Awake to righteousness: Sin no more
The rate at which people are committing sin nowadays is like asking God what can He do, if He is disobeyed. Even the blind would attest that evil is now the order of the day. There are abominations in high and low places; there is no more sacred place. The whole place is putrefying and disgusting, whether in schools, offices, markets or homes, the devil and his agents have shown that the world belongs to them. The children of men seem to have surrendered to the government of the devil and sorrowfully, many that called themselves God’s children, have joined the bandwagon of evil and are daily sinking in sin and not looking back.
Seeing the situation, the Lord is imploring us for the umpteenth time to awake to righteousness and sin no more, so as to escape from the imminent destruction that is to come. This warning must not be brushed aside. We must make haste to break out from the tradition of wicked men, the corruption that has pervaded our society, the dominion of sin and fascinations of Satan; otherwise it shall be our ruin.
1 Cor. 15:34 says, “Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.”
This is a spiritual caveat. We must understand that we are surrounded by dangers, and by those ever ready to lead us into error and vices. Therefore, we must awake and exercise constant vigilance, as the children and friends of God expecting a blessed resurrection. Let the certainty of retribution arouse us to duty, and restrain us from sin. And let nobody belittle God’s warning, His wrath and eternity, for it is a foolish thing to lean on a broken reed.
Beloved, let us make no mistake by departing from the truth and holiness, or allow ourselves embrace a doctrine, which is not only erroneous, but has the tendency to lead us into sin. For, if we suffer ourselves to embrace the doctrine, which is a denial of the resurrection, the effect would be that we would fall into sin. Therefore, let no profit tempt you, no pleasure entice you, no power emboldens you, no privacy encourages you to do that, which will bring you face-to-face with God’s wrath.
God wants to recover many people in this generation and thus has brought this message to keep us awake to righteousness. If you are one of those not decided to abandon these chariots of evildoers that have polluted the world, I want you to understand that you cannot escape God’s wrath except you repent. If you don’t repent now, your refusal will lead to the destruction of both your body and soul.
Rev. 3:3 says, “Remember, therefore, how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If, therefore, thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.”
It is possible that many would not regard the warning to awake to righteousness and repent from sin, as they would presume nothing will happen, if they refused to give heed to it. But this is often the way in which God comes to men in His heavy judgments. He will admonish us of what must be the consequences of a course of sin, and warns us to turn from it. But when sinners refuse to attend to His warning, and still walk in evil’s way, He comes suddenly, and cuts them down.
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