I was walking into church the other day when I was stopped by one of the worship leaders. He wanted to tell me of a dream he had. In the dream he was leading worship but, fell asleep. When he woke up, in the dream, and looked out into the congregation, they were now asleep. He said that, at this point in the dream, I got up and walked to the front of the church and said, "the church will no longer slumber". He wanted to know if I knew what this dream meant.
I got very excited about his dream. For a year now, God has been talking to me about the slumbering church. This made my friend excited as well.
As the church slumbers the world seep in. We become tolerant to the things that are sins to our God. We become lazy in our Bible study, our prayer life and our everyday walk with the Lord. We quit walking in the gifts of God and the authority of the Father.
I look to myself in this slumber and see that I too, have fallen prey to this spirit of slumber. I am very busy with ministry, but take little time for a quiet moment with God.
With a closer look at myself, I ask myself "do I walk in the fruit of the Spirit or do I ignore the fruit."
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
I began to look at what the opposite of these fruits would be and sure enough, especially in my thought life, I found that I have a long to go.
Love= The opposite of love is to detest or dislike.
Joy= The opposite of joy is sadness, sorrow, unhappiness.
Peace= The opposite of peace is, disharmony, disagreement, war, fighting.
Patience= The opposite of Patience is agitation, frustration, intolerance
Kindness= The opposite of kindness is cruelty, harshness, meanness.
Goodness= The opposite of goodness is evil, indecency, meanness, wickedness.
Faithfulness= The opposite of faithfulness is dishonesty, falseness, inconstancy.
Gentleness= The opposite of gentleness is harsh, cruel, violent, sudden, wild, unruly
Self-control= The opposite of self-control is agitation, rashness.
It tore at my spirit when I realized how far from the fruits I truly have been. So, then I must look at the ways to overcome this slumber and begin to walk into the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 10:5
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Begin anew, to catch every thought and bring it into alignment with the Word of God. To praise Him all day and meditate on His promises.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
To put on the armor of God and to never take it off.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
Wake up Church!!! Do you not see that the time in nigh for the Lords return. Wake up!!!!