life is simply to shine the light of Freedom in Christ to other people you will experience a REVLOUTION. The Holy Spirit himself will lead you in Bible Study; you will find that you can never exhaust even one chapter of the Bible of all its spiritual blessings. It is like nothing you can possibly imagine, and because Jesus did such an amazing thing for you you also will not be able to stop yourself from sharing the good news with others.

The Best News of All

 If you have this personal relationship with God and are truly a new creation worshiping in spirit and in truth then you will NOT find yourself at the Great White Throne Judgment. Instead you will find yourself at the Judgment Seat of Christ:

 This judgment is spoken of in 2 Cor. 5:10: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” The manifestation of the believer’s works is in question in this judgment. It is most emphatically not a judgment of the believer’s sins. These have been fully atoned for in the vicarious and substitutionary death of Christ, and remembered no more (Hebrews 10:17). It is quite necessary, however, that the service of every child of God be definitely scrutinized and evaluated (Matthew 12:36; Romans 14:10; Galatians 6:7; Ephes. 6:8; Col. 3:24-25). As a result of this judgment of the believer’s works, there will be reward or loss of reward. In any event, the truly born-again believer will be saved (1 Cor. 3:11-15). The judgment seat, literally bema, evidently is set up in heaven previous to Christ’s glorious second advent to establish His earth rule in the millennial kingdom (Matthew 16:27; 2 Tim. 4:8; Rev. 22:12). The out-taking of the church, according to 1 Thes. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:51-58, must first be fulfilled. The judgment seat of Christ is necessary for the appointment of places of rulership and authority with Christ in His role of “King of kings and Lord of lords” at His revelation in power and glory.

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—New Unger’s Bible Dictionary

It is here that you want to find yourself because in the end He could very well say to you:

Mat 25:23  His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy servant! Since you have been trustworthy with a small amount, I will put you in charge of a large amount. Come and share your master’s joy!’

Please wake up, don’t hit the snooze button, it’s time to rub the sleep out of your eyes and realize that you need to join the Revolution. The Revolution of Freedom in Christ!

In Christ,

Ross

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Comments
  1. altonwoods says:

    Great post!

    “you need to join the Revolution. The Revolution of Freedom in Christ!”

    Many hearts have been stirred, everyday many more are waking to the reality of both God and His harvest being before us!

  2. Nikki says:

    Thank you for sharing this Ross! I think one of the concepts that shifted my reality quite a bit leaving our back ground was this idea that we, humans, have a spirit! That we are born with spirit’s dead from our sin nature, and that when we accept Christ as the ONLY PAYMENT for our salvation (Not, Christ + law keeping= non gospel) we are given new life in that our spirits are regenerated! We come to life in Christ! These eternal spirits which are either eternally damned, or eternally brought to life are very real. I think this is extremely significant because it makes so much sense of Christ saying that there is no other way to eternal life. The conversation usually went something like this, “Ok, so are you saying that really good people who were never Christian will not be in heaven?” This question caused me to place God on trial. “Ok, so I worship a loving God…a merciful God….so…of course they will be in heaven! God wouldn’t let a good person miss out on heaven!” But in doing this, I effectively call Jesus a liar. Jesus said there is NO OTHER way. If we are going to get there on our own “good behavior”, well, we aren’t getting there! It all comes down to what Jesus told Nicodemas. YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN.

    Thanks again for this post!!!

    Nikki <

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