AWAKE THOU THAT SLEEPEST

AWAKE

You awoke Today, didn't you? And because of that fantastic fact—you find yourself experiencing this ordinary yet profoundly extraordinary phenomena in which we call Today. As you read this line, you find yourself in Today. You've been engulfed and raptured in this reality that we experience known as Today—You in it, and it in you. Thus, you are fully aware and conscious of it. You live, move, breathe and have your being in Today.  

It would be impossible for me to convince you otherwise, that Today hasn't come. You don't question it. You know and are certain because you're senses allowed you to recognise it. You're living in the consciousness of Today. Interestingly, you didn't have a say in the matter. This day didn't ask for your permission, but you believed it would appear, and then it came as a gift to you. You possessed the ability to recognise it because this extraordinary power called life permitted you. As soon as you heard the voice of the alarm clock, you 'Awoke'. Then you opened your eyes, and you beheld the bright and glorious sunrise! Immediately recognising: A New Day has dawned. 

We both share in this wonderful phenomena; hence, we can understand and relate with each other about it. It's no strange thing for us, whereas someone in a coma can't relate. You exclaim: 'Isn't it a beautiful day today'? And I respond to you: Yes, it is. What're your plans for Today? There is much opportunity. I can make a financial investment and accumulate money. I can hear, taste and see new things and enjoy the pleasures of Today, etc. A myriad of exciting possibilities and treasures lie within this phenomenon called Today that came to us, and now we are alive and conscious of it.

Furthermore, you cannot escape the presence of this great and terrific day that's appeared and manifested. It's impossible to live outside it now since you're immersed in it. You can't live in tomorrow for it hasn't come, and the consciousness of that day cannot be reached nor experienced. You're in Today, and you accept that absolute fact, so you go about your business. Right now, as you read this line, you are taking part and experiencing it, and all of this is possible because you Awoke from your sleep. 

Awake thou that sleepest, arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. (Ephesians 5.14)

Now let's say that you didn't awake this morning. What would that mean? Well, you wouldn't have seen that bright sunrise. You couldn't experience, see, hear and taste the pleasures of today, could you? You would be dead to all the living possibilities of what Today had to offer because you would be unconscious of it. Even though Today most certainly came and the brightness of the sunrise appeared, you couldn't see it while being in the state of sleep. In that state of consciousness called sleep, you are not aware of Today's presence. However, 'In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye', You Awoke—Found yourself in the new consciousness of Today—being absorbed by it. Marvellously, you seamlessly passed from the state of sleep into the state of being awake. None of this is strange or unordinary to you because you recognise it.

However, Do you know that a New Day that is more real and more glorious has come?

Do you know that the Bright and Morning Star—Jesus Christ has appeared?

Tragically, like many, you're in a coma, asleep and utterly unconscious to it; therefore, you cannot experience it. Even though there are spectacular events taken place, like the dead being raised, you know nothing about it! 

You're dead asleep, and no matter how loud the trumpet sound in heaven is, you can't hear it. Even worse, while you sleep, you experience nightmares every time you read the Bible - in which God looks more like the film horror character Freddy Krueger - out to kill and destroy you! And of course, you fear that one day Freddy/God will get you and burn you in hell for eternity. You're like the pitiful case of the person in the coma. When will they arise and experience Today?

You cannot see the brightness of His coming, nor taste and see that God is good. You know nothing about the love of God. Tragic! You are as the Bible says 'Alienated from God and enemies in your mind'. It's all taking place in your carnal mind, that lying dream-like state. Your dead like Lazarus and unless you hear the shout of Jesus Christ: 'Arise', nothing will change. 

When you hear that voice, you like Lazarus will immediately exit the tomb of your darkened mind and come forth into everlasting life. The dark clouds of human belief will give way to His appearing. Just as you awoke this morning, passing from one conscious state into another, you too will rise to life and find yourself in the New Day of Christ. 

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. 

Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. 

Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth. 

(John 5.24-28)

When you pass from death into life and experience what Jesus speaks of here, you are instantly changed, 'In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye' just as you awoke Today. It's a fantastic phenomenon! The change in consciousness is immediate and requires no effort. Hence why religious activity is utterly futile. Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God. Unless you awaken to righteousness, you can’t stop sinning! Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom, period. Unless a real change of consciousness takes place, no amount of effort, study of scripture, religion etc of any sort will make any difference. The world is full of religious devouts who proclaim to believe in Jesus, yet they are dead. 'Your ancestors ate the bread in the wilderness, yet they are dead'. Even those who experience signs and wonders like the Israelites in the desert, Jesus says: They’re dead! 

