Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Living in the dynamic spiritual life will increase your love, prayers, and fellowship with God.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
William Bramwell is famous in the Methodist church for spending as much as four hours a day in prayer.
Sir Henry Havelock from England would habitually spend the first two hours of each day alone with God.
Martin Luther professed that he couldn’t get everything done in one day unless he first prayed that morning for three hours.
Then there was John Wesley, who regularly got up at 4 am to pray.
David Brainerd, an eighteenth-century missionary, wrote that he once prayed prostrate on the winter ground for so long that he melted the snow around him.
Verse 5 = Operation Light or living in the light is living the dynamic spiritual life is God’s plan for the Church Age.
As His personal representative you are here for the purpose of glorifying Him through the witness of your life, the witness of your lips, and through the execution of PPOG which results in living the dynamic spiritual life.
“Sons of day” = right now in the day of the Lord Jesus Christ which is the Church Age."We are not of night nor of darkness” = the Thessalonians thought that they were in the Tribulation period.
He has provided everything we need in order to glorify Him in time. So it is fitting that verses 6-8 cover the subject of opportunity for service.
Sleep is used in the sense of lacking awareness of what is going on around one; therefore, in this case, lack of awareness of what the Bible teaches. If sleeping is ignorance of doctrine, then alertness is understanding doctrine and applying it to experience.
If we are ever going to be effective in living in the light, we must have an understanding of doctrine which makes us alert and aware of what is going on around us.
There are Christians who never have enough doctrine and they never know what is going on around them or anywhere else.
“To be sober” - this is not connected with intoxication but it has to do with stability of mind = “Be stabilized in your mental attitude.”
“Be sober” has to do with what you think;
“be alert” has to do with application of what you know to your experience.
It is a reference to the Tribulation period in contrast to the Church Age which is operation light.
The Church Age is operation light, and then it is going to be followed by the Tribulation period, a period of darkness on the earth.
The Church does not go through the Tribulation period, and consequently we must orient ourselves to our own dispensation.
There is the darkness of ignorance.
Just as darkness connotes the Tribulation period, the future dispensation, so wrath does as well. We are not appointed to wrath or the Tribulation period which is known as the time of God’s wrath, REV 6:17.
It doesn’t make any difference whether you are awake or asleep; when the Rapture takes place, all believers are going to be removed from the earth.
Our hope of deliverance is meeting Christ in the air.
Another facet of living in the light or living as a Spirit-filled believer is recognition of leadership and authority.
We are commanded to keep on having inner happiness - present tense: habitual; imperative mood: an order; active voice: subject produces the action of the verb - believer.
Prayer - proschumai = an ongoing, communal attitude and behavior influenced by prayer.
Psalm 1 - 6 verses;
Psa 8 - 9 verses;
Psa 23 - 6 verses;
Psa 100 - 5 verses.
We also need to remember that there is difference between the protocol of prayer and fellowship with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
1CO 1:9 God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
2CO 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
1JO 1:3 What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, that you also may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.
Eventually, in getting to know the Lord and getting to know the Father and the Spirit through the Lord, you may find that your prayer life and friendship with God is getting richer and richer. The point is to enjoy living the dynamic spiritual life.
You will become more concerned about the people you meet and develop a more sensitive heart to the Holy Spirit’s promptings.
We are to have fellowship with the Son, 1JO 1:3.
How can we have fellowship with TLJC, which clearly indicates being in a relationship with Him, but not ask Him for anything?
After His ascension, the disciples prayed to TLJC about choosing a replacement for Judas.
2CO 12:8-9 Concerning this I entreated the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
REV 22:20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.