Arise From Your Slumber!

 

God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The LORD knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.” 1

Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honourable use, some for dishonourable. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonourable, he will be a vessel for honourable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. 2

If anyone loves God, he is known by God. 3

And He who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 4

And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. 5

Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. 6

My beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which He has promised to those who love Him? 7

Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand. 8

If we are faithless, He remains faithful– for He cannot deny Himself. 9

Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path, O LORD. 10

And You said, “Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me”, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, “My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.” 11

When anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”  Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the LORD is. 12

The LORD, Jesus Christ says, “Why do you call me ‘LORD, LORD,’ and not do what I tell you? 13

Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.” 14

Are we just hearers or doers of His Word?

By the grace and mercy of God, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart in Zephaniah 3 which I want to share with you.  I pray that the Lord will also speak to you and the Spirit of God will grant you the grace of wisdom and understanding about the significance of the season we are in  and the times to come, each day nearer to its realisation:-

Woe to her who is rebellious and defiled, the oppressing city! 15

She listens to no voice; she accepts no correction. She does not trust in the LORD; she does not draw near to her God. 16

Her officials within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves that leave nothing till the morning. 17

Her prophets are fickle, treacherous men; her priests profane what is holy; they do violence to the law. 18

The LORD within her is righteous; He does no injustice; every morning He shows forth His justice; each dawn He does not fail; but the unjust knows no shame. 19

“I have cut off nations; their battlements are in ruins; I have laid waste their streets so that no one walks in them; their cities have been made desolate, without a man, without an inhabitant. 20

I said, ‘Surely you will fear me; you will accept correction. Then your dwelling would not be cut off according to all that I have appointed against you.’ But all the more they were eager to make all their deeds corrupt. 21

“Therefore wait for me,” declares the LORD, “for the day when I rise up to seize the prey. For my decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, to pour out upon them my indignation, all my burning anger; for in the fire of my jealousy all the earth shall be consumed.  22

“For at that time I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech, that all of them may call upon the name of the LORD and serve Him with one accord. From beyond the rivers of Cush my worshipers, the daughter of my dispersed ones, shall bring my offering.” 23

“On that day you shall not be put to shame because of the deeds by which you have rebelled against Me; for then I will remove from your midst your proudly exultant ones, and you shall no longer be haughty in My holy mountain. But I will leave in your midst a people humble and lowly. They shall seek refuge in the name of the LORD, those who are left in Israel; they shall do no injustice and speak no lies, nor shall there be found in their mouth a deceitful tongue. For they shall graze and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.” 24

Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! 25 

The LORD has taken away the judgments against you; He has cleared away your enemies. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall never again fear evil. 26

On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: “Fear not, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak. The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.  I will gather those of you who mourn for the festival, so that you will no longer suffer reproach. 27

Behold, at that time I will deal with all your oppressors. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth.  At that time I will bring you in, at the time when I gather you together; for I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes,” says the LORD. 28

Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King! 29

Amen!

 

1    2 Timothy 2:1911   Isaiah 46:9-1021   Zephaniah 3:7
2    2 Timothy 2:20-2112   Ephesians 5:13-1722   Zephaniah 3:8
3    1 Corinthian 8:313   Luke 6:4623   Zephaniah 3:9-10
4    Romans 8:2714   Luke 6:47-4824   Zephaniah 3:11-13
5    Romans 8:2815   Zephaniah 3:125   Zephaniah 3:14
6    Psalm 125:116   Zephaniah 3:226   Zephaniah 3:15
7   James 2:517   Zephaniah 3:327   Zephaniah 3:16-18
8   Psalm 121:4-518   Zephaniah 3:428   Zephaniah 3:19-20
9   2 Timothy 2:1319   Zephaniah 3:529   Psalm 149:2
10  Psalm 119:10520   Zephaniah 3:6

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