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Revelation 14:6-7

Issue 201202
Awake Unto Righteousness

 
Listen as Isaiah declares:

    "Awake, awake; put on thy strength. O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city:  for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.  Shake thyself from the dust; arise and sit down, O Jerusalem:  loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.”  Isaiah 52:1-2

The word awake means "arise, wake, raise, to stir up, rouse, and to be excited." God is waiting for His people to awake from their Adam (fleshly) sleep, and to become stirred up and excited about God's word.  The word strength means "prevail, make firm, power, might, and boldness."  The only way to receive this power and might is by the Holy Spirit anointing in our lives.  This means we should boldly put on Christ Jesus the anointing.  Isaiah recorded, “Awake, awake; put on thy strength.  O Zion;”  Zion is the highest hill in Jerusalem.  God is talking to a people, His people, who are in that high place in Him.  The prophet Daniel proclaims:

    “. . . O man greatly beloved, fear not:  peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong.  And when He had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my Lord speak; for Thou hast strengthened me.”   Daniel 10:19

As Isaiah, we need to trust in the Lord because He is where our strength comes from. He tells us in Isaiah 52:1 to put on thy beautiful (honour, glorious, bravery, excellent,  and splendor) garments (robe of righteousness).  He goes on to say, there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised, the unclearn, defiled, polluted, and impure. These are those who have not cut away the old fleshly man and allowed Christ to be their head. If we are unclean than our robe of righteousness is spotted and unfit for the Kingdom of God.  Isaiah rejoices with great joy:

    “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.”  Isaiah 61:10

God has covered us with the robe of righteousness.  It is up to us to keep it clean. Luke also proclaims:

    "And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in Thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called Thy son.  But the Father said to His servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:”  Luke 15:21-22

We must come to the place where the prodigal son came to. We must admit we are wrong and have sinned.  Then the Father gets excited when we finally awake to righteousness.  You say, "I am already saved, I have been baptized, I love the Lord, I go to church on Sunday.  You mean God's word is asking more of us?"  Yes, brothers and sisters, there is always a going on in God, there is always more that we can do for Him.

As we return to Isaiah 52 verse 2, Isaiah proclaims: " . . . shake thyself from the dust (earth, powder, rubbish, and ashes)."  We must shake ourselves from our old fleshly man or Adam nature.  The next word in verse 2 is Arise.  The word arise means "raise, establish, stand, perform, set up, abide, accomplish, become powerful, erect, and build."  For us to arise we must build our house in God. We must become established in God. We must stand firm in what we believe. And we must accomplish what God has for our lives.

Next, Isaiah 52:2 tells us:  ". . . sit down".  The phrase sit down  in this verse means "to inhabit, abide, remain, tarry, set, continue, and to dwell." If we arise and do the work of God's Kingdom, then we will sit down in the Kingdom with Him by His right hand.

Lastly, Isaiah tells us in verse 2, ". . . loose thyself from the bands of thy neck."  The word loose in this verse means "open wide, put off, breakforth, and to free."  We must open ourselves to change. We need to become likeminded with Christ, and put off the sins of the flesh so that we may breakforth and be free indeed.

John, the writer of Revelations proclaims:

    “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”  Revelations 18:4

We must come out from among those who are still living in their sinful ways. We must come out of the confusion of Babylon.  We, must also come out of our own fleshly ways.

Paul also knew that we must awake out of this Adam sleep:

    “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.  The night is far spent, the day is as hand;  let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.”  Romans 13: 11- 12

Brothers and sisters, it is time to put off the things of the flesh, and put on our garment of righteousness. Paul concludes:

     “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand  against the wiles of the devil." Ephesians 6:10 & 11

Brothers and sisters, be strong in the Lord and in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Put on the whole armor of God. 

    Beloved, now is the day to Awake unto Righteousness

        Robert Bixler

Related books
        Awake To Righteousness        Going On In God
        The Seventh Day                    The Gospel of the Kingdom


 

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