A Plea For The Sleeping Giant The Church To Awaken
by Sharon McClean
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Ephesians 5:14—Therefore HE SAYS; AWAKE, YOU WHO SLEEP, ARISE FROM the DEAD, and CHRIST will GIVE YOU LIGHT.
Pro. 19:15— SLOTHFULNESS casts one into DEEP SLEEP, and an idle person will suffer hunger.) Isaiah 29:9—Pause and wonder! Blind yourselves and be blind! They are drunk, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with intoxicating drink. (10) For the Lord has poured out on you THE SPIRIT of DEEP SLEEP, and has closed YOUR EYES, namely THE PROPHETS; and He has covered your heads, namely the seers.
Proverbs 21:16—A man who wanders from the way OF UNDERSTANDING will rest in THE CONGREGATION of THE DEAD.
Revelation 3:1—And to the angel of THE CHURCH in Sardis write, these things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, BUT YOU ARE DEAD. (2) BE WATCHFUL, and STRENGTHEN the things which REMAIN, that are READY to DIE, for I have not found YOUR WORKS PERFECT BEFORE GOD. (3) Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore IF YOU WILL NOT WATCH, I will come upon YOU as A THIEF, and you will not know what hour I will come upon YOU.
Rev. 16:15—(Jesus) “Behold I am coming as A THIEF, blessed is he WHO WATCHES, and keeps his garments, lest he WALK NAKED and they see his shame. Rev. 3:14—(Jesus to the angel of THE CHURCH of the LAODICEANS write, (16) “So then BECAUSE YOU ARE LUKEWARM, and neither COLD nor HOT, I will spew you out of My mouth. (17) Because you say, I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor blind , and NAKED----
John 10:10—“THE THIEF does not come except to STEAL, and to KILL, and to DESTROY. I have come that they may HAVE LIFE, and that thy may have it MORE ABUNDANTLY.
Psalm 82:1—God stands in THE CONGREGATION of the mighty; HE JUDGES among the gods. (2) How long will you judge unjustly, and show partiality to the wicked? (3) DEFEND the POOR and FATHERLESS; do justice to the afflicted and NEEDY. (4) Deliver THE POOR and NEEDY; free them from the hand of the wicked. (5) They do not know, nor do they UNDERSTAND; they WALK about IN DARKNESS; all the foundations of the earth are unstable.
(6) I said, “You are gods, and ALL of you are CHILDREN of the Most High. (7) But you shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.” (8) ARISE, O God, JUDGE the EARTH; for you shall INHERIT ALL NATIONS.
Proverbs 31:8—OPEN YOUR MOUTH for the speechless, IN THE CAUSE of ALL WHO ARE APPOINTED to DIE. (9) OPEN YOUR MOUTH, judge RIGHTEOUSLY, and PLEAD the CAUSE of THE POOR and NEEDY.
Isaiah 1:16—WASH YOURSELVES, make yourselves CLEAN; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to to evil, (17) Learn to do good; SEEK JUSTICE, REPROVE the oppressor; DEFEND THE FATHERLESS, PLEAD for THE WIDOW. Skipping ahead to verse 20, “But if you refuse and rebel. You shall be devoured BY THE SWORD, for THE MOUTH of THE LORD has SPOKEN. (23) They DO NOT DEFEND the FATHERLESS, nor does THE CAUSE of THE WIDOW come before them. Jeremiah 49:11—Leave your FATHERLESS CHILDREN, I WILL PRESERVE THEM ALIVE, and let your WIDOWS TRUST IN ME.
Ezekiel 13:4—O Israel, YOUR PROPHETS are like foxes in the deserts. (5) You HAVE NOT GONE UP INTO THE GAPS to BUILD A WALL for the house of Israel TO STAND IN BATTLE on THE DAY of THE LORD. (6) They have envisioned FUTILITY and FALSE DIVINATION, saying, Thus says the Lord! BUT THE LORD has NOT SENT THEM; yet THEY HOPE THAT THE WORD may BE CONFIRMED.
Isaiah 13:4—The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like that of many people! A tumultuous noise of THE KINGDOMS of NATIONS gathered together! The Lord of hosts MUSTERS THE ARMY FOR BATTLE. (5) They come from a far country, FROM THE END of HEAVEN. Even the Lord and HIS WEAPONS of indignation, TO DESTROY THE WHOLE LAND. (6) Wail, for the day of the Lord is AT HAND! It will come as DESTRUCTION from the ALMIGHTY.
Ezekiel 22:29—The people of the land have used oppressions, committed robbery, and MISTREATED THE POOR and NEEDY; and they WRONGFULLY OPPRESS the STRANGER. (30) “SO I SOUGHT FOR A MAN among them who would MAKE A WALL, and STAND IN THE GAP BEFORE ME ON BEHALF of THE LAND, THAT I SHOULD NOT DESTROY IT; BUT I FOUND NO ONE. (31) Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with THE FIRE of MY WRATH; and I have RECOMPENSED their DEEDS on THEIR OWN HEADS,” says the Lord God.
