Saturday, July 21, 2012

A Light Amidst the Darkness

Life can’t have any hope unless there is a light amidst the darkness.  The spirit of darkness quietly lurks upon the earth seeking to devour souls; his appetite is craving destruction.  As he walks amidst a world of darkness; no one is alarmed of his mission.  As he walks, his lips crave for his appetite to be quenched.  Blindness or distortion of the truth holds the broken, hopeless, to stand against his power.  It’s only the Father of Lights, he fears.  Satan fears the Father of Lights for He will expose his deeds of darkness.  Besides exposing his mission; it will expose the bondage of man.  If a man craves wicked deeds; he loves the darkness. (John 3:19)

 As children of God, we are the light of the world.  “You are the light of the world.  A city upon a hill can’t be hidden. (Matthew 5:14)   As the city stands upon the hill; the visibility is apparent for all to see.  As children of the light, we are separated from the deeds of darkness.  We are called out of darkness into his marvelous light; it’s why we are a royal priesthood. (I Peter 2:9)  Our good deeds are not to be parade or shouted upon the earth but it should be a reflection of who we follow.  If our lives are truly changed, we will bear the fruit.  “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Live as children of the light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.  Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Ephesians 5:8-11)

Light will draw the hearts of the captive; it’s a natural element.  Light can’t be hidden; no matter what covers it.  If one tries to cover the light, it will be burned or cause the light to go out.  Yet, amidst this dark hour, a question is plaguing my heart about how effective is our light?  Either the church is truly reflecting the light or the light is burning out.  A smoldering wick God doesn’t want to snuff out, He longs to ignite it. 

“Wake up O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” (Ephesians 5:14)

Darkness covered the hearts of man, so the Father sent the Light.  Jesus is the Light, so He is the final verdict of what our hearts reveal. (John 3:19)  Regardless of how powerful the darkness; it doesn’t mean we can’t impact it or make a stand.  We must be careful how we live so we can get the opportunity to share the truth.  Be very careful, then how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16)  As the hour of our Lord comes; we must be prepared to shine awaiting His return.  We can’t shine the light without oil?  So, how’s your lamp?  Is it filled ready to shine for the love of the Bridegroom?  The bridegroom will come upon the hour we least expect; so don’t be caught asleep.  Is your lamp burning?  If not, it’s time to get filled and ignited to burn. 

Daily we make a choice to life for good or evil, our lives make a contribution to the world we live. Evil will always bring destruction to the lives around us but the light brings restoration.   As the heart is drawn into Christ, he will transform it.  As it's transformed He will bring hope, comfort, and peace.  God is good; nothing will ever change this truth. Man's heart can only be changed by God; He is there only hope.  Yet, if no light is shown, darkness will evade the land.  Its only when our light shines can other’s find direction.  Sadly, so many people search for the purpose of life; they walk aimless in darkness.  Without hope, completely empty, and alone darkness can rule.  Light exposes the deeds of the world, brings shame of wickedness, and reveals nakedness.  (Ephesians 5:11-13)  Shame comes as evil is exposed but the cure is Christ.  Christ doesn’t desire for mankind to walk in shame; He desires for them to walk in light of his fellowship. 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. (I John 1:7)

 If we truly have fellowship with Christ; it will show.  It doesn’t mean we never preach the Gospel; it’s evidence we belong.  Darkness desires to cover our land; it’s only when we reflect the Son, his power is diminished.  Recently, we have seen the destruction of evil upon our land; it doesn’t mean we remain silent.  It’s time to stand against the darkness, reflect the love of Christ, and ignite this land again.