Living In The Light

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Luke 1:78, 79 “Through the tender mercy of our God, With which the Dayspring form on high has visited us; To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace.”

 

Light verses darkness; we see it throughout the Bible when talking about the purpose of Jesus Christ coming into our world to deliver us from the sin that separates us from God. In these two verses Jesus is referred to as the Dayspring from on high. Jesus came to earth to be born as a baby, to walk this earth showing us the heart of the Father, and to die to bridge the gap that sin causes between God and man. He is our light in the darkness; our peace that reconciles us back to the Father. What does it mean to sit in darkness?

 

Darkness – Greek word skotos – The word is used literally for physical darkness and metaphorically for spiritual, moral, and intellectual darkness. The darkness arises from error, ignorance, disobedience, willful blindness, and rebellion. Darkness is an evil system absolutely opposed to the light.

 

It is said that before a person is born again, or brought into the light, that one of the ways that Satan uses to keep them from coming to the knowledge of needing Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is through hanging a veil over their minds that blinds them so that the light of the gospel of the glory of Jesus Christ can’t shine on them. (2 Corinthians 4:3,4) We often pray for the lost that the blinders will be taken down off their minds so they can see the great love that God has shown them through the crucifixion of Jesus Christ for their salvation. The Bible records that when a person is born again they are “delivered from the power of darkness and conveyed” into the kingdom of the Son of God. So the person who receives Jesus as Savior and Lord is no longer under the power of darkness because when he accepts Jesus as Savior and Lord he is translated into the light that comes through salvation in Christ Jesus.

 

But what about life after being born again? Can a person who is now a resident of the kingdom of light, of God, still walk in the darkness? Even though God has broken the power of darkness over us when we choose to willingly sin we give darkness a right to hide in our hearts.

 

1 John 1:5-9 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

We often hear 1 John 1:9 quoted when a person is admonished to confess their sins to the Lord for salvation, but this scripture is clearly written to believers as later in the book in 1 John 5:13 he states that he has written these things to those who believe in the name of of the Son of God that they might know that they have eternal life. So it is possible in a believer’s life for sin to hide in our hearts and not be fully exposed until at some point in time when God takes a person through a time of soul searching to be freed from a bondage or stronghold that sin has created. Inner healing comes as we allow God to shine His light into our hearts to expose the darkness that hides within us. In God there is no darkness at all, so when we confess our sin to Him it is exposed to the light and driven out. Light dispels darkness. The brighter the light the stronger it shines into the recesses of our hearts and the more darkness is exposed and driven out. The Psalmist prayed in Psalm 139:23, 24 that God would search his heart and see if there was any wicked way in him. As we walk in the light the prayer of our heart should be that God would shine His light in our hearts to reveal any darkness that might be there so we can be cleansed and forgiven.

 

I recently finished one of my college courses on the Father Heart of God. It was a course about understanding the love of God and living “fully loved” through receiving His unconditional love for us. There are many things that hinder a person from being able to receive God’s unconditional love. Things that have happened to us in our past sometimes causes us to build up walls of protection to keep us from being hurt again. Those walls create an alienation from both God and man. When the light of God’s love is shown in our hearts those hurts are exposed to the light and driven out. When we choose to not forgive people for the hurtful actions they have done that have created the need for these walls of protection it creates a sinful dark place in our hearts. It is as we confess these things to our loving heavenly Father that His light can shine on the sin that’s in our hearts and drive it out setting us free from the bondage that we have been under. What we think we have done to keep from being hurt once again really has created a distancing between us and the Father who wants to freely pour out His love on us but the barrier hinders us from receiving. Even though we may have had no control at all over the things that have been done to us if our response creates unforgiveness to the offender then we are at fault as well. It is that sin in the heart that causes us to walk in darkness, even as a believer. Confessing the sin to God and then forgiving the offender releases us from the darkness and sets us free to receive God’s love.

 

Romans 12-14 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. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

 

The works of darkness are cast off as we choose to not allow the hurts of the past to hold us in darkness. We must choose to repent of the sin that has come into our hearts through offense, hurtful words, and unkind treatment. Walking in the light of Jesus Christ then becomes an armor of protection. Sin keeps us chained to darkness, but acknowledging and confessing our sin to the Father sets us free to receive all that God has for us. Freedom comes when the deeds of darkness are exposed to the light.

