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Asleep!

Volume 39

July 2016

Number 7

Beloved:

The Words of our Lord, “SLEEP ON NOW” (Matthew 26:45, KJV) were said in one of the darkest hours in all of time. Few events in World History rival DARK GETHSEMANE (a garden just east of Jerusalem at the base of the Mount of Olives). "Gethsemane" means Olive Oil Press. Our Lord’s Public Ministry of three years is now concluded. The last hours before THE CROSS were just ahead of HIM

Taking His Disciples to “a place called GETHSEMANE” (Matthew 26:36), he instructed Eight of His Disciples to “sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.” Our Lord then took the remaining Three Disciples (Peter, James and John) further into the Garden where the Scripture records that our Lord instructs them to WATCH while He Prayed. And PRAY HE DID!! It is stated that HE prayed three times FOR THE SAME THING, for His Father’s Will to be done! He prayed for HIS FATHER’S WILL to be done in regards to “THIS CUP” (Matthew 26:39), a cup filled to the brim with Humanity’s SINS and Holy God’s WRATH. Dear Ones, this informs us there is a very CLOSE CONNECTION between The CUP OF GETHSEMANE and The CROSS OF GOLGOTHA

Our PRAYING LORD returns to His Disciples only to find them on Three occasions ASLEEP! (Matthew 26:40,43,45). Someone has said, “TIMING IS EVERYTHING.” In ECCLESIASTES (THE PREACHER) Chapter 3 and Verse 1, the Preacher says, “TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON AND A TIME TO EVERY PURPOSE UNDER HEAVEN.”

SLEEP IS a Wonderful Thing. In fact, like oxygen, we cannot live without it. But as Ecclesiastes says, “there is a TIME to every purpose under Heaven." It is NOT a TIME TO SLEEP when instructed by our Lord to WATCH AND PRAY!

May I state some very OBVIOUS observations in regards to the above HAPPENINGS:

(1) To WATCH is to Stay Awake. We MUST be Awake in order to WATCH

(2) To WATCH is the act of the Sentinel, the Guard, the Sentry, The Watchman. 

(3) A WATCHMAN is to look about, observe the perils that threaten, the foes that surround and then to WARN!  

(4) A SLEEPING Watchman is a WORTHLESS Watchman

(5) In regards to PRAYER, it Declares YOUR TOTAL, ABSOLUTE, COMPLETE, RECOGNIZED DEPENDENCE upon God for ALL THINGS

(6) One cannot SLEEP and WATCH at the same time. 

(7) One cannot SLEEP and PRAY at the same time.

Here is the QUESTION we must ask in these CRITICAL DAYS in the Life of God’s Churches in this Nation: Is it time to SLEEP or to WATCH AND PRAY? The Answer should be OBVIOUS yet the Churches SLEEP ON! God forbid that our Lord would say to His Churches in this Tragic Hour: “SLEEP ON NOW!” Only a SPIRITUAL AWAKENING can prevent this from happening. LORD, WAKE US UP!!

Thank YOU dear ones for YOUR Faithful Giving, Loving and Praying. I love YOU more than I can ever express to YOU. Now a Word from HIS WORD: “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small” (Proverbs 24:10, KJV).

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