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Rom 13:11-14:
11 "And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.
12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.
14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature."

It is high time to awake out of sleep. The Greek word for time is "kairos" - it refers to a very special time on God's calendar. It is a special time for you to repent and to work. Someone might say that he doesn't feel that his time (kairos) has come. But woe to you if your time has come and you do not get busy to do it.

People asleep are unaware what goes on around them. Thieves can steal their wallet and cell from next to their bed and when they awake the thieves are gone and their possessions are gone.

In Gethsemane the disciples were spiritually asleep and didn't know the time on God's clock.

There are many people in this world heading for hell; there's just not enough people to warn them and show them God's way.
Woe to you if you are just busy with your own career and making money while you have no heart for those going lost.
What have you been busy with this past year? How many souls have you lead to Christ?

Jesus said if anyone loves father, mother, brother, sister or wife more than Me he is not worthy of Me. Many parents will end in hell because Jesus is not in their heart but their children is in their heart. Their children live promiscuous lives and bring illegitimate children into the world and the parents allow it. Sin goes in and out of their home, yet they say nothing.

When asked how it is going the parents might reply that it is going well for they earn a good salary, drive a nice car etc., yet their children are on their way to hell. Such a person will go to hell with their children and possessions.

The devil wants to lull you into sleep so you don't realise what time it is and what is going on around you.

The time is nigh for everything hidden to be revealed. All your works of darkness will be revealed. It is high time to put them off, to separate from them.

Those works of darkness might even include your dress to attract the attention of the opposite sex. You will end in hell with those dresses.

It here mentions the sins by name that we need to put off, orgies and drunkenness, sexual immorality and debauchery, dissident and jealousy.

"clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature"





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