Presentation on theme: "WORK WHILE IT IS DAY. Arise and Shine Isa. 60:1-3: 1 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. 2 See, darkness."— Presentation transcript:
WORK WHILE IT IS DAY
Arise and Shine Isa. 60:1-3: 1 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. 2 See, darkness covers the earth and thick [“gross” – KJV ] darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and His glory appears over you. 3 Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.”
Work While It Is Day John 9:4-5: 4 As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
Light Is Getting Brighter, Darkness Is Getting Darker Gross darkness, gloom increasing Widespread spiritual blindness & ignorance (2 Cor. 4:3-4) Perilous times promised (2 Tim. 3:1-5) Greater glory is coming upon God’s Church
Blind to Truth 2 Cor. 4:3-4: 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Terrible Perilous Times Ahead 2 Tim. 3:1: But mark this: There will be terrible [“perilous” – KJV ] times in the last days.
Seven Ominous Storms Facing America ( Seven Ominous Storms Facing America (Charisma article (10/31/12) Judgment for abortion Judgment for homosexuality Global economic crisis Divided America Radical Islam Materialism & hedonism Weakened Church
Light vs. Darkness Gen. 1:1-5: 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
Light vs. Darkness Gen. 1:1-5 (cont): 4 God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening, and there was morning — the first day.
God Made a Distinction Light is “good” (darkness is BAD!) God separated [Heb. badal = “distinguish, put a difference between”] light and darkness – He called them by two distinct names: day and night! Modern culture calls good “evil” and evil “good” (Isa. 5:20)
Cultural Confusion Isa. 5:20: Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
Two Distinct Groups 1 Thess. 5:4-9: 4 But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled.
Two Distinct Groups 1 Thess. 5:4-9 (cont.): 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be self- controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
More Filthy, More Holy Rev. 22:11: He who is unjust, let him be unjust still [Gk. eti = “still, more, further”]; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still." [ NKJV ]
Let Both Grow Together Wicked & righteous will both increase Wheat & weeds grow together Evil men will go from bad to worse (2 Tim. 3:13-14) Wickedness will increase, love of most grow cold (Mat. 24:12) Saints will grow in grace (2 Pet. 3:18) Church will experience ever-increasing glory (2 Cor. 3:18)
Greater Glory Is Coming Upon The Church Hag. 2:6-9: 6 “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. 7 I will shake all nations, and the Desired of All Nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the LORD Almighty.
Greater Glory Is Coming Upon The Church Hag. 2:6-9 (cont): 9 ‘THE GLORY OF THIS PRESENT HOUSE WILL BE GREATER THAN THE GLORY OF THE FORMER HOUSE,’ says the LORD Almighty.
City On A Hill Mat. 5:13-16: 13 You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. 14 You are the light of the world. A CITY ON A HILL CANNOT BE HIDDEN.
City On A Hill Mat. 5:13-16 (cont): 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Be The Aroma Of Christ 2 Cor. 2:14-16: 14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him. 15 For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task?
Harvest Time Mat. 9:36-38: 36 When Jesus saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Work While It Is Day Preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15) Preach the Word, do the work of an evangelist (2 Tim. 4:1-5) Arise and shine for Jesus Grow in grace, get closer to God Let’s go out with a BANG in a final blaze of glory!