When two countries are at war with each other, unnoticed and dark conspiracies are made. Special ops, secret services, undercover agents, and spys are dispatched to different parts of the land in enmity. Sometimes these forces are noticed by the commoners of the land who dwell there, and when they find a spy an alarm is made. A telegraph sent, a letter mailed, a general notified, and a decision is made to effectively make a blow to the spy, to hunt him out and find him. In order for that to happen, the commoner, farmer, doctor, house-wife, or paper-boy, has to spot him first. When the spy is realized for his threat, he sounds an alarm. In effect he is yelling, “Here he is, one who is not supposed to be among us. A threat! A mole! Kill him! Get him!”
So it must be with spiritual warfare also. Colossians calls upon us to kill our sins daily! Every day we lead spiritual lives, and there are evil forces at work among us to undo us, to upset us, to confuse and frustrate us to the point of uselessness. The worst weapon the evil one has amongst us subtlety. He is so subtle in his ways! So we ought to be vigilant always.
My call to attention today is for men. Men who have fallen asleep perhaps, or those of us who may need a reminder of whats really happening (as I do also). Ephesians calls us to be “sober” and to be “awake.”
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.” v. 13
But the verse I have for men everywhere is this!!
“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” Ephesians 5:11
Men, you want to see your homes transformed, you want to be that bright and shining light in the workplace, you want to be a man of God, you want to be the leader God wants you to be? Call out sin in your own life, and others lives for what it is. Poison! You don’t flirt with spies, you don’t get to know spies over the course of a year or two, you don’t cover him up so that no one finds out who he is or where you’re hiding him, lest you become a traitor of your own country. You don’t deal lightly with sin; you deal harshly! Because you are treating it for what it really is. A threat to you and your family around you!
Scripture says not to take part in any darkness. What is darkness? In broad strokes, anything that takes the place of the affection God deserves. If God has to compete for something in your heart, its probably darkness; an idol. How does Ephesians name darkness? Sexual immorality, impurity, jealousy, foolishness, drunkeness and theres more. In fact, the scripture says something very sobering about one who is consumed by these things:
“For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.” Ephesians 5:5
Now if you are one who is struggling against these tendencies, I would say this does not pertain to you. But if you still surrender yourselves, so as to give your whole affection, to these things, this verse is for you.
My call? Man up! Realize with me, with an ever growing depth and heartiness, what it means to be a man of God in killing sin among us, and not indulging in it, in ANY measure. Stop playing those mental games while you dance on the edge of the fence. Stop putting yourselves in situations where you know God is not honored. Stop…and seek Him, seek His strength, seek His will for you in the Word. Press in to Him! Realize who you are. We are protectors! Lets protect our family!
Also, as fellow soldiers lets encourage each other and “all the more as we see the day of Christ approaching.” A lone soldier is sometimes a dead soldier.
Press on brothers and sisters!