Wake-Up Call :: By Faith Noles

In Matthew chapter 24, the disciples asked Jesus what would be the signs of His coming. In verse twelve, Jesus said of one of the signs:

“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”

This verse, along with many other Scriptures such as 2 Thessalonians 2:3, indicate that many “Christians” will fall away in the last days and that their love for God will be cold. In Revelation 3:15-16, God speaks to the church of the Laodiceans:

“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold not hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.”

It’s a sad day when the church, which is the light of the world (Matt. 5:14), becomes a small burning piece of coal instead of a brilliant flame of fire. This didn’t happen overnight. This gradual falling away has come through years of vicious attacks by Satan. The devil has used several different strategies in his plans for the downfall of the church.

A big one on the list is television, that little box that appears so harmless, yet sends forth a world of iniquity. That wonder of an invention has bombarded the world with violence and lust, which has desensitized mankind. Christians have allowed the devil to tell them what they should eat; what they should wear; how they should smell; what they should believe. If you’re thinking that television has not been used by the devil, then you are blind. Satan will use every means possible to bring your downfall.

1 Peter 5:8: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”

How have we been desensitized? I heard a preacher describe the conscience of man as a triangle with three sharp points. Every time you hear or see something that is wrong, the triangle turns and you feel the pain as your conscience is pricked. If you’re exposed to sin over and over again, then the points of the triangle will eventually wear down until they are smooth. The sin is no longer painful.

An example of this is that the devil has slowly indoctrinated the world into accepting homosexuality. He started with comedy. Sin seems so much easier to accept when it’s funny. Christians were “entertained” by homosexuality. They had forgotten that Romans 1:32 says:

“Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

God tells the Laodicean church that they have basically made Him sick. They proclaim to be Christians, yet they are indifferent toward sin; they are indifferent toward the needs of others; they are indifferent in their service towards God. The churches of Ephesus, Sardis and Laodicea show the downward spiral of spiritual decline. The Church of Sardis had not been watching. The Church of Ephesus had left their first love. And the Church of Laodicea was lukewarm. If you stop watching and guarding your heart and mind, then you will leave your first love. If you leave your first love, then you will become lukewarm, lulled to sleep by the fog of indifference.

When a person falls in love, they are bubbling over with happiness. You can’t wait to tell your family and friends about your newfound love. A mature person will then protect and guard their new relationship. How would you respond to your spouse, who proclaimed to love you, if he or she turned away when you were speaking or didn’t respond to your affection? It’s nauseating when someone says they love you but their actions are speaking something totally different.

Christianity is the same way. When you accepted Jesus, your heart was overflowing with love for Him. You didn’t want to do anything to displease Him. However, in time you stop communicating with Jesus on a daily basis. Your mind became bogged down with the things of this world; how to make a living and just survive. You relax by sitting in front of the television instead of reading your Bible.

You think you’re spiritually fine since you go to church every Sunday and give tithes. You become indifferent to the evil going on around you because you feel too tired to try to change anything. Sin creeps into your life little by little. So, how’s your relationship with God? God said that He would spew you out of His mouth. You’re asleep at the wheel; you haven’t been watching; you haven’t been wise—you have been enticed away from the fold.

Let’s take a look at what’s happening to you in another dimension—the Spirit world.

Ephesians 6:12: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

There’s a battle raging right at this moment for your very soul. God is calling you to “awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light” (Ephesians 5:14).

He tells us in Romans 13:11 that it is “high time to awake out of sleep:” Today, you need to choose “whom ye will serve” (Joshua 24:15). It’s time for you to wake-up and join the battle. Turn off the television, fall down on your knees before God and confess your sins.

2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

This reminds me of a few verses I wrote years ago:

Our hearts have grown cold, and slothful our ways,

The harvest is ripe and short are the days,

Prayer and faith can move mountains, but brother when do you pray?

Fall down on your knees; see what God has to say.

Let all the earth praise Him, fall down on your knees,

Awake from your slumber, awake from your ease,

The angels cry holy around His great throne,

Praise God in the highest, Thou will be done.

Dear heavenly Father, I pray that You will stir Your children to repentance. Give us a hunger and thirst to draw closer to You. Fill our lamps with oil that we may not be ashamed at the coming of Your Son. Make us vessels worthy for Your use. I ask in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.