While Men Slept

While Men Slept

While Men Slept

“The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way…”
Matthew 13:25

While men slept – the enemy came! What a summation of the history of God’s Kingdom. This parable begins with Jesus declaring: “The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field”. He is giving us a clear narrative regarding the history of His Church in the earth. The enemy knows he cannot thwart the purposes of God by persecution only; he is well aware of the keeping grace of the Almighty God. Persecution is his last resort. By cunning and guile the enemy has been able to paralyze, divide and dim the glorious Gospel by simply sowing false doctrines, false teachers and hypocrites. He uses the rampant egos of men, driven by pride and a lust for recognition, that have built their own kingdoms in the name of God.

While men sleep – the enemy comes and destroys families, insidiously, and slowly from within. While men sleep – the fervent love between brethren is lost. Party spirits rise up, each calling people to themselves, with little or no concern for those outside of their “church” or “fellowship”. While men sleep – false brethren come in living unholy lives, walking in compromise with sin and the world, yet using the profession of faith to ease their conscience. While men sleep – they pride themselves in the knowledge of a saving grace yet lack the fire of a love which compels them into ministering beyond their own little circle of friends. While men sleep – the world grows dark and the church is seen as just another belief system because she has lost the vitality, the power and above all the presence of God. While men sleep – their hearts grow cold and the Word of the Lord takes on a doctrinal persona; no longer living, sharp or active. The slumber renders His people ineffective, empty shells capable of quoting scripture but devoid of the life and the wonder of Jesus Christ.

While men sleep is the narrative of Christ concerning His Church. Yet there are times when men and women can no longer tolerate the deadness and stagnation of their lives and begin to seek in earnest, He who alone is Holy. This is always prefaced by deep soul searching unto broken and repentant hearts. The God who knows well the tendency of men to sleep, warns us throughout His Word. Jesus gave us this Parable that we may read and be instructed to be diligent in this hour. The Apostolic ministry of the New Testament era constantly warned, reproved and exhorted the people of God unto diligence to LIVE the Life of Christ, not just to believe the words of Christ.

Even in his day Paul felt the need to warn the people of God against slumber and the resulting spiritual decay:

“Awake to righteousness, and sin not;
for some have not the knowledge of God:
I speak this to your shame”
1 Corinthians 15:34

And again…

“Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest,
and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
See then that ye walk circumspectly,
not as fools, but as wise…”
Ephesians 5:14-15

“While men slept” is a prophetic warning of Christ to His people in our day.

“Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh,
shall he find faith on the earth?”
Luke 18:8

The thick fog of slumber that has fallen upon us has resulted in lethargy, compromise, the worldly systems of men infiltrating the church, lack of morals, and doctrines of men which rob God’s Word of its authority. Grace has been presented as a sentiment rather than the power of God. We have made Him in our image; one who winks at sin and the worldly ways in His House.

In this Day of Harvest the wheat and the tares will be dealt with and men will know that God is Holy. It is time awake, to deal with the issues of our hearts. Repentance is the greatest gift God can bestow upon a life. It is the spring from which His glory arises, the womb from which His Power is born. It is the very hope for our generation “upon whom the ends of the earth have come”.

“Wherefore HE saith, Awake thou that sleepest,
and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light”!

This Word was given to His Church and is more valid today than ever. May we hear the Word of the Lord!

See: Look To Yourselves (2 John 1:8)

Brian Troxel

Strong Families

Strong Families

“…Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord,
that delighteth greatly in his commandments”
Psalm 112:1

What blessing does God pronounce upon such a man?

“His seed shall be mighty upon earth…”
Psalm 112:2

If ever there was a time for the raising up of strong “seed” in the earth, it is now. If ever there was a time for the people of God to live to honour and exalt His Name in the earth, it is today. The fear of the Lord brings a delight in obedience and the exaltation of His Name in the earth. The Blessings of God are sure to those who live their lives to please Him alone.

“I receive not honour from men”
John 5:41

“How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?”
John 5:44

The fear of the Lord will bring a singularity of purpose to one’s life. Compromise and instability are the result of a life without conviction and purpose and is readily perceived by our children. It requires strong faith to live uprightly before the Lord. It requires diligence and faith to stand through the storms of life. Even in times of failure and discouragement there is to be the shining forth of a heart that rises from every situation with an even stronger determination to live for Him.

The sins we tolerate in our own life will surely be seen by those closest and dearest to us. Our attitude and response to the call of God, in separation and holiness, is a hidden ministry that flows from within. The depth of our life in Christ can be measured by our estimation of sin. The deeper our walk with Him, the deeper will be our hatred of sin and the deeper our desire for righteousness. Sadly, it has become the norm for men to turn a blind eye to the sin of others, even our own children and those whom we consider brothers and sisters in the Lord. The fear of the Lord produces men with strong convictions by which they stand. The fear of the Lord is the foundation upon which strong families are built.

“And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother
2 Thessalonians 3:14-15

The fear of the Lord produces men with strong convictions by which they stand. This fear of the Lord is the foundation upon which build strong families are built. God is looking for us to raise up children who will be mighty in their own walk in the Lord; to be a light and a blessing to others in this world. We seek the blessing of God to fall upon our children and grandchildren, for His life to be resident within their hearts. The true strength of our families comes as each member has their own relationship with Jesus and knows His convictions and His tender mercies for themselves.

“For if a man know not how to rule his own house,
how shall he take care of the church of God?”
1 Timothy 3:5

Brian Troxel