Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Devotions: The Light of Men

In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.
John 1:4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

God is the source of true life. He gives us the physical life we have here on earth, but He also will give us abundant life if we live in Him. He will also give us eternal life. Everyone gets physical life for some period of time. That is a given. Spiritual life, however, can only come through a relationship with Christ, believing in His sacrifice for our sin and resurrection from the dead. All who believe receive spiritual life, but there is more. We can have a vibrant, abundant life here on earth if we are willing to seek Him constantly, to live in Him, to completely submit our lives to Him. This is available to all who believe, but only a few are willing to seek it. That is the light this is speaking of; the light of true abundant life which He came to give us. It is only through seeking Him that we can have the Light, that we can see where to walk, that we can keep our path straight. Seek the life that only He can give, let His light fill your life.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Devotions: All Light

This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
1 John 1:5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

In our sinful world, no one is completely, entirely good, very few are completely and entirely bad. We are all a mixture of good and evil in varying amounts. That is not so with God. He is completely, purely good. He is all light and no darkness, no sin, nothing negative. God is perfect in every way. Because of this, we can trust Him completely, knowing that He will never do or command anything that is bad for us. He is never wrong. He never makes mistakes. He is the only One who is completely trustworthy. He is the only source of absolute truth. Everything we get down here, advice, information, truth, is all tainted. Only what comes from His is pure. Turn to the true Light. Let Him guide your life.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Loving Like God

Love is probably the most common attribute people ascribe to God. Our culture is trying to tell us that God is love, even that He is more love than anything else. But is that true? It is fairly easy to consider our love as an extension of God’s love, and accept the idea that by loving others we are showing them God, but in order to give God’s love, to love like God, we have to know what God’s love is really like. Assumptions are dangerous.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Devotions: A Light to Walk By

Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
Psalm 119:105 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Another way that we receive light is through the Bible. Remember that it is the Word of God, and in John 1 Jesus is called the Word. It is light just as Jesus is light. The Bible is a light for our path by giving us instruction, by helping us see how and where we should walk. Proverbs 6 says that the law is a lamp, teaching is light and discipline is the way of/toward life. It is through reading God’s word and instruction on how we should live, and obeying it, that we see the path, the right path. There are many paths out there, many confusing directions. It is hard to see which is the right way in the dark. (try walking in the woods at night) It is only with a lamp or flashlight that we can see where to walk, where the right path is. The trick is that we have to seek God’s Word, seek the instructions gained in there, and then follow them. It does us no good to read the Bible if we don’t do what it says. That is remaining in the dark. We need to choose to walk in the light, to follow God’s Word, to obey His instructions. Every time we go our own way we are stepping back into the darkness away from the light. Stay in the light, don’t follow pride into the darkness of night.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Devotions: The Light of the World

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
Matthew 5:14-15 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Jesus is the Light of the world, but if we believe in Him then we will have the light of life and become children of the light. Like the moon, we reflect the light of the Son if we believe in Him because we have His light. But that light is not meant to be only for us. We need to let it shine for all to see. That is the purpose of light, to bring light to others. We need to let our faith shine out for others. Proverbs 4 says that the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn shining for all to see. The way we walk, how we walk, and where we walk is a testimony of what we believe and Who lives in us. We should not be embarrassed or shy about that, hiding it from the world. We need to let our lives show others the way to Jesus. We are made to be His light in the world. We are made to shine out for others, that is why we have His light. Take courage! Some will not like the light, but others will be drawn to it. We cannot reach those who are drawn by hiding. Remember Who you shine for. Remember why you shine. Let the world see Him working in you!

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Devotions: The Light of Life

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
John 8:12 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

There are many contrasts in life: light and dark, good and evil, life and death, hot and cold. In some cases there is also a “grey” area in between, but not always. When it comes to God and the world, God is light and the world is darkness (because of sin.) There is either light or dark. We have to choose to either walk in the light or walk in the dark, there is no grey area here. God is light, sin is darkness. We can’t partly walk in sin and walk in the light at the same time. The trick is that with light comes life, but with darkness comes death. So when we choose where we will walk, light or dark, we are ultimately making the choice between life and death. We cannot walk in the dark and still have life. And if we are to walk in the light and have life then we need to follow Christ. Just as we cannot have life and walk in the darkness, we cannot walk in the light without following Christ. He is the light, so in order to walk in the light we have to walk in Him. We must choose between living like the world, walking in the dark and gaining death, or living like Christ, walking in the light and gaining life. Follow the Light of life!

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Holy Like God

If there was one characteristic that most accurately described God, if there was one attribute that hit closest to the core of His Being, it is holiness. While it is impossible to understand or describe God through only one aspect, holiness is the one of the few (possibly only) attribute that defines all of His other attributes. His love is a holy love. His justice is a holy justice. It defines Who He is in a sense. But what exactly is holiness, and how do we live it out?

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Devotions: Perfect Timing

The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

This “promise” is again referring to Christ’s return, the time when He will make all things new permanently. The world has been waiting for centuries and none knows when it will happen. Sometimes we wonder if it really will, as long as it is taking, but Peter wanted to encourage us. The previous verse said that time is different to Him than it is to us. He is not bound by time, so it does not affect God like it does us. And He is not being “slow”, or avoiding, fulfilling that promise. He is waiting for the last possible person to be saved. He doesn’t want anyone to perish unnecessarily. When the time is right, when the last person has given their life to Him, then He will return and make everything new. Don’t give up! Trust in His promise!

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Devotions: Newness to Come

And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”
Revelation 21:5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

This verse also refers to two happenings. In part, it refers to the newness God is working in each of us, but it also refers to the new Heaven and Earth He will create at the end of this, to the immortal life and bodies we will be given at that time, physical bodies which will not decay, age or be injured. There will be no more pain, sorrow or death. Everything will be made new and perfect, as it was intended at the beginning. The newness God is working in us is a sign, a down payment if you will, of the complete newness He will make in the time to come. When you are longing for that time, maybe wondering if it will ever really happen, look inward, see the newness God is working in you and remember His promise of the newness to come!

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Devotions: Something New

Behold, I will do something new,
Now it will spring forth;
Will you not be aware of it?
I will even make a roadway in the wilderness,
Rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:19 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

This prophecy was written by Isaiah, in part foretelling of the renewal God would bring after the exile. Yet many prophecies have dual meanings. The first, literal meaning of this prophecy referred to the Jews’ physical return to Israel and the healing God would do in the land. But the second meaning referred to the spiritual return to Himself God would create and work in the hearts of man. Before salvation, we all are dry and barren. Our hearts are dead, lost in a wilderness. But with Christ comes not only salvation and reconciliation with God, but a fountain of life, water where there had been desert, a path where there had been wilderness, life where there had been death. This is the “newness” God is doing. It is in us! Are you aware of the newness of life He is working in you?

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