1 Thessalonians 5
5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.
We have to notice the contrast here between those of the light and those of the darkness. We were all once of the darkness and nothing we did could lead us into the light. We were all lost in that darkness groping around not even knowing what we were groping for. Then Jesus, the Light of the world, came into our darkness and shone the truth of His light into our hearts and we became, by God’s grace, children of the light. Hallelujah!
As children of the Light, we are going to live differently because we are no longer groping for the right direction; we can clearly see right from wrong, truth from error, and darkness from light. We are therefore to walk as those who can see. Those who can see watch for potholes, they watch for pitfalls, they watch for false teaching and live in complete soberness. We don’t join the drunkards at night because we are never in the darkness again.
In the light we are to put on the breastplate of faith and love, caring for one another believing that we are doing the right thing when we do. We are to put on the helmet of salvation protecting our very minds from the errors of darkness. As children of the light we understand that God has put His wrath for our sins on Jesus Christ who died for us. We know this and believe this and walk in this God-glorifying light every day of our lives. We know, in our darkest hours, that we are going to eternally live with Christ in the presence of God by faith in His grace.
Brothers and sisters, walk in the light today. Rejoice with me in this glorious light that has removed us from the darkness we used to live in and guides us around temptations, through trials, and into the joy of the Lord both today and forever.
Happy Thanksgiving week! It is so easy for us to look in the wrong direction and not see our Lord and His wonderful will in our lives. “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Wherever you are, whatever situation you are in, if God has saved you from your sins by His grace through the sacrifice of His Son, you have something to be thankful for. Look past all of the issues around you, all of those things that the enemy uses to discourage you, and rejoice today and this week giving thanks to God for His eternal salvation.
Wednesday night we are having our Thanksgiving Praise service. All songs will be chosen by you but you have to give a praise to pick a song. I will bring a message of Thanksgiving from Zechariah chapter 8. You don’t want to miss this wonderful time of exaltation of God for all that He has done and will yet do for us.
Have a great day in the Lord,