“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.
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
14 But put you on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” Romans 13:11-14.
Today is the day of Salvation. Today, while it is today, Believers must awake out of their slumber. Jesus Christ broke the grip of sin in the lives of whosoever will believe. We, as Believers, must choose to cast off the works of darkness and believe the grip to be broken. Unbelievers cannot choose to cast off the craving desire to sin. They have believed the lie of the devil that they must fulfill their lusts or die. The lost are spiritually dead unto God, not spiritually alive through the Blood of Jesus Christ. They reject Jesus because they are lost and therefore blind. They are not lost because they have rejected Jesus but reject Jesus because they are lost.
While the lost wonder about lost and do not have the choice to throw off the works of darkness and say no to their sinful cravings rooted from their evil hearts, we have far too many Believers wondering about who willingly CHOOSE to fulfill their evil lusts. The Believers who only make provision for their flesh…for their “best life now”. They see nothing wrong with their sinful desires. I’m not speaking of those who are under bondage and seeking the Lord for deliverance; those who hate their own sin as much as they do others. As a born again Child of God, we hate sin; whether it be ours or others. If we say that we have no sin, we decieve ourselves and the Truth is not in us (1 John 1:5-10). I’m speaking here of those who claim to be Christians yet the works of the flesh are clearly manifest. They are willfuly ignorant because seeing, they see not.
“19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness (absence of restraint, indecency),
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21.
The night is far spent. The works of darkness have manifested in the church because another gospel and another Jesus has been proclaimed; a gospel that cannot and will not free the Believer from the grip of sin. This gospel focuses on “you” and “your” part to gain victory. This victory in which we seek has been squarely, utterly and completely won by Jesus Christ and His finished work on Calvary’s Cross. This victory afforded us by Jesus is freely given to whosoever will choose to make no provision for the flesh and put on a heavenly armor, an armor of virtue and grace…an armor that can only be found by faith in the One Who broke the grip of sin – Jesus Christ. Faith in Who He is and what He did on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever will believe…for whosoever will choose to cast off the old and put on the new man; the armour of Light in Christ Jesus.
“5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience:
7 In the which you also walked some time, when you lived in them.
8 But now you also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
9 Lie not one to another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his deeds;
10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created Him:” Colossians 3:5-10
Forsake forever learning without coming to the saving knowledge of the Truth of the Lord Jesus Christ…Who He is and what He has done for whosoever will believe (2 Timothy 3:1-7). Learn of HIM, Jesus Christ, His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Seek Him while He may be found. Today is the day of Salvation.
-Donna Clark Warren