Yes, It’s Still Day One

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Acts 2:1a (NIV)

When the day of Pentecost came,

CONSIDER THIS

Welcome back to the day after the Day of Pentecost—again. Yes, it’s still Day One.

I want to pick up again on what we shall call “Rob’s Query” from yesterday. He said a lot in a few words; something I could stand to learn. Here is the next bit that I keep reflecting on:

However, if I elevate Pentecost to a daily event – a new morning and I arise full of the power that raised Jesus from the dead—I am much more likely to be impacted by the Spirit’s presence.

Have you ever considered that we have to physically wake up every single day? With few exceptions, everyone of us have awakened every single day of our lives. I know—another BFO. (That’s Blinding Flash of the Obvious if you are new here). What if, in similar fashion, our spirit has to wake up every single day? That could help account for a lot of bad days in the past, right? Our spirit slept in.  

I think it’s more than a what if. I believe it is a definitely so. Just as we must awaken from physical sleep every single day, so we must awaken from spiritual slumber every single day. Every day we do not awaken we allow a “day after” to insert itself in the seamless space between the Day of Pentecost and the day after the Day of Pentecost. In other words, we sleepily shift from Day 1 to Day 2. 

However, if I elevate Pentecost to a daily event – a new morning and I arise full of the power that raised Jesus from the dead—I am much more likely to be impacted by the Spirit’s presence.

So how do we do this? I love the way Doc put it yesterday in his comment:

Upon waking up O’ sleeper, we should awaken in our identity in Christ. (1 Peter 2:9, Galatians 2:20). On one hand, the flesh hangs on to self to survive, while on the other hand, our soul yearns to be fully connected to God. Being that our soul was intertwined with the sinful nature from the beginning, it takes conscious effort (until it becomes natural) to live in the Spirit. 

When the day of Pentecost came, . . . 

The Day of Pentecost is not coming some time in the future. Nor is it a “one and done” event that just happened in the past. The day of Pentecost came, is come, and is now here. The Day of Pentecost is an eternal day. The Day of Pentecost inaugurated the Age of the Holy Spirit. Once that day came, it never stopped coming. We either wake up into that day or we slide into another intervening day of slumber.

We have all hit the snooze bar many times. We have all slept in, for weeks, months, even years of our lives. It’s OK. That is the past. The good news is we have today. Today can be the day of awakening into the incredible movement God launched on the Day of Pentecost. No matter how many days we have allowed to intervene, Day One is always as near as our breath. And Jesus is so good and so redemptive, he will make up for all the days we’ve missed, not wasting any of it. It’s why the most gracious way we can encourage one another is with this word from God, 

Wake up sleeper and rise from the dead,

Your turn: . . . and Christ will shine on you! (Ephesians 5:14)

It’s why we are thinking about a new name for the Daily Text. . . The Wake-up Call. See the P.S. below for more explanation. 

Still Day One.

THE PRAYER

God our Father, who with your son Jesus Messiah, fills us with the Holy Spirit, thank you for the Eternal Day of Pentecost. Thank you for the amazing grace of keeping the door open. We can always wake up into this glorious day. That’s how we want to live, every single day. I forget what is past now. I am waking up now. I am rising up into the shining of Jesus. The new day is dawned. I love you, Lord. Praying in Jesus name, Amen. 

THE QUESTION

So how do you “awaken” your spirit each morning? 

P.S. About The Wake Up Call…. Same content. Better name. 

Seedbed is our name, but our brand is awakening. Our mission is not growing Seedbed but sowing for a great awakening. As we examine our work and how we do it together (with you) we have discovered some barriers to this work. Here’s how it goes: 

You: Hey I want to tell you about the Seedbed Daily Text. 
Friend: What is that? 

You: Well, it’s kind of a daily devotional but really more than that. It’s hard to explain. 
Friend: Hmm, the See Bed Daily Text. So it’s a text message?

You: No, S-e-e-d-b-e-d. And its an email not a text.
Friend: So they call it a text but its really an email?

Friend: So what is See Bed. 
You: S-e-e-d-b-e-d. Well, it’s hard to explain. They are about a great awakening. I just know this daily email has really awakened and deepened my faith and helped me understand a lot of things I never quite grasped before. I want you to try it. 

Friend: So how do I get signed up? 
You: Just Google S-e-e-d-b-e-d and you will figure it out. 

Friend: So I Googled it and found it but I couldn’t figure out how to sign up for the email. 
You: Insert FacePalm Emoji here!!! ;0) 

We know. We get it. And because of the incredibly generous and faithful giving to the Daily Text campaign this year we are about to make some major improvements to all this. It starts with a clear name that is easily sharable that actually says something about what the thing is. Same content. Better name. 

Take one minute and let us know how much you love it here.

For the Awakening,
J.D. Walt
Sower-in-Chief
seedbed.com

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2 COMMENTS

  1. My morning begins with a quiet time of prayer and reflection on where I am in my faith journey. Last night I was with a group of men where the topic of “God’s immeasurable greatness “ of power at work in those who believe ( Ephesians 1:19-21) was the topic of discussion. The question is: Why do we not live out our faith lives like we truly believe this? Why are we willing to accept a version of “domesticated Christianity “? I perceive that this is another prompting from the Holy Spirit to wake-up. I feel like these thoughts dove tail nicely with the central message of Seedbed. Yes, Pentecost is not just a past event that some churches celebrate yearly. Pentecost was the “ new creation in Christ Jesus “ that we are to embrace, demonstrate and proclaim, daily.

  2. Physically the human body requires sleep. However, the human spirit, once awakened by the living Jesus and born again as a new creature in Christ needs no sleep. Its source of life and power isn’t human biology or physical energy, but the indwelling presence of the risen Jesus. God-given night dreams show that our spirit can remain conscious of and communing with God, even when our body is physically sleeping.

    When I was a new Christian, some church people told me that my passion for and excitement about Jesus wouldn’t last. But that wasn’t true. It has been more than 50 years and I’m more excited about Him than ever! The growth-in-Jesus-graft should be an ever-increasing slope (from glory to glory & mounting up with wings like eagles) not the up and down of awake awhile then sleep awhile. (Our relationship with Jesus shouldn’t have an “on and off switch.”)

    For a great awakening, individuals who awaken need to stay awake and spread their individual awakening so that it becomes a community awakening. “This is why it is said: ‘Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’” Once we wake up and spiritually arise from the dead, let’s stay awake and alert to Jesus, day and night!

    I love how the Daily Text, aka The Wake Up Call, helps to “stir up the gift” in me. It helps me stay awake. So glad I found it. Thanks, JD.

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