This is a crazy Question isn’t it?
Well, i got it from a reader recently, and i wonder and ponder on it for a while, and i could not come up with an answer so easily, however i had to take out some time to think, and reason about it. Firstly, because i don’t think l see people sleeping in my church, and secondly, i don’t ever sleep in church rather, but its as though, some folks does, so i want to address the question and answer it in this article,
Why Do People fall asleep inside Church during Service?
There are quiet a lot of stuffs that can be held responsible as reasons why this happens, but i will share the major ones, which includes;
1 Carnality : This is the first and major reason, why people falls asleep in church meetings, the things of the spirit are foolishness to the carnal man, when you are in the presence of the Lord, the off the whole universe, and you are still sleeping, its is a prove that you are carnal.
God’s presence is a place for encounter and transformation, so you should be prepared spiritually to receive knowing fully well that God is a spirit, ( John 4:24 ). When the devil want to make sure he refuses you access to divine encounter, he will ensure he do all he can to make sure you are a carnal Christian, so that Spiritually, you are bankrupt and when this happens, it will be impossible for you to receive from God, so pray and work against carnality! Invest in spiritually edifying materials and you will conquer.
2 Lack of Unction : This is not from the Church members side, this is from the Pastors side, when a Ministers lack the Anointing, which connotes the unction of the spirit, his sermons will be dull and boring to people, thereby making them sleep while he is preaching!
This is a very bad and terrible situation, because, there is provision for the release of Fresh Oil continually, we must not go oil bankrupt at any point in time, it must always be fresh, The Bible says, “But you have an anointing(Unction) from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth – 1 John 2 : 20″ . So even apart from Pastors, Every believer can access the unction of the Spirit, which comes from God. Attitude like, lukewarm approach towards God and the work of Ministry, grudges, anger and bitter, ungratefulness are all attitudes that hinders access to fresh oil, so a Christian Believer, pastor or whosoever he be, that engages in them, will experience a drop in the unction of the spirit that he carries! A minister who noticed that people do sleep during his ministration must begin to pray desperately for the release of the Unction of the spirit,unless that ministry will remain on the same spot.
3 Lack of Understanding : The Bible says, “My people perish for the lack of knowledge – Hosea 4:6 ” The church is referred to as ZION’ in Hebrews, and Zion is an atmosphere of Transformation and Power, we can relate those who sleeps in church to have lacked the understanding of what church is all about.
The Bible made it clear in Hebrews, that Zion is the city of the living God, let’s check it out in Hebrews 12 : 22, ” But ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God ‘the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24, And to Jesus ‘the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.”
So can you see all that church entails?
All of them, are spiritual reactions that takes place when we are in church, it can be disastrous for anyone to be sleeping in church after knowing this full scale revelation of what the church is and what it entails.
It is on the Strength of this reality, that the Bible says, ” They go from Strength to Strength, everyone that appears before the Lord in Zion – Psalm 84:7 “.
4. Devices of the Enemy : Sleeping in Church can be demonic at times, it is one of the weapons in the hand of the enemy and we must be aware it, we must see it as a scheme of the enemy to deny Christians, their rightful access into the deep things of God, the spirit of God in church, grants believers access to deep insight, wisdom and revelation. More often than not, spiritual virtues are communicated while the word of God is going on, healing, deliverance and all kinds of intervention are going on. The other day Jesus was ministering and the Bible says, ” The power of God was present to heal them all that were sick and oppressed ” (Luke 5 : 17).
So the devil knows that its about time for your liberation and visitation, that is why he is making you to sleep in the church when you are suppose to be listening to the word of God. You must pray against it, and make up your mind to always be attentive when you are in the presence of God of that you will not miss your own portion and Visitation.
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