The darker it gets in the world, the brighter all of us, who carry the light of God within by faith, will shine…
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
THE LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS
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.
GREATER IS HE (THE LIGHT) THAT IS IN YOU, THAN HE (THE DARKNESS) THAT IS IN THE WORLD.
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!
GOD HAS ALREADY GIVEN US THE VICTORY, IN CHRIST, SO LET’S STAND IN THAT KNOWLEDGE – TRUSTING IN GOD’S WORD!
Come join the Adventure!