Sunday, December 22, 2013

You Never Have to Walk in Darkness About Anything

Heavy rains hit our area the last two days. This caused our electricity to flicker and finally it was out for a few minutes. When it came back on I had to reset the clock on the range and restart the computer. It was after getting all the other things checked on that I noticed the lowest strand of Christmas tree lights was out. Darkness was all around the bottom of the tree. No ornaments or decorations showed up because no light was shining in those branches. The clock and the computer were an easy fix, but the getting the lights to shine again required more work.

Christmas lights are a great reminder that Jesus is the Light of the World. The word tells us that if we are walking in the light of Jesus we will never have to walk in darkness again.  Simply put that means we can make good decisions based on God’s love and His will.  We won’t have to wonder what to do; we won’t have to feel around in the dark for answers.  We will know because we will look to His Word knowing that He does exactly what He says he will do.

Often we find ourselves caught in the dark and we don’t know where to go or how to move. We might wonder what we should do in a particular situation. We might even wonder how we should celebrate the holidays, respond to criticism, react to rejection or many other things. 

But we don’t have to walk in the dark. We are born again believers who have the Holy Spirit living inside of us. He is our internal light and He always points us to the right decisions.  We don’t have to wonder what to do. When we look at the council of His Word and we follow the light of His presence we are in turn shining His light for others to see. Our enlightened minds and hearts shine out of us like a beacon or like a Christmas tree overloaded with lights. People are drawn like moths to a flame. And we too are drawn, for the Light has dawned in our hearts. 

In the hurry and scurry of the holiday season, if we’re not careful, our light will dim or go out. It’s easy to forget about the reason for the Season and get frustrated in the slow line of traffic or disappointment in the store as we can’t find that perfect gift. You may be experiencing the gloom of hurt, feeling down, or depressed emotions this holiday season. You might even find the holidays a bitter experience as you struggle with turbulent relationships, painful memories, or stressful situations. Caught up in the momentary afflictions, we have a hard time showing Jesus to the world. And yet we are meant to spread the light.

Oh beloved, rejoice in the Light of the World! Rejoice that this light is your reason for celebration, your answer to tribulation, your foundation for abiding joy and your chance to share the Gospel. You are in the Light by divine appropriation. You don’t have to pay for it, you don’t have to work it up, you just abide in Him.  Won’t you take a moment this morning and ask the Lord what He would have you do to spread the Light of Jesus this season? This is an opportune time to shine His light to everyone, whether it’s a kind word or the gift of forgiveness or giving of yourself in some way.  You are His Light and you are destined to live in His favor and blessings. Check a moment to see if you’ve let the light dim and take that to Him. He loves you and He’s for you and that’s why He’s chosen you to plug into Him and be a beacon of Love for the world to see, not just at Christmas but every day of the year.

John 8:12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life

I John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.

1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.

Psalm 96:2 Sing to the Lord; praise His name. Each day proclaim the good news that He saves.

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