If you have been watching the news at all, lately, you will agree that we are living in perilous times.Posted June 5, 2013
By Pastor Allen Wickstrom
Assembly of God Church
Romans 13:11-12 (AMP)
11 Besides this you know what [a critical] hour this is, how it is high time now for you to wake up out of your sleep (rouse to reality). For salvation (final deliverance) is nearer to us now than when we first believed (adhered to, trusted in, and relied on Christ, the Messiah).
12 The night is far gone and the day is almost here. Let us then drop (fling away) the works and deeds of darkness and put on the [full] armor of light.
If you have been watching the news at all, lately, you will agree that we are living in perilous times. Scandals are prevalent in our nation’s capital, and only seem to worsen with each passing day. The Middle East is a power-keg, with Syria and Israel moving closer and closer to war. Russia and the United States have each chosen sides with the different factions inside of Syria. Bible prophecy is being enacted right before our eyes. Ezekiel 38-39 speaks of the alliance of nations that will eventually march against Israel. The only way that Israel will be delivered is by God’s intervention.
Natural disasters are on the increase, with tornadoes, earthquakes, etc. Jesus warned that in the last days these things would occur:
Matthew 24:6-8 (NKJV)
6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Is it any wonder that Paul wrote in Romans that knowing how critical the hour was that the church needed to wake up. We need to be aroused to the reality of what is going on in the world. Evil is increasing. Lies seem to be a way of life. One of the reasons that Paul told us to put on the armor of light is that the church of Jesus Christ is supposed to be salt and light in this world.
Ephesians 5:8-11 (AMP)
8 For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of Light [lead the lives of those native-born to the Light].
9 For the fruit (the effect, the product) of the Light or the Spirit [consists] in every form of kindly goodness, uprightness of heart, and trueness of life.
10 And try to learn [in your experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him].
11 Take no part in and have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness, but instead [let your lives be so in contrast as to] expose and reprove and convict them.
As followers of Jesus Christ our lives should shine as lights in a dark world. We shouldn’t walk about judging or condemning, but the fact that we have put our faith in Christ to forgive our sins and save us should show. Evangelists like Charles Finney and Smith Wigglesworth lived in such close relationship with Jesus that people would come up to them without them even speaking, and ask what they needed to do to be saved. Just like the song that we sang in Sunday School said, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine”, we should never grow so old that it isn’t true for our lives.
It’s time for us to wake up and realize the hour that we are living in. Have you put your faith in something that will never fail you, Jesus Christ? Or are you hoping that everything will continue just as it always has, in essence, gambling that by ignoring the obvious facts of what is going on in the world, makes it not so? It’s easy to have a true hope in these dark and dangerous times. Just pray this prayer: Dear Jesus, I need You to forgive me of my sins. I confess that I am a sinner and need help. Save me and make me ready for Your return. Thank You for dying for my salvation. I put my trust in You, today. In Jesus name, Amen.
And if you have put your trust in Jesus, but have been asleep and slumbering, why not ask Him to wake you up from your sleep? There is much work to be done for the Lord before His return. Then when He does return He can say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”