11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. Romans 13:11-14.
When the apostle Paul writes that our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed he is referring to the return of Christ for His bride. There is coming a day when the last trumpet shall sound and the bride of Christ shall go to be with Jesus. Our eyes must be focused daily upon the Lord and His return. To put on the Lord Jesus Christ means to abide in Him, to spend time in His presence because when we draw near to the Lord in the place of intimacy we are strengthen and His strength is perfected in our weakness.
We live in a world that is filled with temptations and darkness. The only way to overcome temptation and the darkness that surrounds us is to put on the full armor of God. The armor of God is simply everything we have in Jesus Christ. In Ephesians chapter 6 the apostle Paul writes about the belt of truth, the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes fitted with the gospel of piece, the sword of the Spirit, and praying in the Spirit on all occasions. All of these are found in Jesus Christ. The purpose of our journey with Jesus is not to go through the motions, show up on Sunday morning, and put in our time.
We truly don’t get to know Jesus until we get alone with Him. Sunday morning service is awesome and being part of a local church is something every believer should be apart of because when we come together as the body of Christ the gifts of the Holy Spirit will be manifested if our hearts are open. But we will never get to know the depths of the Lord in a crowd. We have with Him a relationship like we have with anyone else.
If we simply look at the example of a marriage. A strong marriage is one in which it is built upon the foundation of the Lord and both members in that marriage spend intimate time together away from everyone else. Many times what ruins a marriage is when people become so busy in their own lives that they fail to develop deep intimacy with their spouse.
The same can be said in our relationship with Jesus Christ. We can allow the busyness of life to take the place that Jesus deserves. To develop deep intimacy with the Lord requires us to make spending time with Him the priority. If we fail to set aside time each day for prayer and the study of God’s word we will fail to learn to discern the voice and leading of the Lord. And in the day and hour we live in this is crucial for seeing God’s will fulfilled in our lives.
We should never fear the times we live in because if we walk closely and intimately with the Lord He will strengthen us. He will lead and guide us and will give us eyes to see and ears to hear. If you find yourself overcome with fear today I would encourage you to spend time alone with the Lord in prayer and in His word. It is amazing the impact spending time in God’s presence. God bless you as you continue to walk and grow with Jesus Christ.