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The Fierce Urgency of Now

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Sermon shared by Rohan Diedrick

May 2008
Summary: This sermon was inspired by a speech made by Dr. Martin Luther King in 1967. It deals with the fact that humanity is indeed running out of time when it comes to his eternal security. There is an urgent call for us to awake from our slumber because as Dr
Denomination: Pentecostal
Audience: General adults
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4 In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you.
5 They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

1. Drunkenness (methais):
This is to take intoxicating drink or drugs to affect the senses and faculties; Really it means to become intoxicated for the purpose of lust or pleasure; To seek to be tipsy or intoxicated; To seek to loosen moral restraint for the sake of bodily pleasure.
Habakkuk 2:15
"Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!" (Habakkuk 2:15).


2. Chambering (koitais PWS: 538):
Sexual immorality, adultery, fornication (pre-marital sex).
"And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet" (Romans 1:27).

3. Wantonness (aselgeiais PWS: 4251):
This is sensuality, running wild, licentiousness, debauchery; homosexuality, lasciviousness, living wild, partying, and immoral lifestyle. bIt is excess, unbridled lust that consumes one’s thoughts and behavior!

4. Strife (eridi PWS: 3807):
This is contention, quarreling, arguing, striving. It is the craving deep within a person that wants recognition, honor, position, and authority. It is a spirit that is in constant competition with others! The kind of spirit that will cause you to elevate yourself, by putting others down; by bypassing others; by ignoring others; by holding others back; by blaming others; by neglecting others; The Word of God says,
"Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves" (Phil. 2:3).

"Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers" (2 Tim. 2:14).

"And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient" (2 Tim. 2:24).

"He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears" (Proverbs 26:17).

6. Envying (zeloi):
Is jealousy that begrudges others. It looks upon the position, recognition, and success of others with a jealous eye. It regrets the success of others.

"Charity [love] suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up" (1 Cor. 13:4).

"Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another" (Galatians 5:26).

"But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth" (James 3:14).



5. NOW IS THE TIME TO PUT ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
Romans 13:14 (NKJV)
14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision
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