 

Are you living in the light of God? Is there unconfessed sin in your heart that is keeping you from receiving God’s love in its fullness? Healing can’t come until you acknowledge that you need healing. A lost person cannot be saved until they recognize that they are lost and in need of a Savior. That is the first step to being healed of the hurts of your past. The next thing is that those negative feelings must be confessed to God in order to be brought out into the open. Then forgiveness needs to be extended to the one who has hurt you. Once you have forgiven the channel is opened for you to fully receive God’s love. Once you have received His love it is important that you secure that healing through believing God’s thoughts about you. He loves you unconditionally and you are made in His likeness and image. In Psalm 139 it says that you are fearfully and wonderfully made and His thoughts of you are more than the sand. Isaiah the prophet says in Isaiah 49:16 that God cares so much about you that He has inscribed you on the palms of His hands. Your walls, or your life, is continually before Him. And Jeremiah 29:11 says that God has a good plan for your life, to give you welfare instead of calamity, a life filled with a hopeful future. God loves YOU! Thinking God’s thoughts about you helps you to live in the light so the darkness has no place in you. The last step in being set free from the darkness that a wounded past has brought is that you not only need to think God’s thoughts about you but you must endure. When the enemy tries to bring back the offense, and he will, it is only you that can endure the fight to win. Stand strong in the freedom that you have received in Christ Jesus. As you endure and fight the good fight of faith the enemy’s attacks against you will decrease and the light of God’s love will shine brighter and brighter. Don’t give in to his pressure; continue to live in the light.

 

Father, I thank You that in confessing our sin to You we are set free from the darkness that tries to envelop our hearts. Thank You for providing a way for us to live in the light of Your love through exposing the dark things that try to hide in our hearts. Father, I pray for those this morning who are struggling with injustices that have been done to them throughout their lives. Father, I pray that You will reveal to them the need for confession of those things and their reaction to them that has created a place for darkness to hide in their hearts. Father, shine Your light of love into their hearts and show them what needs to be confessed to You so they can receive freedom. For those who don’t know You, I pray that the blinders that have been hung over their minds that have blinded them will be torn down so they can see the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ and come to salvation. For those who are born again but having difficulty dealing with hurts and the pain of their past, I pray that You will draw them to You and show them that they can be free from the pain and injustice through allowing You to cleanse their hearts and apply Your love to their wounds. Give them the courage to face the offender and set themselves free through forgiveness for freedom comes as they are cut loose from the offense. Thank You, Father, for hearing and answering my prayer that is offered up in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

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Walking In The Light

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“I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.” John 12:46

 

Jesus spoke these words just before He was crucified. John records them as well as giving his description of Jesus coming as a man to dwell among us as the true Light that gives light to every man in John 1:9-12 The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was gong to come into the world. But although the world was made through him, the world didn’t recognize him when he came. Even in his own land and among his own people, he was not accepted. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.

 

What does it mean that if we believe in Him we will not abide in darkness? Well, we can better understand that if we look at the biblical definition of darkness.

 

Darkness – Greek word scotia – means darkness, gloom, evil, sin, obscurity, night, ignorance, moral depravity. The New Testament especially uses the word in a metaphorical sense of ignorance of divine truth, man’s sinful nature, total absence of light, and a lack of spiritual perception. Scotia as spiritual darkness basically describes everything earthly or demonic that is at enmity with God.

 

In looking at that definition we see that darkness in a biblical sense refers to man’s inability to live above his sinful nature without living in the light that Jesus Christ offers. Abiding or dwelling in relationship with Jesus Christ through accepting Him as your personal Lord and Savior opens your heart to His light, His illumination, His truth and ways. His light floods your soul with spiritual perception of who He is to you, what He has come to give you through His crucifixion on the cross for your sins, and the life that He wants you to live with Him at the center to lead, guide and direct you.

 

1 John 1:5-9 NLT This is the message he has given us to announce to you: God is light and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness. We are not living in the truth. But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ is, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin. If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every sin.

 

Walking in the Light has a beginning and that is accepting Jesus as your own personal Lord and Savior. Many people believe that if you mentally believe in God that you are okay with Him, but the word tells us it takes more than a simple mental assertion that God is God because even the demons believe and tremble.

 

James 2:19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble.

