So many have this cold virus now. Many. It irritates the throat, causes coughing and sneezing, difficulty sleeping, etc. It is all around me. Thus far I and my kids have not caught it but my husband has and many at church today have. And as uncomfortable as a cold is, there is a greater virus going around people want to share readily, that of lazy Christianity. A lot is happening all around the world and we Christians need to be awake and pray and be lights in this dark world. ❤
This month, there are 70 countries represented who have read my blog. There are nearly 400 regular readers now from all over the world and I am honored. And it is my humble prayer that God be lifted up and Jesus Christ be presented as Lord of my life and I hope yours as well. There is nothing more important both now and into eternity. You can look at the news or look around for 10 seconds and see evil forces hard at work in myriad of ignorant or evil pawns to separate and discourage and destroy. People of God are the bright lights of truth and love, voices for love and peace. It is so very important that we rise up and pray like never before and pray more so as many are saved as possible before it all draws to an end and God decides to take us up to Him. Please pray. Pray for salvation, for peace, for Christians to wake up and pray, for our governmental leaders around the world to do God’s will wisely, to be ready when Jesus returns.❤
Matthew 5:14. ‘”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.’
There is a war for our freedom, our truth, our justice and our lives. This war is raging and has been for years, but as the enemy is about to meet his punishment, his force is more open, more noticable, bigger. And everyone feels it whether they realize the reason or not. This unseen war is as real as you but operates only with permission in our physical world. The battle is between good and evil, God and Satan. It is not an even battle. God made everything and everyone we know of, and angels (which Satan is one) were created by God also. So He is much stronger and also won fairly by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as ransom for our sins. And here is one really cool thing about God. He gives His created people and angels free will to choose to worship Him or not. (Of course choosing not to is a death sentence because God is life and choosing not to live is choosing to die.) And Satan chose to overthrow his Creator and be God and God said no to that and sentenced him. Satan knew he was defeated and that defeat was clinched with Jesus Christ’s resurrection and now his war is not to win, he is already lost. His war is to take as many people to hell with him as he can. So he makes it enticing with unlimited lies that pray mainly on pride which is what got him so he feels will get everyone else. And he puts out lures of self-gratification and self-importance to see what sticks and works, be it gossip, judging, stealing, cheating, fornication, any sex outside of marriage really especially pornography, fantasies, drugs, any high, drunkenness, and it gets deeper from there. He promises happiness and pleasure and momentary bliss and so on and brings you into a doorway where you let him in deeper and allow him in because these things- any sin really- separates us from God until we humbly confess to Him and ask forgiveness, allowing the enemy to move in and gain ground into your soul. The goal is always to kill you while you are sinning, separated from God’s forgiveness to send you to hell. So the trick is to stay away from sin and temptation where these evils can come in. See, you falling for temptation says yes to demons coming in. You give them permission to make your life worse. Eventually, the lies accumulate to mask reality of truth to keep you distracted and feeling ok with living in sin. The power of the enemy is deception and denial, lies upon lies upon lies until it seems more true than truth and feels better for a minute. But the weakness of the enemy is that he is a dead dude walking and all you have to do to get out of his power is humbly pray to God and confess and ask forgiveness and for Jesus to save you. Then lies are defeated by truth and God’s Holy Spirit lives in your heart to fight off bad guys and you read the Bible. This seems far fetched and the enemy would say it is or distract you with work or social media or entertainment or the sins and building up of egos. This is the raw, honest truth. Beware of cults that masquerade as truth but provide an automatic in road for Satan and his demons. Beware of distractions. Beware of sins. Keep pure and it is easy to do, just say no to that crap and keep close to God. That is it. He heals, He is love, He is good, He is freedom, He saves, He wants everyone saved. Talk to Him all the time. Start now. God won already! Be on His good side!!!
The light of God can only be seen by those who carry it. God’s light would blind anyone who looks directly at it so He has it shine through those who chose to carry it for Him. So what is it? The light of God for us at this point in time is His glory and holiness. It entails His characteristics, like goodness and love and hope and truth and self-control and patience. But underlying all that is God’s brilliant essence of holiness and glory. He is majestic. He is awesome/huge/frightening. He is perfect. He is large and in charge but without the imperfections and greed that generally accompanies power. God is brilliant and sinless, blameless, pure. His light through us is dumbed down a bit for human beings but should still hold the greatest of what we can of His glory and His holiness. We are not really called to be good. We are called to be saved by Him and show His good. We Andre not called to perfection but to humility to show His perfection. What does this mean? Kinda deep for a Saturday night. It is a call to represent. Put down your ego and present God to the world. Would God be sitting there staring at porn? Uh no. So when you are you are not being the light. Would God be judging the porn guy or gal? While He could, he has saved that right for later and tells us not to and so expects us to totally not judge. So if you are judging someone, you are not being light. Would God walk by a person in need? Uh no. So if we do that, we are not being the light. So let’s flip it. Would God be truthful and honest all the time? Yes. So when we tell the truth we are the light. Would God help those in our path who need help? Yes. So when we help others, we are the light. Would God have a morally strong character? Yes. So when we have a morally strong character, we are being the light. So we who are saved by God’s grace through Jesus Christ the Messiah, are definitely called to show off God’s healing and perfect light to the world. If we boast at all, it should be when we have represented God well and God’s perfection, glory and holiness. We ate responsible for our representation of Him to the world. One can consider the human equivalent of “You represent this family so you’d better be good.” We represent a holy and glorious and perfect God. Yes, He is loving, very much so, but the light is His glorious holiness first and foremost and we must always, even in secret, represent Him to the world. We lay down our ego and nd pick up His glory every morning. Prayer and Bible reading help this. So does practice. Bad day? No worries, ask forgiveness and strength and try again tomorrow. Be His light. Praise God He helps and is so good!!!
Tonight we drove around and looked at the lights, stopped for pizza downtown and saw more lights. It was beautiful, serene (pretty hard to come by), calm, easy and hopeful. There may be evil pervading most areas but here right now there is a pervading calm and happiness. Because of light? Because one Light came to earth and shared Himself with the world. There is light and hope from Him still, harder to see sometimes, but right now as the dark grows darker, what light we have from Him still shines brighter. We have His light in us and it still offers hope and peace and joy and nothing can change that ever. That is truly beautiful and that is why we celebrate Christmas with Light. 🙂
Hope. Hope is light. Hope is God. God is light. When darkness surrounds us, and it is getting darker by the minute, we have another option. We don’t have to follow the distorted rabbit down the rabbit hole. We do not ever have to conform to darkness. If we did, there would be less light in the world and less hope. Hope is light. Hope is God. God is light. In us, we have His light when He saves us through Jesus Christ, our Messiah and Redeemer. That is all the light we need. It takes one beam of light to penetrate and chase off the darkness. That is all. One nugget of God-ness in this dark world and His light shines through us enough to send darkness running. Sure, sometimes it leaves after a swift kick or cursing or mean words or other ugliness, but if we keep our light lit, the point is that it does indeed run. Darkness hates the positivity of Light. Darkness hates hope, hates light, hates God because they are all from God. Our one little Beam is so much stronger than we realize at the moment. It travels far and affects much. From the air, when I am flying, one light on in someone’s house shows up in the night and warms that home with it amidst surrounding darkness. A small house light makes that much of an impact. Never underestimate the immense power of God in you and the hope you have. You radiate much brighter and more meaningfully than you realize. And you can, just by shining all the time, spread your light to others so desperate for it. Light always trumps darkness.