Good Morning Ladies,
This morning as I was sleeping, I was awakened by two words: “Wake Up!” Although given in a calm tone, the voice was so authoritative that I realized I really needed to get up. As I contemplated what it was the Lord would have me do, it occurred to me that I was supposed to write, and the title of the message was to be “Wake Up!” So here I am at 4:45 a.m., writing to my sisters and praying that the one(s) this message is intended for will heed the call of the Holy Spirit to “Wake Up!”
We all know the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-24)—-the younger son who decided he didn’t want to wait for his father to die in order to receive his inheritance. Although I’m sure the father knew what was bound to happen, he gave the son his inheritance, and the child did what most young people in his situation would do: He blew it!! I mean, he partied to the break of dawn— until he didn’t have anything left but the clothes on his back and the shoes on his feet. He really did blow it!!! Why? Because he was impatient. This young man wanted his inheritance before the appointed time. And because it wasn’t his time, he wasn’t mature enough to handle it.
I’m sure God has promised you something—-a job, a house, a husband, a certain body size. Whatever it is, don’t allow your impatience to blow it. Don’t say, “I want it now—by any means necessary.” Don’t allow the J. G. Wentworth syndrome (“It’s my money, and I want it now”) to lead you to the hog pen where you cast your pearls to swine (Matthew 7:6). You see, jumping out there and taking the first job, man, house, or diet that comes your way may satisfy you temporarily, but in the long run, you may lose it all—-your peace, your prosperity, your virtue, your health. You may need to just “be still and know that [God is] God” (Psalms 46:10), so you can develop some character along the way, some consistency, some discipline. Some of you may be saying, “Well, I already missed the mark. I blew it.” Well, the wonderful thing is this: All is not lost!
As we return to the story of the Prodigal Son, we see that after all of his “riotous living” (v. 13), the young man found himself broke, friendless, and hungry—so hungry that he wanted to eat the food he was feeding the hogs. Then, something remarkable happened: “He came to himself” (v. 17). Did you get that? “He came to himself!” In other words, he woke up! No one came to him and said, “I know you. You are the son of a rich man who has a beautiful estate with servants to wait on you hand and foot. Why are you hungry and feeding these hogs?” No! The prodigal son is the one who caught this revelation, and I think I know why.
We can have people tell us all day what is rightfully ours and what we need to do to get it. But as long as we don’t get the revelation ourselves, we will never see God’s promises fulfilled in our lives. We will stay right there with the hogs—- way beneath the status we were born into.
Today, I declare and decree that this day, you will come to yourself. This day, you will catch the revelation that God has so much more in store for you. No more impatience, no more settling, no more hanging out with the pigs and eating left-overs—because this day, by the Spirit of God, you will realize who you are and whose you are. You will Wake Up!