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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

November 19 - Evening

""Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on
those who are disobedient Therefore do not be
partners with them.
For you were once darkness, but
now you are light in the Lord.
Live as children of light (for
the fruit of the light consists in
all goodness, righteousness and truth
find out what pleases the Lord
. Have nothing
to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but
rather expose them…But everything exposed
by the light becomes visible—and everything
that is illuminated becomes a light.
This is why it is said:
'Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.'

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise…Therefore do not be foolish,
but understand what the Lord's will is."

- Ephesians 5:10-17

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Sleeper! Rise from the Dead!!    

The born again believer is in Christ and should have a lifestyle that reflects the light, righteousness and truth that is inside of them. The Ephesian believers should be reflecting the light that Christ is shining on them.

"Now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) find out what pleases the Lord."

Paul identifies why the Ephesian believers are NOT reflecting the light shining on them from Christ. Many of the Ephesians have been deceived by empty words (Eph. 5:10), so Paul says "find out what pleases the Lord," and "understand what the Lord's will is." In other words, study the truth and stop listening to empty words that some claim to be from the Word of God. Due to their lack of knowledge of the truth the Ephesians cannot discern what the Lord is doing in their lives. Paul tells them to live "not as unwise but as wise" and "do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is."

Many of the Ephesians look, live and act just like the people who are still dead in sin and lost in darkness. Paul uses the image of a sleeping person who comfortably deep in sleep in a morgue among the dead bodies. This person who is sleeping in the morgue looks just like the dead bodies, but there is a vast difference. The sleeping person is alive! They can be awaken so that they can stand up and walk out of the morgue.

Paul compares the Ephesians believers as "sleepers" among the "dead." If the Ephesians will rise up from among the dead, Christ light will begin to manifest through them. The light and life the Ephesians have on the inside will be reflected in their lives and in their world as the fruit of light: goodness, righteousness and truth:

"Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you."

How can these born again sleepers rise from among the dead? They can find out what pleases the Lord and understand what God's will is. In other words, they can learn the truth that comes from the same source as the message of salvation: The written word of God, the Bible.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"Remember that even Jesus’ most scathing denunciation – a blistering diatribe against the religious leaders of Jerusalem in Matthew 23 – ends with Christ weeping over Jerusalem (v.37). Compassion colored everything He did."

- John MacArthur



Something to Ponder??
More than 3,200 verses contain prophecy that have been fulfilled either within the Bible itself or since the Bible was written. But, 3,100 verses speak of prophecies that have yet to be fulfilled.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Gregoreuo (Gr) - Watch (Eng) - the Greek word gregoreuo is translated "watch". Gregoreuo comes from egeiro which itself means "to arise," or "arouse." The literal meaning of egeiro "to watch, to refrein from sleep." It is used by Jesus and the writers of the NT to tell believers to "pay attentiohn, to be watchful and to stay vigilant. It is used in Matthew 24:42; Matthew 26:40; Acts 20:28 (17-31);
1 Corinthians 16:13; 1 Peter 5:8.
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I will strive to understand the Lord's will so that I can reflect the light of Jesus
in goodness, righteousness and truth.
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Proverbs 19:22
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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem
Ossuary boxes on the Mount of Olives. These boxes were used to store the bones after the body had decaded after about a year of laying on a burial bench in the tomb. The bones were gathered after about a year to be placed in an osuary box which was left in the family tomb.
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Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
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