Children Of Light (Part 1)

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1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

The “Day of the Lord” is a reference to the Day that God comes to judge the earth. Jesus told us, we who love Him:

Matthew 24:42-44 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

We do not know the time our Jesus will come and get us. So we are to watch, to look up, to know our time on this earth can end at any moment. We as humans love to put off the things we do not like.

To pay taxes.
To go to the doctor.
To fix that leaky roof.
To wash the dog.

To plan for our afterlife.

We put off thoughts of the day of our death. Yet the Bible does not hide this unpleasant truth. Though I look upward, and look forward to the Rapture of Christ’s Church, I also know that many have looked for this catching up for over 2000 years, and met the end of this life and the beginning of eternity without it. Of the Rapture Jesus said:

Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

We do not know when our Lord will come and we will “see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” (Matthew 24:30-31).

This world is not my home, Christian, neither is it yours. “Our citizenship is in Heaven” (Philippians 3:20), not on this earth. It is true “we will not all sleep in death, but we will all be changed, in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. The dead in Christ shall rise first, then we who are Christ’s, who are still physically alive on this earth, will be CAUGHT UP TOGETHER with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air – and so we shall ever be with the Lord!” (1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).

Praise the Lord for it. But Beloved, if the Rapture does not come before we expire, we shall all expire. It is appointed unto us all once to die – and after this, the JUDGMENT (Hebrews 9:27). Are you looking for that day? Are you prepared? Are you prepared if your death comes tonight? Are you prepared if the last day on this earth is today? Or do you, just as the rest of the world, ignore this inconvenient truth?

Every day that you live on this earth you should live it as if it were your last. You should live in this moment as if there will never be another. The person you see next to you, you may never see again on this side of eternity. Death should not cause fear for the believer. Christ has defeated death and the grave. Has Scripture not promised:

1 Thessalonians 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.

Jesus never promised that you, dear Christian, will not die physically. He has promised that you will not die spiritually. He has promised you life beyond this life, if you are indeed His Child by faith. You are

children of light, children of the day (1 Thessalonians 5:5),
so do not sleep as the lost world sleeps
.

Children Of The Day Have Requirements
We Must Meet

1 Thessalonians 5:7-10 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. 8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

Are you saved? Here’s a test for you to see if you are saved or not. Are you asleep in the darkness like the world is? If you believe that God condones abortion on demand and that thing aborted is not a life, you are asleep. If you are living like the darkness, believing that God will not hold you accountable, you are asleep. If you think it is all right for a Christian,

to be drunken
to be a hater
to be racist
to be selfish
to be unloving
to be faithless

then, dear friends, you are living in darkness.

The Christian is called to be light.
The Christian is called to be light.
The Christian is called to be like Christ.
The Christian is called to be like Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

We who are of the day are not to dress like the world dresses. The world puts on the old man, following the pathway of Adam. The Christ child is, on the other hand, sober.

Christians are not driven by drugs, drink,
or even human think.

We are driven by love for Christ Who loved us when we were unlovable. Our breastplate is faith and love. That is what drives our heart. Faith in Christ. Love to the Father above, love to those around us. Love! Not lip service, but love! Our helmet – that which protects our brain – is the hope of salvation.

1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

We who are Christ’s have no appointment with wrath. Our works will be judged:

Romans 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at naught thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Yes, Beloved, salvation is a stewardship, not just a possession. If you are saved, you are entrusted with a great gift. How did you use this gift to advance the Kingdom of Christ? How did you use your gift to bring others from damnation to light?

But praise Him, if we are His, we are not appointed to wrath. We are appointed to death (Hebrews 9:27) but not damnation. Praise Him! Praise Him!

1 Thessalonians 5:10 … to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, WE SHOULD LIVE TOGETHER WITH HIM.

Praise Jesus! We were saved from wrath by His Blood so that, whether we wake or sleep, day or night, we SHOULD LIVE TOGETHER WITH HIM.

What Does Living In The Light Look Like?

God our Father made us to live together with Him. So what does living together with God our Savior look like?

1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

Unruly” is the Greek ἄτακτος átaktos, (pronounced at’-ak-tos) which means “those who are insubordinate, or who reject the Word of God”. We are commanded of Scripture to:

Isaiah 2:5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.

