April 27, 2018 | By Debbie Taylor Williams
Join the army of believers who are praying for our nation’s awakening. Do you need to wake up?
“So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you.” (Rev 3:1-3)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that “an estimated 1 in 25 adult drivers (aged 18 years or older) report having fallen asleep while driving in the previous 30 days, and that up to 6,000 fatal crashes each year may be caused by drowsy drivers.” Have you ever dosed off while driving? I have, and was startled awake when I hit a curb. Thankfully, I was driving slowly and in an area where there were no pedestrians or cars. The incident alarmed me and motivated me to take steps to get more sleep and drive only if I’m thoroughly rested….
According to a Gallup poll, three quarters of Americans identify with the Christian faith. Of those three quarters, are we among those who are born again; which Jesus said is required to enter into the kingdom of God? (John 3:3-5)….
What Does “Identify” with the Christian Faith Mean
The Gallup Poll, which reports “three quarters of Americans identify with the Christian faith defines “Christian faith” as protestant, Catholic, and Mormon. I value Gallup’s research. However, Christ does not define “Christian faith” by external religious associations. Jesus defines a Christian as one who has repented of their sins and turned in faith to His death on the cross for forgiveness and therefore received the Holy Spirit….
Are We Asleep at the Spiritual Wheel of Our Nation
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that we don’t know the moment we fall asleep. Has that happened to us as a nation? We mechanically drive our nation’s highways with “The Ten Commandments” removed from schools and courthouses. We may have roused when abortion was legalized, but dosed off again. Our currency says, “In God we trust,” but we don’t trust God. We trust our alcohol, drugs, television shows, video games, pornography, social media, obsessive eating, money, and lying to get us through our day. We use them more than our Bibles.
Our nation rallied for Billy Graham’s memorial service. Video clips of America’s pastor calling people to repent of sin and by faith receive Jesus as Lord and Master and Savior were aired on prime time television. At his funeral, Billy Graham’s daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, echoed Jesus’s words, “‘Wake up church! Wake up world!'”
How Do We Wake Up
When I dosed off while driving, I hit a curb and realized I needed to make some changes. Our nation has hit a spiritual curb. We are violating God’s commands. We lie, covet, put other things before God, take His name in vain, commit adultery, murder, are disrespectful to parents, steal, and slander. It’s time for us to take action.
Turn to Jesus Today
Two thousand years ago, when the people realized they had crucified Jesus, the Messiah, they were pierced to the heart and asked what they should do. (Acts 2:37) The apostle Peter replied, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)….
Are you a Christian?
Jesus calls to us to “wake up.” (Excerpts from Debbie Taylor Williams article in The Christian Post)