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
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 for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
Note two points.
1. We are to put on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Again, the picture is that of clothing ourselves. We are to clothe ourselves with Jesus Christ and His righteousness. We are to be as closely bound to Him and His righteousness as we are to our clothes.
This means two things.
a. Jesus Christ becomes our clothing. Galatians 3:27 says,
Galatians 3:27 (GW)
27 Clearly, all of you who were baptized in Christ’s name have clothed yourselves with Christ.
Clothing touches us!
Clothing is used for protection!
Clothing is used to warm us!
Clothing covers us!
Clothing hides us!
So it is when we put on Christ He...
• touches us
• protects us
• warms us
• covers us
• hides us
The second thing putting on Christ means is:
b. We are wrapped up in Jesus Christ.
Being in Him means that we live, move, and have our being in Him: It means our life is wrapped up in live in His life. It means His thoughts and behavior becomes us.
And so we must...
• only look at that upon which He would look.
• listen only to that to which He would listen.
• talk only as He would talk.
• touch only what He would touch.
• eat and drink only what He would eat and drink.
• think only that upon which He would think.
"And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness" (Ephes. 4:24).
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 2:5).