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This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:14-16
Last week, in the middle of the night, I woke up in a pool of sweat. I was startled by a voice in my dreams that stated simply, "Awaken". It wasn't a loud voice, but it was a voice that got my attention. A voice that begged me to come closer to hear more.
The dream got my attention because the night before I had a similar dream with the same word, "Awaken." This particular dream involved a pack of wolves living under my house that I thought were dead. However, they weren't. The voice said, "Awaken".
The very next day I texted a trusted friend and told her about these dreams. I asked her to pray with me what these meant. Was the Lord trying to show me something?
In the last 48 hours the world has stood still by the attacks in Orlando, Florida. I have watched the news so much that I can tell you the first and last names of every news anchor on Fox and CNN.
My heart is broken over this tragedy.
Yet, I hear this same voice telling me to "Awaken" in the midst of it.
I am tired of burying my head in the sand. I a tired of pretending like evil doesn't exist near me because we live in a small town, go to church and read the Bible. I am tired of acting like all is well in this world. I am tired of being numb to the fact that innocent lives are being killed, brainwashed, controlled, and manipulated by EVIL.
I am tired of turning off the news and shutting out the world when I see things that make me fearful or uncomfortable.
Our children need to know about evil. That it is real. It exists. And it will not go away until Jesus returns.
We must not only teach them about love, grace, forgiveness, and mercy....
But also about the reality of evil in this world. They are up against an enemy that wants to destroy them and cut them to pieces. They must be armed and ready and awake to face an enemy that is prowling around them ready to pounce.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12
Are we as open with talking about the reality of evil as we are about the goodness and faithfulness of God?
We must absolutely teach God's Love and Faithfulness. We must also teach the entirety of His Word. Not just the parts that taste sweet going down.
The closer we get to Christ's return, the more rampant the enemy will become
Our eyes must be open. Our weapons, God's Word and Prayer, must be ever-ready for battle.
If we don't train our children for battle, they will be fighting without weapons.
We must awaken.
We cannot fight the enemy with our eyes closed.
Can I share some hope with you now? In spite of all the suffering. In spite of all the evil and the hatred...we have this hope...
But rejoice that you participate in the suffering of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 1 Peter 4:13
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade - kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:3-5
Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near. Don't grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! James 5:7-9
Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega”, says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:7-8
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6
And lay your weary little head on this verse tonight as you go to sleep...
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ..Psalm 23:1-6
no more slumber,