Joel 1:15—Alas for the day! For the day of the Lord is AT HAND; It shall COME as DESTRUCTION from THE ALMIGHTY. Psalm 90:3—YOU TURN man to DESTRUCTION, and say, “RETURN, O children of men. (4) For a THOUSAND YEARS in Your sight are like YESTERDAY when it is past, and like A WATCH in THE NIGHT. 2 Peter 3:8—But, beloved, DO NOT FORGET this ONE THING, that with the Lord ONE DAY is as a THOUSAND YEARS, and a THOUSAND YEARS as ONE DAY. (9)The Lord is NOT SLACK concerning HIS PROMISE, as SOME count slackness, but is LONGSUFFERING toward us, NOT WILLING that ANY SHOULD PERISH but that ALL should COME TO REPENTANCE.
Returning to Joel 2:9—They run to and fro in the city, they run on THE WALL; they CLIMB into THE HOUSES, they ENTER at THE WINDOWS like A THIEF. (John 10:1—Most assuredly, I say to you, he WHO DOES NOT ENTER the sheepfold by THE DOOR, but CLIMBS up SOME OTHER WAY, THE SAME is A THIEF and A ROBBER. (10) THE THIEF does not come except to STEAL, and to KILL, and to DESTROY. I HAVE COME that they may HAVE LIFE, and that they may have it MORE ABUNDANTLY.) (Rev. 3:3—Therefore if you will NOT WATCH, I will come upon YOU as A THIEF, and YOU will not know what hour I will come upon YOU.)
Returning to Joel 2:10—The EARTH QUAKES before them, THE HEAVENS TREMBLE; the sun and moon grow dark, and the stars diminish their brightness. The Lord gives voice before HIS ARMY for His camp is very great; for strong is the One who executes HIS WORD. For THE DAY of THE LORD is great and VERY TERRIBLE; WHO can ENDURE IT? (12) NOW, therefore, says the Lord, “TURN to ME with ALL YOUR HEART, with FASTING, with WEEPING, and with mourning. (13) So REND your HEART, and NOT your GARMENTS; RETURN to THE LORD YOUR GOD, For He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; AND HE RELENTS FROM DOING HARM. (14) who knows if HE WILL TURN and RELENT and LEAVE A BLESSING BEHIND HIM--
Hebrews 12:25—See that you do not refuse Him WHO SPEAKS. For if they did not escape who REFUSED Him WHO SPOKE ON EARTH, much more shall we not escape IF WE TURN AWAY FROM HIM WHO SPEAKS FROM HEAVEN. (26) whose voice then SHOOK THE EARTH; but NOW He has promised, saying, “YET ONCE MORE I SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH; but NOW He has promised, saying, “YET ONCE MORE I SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH; but also HEAVEN.” (27) Now this, YET ONCE MORE, indicates REMOVAL of those things that are BEING SHAKEN, as of things that are made, that the things WHICH CANNOT BE SHAKEN may REMAIN. (28) Therefore, since we are receiving A KINGDOM which CANNOT be SHAKEN, let us have GRACE, by which we may serve God acceptably with REVERENCE and godly FEAR.
Well the world has been SHAKEN AGAIN, by this recent quake that has rocked our world! This recent quake not only rocked the West Coast of Northern Sumatra, but one CNN reporter said that it had actually caused the earth to wobble on its axis. One thing for sure it makes one very aware how quickly death and devastation can strike. It jars us enough to make us sit up and take notice of what is going on around us. It perhaps even motivates us to take a closer look at this world that we live in and realize that it is not so bad after all. For we see people start to bond together with compassionate hearts and they just dive right in helping out in all different kinds of ways.
Haggai 2:6—“For thus says the Lord of hosts: ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE HEAVEN AND EARTH, THE SEA AND DRY LAND; (7) ‘and I WILL SHAKE ALL NATIONS, and THEY SHALL COME to THE DESIRE OF ALL NATIONS, and I will fill THIS TEMPLE with GLORY, (9) The glory of THIS LATTER TEMPLE shall be GREATER than the former, ‘And in THIS PLACE I will GIVE PEACE, says the Lord of hosts.”
Isaiah 65:1—I was sought by those WHO DID NOT ASK for ME; I WAS FOUND BY THOSE WHO DID NOT SEEK ME. I said, ‘HERE I AM, HERE I AM,’ TO A NATION THAT WAS NOT CALLED BY MY NAME. (2) I have stretched out My hands ALL DAY LONG to a REBELLIOUS people, WHO WALK IN A WAY THAT IS NOT GOOD, according to THEIR OWN THOUGHTS.
Mal. 4:2—But to you who fear My name the SUN of RIGHTEOUSNESS shall arise with HEALING in HIS WINGS. (4) Remember the Law of Moses, My servant which I commanded him IN HOREB for ALL ISRAEL, with the statutes and JUDGMENTS. (5) Behold, I will SEND you ELIJAH the prophet BEFORE the COMING of THE GREAT and DREADFUL DAY of THE LORD. (6) And he will TURN the HEARTS of THE FATHERS to THE CHILDREN, and the HEARTS of THE CHILDREN to THEIR FATHERS, lest I COME and STRIKE THE EARTH with A CURSE.
