Awake .Arise

Awake. Arise. Lead.

Judges 5:12, “Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song: arise Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam.”

As you and I turn the page to a new year, we enter into a world that is very different from the one that we were in this time last year. Seemingly overnight, that which we knew and were so secure in became much like sand slipping through our fingers. Many of us struggled to maintain “normal” as our lives became anything but that.

Even the Body of Christ wrestled with this new territory that we found ourselves on the edge of. We would be forced to adapt to a new way of reaching our brothers and sisters in Christ as well as reaching the world around us. Overnight, the internet would become inundated with “social media” pastors and evangelists, as the church moved from gathering in a building to gathering at home in front of our computers.

However, in the middle of this social and religious upheaval, God has remained faithful. He cannot deny His own nature and during this time, there has been a call to the CHURCH. It is not a call to fill the buildings that we have called “church”, but to the individual believers, the called by name people of God, to take their place AS the CHURCH.

In the book of Judges, the people of God were being oppressed because of their sin, but God saw their struggle and He prepared deliverance for them through the unity of both men and women. Deborah, Barak, Jael and the people faced a mutual enemy, but through humility toward one another and working together, the enemy was defeated.

The result was not only deliverance for Israel but also an inspired song of praise to God in which Deborah begins to call forth life. She speaks first to herself, “Awake, awake, Deborah! Awake, Awake and utter a song!” In other words, “Come ALIVE and open your mouth to speak, woman of God!”

Next she speaks to the men, “Arise, Barak and LEAD your captivity captive, son of Abinoam.” It is as though she was saying, “Get on your feet and overcome that which has been overcoming you,” and then she adds something amazing. It is a REMINDER of IDENTITY. She calls Barak, “son of Abinoam.”

This is significant because the name Abinoam means, “My father is delight.” In essence, Deborah is reminding Barak of his heritage. His father is the son of DELIGHT. Barak is a SON of DELIGHT. He not only fights from a position of power, but he fights from a position of belonging. HE is the SON of ONE who is DELIGHTED. This is POWERFUL!

In this time, you and I as the true CHURCH of GOD have been called from our slumber. It is time to AWAKE. We do not awake to be frightened by the “new world” in which we find ourselves but we awake to begin to speak the TRUTH into the silence. We ARISE to action and kingdom purpose, and we TAKE back our lives and the lives of others who have been made captive through fear.

How do we do this? Is it by might? No. Is it by power? No. It is by the Spirit of GOD. It is by the SAME Spirit who calls us sons and daughters of the DELIGHTED MOST HIGH FATHER.

Dear friends, these are not days to be fearful. These are not days to run from. These are the days for the CHURCH to COME ALIVE. Let us in this year: AWAKE, ARISE and LEAD.

Maranda Howells

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