Let your LIGHT shine…

The darker it gets in the world, the brighter all of us, who carry the light of God within by faith, will shine…

Matthew 5:14-16
The Message (MSG)

14-16 “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.

God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill.

If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you?

I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine!

Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

Sat, July 3
The Cutting Edge

by Larry Ollison

We are living in difficult times. Unemployment is near an all time high, foreclosures are driving families out of their homes, and because of financial pressures, many marriages are at the breaking point.

Today I talked with two pastors who were ready to leave the ministry because of pressure. This should not be.

In times of trouble, faith people should be standing stronger than ever. Let me explain.

During the day, it might be impossible to tell if a lamp is turned on or not.

But in the darkness a lamp, regardless of its brightness, is easily seen.

In these times of great darkness our light should actually seem brighter to the world than ever before, even if our light is of no greater intensity than it’s ever been.

In times of darkness, many are crying, “Lord, increase my faith.”

Faith, standing in a world of doubt, should be easily seen. Our light should look brighter than ever.

As darkness tries to come over the world, we should remember that our faith has already overcome it.

1 John 5:4
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”

However, the darkness should make our faith look brighter, even if we have no more faith than before.

I encourage you to stand in faith and I admonish you to not focus on the doubt and darkness around you.

Remember this. Light always overpowers darkness. Darkness is governed by the light.

Darkness only prevails when the light is extinguished and your light cannot be extinguished unless you allow it.

You are the one who determines the intensity of your faith.

You are the one who has access to the fuel (the Word of God) that feeds the faith in your life.

There may be reasons why some doubt, but we have no excuses for allowing that doubt to overtake us.

So, mighty men and women of God, I want to encourage you with these words.


No weapon (of darkness) formed against you can prosper. You can do all things through Christ (the Light) who strengthens you. With God (the Light), nothing is impossible.

And because you are the light of the world, you are victorious and darkness cannot rule over you.

No matter how dark it gets, the light ALWAYS extinguishes the darkness; so our job, in these times, is to just let our light shine!


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Through it all we learn to trust in Jesus…

Our trials and tribulations in life come not to destroy us, but to make us strong…

James 1:2-8

J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

The Christian can even welcome trouble
2-8 When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends!

Realise that they come to test your faith and to produce in you the quality of endurance.

But let the process go on until that endurance is fully developed, and you will find you have become men of mature character with the right sort of independence.

And if, in the process, any of you does not know how to meet any particular problem he has only to ask God—who gives generously to all men without making them feel foolish or guilty—and he may be quite sure that the necessary wisdom will be given him.

But he must ask in sincere faith without secret doubts as to whether he really wants God’s help or not.

The man who trusts God, but with inward reservations, is like a wave of the sea, carried forward by the wind one moment and driven back the next. That sort of man cannot hope to receive anything from God, and the life of a man of divided loyalty will reveal instability at every turn.

“I’ve had many tears and sorrows,
I’ve had questions for tomorrow,
there’s been times I didn’t know right from wrong.
But in every situation,
God gave me blessed consolation,
that my trials come to only make me strong.” (by Andre Crouch)

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Monday, July 26
The Winning Walk
by Dr Ed Young


In the book A Green Leaf in Drought Time, Andrew Murray had some fine advice for those undergoing persecution.

He gave them four words of counsel.

First, he said, “You are in this straight place by Divine appointment.”

Second, he said, “You are here in His keeping.

He will keep you by His grace and love in this situation.”

Third, Murray said,

“You are here for His training and discipline. God wants to stretch you, to build you up, and He has brought you to this trial to test you by fire.”

Finally, he said,

“You are here in His time. You don’t know how long you’ll be here, or what your future will hold, but this is where God wants you now.”

What if you and I approached every trial we face with these precepts in mind?

What if we viewed every hardship as His perfect plan for us?

Murray also said,

“If there were any circumstance better for you than the one in which you find yourself, Divine Love would have placed you there.”

That gives our trials a whole new meaning, doesn’t it? If you are experiencing a time of difficulty right now, ask God to give you wisdom to see your situation the way He sees it.

His aim is that you and I grow up.

Trials are our ticket out of complacency and mediocrity.

When we struggle, we grow. Like Job, we can be certain that the outcome of our pain will be a stronger, purer faith.

Memory Verse

JOB 23:10
But He knows the way I take; when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

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