A snippet from a sermon of Dr. Adrian Rogers.
Also, the comparison Micah uses of Thess5:4 to Romans 13:11 is good.
A Day of Surrounding Darkness
“But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation” (1 Thessalonians 5:4-8).
Paul is talking about the kind of moral darkness we are experiencing today. Paul says the world is asleep in this darkness and if not asleep, then drunk. For we know today the depth of depravity is everywhere—the music, movies, magazines, the Internet and so much more.
But be encouraged! God has a plan for His people in this day of darkness and Paul tells us three things which characterize the Christian in this surrounding darkness.
• Be aware. We don’t have to go around with headline hysteria. We can put the Word of God next to today’s newspapers and declare that we know what the world is coming to—it’s coming to Jesus! The only hope of this poor sin-cursed world is the second coming of Jesus Christ.
• Be awake. The stage is rapidly being set for the drama of the ages. We are not to put on a white robe and go up on a mountaintop and wait for Him. We are to occupy until He comes. God’s alarm clock is going off for us to wake up, get up, dress up, go out, and stand up for the Lord Jesus Christ!
• Be alert. With the breastplate of faith and love, guard your heart, and with the helmet of salvation, guard your head. We need to get a bulldog grip of faith on the unshakable, inerrant, infallible Word of God. And learn to love the Lord, the brethren, and the lost.