 

They believe that God really is God! But mental assent is not heart belief. Heart belief is tied to trust. To believe, by biblical definition, means that you place your trust in God for your salvation from sin and all the other benefits that salvation provides. This morning we will simply talk about walking in the Light for salvation from sin. This is the initial trust that a person needs to begin a relationship with Jesus Christ so he can walk in the Light and be forgiven of his sin. This is the essential first step to living above sin and all that the sinful nature brings out in a person’s heart.

BElieve

Believe – Greek word – pisteuo – means to trust in, have faith in, be fully convinced of, acknowledge, rely on. This word expresses reliance upon and a personal trust that produces obedience. It includes submission and a positive confession of the lordship of Jesus.

 

So we see from the biblical definition of “believe” that it is not just a mental assent of who God is, but that it goes much further into trusting Him to be who He is to you, personally. That trust begins in the heart by placing your faith in Him by confessing Him to be your Lord and Savior. We gain further understanding of that by looking at what the scripture says in Romans 10:6-10 NLT:

 

For Moses wrote that the law’s way of making a person right with God requires obedience to all of its commands. But the way of getting right with God through faith says, “You don’t need to go to heaven” (to find Christ and bring him down to help you). And it says, “You don’t need to go to the place of the dead” (to bring Christ back to life again). Salvation that comes from trusting Christ – which is the message we preach – is already within easy reach. In fact, the Scriptures say, “The message is close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart.” For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.

 

Mental assent simply understands that God is God, but heart belief recognizes personally that He needs to be accepted into your heart and confession by the mouth is necessary to secure personal salvation. Walking in the Light for salvation means that you place your trust in Jesus Christ for your forgiveness from sin and confess Him as being personally crucified for you to be your own personal Lord and Savior. The seal is confessing that personal trust with your mouth.

 

Romans 10:13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”

 

You might think that you can be saved by going to church regularly or doing good deeds, but according to the word of God we are all sinners by birth and by nature. We all start off on the same level playing field. No one of us is any better than the other when it comes to beginning our walk in the Light. And in order to receive God’s gift of salvation we must do it His way. Our works of righteousness cannot cleanse the sin that courses through our veins through mankind’s bloodline. Sin’s only antidote is the blood of Jesus that cleanses sin and its effects on man.

 

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

 

Sin came into our lives through the bloodline that we have from our first earthly father, Adam.

 

Romans 5:12 NLT When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.

 

But Jesus’s blood brings life and freedom from the curse of sin that we couldn’t avoid or wash away through our own works of righteousness. The only antidote for the death that sin brings is the blood of Jesus.

 

Romans 5:8, 9 NLT But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s judgment.

 

We are saved through the blood of Jesus and applying that blood to our own sin through believing that God sent Jesus to die for us personally and then confessing Him as our own personal Lord and Savior. It’s so simple and yet many do not know that the way of salvation is through Him and Him alone.

 

Jesus is the only name under heaven by which a man can be saved. (Acts 4:12)

 

Have you placed your trust in Jesus for your eternal destiny? Have you asked Him to come into your heart to be your own personal Lord and Savior? That’s the beginning step to walking in the Light. In my next blog we will talk about living in the Light. But before you can live and abide in the Light you must receive Jesus as the true Light and place your trust in Him for salvation.

 

Father, I pray for those today who have not received Jesus as their own personal Lord and Savior. I pray that You will tear down the blinders off their minds so they can see Him as the Light of the world and receive Him as Savior and Lord. I pray that You will illumine their hearts and minds to the sin that is theirs through the bloodline of mankind and that they will receive the antidote for that sin, the blood of Jesus that washes them clean and gives them a place in the family of God. Father, show them the truth of Your word that leads them to Jesus as the Savior that You provided to set them free from sin and it’s effects upon their lives. Draw them by Your Spirit to Yourself and give them salvation. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

If you have never received Jesus as your own personal Lord and Savior that is where you must begin your walk with Him. The light that He gives for all of life begins with a personal relationship with Jesus. Won’t you pray right now and ask Him into your heart?

