Sunday Morning Podcast December 21, 2014. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: 1 THESSALONIANS 5:1-11
1 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.
7 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.
11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
It is vital to be on guard against “the enemy” who wants to capture the treasure of our soul. Then we can really have the confidence that God will keep us, because we stayed vigilant. Vigilance will keep us from “getting into a rut,” so we can truly have victory. Can you clearly see the right from wrong? Your spiritual vision will not be clear, unless you guard it. Vigilance causes us to recognize Christ body, and to be in unity. In the tests of life, we must keep the confidence that God has a greater purpose. Even in the temporal things, when not vigilant, an enemy can overtake you. Catching you unawares. The same applies spiritually.
Spiritual walls, need to be maintained even more than literal ones…to stay protected. The “watchman” (pastor, or spiritual leader, etc.) must “stay on the wall,” watching out for the enemy of our soul, to help guide us in the way of holiness. If you fall into a complacency, you will not be vigilant to watch, pray, and be spiritually sober. Without vigilance, comes the destruction through self and sin. Sometimes people try to “remove” themselves from any accountability to spiritually watch. But we, personally, have a responsibility to watch for our soul. Jesus asked His disciples to watch and pray, so that they would be able to escape all that would come to pass, (Luke 21:36). To watch and pray, takes real vigilance. Matthew 13:45,46 tells us that the kingdom of God is as a pearl of great price, that when a merchant found it, went and sold all he had, to purchase it. Our soul’s Salvation (the kingdom of God) is that pearl of great price. It takes vigilance to keep safe a treasure, such as Salvation. It takes the light of God’s Word to dispel the darkness exposing the thief. We need to have the spiritual weapons of warfare to safely, and vigilantly fight the enemy of our minds, (Ephesians 6:11-13).
It will take a continual pressing to stay vigilant, to watch out for our soul, and the lost ones that God would have us to reach.