1 Kings 17:1—And ELIJAH the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “AS THE LORD GOD of ISRAEL LIVES, before whom I STAND, There shall NOT BE DEW nor RAIN these years, EXCEPT at MY WORD. Deut. 32:1—Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. (2) Let MY TEACHING drop AS the RAIN, MY SPEECH distill as THE DEW. AS RAINDROPS on the tender herb, and AS SHOWERS on THE GRASS. (Is. 40:6—All flesh is GRASS.)
James 5:17—ELIJAH was a man with A NATURE like OURS, and HE PRAYED earnestly that it WOULD NOT rain; and it DID NOT rain on THE LAND for three years and six months. (18) and HE PRAYED AGAIN and THE HEAVEN GAVE RAIN, and THE EARTH PRODUCED its FRUIT.
Isaiah 45:8—RAIN DOWN, you HEAVENS, from above, and LET THE SKIES POUR DOWN RIGHTEOUSNESS; let the earth OPEN. Let them BRING forth SALVATION, and let RIGHTEOUSNESS SPRING UP TOGETHER. I, the Lord have created it. James 5:7—Therefore BE PATIENT, brethren, UNTIL the COMING of THE LORD. See how THE FARMER WAITS for the PRECIOUS FRUIT of THE EARTH, WAITING PATIENTLY for it UNTIL it RECEIVES the EARLY and LATTER RAIN. Isaiah 61:11—for as THE EARTH brings forth ITS BUD, as THE GARDEN CAUSES the things that ARE SOWN in it to SPRING FORTH, so the Lord God WILL CAUSE RIGHTEOUSNESS and PRAISE to SPRING FORTH before ALL THE NATIONS.
Isaiah 10:22—For though your people, O Israel, be as the sand of the sea; YET A REMNANT will RETURN; THE DESTRUCTION DECREED SHALL OVERFLOW WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS. (23) For the Lord God of Hosts will make A DETERMINED END in THE MIDST OF THE LAND.
Isaiah 44:3—For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and FLOODS on THE DRY GROUND; I WILL POUR MY SPIRIT on YOUR DESCENDANTS, and MY BLESSING on your offspring;
Joel 2:3—Be glad then, you children of ZION, and rejoice in the Lord your God; for He has given you THE FORMER RAIN faithfully, and HE WILL CAUSE THE RAIN to COME DOWN for YOU---THE FORMER RAIN, and THE LATTER RAIN in the first month. (24) The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with NEW WINE and OIL. (25) SO I WILL RESTORE TO YOU the years that THE SWARMING LOCUST has eaten. THE CRAWLING LOCUST, the CONSUMING LOCUST, and the CHEWING LOCUST…….MY GREAT ARMY which I SENT among you. (Joel 1:11—The Lord gives voice before HIS ARMY for His camp is very great; for THE DAY of the LORD is GREAT and VERY TERRIBLE; WHO CAN ENDURE IT?
(12) Now, therefore, says the Lord “TURN TO ME with ALL YOUR HEART, with FASTING, with WEEPING, and with MOURNING. (13) RETURN TO THE LORD YOUR GOD, for He is gracious and MERCIFUL slow to anger, and of GREAT KINDNESS; (14) WHO KNOWS if HE WILL TURN and RELENT and LEAVE A BLESSING BEHIND HIM----
2 Chronicles 7:13—“WHEN I SHUT UP HEAVEN and THERE IS NO RAIN, or COMMAND LOCUSTS to DEVOUR THE LAND, or SEND PESTILENCE AMONG MY PEOPLE, (14) ‘IF MY PEOPLE who are CALLED BY MY NAME will HUMBLE THEMSELVES, and PRAY and SEEK MY FACE, and TURN from THEIR WICKED WAYS, THEN I WILL HEAR FROM HEAVEN, and WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN and HEAL THEIR LAND. (15) NOW My EYES will BE OPEN and MY EARS ATTENTIVE to PRAYER MADE IN THIS PLACE. (16) For NOW I HAVE CHOSEN and SANCTIFIED THIS HOUSE, that MY NAME MAY BE THERE FOREVER, and MY EYES and MY HEART will BE THERE PERPETUALLY.
Jeremiah 22:1--HE JUDGED THE CAUSE OF THE POOR AND NEEDY; THEN IT WAS WELL. WAS NOT THIS KNOWING ME? SAYS THE LORD.
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This is put together in such a way that it is power-packed and "awakening" for those who will incline their ears and ask the Lord for understanding. As I read this: (Jeremiah 49:11—Leave your FATHERLESS CHILDREN, I WILL PRESERVE THEM ALIVE, and let your WIDOWS TRUST IN ME.) it spoke so loudly to me. I am sure that the fatherless ones who also happen to have been called prophets by the Lord, those who refuse to prophecy falsely, are going to shock the "religious world" with truths that are not easily accepted. God give us EARS to HEAR and HEARTS to RECEIVE. Amen! Wake up church! The time IS, and HAS BEEN, at hand.