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Foreword:  This is an excerpt from a devotional sermon entitled “The God of Bethel” taken from  Rev. Murdoch Campbell’s book – Everlasting Love – original posted in The Highway website. The full article can be read through this link.

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We can, dear friends, expect nothing from a godless world or from the multitudes who make a dead religious profession but that they should remain in this state of spiritual slumber and death. But the people of God have, in a day of His power, been delivered out of this condition. They are a people whom God has awakened out of their spiritual unconcern. They heard His voice:

Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead and Christ shall give thee light.” (Ephesians 5:14 KJV)

And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” (Ephesians 2:1 KJV)

But the danger is that they may sleep again. Needless to say, the true people of God can never return to that state of total spiritual death out of which God has called them. They can never fall out of a state of grace, or lose their souls. In the day of their regeneration Christ gives them eternal life. But while they have grace in their souls, that grace may not always be in exercise. Spiritual slumber may overtake their eyes. The Psalmist prayed against this danger:

Lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death.” (Psalm 13:3 KJV)

Are there not influences abroad in our day which induce this state? Many have, for example, gone to sleep on the lap of their material comforts. They “wax fat” in the enjoyment of temporal favors while they “kick” against their spiritual duties and neglect the Throne of Grace. There are also ensnaring distractions peculiar to this age which too often eat up our time and deaden our souls. Some of these have invaded our very homes.

…We ought to remind ourselves that prayer…is good and necessary in its own place; but the Lord also commands us to watch as well as to pray.

 

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