Quotes and Notes for the Day
AWAKE! – III
“…. Wherefore he saith, Awake that thou sleepst and arise from the dead and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:14 -15
…… When the believer sees sin around him, he will be alarmed and be watchful! But as time goes on if the believer that does not avoid the sin that is surrounding him and flee like Joseph of old (Genesis 39:7-11), gets used to the sinful environment that he hardly notices it anymore! It becomes no more a bother to him! You know the first time when a man falls into sin is the hardest blow! It hits hard; then the second time it becomes a little easier, the third and the fourth time it is even easier! and After some times it becomes part of life – a habit formed!! “….. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” (Hebrew 3:13)
Sin is constantly trying to set a foot, make a breakthrough; press upon, and make more ground; it is constantly besetting us! It labors relentlessly! It does not give up! Remember Delilah? She worked on Samson, and kept on him until he finally gave her the secret of his power. Hebrews 12:1 talks about “…. the sin which does so easily beset us…” Samson is the best example of a believer in the Old Testament whose going from the beginning went wrong! The hand The Spirit of God empowering him, and yet his life was so carnal, fleshly and he did almost everything wrong. Very interesting thing that the Bible says about Samson, that, ” ... he killed more people in his death than in his life.” Judges 30:16 Yes, he was more fruitful when he finally died! When the believer dies to sin, that is when he is going to be fruitful!!
Friend, sin ruins lives, destroys homes and everything that is good. When you go through the book of Judges you will notice that each of the judges were given a specific task to do and they completed it; Jephthah, Barack, Deborah, and all the others; their task was all completed but with Samson God could do only a little at a time, inspite of how he lived his life! What reward did Samson get out of that? Nothing! Even when in the end when he was humbled in that, he was blinded and was made to work on the grinding mill! “…. .. O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, that I may be once avenged of the Philistines for my eyes sake. ” Judges 16:28
Yes, sin produces death; and that is all it can produce! It may have some pleasure for a season; but the end thereof id death! Sin in the believer produces dead life; defeated life; a loss of reward; it incurs him, a miserable life, convection, and chastisement! The ultimate chastisement by the way is death: when God finds the believer a liability to His program, will take that one home, by way of death!!
God has given us instructions with regards to the need to wake up?
1. To the Believers: “...but fornication, and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it be named among you, as it becomes saints:….” Ephesians 5:3. Such sinful behavior should not be found among you. You should not be named even once as those who practice such sinful practices!
2.To the believers among the unsaved: “For this ye know, that no whore monger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God…. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.” Ephesians 5:5-7 Yes, we need to love those who are sinners, and practices these damning habits, be witnesses to them, but we be not partakers of their sinful deeds!
3.We are commanded to walk: ” For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.” Ephesians 5:8 The people of God are known by the light of life which emanates out of them! Sin has lured many Christians to sleep, and that is why they do not witness! It is high time we awake out of sleep!
4.We are commanded to put to test everything: ” Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.” yes, we need to ,put to test whether what we do is right or wrong, by the word of God! “Prove all things, hold fast that which good.” 1st Thessalonians 5:21 All of our thoughts and deeds need to be tempered by the word of God! The Bible says of the sinful man that, “…. God is not in all his thoughts…” Psalms 10:4
5.We are commanded; “ … Not to have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather to reprove them.” Ephesians 5:11 The easiest way for people to leave you is to witness to them of their sin – most of all the sin of unbelief! Now, one of the two things happen: they either get saved, and you win them for Christ; or they get so uncomfortable that they avoid you; they don’t want to hear about sin, and judgment any more!
6. We are commanded to Redeem the time: “… redeeming the time because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15. Yes we need to buy up time and not waste it! We need to by “busy about our Father’s business..” Laboring in the vineyard, fulfilling “the Great Commission”!
7.We are commanded to be Spirit filled Believers: This is the key to a victorious Christian life: “ …..but be filled with the Spirit…” Ephesians 5:18 The Spirit filled believer is ‘the Word filled’ believer! In proportion to our knowledge of the word of God and obedience to its precepts is our spiritual life. This requires a diligent study, and search of the Scripture, which the Spirit of God has promised to bless: “study to show thyself approved unto God a work man that needs not to be ashamed rightly diving the word of God.” 2nd Timothy 2:15
To be continued……
From the Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour!!
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff.