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Isaiah 55:8-9

Isaiah 55:8-9

Monday, January 20, 2014

LAYING ASIDE THE DEEDS OF DARKNESS

"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....But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts." 
 Romans 13:12-14 NASB


We must be aware of the deeds of darkness and be willing to lay them aside by  putting on the whole armor of God.  We cannot afford to let Satan reign in our hearts but only Christ; He must be the ONLY one who is allowed to reign and rule in our hearts, our souls and minds.  We must not let darkness be more prevalent; we cannot become insensitive to the presence of the deeds of darkness even though we might be surrounded by them.  We need to keep them out!

Jesus died that cruel death on the cross and conquered death in order that we might have redemption and the hope of eternal life.  "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."  I Cor. 15:57 NASB.

When the Spirit of Christ reigns and dwells in us, we cannot let evil enter into our hearts.  God abhors evil and sin.  This is why He sent His Son to die in order that He might conquer evil and death. 

"And do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret."  Eph. 5:11-12 NASB

The closer we walk in intimate fellowship with God, the more spiritually sensitive and aware we are going to be in order to expose the works of darkness.  That is the blessing of allowing God to lead our hearts.  How then, do we expose the works of darkness?  SIMPLY by rebuking them !  The more we put on the armor of light by rebuking it, the more we are going to shut the door on evil; we are going to take no part with it and welcome it to dine with us.  We must keep our hearts air tight to evil.

"You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.  Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy?  We are not stronger than He, are we?"  I Cor. 10:21-22 NASB.

Evil is opposite to the righteousness of God.  We cannot mix the right living that our Lord commands with evil.  We are commanded by our Lord to hate evil and have no fellowship with it.  It is our duty as His children to reflect God's light in our lives if indeed we have tasted of His righteousness.  We cannot justify evil as harmless.  We must lay aside its deeds of darkness. 

Unfortunately, evil comes in many forms; in our media, our books, our schools.... and it is marketed to our children and our people.  Satan makes it look very appealing and popular; Satan is very astute and subtle in his evil ways.  We welcome evil because we think it is cute.  This is dangerous!  Evil enters our hearts, our minds and our souls slowly and steadily.  It is a slow and gradual process that leads to the destruction of our souls.  It hardens our hearts to righteousness

"Hate evil, love good, And establish justice in the gate!  Perhaps the LORD God of hosts may be gracious to the remnant of Joseph."  Amos 5:15 NASB.

Although our Lord Jesus dwelt among sinners and ministered to them, He did not participate in their unfruitful works of darkness.  He simply rebuked them, laying them aside and not partaking of them. 

"You men who are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your fathers did."  Acts 7:51 NASB.

Let's not become arrogant, uncircumcised in our hearts and resistant to God's Truth.  Let us love righteousness and hate evil by putting on the armor of light in place of darkness.  Let's make it our goal to imitate what is good and not evil.  If we indeed are sons of God who claim to have fellowship with Him, let's then do good and hate darkness.  Let's not be deceived by it and become enslaved to the evil works of darkness.  Let's not be yoked with the fruits of darkness; let us not have fellowship with lawlessness.  Instead let us be partakers of righteousness, loving and walking in His light.

"Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness or what fellowship has light with darkness?  Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?"  2Cor. 6:14-15 NASB

May we lay aside the evil works of darkness and put on the garments of light in order to see Him.

Luci