1 John 1:7 … walk in the light, as {God} is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

When a brother or sister walks in darkness we are to correct them. I am reminded of my military service, and the hardest thing I ever learned. That was to walk in step with my brothers in blue. When we marched, if one person got out of step then the whole unit suffered. If a brother or sister was out of step every airman in that unit worked with them, exhorting them and, if necessary, chastising them. Beloved, as the Church of Christ we are to walk in step with Him, and with each other. We are not to condone sin, nor to look the other way lest we “hurt someone’s feeings”. When we do not correct the out of step, we damage the whole unit, and do damage to the cause of Christ. The Apostle said:

2 Thessalonians 3:11-13 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded

 Sometimes the King James just doesn’t quite do it. Παραμυθέομαι ὀλιγόψυχος (paramytheomai oligopsychos) literally means come alongside and lift up the faint hearted or discouraged. We are not to add to the burdens of others, but as Christ like followers, once more,

1 Thessalonians 5:11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

How do we do this? More specifically:

1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

We are Christ’s Kingdom of light.

1 Corinthians 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it.

We are not to be as Iscariot was, working in the background against the will of Christ. We are to be in Jesus lifting one another up – not in sin, mind you, but in the light of God.

1 Thessalonians 5:14 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

If evil is done to us as Christians, we are not to do evil in return. Among Christ’s Church we are to do good regardless as to what is done to us. God told His Israel:

Leviticus 19:17-18 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him. 18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the LORD.

And Jesus to His Church:

Matthew 5:44-45 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Do good, not evil. Let God be the Judge, the Jury, the Executioner.

Romans 12:17-21 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Only good overcomes evil. Do good. Live for Jesus.

Remain In Prayer And In God’s Word

1 Thessalonians 5:16-20 Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 19 Quench not the Spirit. 20 Despise not prophesyings.

The key to this section is the three words:

Pray without ceasing

Many Christians see this command of God (and it is a command, not a suggestion. This is Present Imperative in the Greek, which is DO IT NOW) and regard it like a gym membership. We know that “pray without ceasing” is a command that is good for us, but we dread it like most of us dread jogging. Scott Hubbard of Desiring God Ministries writes:

Pray without ceasing,” of course, does not require us to spend every hour on our knees. The same apostle, in the same letter, commands all sorts of other duties that forbid literally constant prayer. The Thessalonians must “work with [their] hands,” “build one another up,” and “admonish the idle,” for example (1 Thessalonians 4:11; 5:11, 14) — all activities that send us out of our prayer closets and into the world.”

If we are going to live in the light as Christ is in the Light then we need to be in a constant state of connectivity to God. This is what prayer is. It is communion with our Savior and Lord.

If I were to tell you “breathe without ceasing”, you would look at me as if I were crazy. You’d say, “Of course I’m going to breathe without ceasing. I need to breathe to live.” Even so, you need to pray to stay in the light of Christ.

If Adam had spent more time praying rather than talking to a snake, we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in today! We are to live in an attitude of prayer. Prayer is so very necessary for the life of the Christ Child.

If you practice an attitude of unceasing prayer,

You will “rejoice evermore”.

If you make yourself always available to commune with God,

You will give thanks in everything.

If you are looking to connect to the Savior moment by moment,

You will not “quench the Spirit” nor “despise God’s Word”.

To be spiritual you must live in a constant state of prayerfulness and mindfulness. We are to meditate of God’s Word, not on Yoga:

Psalm 1:1-2 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

The practitioner of Yoga empties their mind of thought, whereas the Christian fills the mind with the Word of God. Christians, we are to make ourselves available to our Savior and His Word. Michael Reeves, in his book “Enjoy Your Prayer Life”, wrote:

When you default to thinking of prayer as an abstract activity, a “thing to do,” the tendency is to focus on the prayer as an activity — which makes it boring. Instead, focus on the one to whom you’re praying. Reminding yourself whom you are coming before is a great help against distraction, and changes the prayer.”

To be in a state of prayer we need to think as Adam thought before the fall. We were made to walk with God, to talk with God, to be with God. God is not my rabbit’s foot, but my very life. As I pray I am reminded WHO I AM:

Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

I belong to God – that wonderful Triune God – because of Jesus. I do not belong to the devil, nor the darkness, but to the Kingdom of Light. I am not a lost person marking time until I die. I am a Child of the Most High, loved and indwelt by Him.

Prayer is my birthright.
Prayer is my oxygen.

How about you? Next we will discuss those things that draw us away from unceasing prayer. May God touch your hearts with His Word and his Spirit.

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