So, what are you going to do about it?

His voice is the only power that will cause you to arise from death and pass into eternal life. Then you will open your eyes, and exclaim: Alas, I was blind, now I see! You'll discover as John the Baptist did: 'It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me'. John heard the voice of Jesus Christ; thus, he anticipated a New Day was coming. So it did, the next day John saw: 'Jesus coming towards him' and recognised the Son of God. That day came 2,000 years ago, and tragically most people have not comprehended it. 'He came to His own, but His own did not recognise Him'. 

Just as the sunrise was the first thing you saw this morning, when you awoke; Likewise, when you awaken spiritually, You enter into the New Day consciousness where you immediately witness The Bright Morning Star Rise—Jesus coming towards you and make his appearing. Then, 'Behold, the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world'. Instantly you become aware that all your sins have been taken away in Christ.

At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. (John 14.20)

Notice, At that day. It must be on this day, because on this day of Christ, in which you pass from death (sleep) consciousness into life consciousness - and just as you were absorbed into the conscious presence of Today, becoming one with it in every way. You too become one with the Day that Jesus speaks of. You suddenly become One with God in this day. 'You in me and I in you'. This is everlasting life. Until you experience the sublime beauty of union life, then your still dead in your sins. You're still asleep and unconscious in the tomb.

Rabbi "where are You staying?" He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where He was staying and remained with Him that day. (John 1.39)

Remember how I said that Today came as a gift and how we had no power or control of it? And how it presented limitless possibilities? So too, this New Day of Christ has come, and when you awake to it, you will understand that and your eyes will be opened to understand the scriptures. ‘Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us’. Yes, your heart will burn when you encounter Jesus and furthermore, all things are possible in this New Day dimension.

You will see greater things than these. And He said to him, Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open. (John 1.50)

I've seen heaven open. I've passed from death into life. I heard the voice of Jesus, and I arose from my grave and came forth. 

So what you going do man? Stay dead and asleep like all your ancestors?

Or will you awake, arise and come forth into everlasting life?

Awake thou that sleepest, arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. (Ephesians 5.14)

The New Day

THE NEW DAY

Excerpt from John 1.35-50

Dawn

A new day dawned. I could tell it was going to be a bright day - full of glorious new horizons - glistening with tremendous possibility. Something was in the air, and I could feel it. The atmosphere felt light, the wind soothing, and even the flowers were singing.

The next day John stood with two of his disciples. And looking at Jesus as He walked. (John 1.35)

There He stood; I knew deep inside; there is something about this man. My teacher, who stands next to me says: 'Behold the Lamb of God'. He had told me there was 'One coming after us'. A Greater one - in whom he wasn't even worthy to loosen His sandals, one who would baptize with the Holy Spirit. A lamb who will take away the sin of the world.

Behold The Son of God.

Is this Him? Can it be real?

There stands One among you whom you do not know. (John 1.26)

I've been crying for years in the wilderness of my soul 'Prepare ye the way'. I heard the offensive 'Ye brood of vipers' message—convicted by it. My teacher had given me the grounding I needed—preparation for this new day. The law's harsh demands have left me bitter and dry but it wrought a sincere repentance in my soul. My teacher is the symbolic climax of the old regime. This wilderness experience, all my struggles, all my pains and failures of never feeling pleasing to God, have led me here—right to the very edge. But this morning feels different; I see beaming rays of new dawn now. The Bright Morning Star appears. Behold!

Weeping may tarry for the night, But joy cometh in the morning. (Psalm 30.5)

Luring me, I hear him speak. His voice is sweet and lovely. I must follow him. I know I must! It's way outside my comfort zone! I feel like Dorthy in the Wizard of Oz - called into an unknown world of adventure, but I'm so excited about the prospect. I must go. I must leave my former teacher, who represents the old order. He can't come here, and he can't follow this man. This bright horizon overshadows him. He's soon to be cut off, put in prison, beheaded, with his head on a plate! Whatever loyalty I have to Him, I must renounce. I'm so hungry to hear this 'Grace and Truth' message. So thirsty for this Holy Spirit baptism. It's time for the new order, the real way, truth and life. Even the Prophets of old spoke about this day and here's my chance to see it. I go!

