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Now is the day

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I. Introduction

Colossians 3:5–7 KJV 1900
5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
2 Corinthians 6:2 KJV 1900
2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
Colossians 3:5–17 KJV 1900
5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. 8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Colossians 3:12 KJV 1900
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
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I chose these two versus because they are a stark contrast between that which is of sin and that which is of God.
It contrasts that which is the product of this and that which is the world to come
It necessitates a decision - who are you? Are you of the children of disobedience or are you a son of God?
Are you of the world or are you of the Kingdom?

Here, I want to make a distinction between religion and being born again.

John 3:1–10 KJV 1900
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. 9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? 10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
John 3:1
I ask you are born again?
Today’s world has made it seem that going to church, reading you Bible, believing in God, are salvation and they most certainly are not. They may be the fruit of salvation, but not salvation itself. These things will not result in a new birth.
Today I want to focus on one key aspect of being born again.
What drives a man to his knees at the Cross of Christ?
What can compel a normal man to realize that he is lost and needs to be born again?
SIN
2 Corinthians 7:10 KJV 1900
10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
2 Corinthians 7:9–10 KJV 1900
9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. 10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
Godly sorrow is sorrow over what you are, as JOB laments:
Job 42:6 KJV 1900
6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent In dust and ashes.
Job 42:6 KJV 1900
6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent In dust and ashes.
Isaiah 6:5 KJV 1900
5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.
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There is sorrow over who you are: a sinner who has recognized the Holy King Jesus Christ
It is in contrast to what Christ is that we realize who we are without Christ
2 Corinthians 7:10 KJV 1900
10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
"Sorrow of the world” is sorrow for what you have done.
Job 42:6 KJV 1900
6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent In dust and ashes.
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Exodus 9:27 KJV 1900
27 And Pharaoh sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them, I have sinned this time: the Lord is righteous, and I and my people are wicked.
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There is a contrast, a realization, that there is a Holy and righteous God and we are a weak and sinful
Sin is the recognition of who and what we are are without Christ which is dead in our sins.
John 8:24 KJV 1900
24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
Romans 6:23 KJV 1900
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Do you see the constant contrast: in and of ourselves we are dead to sin, but alive in Christ.
However, without recognition of sin, you cannot be born again.
Sorrow over sin is the conviction of the Holy Spirit showing us that we are dead in our sins and need saving.
If you have never confronted your own sin and need for Christ - then I implore you to do so today.
2 Corinthians 6:2 KJV 1900
2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
Salvation is not a better life, or better health, or not being lonely, but being SAVED FROM YOUR SIN
Without recognition of sin there can be no recognition of the need to be saved
Listen carefully: Are you a sinner?
I dare say there a great many people who believe that they can get to heaven simply believing the proposition that Christ is the Son of God.
Luke 4:34 KJV 1900
34 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God.
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Even the devils know and declare that Christ is the Messiah and the Holy One
Knowledge - is not salvation
Salvation is a relationship with the King, it is being born of God through Jesus Christ because you were driven to repentance by the weight and knowledge of your sin and the need for the saving blood of Christ - or HELL.
So I say again, salvation is to be saved from something and that something is sin
Have you confronted your own sin and need for salvation?

I end with poem and question: Have you confronted your own sin and taken it to the cross:

Joshua 24:14 KJV 1900
14 Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord.
Joshua 24:15 KJV 1900
15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Joshua 24:14 KJV 1900
14 Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord.

Introduction

Josh 24:15
I want to focus on two words. “This day.”
I want to focus on two words in partia
This day you must choose
There is “the day”

Choose this day to be content

Our key verse is in Philippians - which state unequivocally, that to be content is a choice
Was there a day?
Let that sink in - was there a day, was there an hour, was there a moment that radically changed your life forever?
Can you point to the most important day in your life and say - yep, that’s the day
Just take a moment and remember that day. Who was with you? How old were you?
Philippians 4:11–13 KJV 1900
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
The Cross
If the day is not about you - then what is it about?
In evil long I took delight, Unawed by shame or fear, Till a new object struck my sight, And stopped my wild career.
I saw One hanging on a tree, In agonies and blood; He fixed His languid eyes on me, As near His cross I stood.
Sure never till my latest breath, Shall I forget that look! It seemed to charge me with His death, Though not a word He spoke.
A second look He gave, which said, "I freely all forgive; This blood is for thy ransom paid; I die that thou mayest live."
Thus while His death my sin displays In all its blackest hue, Such is the mystery of grace, It seals my pardon too!
—John Newton
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