Spread the Light!

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1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

We have the amazing privilege to proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light! We are chosen by Him, made a part of the royal priesthood, declared holy as Christians, and have been designated as people of God’s own possession. What a wonderful opportunity the Lord has given us!

But what do we tell?

Are we proclaiming Jesus and how amazing He is? Or are we proclaiming how hard our circumstances are?

And if our circumstances are hard, do we still proclaim that God is good and that darkness will not overtake us? God has called us to share His gospel and bring His light to a dark world. That is His plan! And it is going to move forward.

And we have been called to declare it! Won’t you do your part in sharing this excellent news? Spread the light, dear Christian, spread the light!

And there you go!

Taking Time to Rest

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Psalm 23:2b says, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures".

When writing this, I am resting in quietness in a screened-in patio in Florida. Outside is green grass and plant life of all kinds. The grass is prickly, not soft and smooth as some sodded yards in Missouri or for that matter, on the golf courses in Florida.

But I still feel like I am relaxing. Lying down in calmness with my Shepherd to guide me as I rest tranquilly. Without one care in the world.

My mind needs rest, and yet I hurry a lot. Not thinking on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, of good report or what is of virtue or praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). Instead, I think on what is imperative and urgent. And God just wants me to lie down in green pastures and let Him have all my cares. Depending on Him and not worrying about what is coming next.

What a difference it would make to a lost and dying world if they just saw us resting and confidently trusting in our good Shepherd, no matter what!

Now I am not saying let’s get lazy and not work. But let’s slow down and see what God truly has for us today! We might be missing life in the green pasture if we don’t take the time to lie down, allowing the Lord provide for our every need.

And there you go!

Transformation

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Romans 12:2 says, Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Letting God transform your mind is no small thing. It requires ridding yourself of your own thoughts and taking EVERY thought captive. Literally surrendering EVERY thought to Christ, and then taking on Christ’s thoughts as revealed in God’s Word.

It’s a process to know, understand, then DO God’s will. Renewing your mind is not easy, but so worth it. With a transformed mind comes unspeakable joy and the glory of God. Oh the half has never yet been told!

Renew our minds please, Father, that we may be transformed to do only Your will in Your time and in Your way!

And there you go.

Beautiful Feet?

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Romans 10:15 says, And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Now, I don’t know about you, but are feet really beautiful?

My granddaughter, Adali, has beautiful chubby baby feet! I’m sure you’d think so, too. And I’ve seen women with long lean feet that are truly lovely. But I’m not sure I’d call most feet…beautiful. However, just having feet to walk on is certainly a blessing! And more importantly, God says they are beautiful when they bring good news!

The good news Paul is talking about in this scripture is the gospel. The wonderful news of what the Son of God has done for all the world. This news proclaims that though you are a sinner, the Savior, Jesus Christ, has died as your substitute on the cross and will live in you forever through His Holy Spirit. You only need to confess your sin to Him and turn away from it, believing that He died and rose again for you. Then, He will live His life through you, so you too can have beautiful feet to share His good news with others! So please start walking with Him today in your first steps of faith!

And there you go!

Jesus Came

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Philippians 2:8 says, “rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness”

Jesus humbled himself and came to die on the cross to save us from our sins. Today let’s think about the identity of Jesus. Fully God and fully man, he grew in his mother’s womb. All that power and majesty enclosed in such a small, dark, damp space, just to be born and die for all of us. Wow! And how did he do this, you may ask? Because he knew who he was.

Christine Caine tells a story about her daughter, Catherine Barbie. Every night from birth on, her daddy prayed over her and said, “Catherine Barbie, you are intelligent. You are beautiful. You can be anything you want to be.” On her first day of kindergarten, a boy took her teddy bear and said, “You are dumb and ugly.” Catherine Barbie squared back her shoulders and proclaimed “No, I’m not. Because my daddy says I am smart and beautiful.” Oh yes, Jesus did what he did because his daddy was with him and told him who he was. No one could convince him otherwise because his daddy said.

Do you know that your heavenly daddy, God Almighty, says that about you, too? If you are his, your identity is in Christ. You are smart and beautiful and loved. No matter what anyone else says or does to you.

And there you go!

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