Sons of the Night, Sons of the Day

1 Thes 5;7

Unbelievers are in darkness, engulfed in mental, moral, and spiritual darkness because of sin and unbelief.

1 Thes 5;5a

Believers live in a completely different sphere of life than those who remain in darkness.  Because believers have been delivered from the domain of darkness, they are taken out of the night of sin and ignorance and put into the light of God and under the control of the truth.  Because Christians are in the light, they should not sleep in spiritual indifference and comfort, but be alert to the spiritual issues around them.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 1 Thessalonians 5:4,5,6.



-On the narrow road-

Wouldn’t it be great if it were easy to do God’s will?  But sometimes it seems as if a mountain stands between us and what we’ve been called to do.  How many stories are there in the Bible that provide encouragement to us?  Stories about very difficult situations, many times with limited resources, where faith in God provided the means for victory?  There are many.

We are to face our God-given tasks in the power of the Holy Spirit, not in our own strength and energy.  The Lord’s work can never be done in human strength.  His indwelling Spirit must empower us with the wisdom and energy to accomplish His will in our lives.

When God calls us to a task, He assumes the responsibility for removing any hindrances.  What seems like Mount Kilimanjaro is a mere anthill for the Lord.  When we’re tempted to give up, it’s time to look up, see the obstacle through His eyes, and trust Him.

-Trusting in your strength is NOT trusting in God.

-Dwelling on your own inadequacy leads to discouragement.

-Focusing on the Lord gives hope and the strength to persevere.  Which is what He wants all of us to do-PERSEVERE.

Keep your eyes on Him.  Don’t look around.  Stop wavering.

Keeping our eyes on Jesus,

the source and perfecter of our faith,

who for the joy that lay before Him 

endured a cross and despised the shame,

and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne.

Hebrews 12:2




Commentary from Charles Stanley, In Touch devotional, Oct. 24.

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