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Asleep at the Wheel

While You Were Sleeping  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  43:05
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Asleep At The Wheel

Driving is a complex task with many working parts. The driver’s awareness can significantly impact both long and short commutes. Our life as believes requires the same amount of alertness as we navigate through life.
Sleep is defined as a regularly recurring condition of body and mind in which the nervous system is inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended.
To be asleep is to be in a state of sleep, to be not attentive or alert.
To be asleep at the wheel is an expression about the timing of rest in contrast to activity.
Last week we looked at the sovereignty of God. We recognized that God’s activity does not cease when we are sleeping. God’s greatest gift to Adam came when he slept.
Genesis 2:21–22 KJV 1900
21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
The Man’s recognized God created woman
++to fix what was not good
++to bring completeness
++To be his helpmate
++To be to Him what He was to God
Genesis 2:23 KJV 1900
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
This is she
++Bone of my bone
++Flesh of my flesh
++Woman
++Came out of Man
All this came because Man
++Is God’s design
++Is created in God’s image
++Is created by God and for God
Genesis 2:8–9 KJV 1900
8 And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
It was paradise on Earth
++No rain was needed
++No man tilled the ground
++There was nothing for man to do
Genesis 2:15 KJV 1900
15 And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

A man without an assignment will do nothing

God provides opportunity
++God planted a Garden
++God placed him in the garden
God knows what you need to grow
++Place
++Placement

He was to Dress and Keep the Garden

He was to
++Guard
++Protect
Genesis 3 provide the story of his epic failure in his primary responsibility.
God
++Created Man
++Empowered Man
++Blessed Man
++Place Man over his work
He was given everything needed for his success
++Dominion
++Authority
++Responsibility
Genesis 3:1–2 KJV 1900
1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
The temptation of Satan
++Started innocently
++Seemed like no big deal
++Will test our connection
We can
++Respond to Satan
++Submit to God
++Not do both
Matthew 6:24 KJV 1900
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
1 John 2:15–16 KJV 1900
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Man Sought satisfaction apart from God’s plan

They sought
++To be like God
++To know what God knew
++Find good in the forbidden

You will never find satisfaction in this life apart from God.

I did not say you will never have
++Happiness
++Success
++A good life
Many will live this life with all these things only to die successful failures
Genesis 3:6 KJV 1900
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
This time man was

Asleep at the Wheel

1 Peter 4:7–10 KJV 1900
7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging. 10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
We need to know the time we live in
++The end is near
++Jesus is coming soon
++What will be your connection?
How do I handle what God has given me?
++Know what completes you
Colossians 2:10–11 KJV 1900
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Colossians 2:12 KJV 1900
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
How do I handle what God has given me?
Know what completes you
++Know who you serve
1 Samuel 17:36 KJV 1900
36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.
1 Timothy 6:17 KJV 1900
17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
How do I handle what God has given me?
Know what completes you
Know who you serve
++Know who you are
Acts 17:28 KJV 1900
28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
Acts 17:29 KJV 1900
29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.
Because we are his offspring
++We think of God differently
God is
++Known to us
++Known by us
Because we are his offspring
We think of God differently
++We See God differently
His is not
++Like precious metal
++The work of man’s hands
++The God of our immaturity
Acts 17:30–31 KJV 1900
30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
Because we are his offspring
We think o God differently
We See God differently
++We know differently
We know
++The challenges of life
++Satan has been defeated
++He has a temporary advantage
++We will win
Revelation 12:12 KJV 1900
12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
Why did the heaven’s rejoice?
++The devil was defeated
++The devil was cast out of heaven

When satan was removed from heaven there was reason to rejoice!

The fight in Heaven
++Had to be fought
++Had to be won
Revelation 12:7–8 KJV 1900
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
The problem wasn’t
++Satan’s activity
++What Satan was doing
The Problem was
++Was Satan’s influence
++Was Satan’s presence
The war in heaven removed
++The influence of Satan
++The Presence of Satan
Revelation 12:9 KJV 1900
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
The war Heaven was over
++Satan has been defeated
++His angels cast out
Revelation 12:10 KJV 1900
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
They had a reason to rejoice
++Salvation
++Strength
++The Kingdom of God
++The Power of his Christ

Now the battle on earth begins

Genesis 2:8–9 KJV 1900
8 And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Because we are his offspring
We think of God differently
We See God differently
We know differently
++We respond differently
1 Peter 4:7–10 KJV 1900
7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging. 10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
At the end of all things
++We focus on what is important
++We are clear minded in prayer
++We Love one another
++We Serve without complaining
++We value God’s gift
++We used the gift god has given us
Romans 13:11 KJV 1900
11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Don’t be found asleep at the wheel
++Now is the time
++Wake up
++Watch and pray
++Be sober and vigilant

The warfare doesn’t stop when we are sleeping.

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