Proverbs 7:9 “In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:”
As this new year begins, we see that there will undoubtedly be challenges worldwide for Christians and non-Christians alike. For some, it seems evil men are waxing worse and worse, and those standing for right are being openly persecuted.
I believe, in our technological age, we can see, in realtime, events unfolding that point to the imminent return of Jesus Christ. Whether that will be today or years from today is not for us to quibble about.
Those who name the name of Jesus Christ must be busy about the business we have been called to do.
Some think they are settled and sure because of what they do, where they attend, and how they act. Biblically, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Jesus warns:
Matthew 7:21-23 “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
I cannot imagine hearing those words: “I never knew you: depart from me…” and then be taken from His presence and thrown into Hell. Even now, my heart aches for loved ones who have rejected the gospel and will face the Great White Throne judgment. If I could make the decision for them, I would.
As they reject and push God away, the days grow darker.
The path of sin for any man is that way as well. We look, are tempted, lust, and are drawn away until we choose to sin.
James 1:14-15 “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
I was given a stark illustration of our verse this morning.
Twilight is when dark and light are equal. The evening is when darkness begins to overtake the light. The black and dark night is when darkness wins. As with light and darkness, so goes our soul.
If we allow ourselves to regard iniquity in our hearts, not only are our prayers hindered, we are consciously choosing to keep God at a distance. Lust brings forth the birth of sin. Sin brings bondage and blindness. James tells us that left unchecked, sin will bring death.
Many a saved child of God has fallen to the slow descent into sin’s bondage.
Keeping short accounts with God about our sin frees us from the chains being wrapped tighter and the blindness of sin to set in.
We often justify the reasons why we choose the pleasures of sin. At times, we tell ourselves that once dirty, why not stay and get our fill, knowing we can get right at any time. This is a favorite lie of the devil.
Those who regularly read Daily Manna know that staying constant and consistent in our walk with God is a deterrent to remaining in sin. We must choose right – even when we don’t feel like it.
Resolving to keep short accounts with God about our sin will open the door to cleansing and close fellowship with God. He loves a repentant heart!