“Wake Up” by Pastor Freimut Haverkamp

Acts 20 : 7-12
7 Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.
8 There were many lamps in the upper room where they were gathered together.
9 And in a window sat a certain young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep. He was overcome by sleep; and as Paul continued speaking, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead.
10 But Paul went down, fell on him, and embracing him said, “Do not trouble yourselves, for his life is in him.”
11 Now when he had come up, had broken bread and eaten, and talked a long while, even till daybreak, he departed.
12 And they brought the young man in alive, and they were not a little comforted.

Matthew 26 : 36-46
36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.”
37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.
38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”
39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
40 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?
41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
42 Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.”
43 And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.
44 So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
45 Then He came to His disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.
46 Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand.”

– In both stories people were falling asleep when something significant was to happen.
– In the passage from Acts, Paul wasn’t just talking on and on just because he wanted to go on and on but that he really had an important message for the people.
– In the passage from Matthew, it is the first time that Jesus asked His disciples to pray for Him.
⇒ The enemy is always trying to make us fall into a deep sleep before something significant happens so that we miss it.

Philippian 1:6
6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

– How can life be normal when we have a supernatural God in our lives?

4 simple points to what we can wake up to:

1. Wake up and hear the storm of promises from God over your life.

There has been a season of drought but Elijah could hear a storm coming:
1 Kings 18 : 41-45
41 Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.”
42 So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees,
43 and said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.”
So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.”
44 Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!” So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.’”
45 Now it happened in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain. So Ahab rode away and went to Jezreel.

⇒ Elijah is persistent on hearing the storm coming.
Therefore, what are you listening to? Are you listening to the promises of God on your life or are you listening to the lies spewed by the devil.

2. Wake up and see that there are more for us than against us.

2 Kings 6 : 8-17
8 Now the king of Syria was making war against Israel; and he consulted with his servants, saying, “My camp will be in such and such a place.”
9 And the man of God sent to the king of Israel, saying, “Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Syrians are coming down there.”
10 Then the king of Israel sent someone to the place of which the man of God had told him. Thus he warned him, and he was watchful there, not just once or twice.
11 Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was greatly troubled by this thing; and he called his servants and said to them, “Will you not show me which of us is for the king of Israel?”
12 And one of his servants said, “None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.”
13 So he said, “Go and see where he is, that I may send and get him.”
And it was told him, saying, “Surely he is in Dothan.”
14 Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city.
15 And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”
16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

⇒ There are more for us than against us!
– There is far more to God that we can see: God is so much more than 3D which we can only see Jesus is God in 3D. 😉

– When we look through the “binoculars of fear”, the problems become so much bigger and nearer! BUT, when we look at things with faith, we see that God is much bigger than our problems!! 😀

3. Wake up and sing.

Acts 16 : 20-26
20 And they brought them to the magistrates, and said, “These men, being Jews, exceedingly trouble our city;
21 and they teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or observe.”
22 Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods.
23 And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely.
24 Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.
25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.

⇒ Whatever happens don’t let the enemy steal your song.
– What song have you been singing? What are the words coming out of your mouth?
– Wake up and praise God in the midst of our circumstances.
– It’s not that we don’t know the song that God once out in our mouths, it’s that we let the difficulties of life get to us and we stop singing to God.
– Maybe all we’ve got is a whisper, maybe we don’t have strength left for loud proclamation… But God can take a whisper and turn it into a shout! Like a song over our lives.

4. Wake up and dance.

2 Samuel 6 : 12-14
12 Now it was told King David, saying, “The Lord has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with gladness.
13 And so it was, when those bearing the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, that he sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep.
14 Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod.

– When David was doing well, the enemy tried to steal his dance through his wife who complained.
⇒ Don’t let life drag you down, keep dancing!

The sermon today was very apt to us, especially D, who had a sleepless night because he was worrying about some issues; hence, we decided to share this, in case there’s someone out there who feels his/her life is falling apart, that everything that could go wrong has gone wrong, that the whole world is against him/her.

Whatever storm you may be stuck in, know that God’s storm of promises will flood over your life.

Whoever may be against you, know that you have more who are for you.

Whatever you are going through, know that God is bigger than your problems.

No matter what, keep pressing on and don’t give up, because God is always a prayer away.

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