It's Time To Wake Up


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“What happened?” I asked the female diabetic inmate as she was walking in, yawning and rubbing her right eye.

“I had done all the accuchecks [blood sugar checks] with the rest of the group and I noticed you weren’t with them. How are you anyway?”

“Sorry, they didn’t call me. Good morning, Ma'am,” she replied smiling as she had known me from the past accuchecks time. With her tone of voice comfortable to talk to me in that manner, in a friendly way yet without disrespecting me.

“I’m sure they did [referring to the person who handles all the controls in their unit]. I spoke with her and said that she kept calling you but you didn’t come out. You know, I’d still call for you anyway, right? It has to be done before you eat and you need your insulin dose.”

“Sorry again, Ma’am. Thank you for calling for me,” as she grabbed the Accucheck machine and poked her finger.

“11 Another reason for right living is that you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for the coming of our salvation is nearer now than we first believed. 12 The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So don’t live in darkness. Get rid of your evil deeds. Shed them like dirty clothes. Clothe yourself with the armor of right living, as those who live in the light. 13 We should be decent and true in everything we do, so that everyone can approve of our behavior. Don’t participate in wild parties and getting drunk, or in adultery and immoral living, or in fighting and jealousy. 14 But let the Lord Jesus Christ take control of you, and don’t think of ways to indulge your evil desires.” ~ Romans 13:11-14

It’s time to wake up from our deep spiritual sleep!

29 comments:

  1. powerful video....Thanks for this Rosel...thanks for being so focused....you are a light shining n the darkness. As I've said before....you inspire me. Tons of blessings to you. sarah

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  2. We must "wake up" about many things! AMEN!!
    Sending hugs and prayers. Hope you have a wonderful evening at work.
    Hugs,
    andrea

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  3. Yet another wonderful post. Thank you sister!!

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  4. Yes, we must wake up and do the work of the Lord, for the hour is fast approaching when no man can work. Thank you for a powerful post.

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  5. Wake up oh sleeper! I'm so thankful I woke up so that He could shine on me! Amen!
    Wylie

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  6. So true...this is not a time to slumber.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  7. I love that video. How true it is! Come Lord Jesus ~ Have mercy on our country. Blessings, sweet friend ~

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  8. I love the video and dramatic message of the Kingdoms. Yes, it's getting late; let's seriously seek God's Kingdom.

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  9. I love this video - it gets right to the point. I choose God's Kingdom.. I am awake, my friend.

    Love to you
    Kelly

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  10. I never tire of hearing what you have to say. I have still been pondering your tatoo post. Thanks for another wonderful post, and the video was awesome!

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  11. Awake and LOVING my LORD. Very powerful video!

    I pray you had a good night at work and will have a blessed day on Sunday my precious friend!!

    I love you Rosel

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  12. Wow. What a powerful video. I always enjoy reading your posts. You have such interesting stories to share and I like how you tie them into the Word. Have a very Spiritual Sunday.

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  13. I always~~always enjoy your analogies. This video is powerful.Thank-you so much for being so dedicated to Spiritual Sundays, it's always a blessing to stop by.
    Ginger

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  14. Right on Rosel. Always appreciate your posts dear one. Thank you! You have a big heart.

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  15. just read you previous post that I had somehow missed...the one on tatoos and store C28. Awesome. I would love to roam through that shop.... And how do you get glasses done so quickly. That made me smile. Here it takes a few weeks. Enjoy the specs. sarah

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  16. Powerful post. Brief, clear,well illustrated, easy to understand and it drives the point home. Powerful. Thank you.

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  17. From time to time in the life of the church there needs to be a wake up call to some simple and central and basic things. One of these is: Christianity is a converting religion. It is evangelistic. It is persuasive and expansive and missionary. It is not coercive. It does not use the sword, manipulation, or brainwashing. But it does proclaim, and persuade and plead and pray. And where this is not believed and practiced, Christianity ceases to be Christianity and starts to become another religion with another king who no longer says, "I am God Almighty; be fruitful and multiply." When we lose a passion to see people won over to Jesus, we lose Jesus.

    Christianity is a soul-winning, out-reaching, mind-persuading, heart-entreating, rescuing, missionary faith, or it is not true Christianity. We need to be reminded of this, because it is almost incredible how listless we can become while calling ourselves Christians. Little by little our whole orientation can become inward. We can go for months and years and not think about those who perish. We become so dull and spiritually callous that we don't even ask if we believe in hell or lostness or the preciousness of Christ and the power of the cross and the freeness of the gospel and the command of Jesus. We just go about our in-house religious business like a medical clinic that sees fewer and fewer patients and has more and more staff meetings, until there is nothing left but a smooth running program for the doctors and nurses and their families. That is what happens to many churches.

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  18. It certainly is time to wake up. Unfortunately millions are not even aware of that fact. It is later than we think. Interesting video. Thank you for sharing these thoughts.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  19. I'm glad I stop by today. I love your post. The video is excellent. I will share it with others.

    "If Christianity seems to you to be having rather less than a remarkable impact on the earth, it is because too many Christians have this idea that we are in a waiting game, that we are basically killing time until Jesus comes back and we all get to go to heaven. We are sitting around like people waiting to catch a flight. That is not what Jesus told us to do; He didn't say, 'Now hold tight in those pews and twiddle your holy thumbs, I'll be back soon as I can.'" (from Love & War by John and Stasi Eldredge, page 111) Jesus gave us a mission: the Great Commission! Let's be active in serving the King of kings and furthering His kingdom! Yesterday, I posted something with similar message: http://bornagainandblessed.blogspot.com/2010/02/until-whole-world-hears.html .

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  20. Rosel, Thank You for sharing. It is always a blessing to read what you have written. Much love and Blessings my friend,

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  21. Excellent video Rosel! How fitting it is to your message within this post! It is time to wake up!

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  22. Hi Rosel, Thank you for stopping by my blog the last few times. I enjoy going back and forth with you. You mean more to me than you might know. Much love to you this week, Cherie

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  23. Hey Sister. I have an award for you at my place if you'd like it. (((Hugs)))

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  24. Hi Rosel,
    What a powerful video! I always appreciate what you have to say. Time is indeed running out! We must do what we can to alert people of that fact. Thank you sharing and have a wonderful week.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  25. Boy can you say that again!

    Best we grab some oil and trim our lantern's wicks. The days are both thrilling and perilous.

    May He come soon.

    Kathleen

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  26. I always love reading your posts. You are right ... it's time to wake up.

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  27. Wow - powerful reminder. Puts things into perspective.

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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