Flesh vs. Spirit, Part 2

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 armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies 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 sinful nature.


Definitions
light- Illumination. God's first act of creation was to bring light into existence. Represents truth and
goodness.
darkness- the absence of light. darkness ruled the world before God's creation of light. symbolic of
man's sin, rebellion, and ignorance


Summary
Our time on earth is very short. We are here today and gone tomorrow. Paul is reminding us of this as well as letting us know that Christ will return soon. A lot of people get caught up in when Christ will return. The reason I say, "caught up", is because people tend to think they have plenty of time to decide to turn from their wicked ways, turn to God, confess their sins, and accept Salvation through Jesus Christ. The fact of the matter is we do not know which day, hour, minute, or breath will be our last.


Paul is telling us to behave decently, as in the daytime. Most people present themselves as respectable during the day. Then they get into a club somewhere or go to a party, at night, and behave exactly opposite to their daytime personality. There's two ways to take what Paul says here about behaving. The list of sins that he is telling us in the passage not to partake in are sins that usually are being acted out at night, right? His statement also reminds us that if we choose to live in darkness, we will be exposed by the light. What light? Jesus! He is the light of the world! When he returns to gather the flock, our dark deeds will be exposed by his light.


We should be aspiring to be Christ-like. Our goal should be to live a life as much like Christ as possible. He was the example, he set the standard of Christian living. We should not even tempt ourselves by putting ourselves in a situation to give in to the sinful nature. Do not give the devil a foothold!!! In other words, don't put yourself in an environment that gives the devil an opportunity to coax you into sinning and gratifying the flesh. We constantly battle our sinful desires. Humans are sinful by nature. We are slaves to this world until we learn to come out of it and step into the light of Christ. In Isaiah 30:21, it says, "this is the way, walk you in it." 2Corinthians 6:17 tells us to come out of the world and touch not the unclean thing, then Jesus will receive us unto himself.


We have to stay focused on Jesus and follow the guidance and leading of the Holy Spirit so that we are able to deny the desires of our flesh. We do this in order that we might be able to always present ourselves as Holy in the presence of God Almighty.

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