12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.
14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
–Romans 13:12-14 (NKJV)
As we enter the New Year, let’s remember that the coming of Jesus is closer than we think. Let’s take heed to Paul’s words and wake up! It’s important to stay sober and vigilant during these last days. To be sober means to be clearheaded, having a mind not altered by substances. Jesus said, “Take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.” (Luke 21:34) In the next verse, Jesus says to “watch and pray.” As Christians, we must actively pray the Word.
Many are praying but they’re not praying the Word. In the Word is every promise God has given us. God’s word will not return to Him void. He cannot go against His Word. With the Word, we must have faith. Lack of faith causes many prayers to go unanswered. When we pray using faith mixed with the Word of God, miracles happen. Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Who are you listening to? When we listen to fears, doubt and negativity, it attacks our faith. Daily, we must keep our shield of faith active.
In Paul’s letter, he reminded them that the day of the Lord is near. Put on the armor of God every day. Don’t be afraid to be who you are in Christ. Your testimony should shout louder than your problems. The time is now. Tell everybody about Jesus today.
May God strengthen and bless you.
Yours in Christ,
Dr. Barbara Kile Mathews, Pastor