Wake Up

Intro story-make up

I wasn’t ready

I usually never turned my phone on silent

Yet that night I did

He called me like 20 times

He never just stops by, yet he did that day

This was the most terrible timing

Caught wearing eyeliner…

You should’ve seen me trying to explain while he just looked at me with this unforgettable look of confusion

Romans 13:11-14 NKJV

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. 13 Let us walk [a]properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

Remember paul is talking to Christians

He is telling them to wake up that salvation is near

The night is far spent and the day is at hand

He is reminding them to cast off the works of darkness

Christians shouldn’t live a life of sin once receiving salvation and accepting the Lord

But the truth is paul wouldn’t have had to give statement if Christians weren’t doing these kind of things

It’s a warning

Paul knows what he is talking about and the writings of the bible are timeless

These things were happening in the church when paul wrote this, and it is still happening today

Christians! It is time to wake from our slumber and do the work of the Lord

We should be filled with spirit and honor God with our lives, not filled with sin and darkness

We have received Christ

We must put off our old works and put on Christ

We must realize the day of the Lord is coming

We should live with a sense of urgency

Nobody knows the day or hour, but we must stay prepared

We live in a society where sin runs rampant in the global church

Christians have begun to compromise when it comes to sin in the church

I have a few statistics that I looked up to give some insight on certain sin in the church

Looking at evangelicals ages 18-22

51% of them that attend church on a weekly basis have engaged in sexual activity

This number significantly increases from 17-31% higher for people this age that attend just once a month

For all adult ages

Sex between unmarried adults in a committed relationship

33% -always ok 24% sometimes 10% rarely and 32% never

Casual sex in a non committed relationship

18% always 32% sometimes 17% rarely 33% never

Remember these are based on Christians that attend church

Now im going to go over statistics for pornography

70% of youth pastors report helping at least 1 teen that is struggling with pornography in the last 12 months

68% of church going men and over 50% of pastors view pornography on a regular basis

Young adults 18-24, 76% actively search pornography

Only 13% of self identifying Christian woman say they never watch pornography

87% have watched pornography

This sin is problem with men, woman, pastors and youth

These are only a few things

There is drunkenness, laziness, deceit, slander, and many others that happen within the walls of the church as well

How does this happen

I will tell you how

Only 37% of all pastors hold a biblical world view

That means 63% do not

And that number increases for youth and childrens pastors to 88%

So these pastors that teach young ages in the church are being taught heresies

That is how the church has gotten to such a place

Instead of hard biblical teachings about repentance from sin

They get a soft watered down message about the gospel that allows for sin to run rampant

These youth and adults being taught they can do whatever they want and there will be no penalty for it because of a prayer they said

WAKE UP!

We are to honor God and Him alone

That means with all of our being

We are to crucify our flesh

Galatians 5:24 NKJV

24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

We must not live in the dark

Put off the old man and wake up

Just because we have grace doesn’t mean God is ok with habitual sin

This hurts my heart to think this is where the church is headed

The church hasn’t been diligent with upholding the full gospel of Christ

And this is where it has led the Church

How did this happen?

Story- javelin

The man became complacent

He wasn’t watching out

Even though it could cause injury or death even he didn’t watch out

Complacency is how the church has got to this point

Revelation 3:1-6 ESV

“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars.

“‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you. Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

Sardis was the church of complacency

Sardis was located about 30 miles southeast of Thyatira

This was a place where they were dyeing wool

This city had a great economy and produced a lot of wealth

They were a hub for trading and gained wealth for jewelry, wool goods, and colored clothing

It was geographically built in a place that was very easy to defend from an attack

Due to all the luxuries this area had it was easy for them to become complacent

They had a reputation for good works, but they were dead inside

On the outside their works were good

But they didn’t hold tight to the gospel of Christ

They became complacent which led to this warning from Jesus himself

He said wake up

They were not living with the expectation of Christs return and placed them in a bad position spiritually

This sounds very similar to a lot of churches

It is very easy to become complacent if we have no expectation for His return

We live in comfort, we really don’t have to worry about much

Our society has turned to one of instant gratification

We have more comforts than most places

Christians have become comfortable with where they are at

Living with no expectation of His return

Living with the mindset that it hasn’t happened yet, it will probably be awhile

We cannot allow this mindset to set in

I am not immune to this either and no pastor or Christian is

Even while writing this I had to evaluate my own life

I don’t want to become like the church of sardis where I look good on the outside, but inside im dead

I want to continue living my life glorifying God

I realized writing this there were areas I still need to change

Ive noticed that through covid and lockdowns it was easy to become comfortable and complacent in some areas

We all need to take time to evaluate our own lives

So what does complacency look like

Complacency-marked by self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies

Living in a constant routine where nothing ever changes leads to complacency

Now its not wrong to have a routine but if you continue this with in the church and don’t have an expectation to change and grow

You will become complacent

That will lead to you rejecting change in your life

The Christian life is all about change

A life of change and submission to Christ

But complacency will lead to unchanged life and a hardened heart

A heart the says Ive done enough

Im good now

There is nothing more I want to change

I have plenty of time anyway

Im comfortable with where im at in life

Saying things like, Jesus knows my heart

And He does… If you are complacent that is not a good thing

You will be considered just like the church of Sardis

Dead on the inside

The worst part about complacency is eventually it will lead to an unteachable spirit

You begin to never learn from the word or the people around you

I pray that never happens to you or myself

Being in place where you can never be corrected or learn from His word is a terrible place to be

If we are supposed to live a life of sanctification but nothing changes any more then you are literally just going through the motion

If this is you, repent, turn from complacency, begin to honor God again

Remember the sacrifice on the cross

Remember what you have been saved from

Live with an expectation of Christs return

We have to continually guard our heart to not fall into complacency

But how do we do that

Angie song-

I choose 1 song everytime I write a sermon and listen to it on repeat

This time the song I chose really lined up with this message

Hallowed be your name

And it was really fitting

The first verse says it all

“ Teach me to crave what is holy and right, to stike down temptation, set evil to flight. Give me today just enough to require a daily return for your riches and fire.”

We must crave what is holy and to do that we must put on Christ

Romans 13:13-14

13 Let us walk [a]properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

Paul is drawing a parallel as if we were changing clothes

The darkness is when we were in our old life

Which was full of sin

Putting on Christ is removing the old darkness and putting on our new clothes which is Christ

We must live in present understanding that Christ is our Lord

Our old man is dead and we should no longer live in a way the is in opposition to Him

We must begin to filter everything through Christ and His word

Knowing that the cross is a constant reminder that He bore our sins and brought restoration between God and us

We must live a life of constant change

Continually working on ourselves

Honoring God with our works, thoughts, actions, and intents of our heart

Keeping Christ at the forefront of our minds allows us to make decisions for our lives that will honor Him

We must daily put on Christ

We don’t get to rest or take a break

It is a life long journey with Him

The enemy will try to constantly attack us

So we must stay focused on Christ

We are children of Christ and we must live like it

Do not make any provisions for your flesh

Cast off the works of darkness and put on Christ

Ephesians 6:10-20

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the [b]wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of [c]the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

In order to make it through is life we must put on Christ

We must seek God and prepare ourselves daily

Read your bible

Spend time in prayer

Worship God daily

When you work, work as unto the Lord

Listen to sermons and allow the Holy Spirit to convict and correct you

If you have areas that you really struggle with, then get an accountability partner

Having someone hold you accountable, that you trust to be honest with you will help you not make provisions for the flesh

Do not allow sin to creep into your life

Don’t become like the church of Sardis

Live with an expectation of Christs return

And put on Christ

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