Ephesians 5:14

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Push, Pull or Drag

 

Read:

“. . . Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:14

 

Reflect:

It’s time to get up and get going. Enough already with confusing chaos, with business. Away with lethargy, it’s time to take reluctance and cast it aside. Listen to the fresh command of God for us to wake up, arise and live in the light. 

Stop waiting for God to give you energy, you have to get yourself up. Stop waiting for assurance of the future. The fact is, power comes upon us after we arise and move into action. When you do, you’ll find He gives miraculous power to live. God doesn’t give overcoming life, He gives us life as we overcome.

Darkness in the life of a believer tranquilizes the soul, causing sedation to set in. Our spirit ends up in a dormant, inactive state. The work of darkness will never contribute anything good. We are to bring darkness into the light of truth. All of it. Every attempt to justify it mitigates and conceals the true gravity of our situation, all of our excuses and apologies, for repeated defeats. There are four areas we must push, pull, or drag into the light.

Depression

There are things in life that are designed to depress us. Depression tends to turn us away from the practical work of God, like eating better and resting more. The ministry of God can be in the most simple things. When we arise and obey, the weight will lift.

Despair

The sense of doing something irreversible creates despair, but it’s in the past now, so let it stay there. God says arise and move on to the next thing. Never let despair keep you from taking the next step.

Drudgery

The utterly hard, menial, tiresome, dirty work reveals our true character. The way a common task is done can make it holy forever. Don’t continue to lie there and do nothing, do what He’s asking you to, and His light will shine upon it.

Daydreaming

Keeping our head in the clouds and pipe-dreaming about something we should already be doing is a waste of time for the disciple. God’s word to us is don’t get distracted, get going.

 

Respond:

What do you need to bring into the light of God? Do it now!