Posts Tagged ‘Light

19
Jul
19

Out Of The Darkness

Have you ever lost power in the middle of the night? It’s kind of scary, isn’t it? When things are pitch black and you can’t see anything, it is hard to move around to find a flashlight or a candle. Every follower of Christ has been in spiritual darkness at one point in their lives. Peter wrote in 1 Peter 2:9 (NLT):

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

We are no longer in the darkness because God called to us and brought us out of it. We belong to God. Instead of using this as a source of pride, we are to help others see the light. Instead of looking down on those lost in the darkness, we should love them into the light. Jesus is waiting for people to come to Him. He is calling to them to leave the darkness and find new life in Him. Who can you lead to the light this week? Is there someone you know who is stumbling in the darkness? Start by praying for an opportunity to share God’s love with them so that you can point them to the light.

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24
Sep
18

I’m Gonna Let It Shine

The world is a very dark place and it only seems to be getting darker. Who will shine the light of Jesus’ love in this darkness? Jesus said that that is the job of His followers. He said:

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)

Don’t hide the light of Jesus’ love, but instead let it shine by the good deeds you can do in His name. If we don’t shine His light, who will? The love of Jesus changes lives and lives changed by love can change the world. Think of a practical way you can love someone today in Jesus’ name. A single ray of light can begin to change a very dark world.
15
Apr
18

Jesus Is The Light Of The World

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on John 8:12.

28
Aug
17

The Darkness Of Hate

As John continues to write about light and darkness, he says that if we hate each other in the church, we are still in the darkness. He says:

Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them. – 1 John 2:9-11 (NIV)

This is so timely for American Christians. We hear so much about hate on the news and social media. This group hates that group and vice versa. Hate is darkness. What if the church could set the standard for love? What if we could lead by example when it comes to people from all kinds of different backgrounds who truly loved one another as brothers and sisters in Christ? Let us commit ourselves to doing just that and let’s show the world what it means to do away with the darkness of hate.
16
Aug
17

Positioning Ourselves In The Light

The darkness is a scary place. It is a place with no light. Little children are afraid of the dark. Frankly, adults should be, too. This is what the Apostle John said about the darkness and the light:

If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. – 1 John 1:6-7 (NIV)

As a follower of Jesus, I need to position myself in the light because that’s where God is – in the light. If I want to be with God, I need to be in the light. Lies, lust, hatred, rage, greed, drunkenness and envy all belong to the darkness. If I want to be with God, I have to reject these deeds of darkness – and others – and walk in His light. We have to be filled with the Spirit of God and let Him take over and continually lead us to His light. Then we will be filled with the light of love, joy, peace and hope.
15
Aug
17

God Is Light

On August 21, 2017, there will be a total solar eclipse and people are excited about it. They’re buying glasses and organizing parties. People are excited about the sun being blocked out completely and the skies going dark in the middle of the day. It’s a rather rare occurrence and darkness during the light of day won’t happen again for seven years.
The Apostle John talked about God, light and darkness in his first letter. He wrote:

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. – 1 John 1:5 (NIV)

God is the very definition of light and there is no darkness in Him at all. The light of God can never be eclipsed by the darkness of sin. The light of God can never be eclipsed by the darkness of evil or hate. God is pure light. He is holy and He is perfect. If you want light and truth, you have to seek after God. He is light and He will never lead you to the darkness.
13
Dec
16

A Light Has Dawned

 Isaiah 9:2 (NIV)
The people walking in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
    a light has dawned.
For centuries, the children of Israel waited for the light of salvation.  They walked in the darkness for far too long.  They had been oppressed and held captive by other nations.  They were looking for a Savior.
For centuries, humanity has waited for the light of salvation.  We have walked in the darkness for far too long.  We have been oppressed and held captive by sin. We have been looking for a Savior.
In the person of Jesus Christ, light has come.  In the person of Jesus Christ, salvation is found.  He said:

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.  – John 8:12 (NIV)

If you’re tired of walking in darkness, the light of Christmas can illuminate your soul as no other light can.  If you’re tired of stumbling in the night, the new day has dawned.  There is so much darkness and death in our world today.  But in Jesus, we can find the light of life.  That’s what Christmas is all about.
 
PRAYER: Father, thank You for sending Your light into the world, Jesus Christ.  Help me to shine the light into the dark corners of this world that those who are lost will find hope and light.  Thank You for the gift of Your Son and I ask this in His name, amen.



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