Summary: We have a great deal of work to do, a long journey to go; it is time to be stirring.

Running in Dark Places. Walking in Honesty. 1Th 4:12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing. How many today are running in Dark Places, you know, the places that you wouldn’t want the rest of the church to see you in? Do you have a watchman such as Dumah [Son of Ishmael] had? Or is there some secret place that you feel safe, a little place that you can go that no one knows of? Isa 21:11 The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? {what of the destruction that was fortold, what has happened in the dark places of the night} God’s prophets and ministers are as watchmen in the city in a time of peace, to see that all is safe. As watchmen in the camp in time of war, to warn of the motions of the enemy. After a long sleep in sin and security, it is time to rise, to awake out of sleep. We have a great deal of work to do, a long journey to go; it is time to be stirring. After a long dark night. Watchman--the prophet (Isa-62:6; Jer-6:17), so called, because, like a watchman on the lookout from a tower, he announces future events which he sees in prophetic vision

But how many are willing to listen to a prophet or a prophetic vision? Very few. Jesus said that a prophet has no honour in his own home or country. Why is this? Many wish to remain in dark places, places of the mind, soul and body. The dark places are a place of solitude and comfort to many. Why do I say this, because many today have been taught wrong for so long that they think wrong is right and anything else has to be untrue. For example, there are large churches that teach that a man does not have to be born again, they teach praying to God under some one else’s name rather that Jesus, they forbid their ministers from marrying. This is false doctrine, which leads into dark places. The dark places of our mind and soul are pits that will lead to apostasy, which many will fall into. Jesus warned, not everyone that saith, Lord, Lord shall inter into the kingdom of Heaven, only those who do the will of the Father. Doesn’t this sound like something that we all should be aware of and concerned with? Here in the next two verses are the reason for sins in dark places, 1Th 5:7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

John 11:10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him. Where has the light gone? Many times the candle has went out because of one simple verse that many forget, 1Co 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. A man must be put into remembrance of what has been preached, lest he forgets, whom he serves and why he serves. Many will fall back into the dark places of this life having hafe way salvation or become part time Christians because they are lulled to sleep by the speaking of many dulled words. 2Ti 2:14 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.

Eph 5:12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

John 7:4 For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world. Everything that we do must be an open book to all to see. Our homes must be open to public scrutiny and our conversations must be open to the critic. Do you actually believe that you can sin amongst the dark places and it will never come into the light?

1Th 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. Have you found yourself, reading something that you shouldn’t read, or watching something that you shouldn’t be watching, doing something or being somewhere you shouldn’t be, is your conversations a little loose fit for a person professing Christianity? If you answered yes to any of these you have found yourself in the dark places of the mind, soul and body. A tree is known by the fruit it bears, what it supports, what it produces, are many producing doubt or suspicion? Does the fruit you produce have spots on a side or two? Have you been lulled into a sense that salvation is permanent and once saved that all is well, look closely what Peter said about the saved;

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