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!

Open Your Eyes

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2 Kings 6:17 says, “And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”

The prophet, Elisha, prayed to God for his servant’s eyes to be open so he could see that the Lord was ready to take on the battle before them. This is my prayer for you today.

Are you overwhelmed with your circumstances? I pray God will open your eyes so you see His hand at work in your situation.

Feeling depressed and defeated? I pray God will open your eyes to His hope and unfailing love.

Are you discouraged? Perhaps bound by sin or unable to forgive yourself or others? I pray God will open your eyes to the healing that He alone makes available to you.

Oh my friends, look up! Lift up your head! Our redemption is drawing near (Luke 21:28b). If we will only let God open our eyes.

And there you go!

What Do You Treasure?

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Luke 12:34 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

I treasure Jesus most of all. I feel certain you would say that too, if asked. But sometimes we treasure what we think will make us happy. I treasure things such as:

  • My kids’ safety 

  • My heart’s desires

  • My wants for the future

  • My accomplishments of the past

But what if these were taken from me? Would I still treasure Jesus the most?

Jesus is my boss and He is your boss also if you know Him as Savior. He is a great boss because He cares about our children, our desires, wants and accomplishments.

Our God cares for each of us and wants what is best for us, our life and the lives of those we love. In fact, He loves them more than we do. Granted, it may be difficult to understand how He works sometimes, but we can be sure He can be trusted with everything.

Let the words of this hymn be your prayer today.

I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold;
I’d rather be His than have riches untold;
I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands;
I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hand
Than to be the king of a vast domain
Or be held in sin’s dread sway;
I’d rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.

For where our treasure is, there will our hearts be also. 

And there you go!

A Clean Heart

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Psalm 51:10 says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.”

These words were penned by King David when he had sinned with Bathsheba, and Nathan, the prophet, confronted the king with his sin.

I often wonder if Christians see conviction and repentance as negative in today’s word. Sin is not much fun to talk about, let alone confess. We certainly would not want a trusted brother or sister to confront us with it. Why that would be judgmental, wouldn’t it?

But no, my friends. It is not a negative to face our sin, repent of it through confession, then turn from it and be forgiven. And a brother or sister in Christ pointing it out should be seen as a loving act.

Several years ago, one of my children did not want to wait for the walk sign at a busy intersection. She darted out right in front of a moving car. I caught her by the arm, pulling so hard I pulled her arm out of socket. She narrowly escaped being hit. Why would I do something that caused my child pain? Because I love her! I am sorry her arm was hurt, but her actions could have completely destroyed her!

That is what sin can do to you and me. Our response must be like David’s. We need to see it through God’s eyes and turn from it. Then we can have a clean heart and a renewed walk with God! How about let’s start the day out in just this way?

And there you go!

Too Fantastic for Words

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Psalm 23:6a says, “and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

What fabulous news! Praise God! We will live with Him forever!

Jesus assures us in John 14:2-3, “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

Scripture teaches that these ‘many rooms’ are places Jesus prepares just for us. I am certain they are beautiful. I have often thought that mine has a rocking chair, and it is a beautiful shade of purple.

You see, I have three babies who went ahead of me, and I plan to rock them there. As you probably already guessed, purple is my favorite color. I bet its hue is fabulous in heaven.

What about you? What will your heavenly home look like? Imagine it as you go throughout your day.

All of us who are believers in Christ will be dwelling in our Father’s house in rooms too fantastic for words. Are you ready?

And there you go!

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