Until this day, the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. (2 Corinthians 3.14)

Then I saw His face. Now I'm a believer! He sees me following Him and turns to me. He says: 'What do you seek'? It’s an intriguing question! What do I seek? I think I get it. I say: 'Rabbi'. In other words, You're my new teacher. I'm done with being governed by the law and being a disciple of Moses and John the Baptist. They had their time, their purpose, they were a primary schoolmaster who led me here, but I want a higher education - unto perfection. I want to learn from the Master of masters. The one who was before me—the true light. I'm in way too deep and there ain't no going back! I must forsake all to be his disciple. I'm going for it—no matter what the cost!

'Where are you staying', I ask? He says to me 'Come and See'. 😮

What a response! Not, bow down, try be better, say more penance! But rather, 'Come and See' — Shivers run up my spine! — It's wonderful, all the ramifications of that invitation! His presence is drastically different from John the Baptists, it takes my breath away. I'm surely going to experience new things! It's going to be a wild adventure, and I feel it. So I 'Came and Saw' where he was staying. There I remained with Him. (John 1.39)

Have you come yet?

Have you came and saw where He lives?

Don't you know He's the true light of all men coming into the world? (John 1.9) Do you really think this world is all there is? 🤦🏼‍♂️ 

You came to earth, big deal! Come to heaven and see the banquet of new wine! Now that's a party! 🕺🏻

Have you seen the truer - brighter light, or are you content with the dim light of the old—The letter of the law and religious service? Dry stuff mate!

Would you like to leave your earthly abode, and ascend unto your Father? 🤩 Now your talking man! C'Mon now!

It's your time to 'Come'.

Evening

Later that day, overwhelmed with excitement, I seek my brother out, I'm burning to tell him the good news: 'I have found the Christ'. I bring him to Jesus. He looks at him. The engagement of Jesus's eyes upon him is mesmerizing. He calls my brother by name: 'You are Simon, the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas'. (John 1.40-42) My bro's old identity melts into oblivion in His presence, and he's given a new name in the book of life. Isn't the love of Jesus simply wonderful! 😇

The next day Jesus wanted to go to another place. We find Philip. The Master calls: Follow me. Boom, another conversion! Another soul saved - The Gospel is spreading. Let's try this glory wand on Nathanael. 'We have found the man whom Moses wrote about in his teachings and whom the prophets wrote about.' His response, like many, is typical — Cynical! 'Can anything good from Nazareth? Can anything possibly get birthed from such a non-place? Can anything good come to me now? Look at the state a me! I'm full of sin and misery!

Philip steps in. He laughs at such nonsense. Sin is like putting ice-cream into a raging fire—it melts into nothingness in his presence! Nathanael like most cynics has a lot to learn—they don't have a clue about the ways of God! So, Philip being wiser now since his conversion — He doesn't bark the heavy law and condemnation preaching! We've left that behind. Ye are become dead to the law by the body of Christ (Romans 7.4) The only thing that can be said: The very same words the Master said to me this morning and Philip repeats it: 'Come and See.'

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit. Nathanael said to Him, "How do You know me?"

Jesus answered and said to him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you."

Wow! The same feeling I had when I came towards Him! Jesus sees no sin in you. He knows you. He saw you when you were under the fig tree of the old. Later, The fig tree gets cursed by Jesus because it doesn't bear fruit. That influence of the past, the law, are over! That dispensation has been cut off like the head of our former teacher - John the Baptist! We're in the new day now. You get that? The NEW DAY! The Bright Morning Star has appeared. 🤩

Nathanael answered, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God!

Jesus answered:

Do you believe because I said I saw you under the fig tree?

You shall see greater things than this!! 🤯

CHRIST CAME

CHRIST CAME

He came to His own, but His own did not receive Him. (John 1:11)

Jesus came into our world. You came also. I guess you know that! But maybe you ain't quite so sure of His coming to you. Language came to me, more specifically, the English language. Because of that, I can communicate with others and understand things. I'm fluent in it. That's because I was around it, absorbed myself into, and partook of it. I'm one with it now. I became it, and it became me—an inherent part of my being. So too, Christ came to me and I understand it.

We know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding. (1 John 5.20)

I don't try to speak English anymore; it just comes. Absolutely innate. If I were to try to speak French, though, that'd be a different story. I don't understand it, one or two words maybe.