 

Father, I come before You recognizing that I need Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior. I see now that I am a sinner by birth and the only freedom from that sin is through the blood of Jesus. I ask You to forgive me from my sin, to come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and to be my own personal Savior and Lord. I believe that You, Father, gave Jesus to die for me personally and I receive His salvation into my heart right now as I pray. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is my Lord and I thank You for saving me and for living within my heart. From this moment on I will live for You. I will walk with You in the light that You provide for my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

Light Dispels The Darkness

 

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Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. “Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

I am so excited about living in the last days before Jesus’ return! The book of Acts tells us that those who live in the last days will see the great outpouring of the Spirit upon all flesh that God will use to bring in a mighty harvest of salvation! Yesterday at church we heard two prophecies at two different times in the church through two different people, but both spoke the same word. It confirmed to me that God is moving forward with His plan to usher in the last days harvest. Both of the prophecies spoke of this portion of Scripture in Matthew 5 where Jesus spoke of His people being the light of the world. He also cautioned us to not be fearful about seeing the great darkness that would be increasing in the world, because the darker the world becomes the greater would be the light of His people, His church. Light shines the brightest in the darkest night.

Isaiah prophesied to Israel that they would be a great light in the darkness in Isaiah 60. God’s people always shine forth as lights in the darkness because Jesus is the Light and He lives within His people.

Isaiah 60:1-5 Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising. “Lift up your eyes all around, and see; They all gather together, they come to you; Your sons shall come from afar, And your daughters shall be nursed at your side. Then you shall see and become radiant, And your heart shall swell with joy; Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.

Have you ever looked at an outside light in the night when it is dark and seen the multitude of bugs that have been drawn to the light? That’s a great illustration of how the people will be drawn to the Light of Jesus residing in the believers in the last days. As the darkness grows darker, the light will become brighter. The glory of the Lord is resting upon His people and as the world becomes more pressured through the challenges of life there will be a more noticeable difference between those who know the Lord and those who don’t. That word for glory in Isaiah 60:1 is the Hebrew word chabod.

Chabod – glory – means weightiness; that which is substantial or heavy; glory, honor, splendor, power, wealth, authority, magnificence, fame, dignity, riches, and excellency.

The glory of the Lord upon believers that will distinguish them from others is going to be His favor to succeed in difficult times. It will be obvious to the unbelievers that there is something different about you. No matter how difficult life becomes, you as a believer in Christ Jesus, will always come out on top. Yes, there will be persecutions, but even in those times when we’re persecuted there will be an obvious peace about us. People will be drawn to the wisdom of the believers and God will use that wisdom to direct others to them so they can share His love with them. God will use that to influence them to be saved. He is going to pour out His Spirit upon all flesh as He said in Acts 2. When that happens believers will be prophesying, receiving divine direction through dreams and visions and there will be great manifestations of the glory of God in the extreme darkness. We are seeing that happen even now as there becomes a more noticeable difference between the believer and the unbeliever in this day and age.

When God brought the children of Israel out of Egypt, which means the house of bondage, one of the plagues that he brought upon the Egyptians was darkness. Exodus 10:21 said the the darkness was all over the land of Egypt, darkness which could even be felt. It was thick darkness over all the land except for in the houses of the Israelites.

Exodus 10:22, 23 So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days. The did not see one another; nor did anyone rise from his place for three days. But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.

God’s light shines in the lives of His people. There was a noticeable difference between the children of God, the Israelites, and the Egyptians. There will be a noticeable difference in the lives of the believers as we enter into the last days as well. The Light will shine forth into the darkness!

I am excited to be a part of the last days’ outpouring. I know that I have been placed here in this day and age for such a time as this. How about you?

Father, I thank You that even in the darkness the light of Your love and life shines through the believers. I thank You for what You are doing in our lives today. You are moving and showing us that even though we see the great darkness increasing around us there is still hope because You are still working in the lives of people today! Thank You for including me in this outpouring of Your Spirit. I am excited, Lord, for all that You are doing in, around and through me at this very important stage in my life.

 

Father, I pray for those who don’t know You this morning. I ask that You would cause them to see the difference in the believers around them. I pray that they will be drawn to the Light that lives within those who know You as Savior and Lord. I pray that You will cause them to desire what the believers have. I ask You, Lord, to bring them to salvation before it’s too late. Father, open the blinded eyes to see the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ so they can be saved. Pull down the veil of deception that Satan has hung over their minds that blinded them so they couldn’t see the Light of Jesus around them. Show them Your great salvation and continue to draw them by Your Spirit to the saving knowledge of Jesus. Thank You, Father, for hearing and answering my prayer. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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