Matthew 13:25 says, “25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way”. Second Corinthians 2:11 says, “11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices”. Matthew 26:40-41 says, “40 And He cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak”.
When Christians are in a spiritual state of slumber, sleep, and no watchfulness, they are weak and not aware of the devices, strategies, schemes, plots, and assignments of the devil towards them. Consequently, the door is made to be open for the devil and demons to bring tares (that which appears to be light but is full of darkness) into the person’s life, family, church, business, community, and nation.
Romans 13:11 tells us, “11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed”. We have to know from God the time and season that we are in. First Corinthians 15:34 adds this, “34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame”. It is a severe indictment upon us to say that we are in Him and not know what He is doing. Ephesians 5:14 goes on to say, “14 Wherefore He saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light”. It is up to us to make ourselves come out of lethargy and let the Anointed One and His anointing enlighten our lives, vision, and purpose. Last of all, Revelation 3:2 commands us, “2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God”. Spiritual sleep allows destruction and death to set in.
So, let us all arise, wake up, be watchful and prayerful in order to strengthen ourselves and all that are around us. Amen.