Let's say I met a beautiful French woman online. We communicate by way of a translator, even though I don't speak her mother tongue. We fall in love, desiring to marry. The opportunity unfolds; to leave my home, my life, to move to her country and start a new life together. If serious about the prospect, I would have to apply myself fully to partake of the French language. Then, in due time, the French language would eventually graft it's way into me, just as the English did. Then I would be able to express my affection to my fiance with ease. Otherwise, our marriage would not be possible. The translator app could only take me so far.

Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. (John 6)

Jesus is a word, a heavenly language. Like the English language, it came and now it multiplies to all who receive. Should I choose to absorb myself in the living Word and partake of Christ, I'll become Christlike.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling in us. (John 1)

The Word (Christ) became flesh in me just as the English language did. The ingrafted Word of God planted in the soil of my heart, and it naturally bears fruit. It's a spiritual language I understand. Jesus, like the French girl, invited me to leave my self and move to his country. There I now reside, married to him.

You have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. (Romans 7)

PART 2: EAT MY FLESH

He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. (John 6.56)

Jesus said that whoever refused to eat and drink his blood had no part in him. Eating and drinking are partaking. You are what you eat! As soon as Jesus presented this new idea; many walked with him no more. (John 6.66) It was too deep, too extreme. Likewise today, most are comfortable to spectate, hear the teachings, marvel at the signs and even enjoy the loaves and fishes (blessings) he produces. 'Labor not for food that perishes'. Content to have someone else, the priest, the teacher, the pastor, translate the message of heaven for them. But the clincher comes when He says: You must forsake all and eat my flesh.

That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us. (John 17)

The sublime beauty of union life — I in Him and He in me. I am no longer two, but one. I've been married to Christ through the engrafted Word.

For "the two," He says, "shall become one flesh." He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. (1 Corinthians)

Do you get what I'm saying? Or do you still need someone else to translate? Are you dissatisfied with the continual struggle of trying to speak and understand the language of God, even though Christ has come? The Bible is still a language you don't get. What was his coming all about anyways? Christ says: 'Come and See'. Leave your country, come to the banquet, the marriage of the lamb, and enter into Him.

Lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls. (James 1 )

PART 3: COME UP HIGHER

'What think ye of the Christ'?

It's a question asked when Jesus was knocking about. Peter said: Many say a prophet. 'But what do you say?' Jesus asked. So it is today, many have their opinion about Jesus. I'm sure you've heard a few. But what do you say? Yes, I'm asking you. Just another teacher? Just another prophet? Or 'Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God? That's a higher revelation. Took a while for that to translate to Peter.

If your answer is still; Jesus, the teacher, the prophet; you're no different from the drop out disciples who got offended when he said: Eat me! They hung around long enough to learn the ABC's, but they ditched class as soon as the challenge came, of going on to learn the full alphabet and language. Like someone appreciating the beautiful air and sound of the French language but never partaking of it. You might recognise a few words, but you fall far short. As soon as a fluent speaker enters the room, you will be confused at the speech, failing to translate what they say. 'Having ears, they hear not'

'I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.' (C.S Lewis)

Do you believe that the sun will rise for you tomorrow? Can you prove it? No. But you have faith it will. You believe it because you've seen it many times. Why is it I believe Christ continues to rise in me? Same reason. I've seen it with the spiritual eyes of my heart; That's faith. And everything I see in the universe makes perfect sense to me because of it. Have you seen the Christ yet, or are you still hiding in the dark?

The light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (John 1)

For years people assumed the sun rose over the flat earth. It appeared to be so, and it still looks that way. What's changed? Only our understanding. The earth revolves the sun. 'Don't judge by appearances' Jesus said. It very much appears to rise over the earth; we know for certain it doesn't. Our understanding has been enlightened; therefore, we don't allow ourselves to trust our natural senses fully.

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened. (Ephesians 1)

I use this analogy to conclude my message. Two people can watch a sunrise but can have a totally different understanding of it. They look the same to both, but one has a higher revelation. Similarly, Jesus only had 12 close disciples who partook of him and learned the language. All the others, even people who did miracles in his name didn't go so far - and both groups witnessed and heard the voice of the same Jesus. Furthermore, only three went up the mountain to experience the transfiguration. The point being, God is always inviting us to come closer, see new dimensions, and to come up higher. Don't be afraid; Only believe. Behold the door is open for you.

After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. (Revelation 4:1)