Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Are You Awake?

Luke 9:32
Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake they saw his Glory and the two men standing with him.

In the movie, “The Matrix,” Neo is asleep at his computer when the words scroll across the screen, “WAKE UP NEO!” After that it’s on. Neo is visited by Morpheus and his eyes are opened to the fact that he has been a slave in an illusory world called the Matrix. It is the deepest movie I’ve ever seen in my life.

We all live in “the Matrix.” There is a deeper reality behind this “Matrix of a Media” that keeps spoon feeding political propaganda through partisan spin. We live in a “Matrix of Materialism” that is broadcast through commercials, television programming and music videos. We live in a “Matrix of Religion” that is full of doctrine but light in transformational power that comes only through relationship with Jesus Christ. Behind this Matrix is the Kingdom of God waiting to be revealed but we can’t see it because we are asleep at the computer. WAKE UP NEO!

Peter and his companions were on the top of the mountain with Jesus. They were in the right place at the right time but they were sleepy. To their credit it was natural for them to be sleepy. They could have been sleepy because of the physical strain of climbing the mountain or maybe because of the thinness of the air and the high altitude. Whatever the case, the bible says that they were sleepy.

Moses and Elijah appeared and were having a conversation with Jesus. This was a major revelation. Two of the greatest prophets in Israel’s history are back from the dead talking with Jesus. They were in there, “Glorious Splendor” talking with Jesus about His departure. God sent two of his most powerful prophets to encourage Jesus about the most difficult test of his life, his crucifixion. To defeat the Matrix Jesus had to die.

Peter, James and John were about to miss this revelation because they were sleepy. They were stuck between a conscious and unconscious state. How many times have we been in God’s presence half asleep? If you want to get the full revelation you have to be fully awake.

1. Get a good night’s sleep before you come to worship. How many times have you stayed up too late on Saturday night and really couldn’t enjoy service because you were too tired?

2. Make sure you are fresh when you read your bible.

3. Don’t pray when you are sleepy.

4. Give your body proper rest so your Spirit can get a full revelation.

5. Watch less TV and Read more. Study to show yourself approved.

Dear God, wake me up so I can receive the full revelation. I want to experience your glory. Thank you for waking me up this morning and starting me on my way. Now my eyes are open and I’m ready to see your revelation and experience your Kingdom behind the Matrix.

In Jesus Name,

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