रोमियों 13:12-14 रात बहुत बीत गई है, और दिन निकलने पर है; इसलिये हम अन्धकार के कामों को तज कर ज्योति के हथियार बान्ध लें। 13 जैसा दिन को सोहता है, वैसा ही हम सीधी चाल चलें; न कि लीला क्रीड़ा, और पियक्कड़पन, न व्यभिचार, और लुचपन में, और न झगड़े और डाह में। 14 वरन प्रभु यीशु मसीह को पहिन लो, और शरीर की अभिलाशाओं को पूरा करने का उपाय न करो।
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I guess most of us have watched action movies with superheros clothed in some mythical suit of armour that makes them invincible. If only we could borrow their suit!
Yesterday in Fresh we chatted about the powerful reality for many of us that while the days seem long, the years seem ever shorter. In other words, busy as we are, time’s slipping by fast.
At the same time, there’s a darkness creeping across the globe – wars, rumours of wars, an increasing tendency towards (even a celebration of) immorality – that threatens to wrap its tentacles around the life of even the most ardent follower of Jesus Christ’s.
It’s into this reality that I believe with all my heart God means to speak to us today:
Romans 13:12-14 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh. (NIV)
Did you pick it? Put on the armour of light! How? By putting aside the deeds of darkness, by behaving decently.
And what is that armour that’ll protect us from this creeping darkness? Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ. In other words, the armour is Christ Himself.You don’t overcome evil by trying hard to become a better person. You overcome evil by getting closer to Jesus.
Put on the armour of light! Christ, Himself.
That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.