From Romans we read,
“And this do, know the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.” (Romans 13:11-14 – NASB)
Often we wonder, as we awaken and rise up to a new day, “Just what am I going to do today?” To answer this often asked question, I would suggest we seek out the counsel of the Lord, that from His Word He can speak directly to us and say, “And this do.”
First, THIS DO – “know the time.” We who are disciples of Christ should “know the time” in which we live and move around in, “that it is already the hour for (us) to awaken from sleep.” In other words, we should not be napping in what we “know” to be a day of great spiritual conflict. For the culmination of our “salvation is nearer to us than when we (first) believed.” So be on your toes brethren, be awake, spiritually alert, for “the night is almost gone,” that evil day in which we live is drawing to an end “and the day is at hand,” that “day” of God, when Christ will come.
Second, THIS DO – “lay aside the deeds of darkness,” such “deeds” that are evil and destructive.
Third, THIS DO – “put on the armor of light,” the “armor” that the alert soldier of Christ puts on to be able to war against “the deeds of darkness.”
Fourth, THIS DO – “behave properly,” having your walk be as one who is a true disciple of Christ, behavior ordered by God’s Word.
Fifth, THIS DO – put away from yourself any “carousing” or “drunkenness” or “sexual promiscuity and sensuality” or “strife” or “jealousy.” These things are “deeds of darkness” and our Lord would not have us to be taking part in them or have them characterize us.
Sixth, THIS DO – “put on the Lord Jesus Christ,” take on His example in your walk. Clothe yourself with Him and His righteousness.
Seventh, THIS DO – “make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.” O what a key factor in our behavior as those who belong to “Christ.” Do not give place to that which would cause you to want to fulfill the “lusts” of “the flesh.”
Counsel from God’s Word to we who are His, who so frequently ask, “Just what am I going to do today?”
Have a good day brethren . . . and allow the Word of God to direct your steps as you move around in this world in which you and I live.
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