Ephesians 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
Romans 13:11 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.
There is tremendous spiritual life in redemption truths in the Bible that we can receive life from if we will only obey. Instead of obedience we often live according to the world or carnal. Carnal Christians are described in the Word of God as being asleep Ephesians 5:14, Romans 13:11. They are exhorted in Ephesians 5:14 to arise from among the dead or arise out of their carnality. The metaphor is that if you had a sleeping body (carnal Christian) laying among or next to a dead body you would have to look real close to see any signs of life and they would appear at a distance just like a dead person.
While asleep, our walk isn’t what it should be.
While asleep, we’re unaware of His time.
While asleep, we’re unresponsive to His voice.
Just as there would be an obvious difference between a living person and a dead person, there should be an obvious difference between a spiritual Christian and a carnal Christian. A change and difference like this can come from simply submitting to the truth of God’s Word from our daily fellowship in the Word of God. Historically, when God’s people have been in spiritual decline and in response to prayer, He has used revivals, outpourings of His Spirit like rain, and times of refreshing from His presence. Very often this has been preceded by preaching of the truth that causes repentance to the acknowledging of the truth. Repentance often leads to an awakening and brings us back to spirituality and spiritual life again. We get an awareness of God that shakes us, grips us, arouses us, alerts us, and stirs us. We are awakened to a new beginning of obedience to God. True Christianity consists of obedience to God, and repentance brings an awakening to obedience.
Spiritual Christians obey God and as they arise out of carnality, it produces a noticeable change in their lifestyle and behavior. First Peter 1:14-16 says, “14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” God’s grace not only saves but also produces spirituality.