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Thursday, March 3, 2016

God is Light

In review of Matthew 4:16 it says, “the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”

Bottom Line:
The Good News provides a great light to those who live in darkness.

What this means to me:
As I do my part and allow God’s Word to penetrate my life, I will be able to bear witness and share a testimony to those who live in darkness of the great light that is there, a light that will make an eternal difference in their lives.

Before I committed leadership of my life to Jesus, I lived in darkness. At the time, I didn’t really know it was darkness, but something wasn’t quite right.

When I lived in my sin, I was lead us into hopelessness. Hopelessness is where I believe depression, suicide, drugs, and immorality (just to name a few) breed. Being without hope is a dark way to live.

The good news is that I found hope in Jesus. He is the light of this world, and the light of my world! In John 8:12, Jesus says, “ … I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (NIV)

There lies a great promise.

So I choose to renew my mind by reading the His Word frequently. The Bible shines a light in my mind, and darkness cannot live in the light! The more I know about God, the more I learn to love Him and the more my life, ways, and choices have changed. I become better at listening to HIm and obeying His teachings because I love and revere Him so much!

In John 14:15, Jesus explains, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” (NIRV) This obedience is motivated not by fear of punishment, but rather by my loving relationship with God.

Today I should consider what darkness in my life need exposing to the light so that it can be healed.

This morning God, I thank You for revealing Yourself to me as the light of this world and of my life. Speak to me, and rescue me when I sink into darkness. Protect me from the evil one. Help me understand the Bible so it can change me and help me know You better. May I be a light — a witness — of everything that You have done in me.

“Let my soul be at rest again, for the Lord has been good to me.” (Psalms 116:7, NLT)