Your Light Has Come

Arise, shine, for your light has come,

and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.

See, darkness covers the earth

and thick darkness is over the peoples,

but the Lord rises upon you

and His glory appears over you.

Nations will come to your light,

and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

—Isaiah 60:1-3

As for me, many years ago, a light came into my heart as I accepted Jesus as my Savior.

Darkness covered me–a thick darkness that separated me from His forgiveness.

A darkness of unwillingness to give my life to Him.

A darkness of doubt mixed with fear and shame.

Yet, the love of Jesus rose up in my heart one day and the brightness of salvation came to me.

In asking for forgiveness, I received it from Him.

In desiring His divine guidance for my life, He gave it.

By asking Him to be my Lord, He became just that.

Do you know Jesus today?

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Bright Light

The people who lived in darkness have seen a bright light. A light has risen for those who live in a land overshadowed by death.

—–Matthew 4:16

The trees at my friend’s house had branches filled with green leaves.

While sitting outside and enjoying the late afternoon, I noticed that the sun had set just close enough to the horizon that its powerful light was shining almost straight on the trees.

The branches, with their green leaves, along with the bark on the trunk, did not just simply become more visible.

They began to glow with an intensely amber color.

I quickly photographed the scene before the sun was completely gone.

Theses trees were totally transformed in color because of the light.

Some of the branches were just out of the sun’s penetrating rays.

They remained green.

The tree closest to me appeared dark and untouched by the bathing yellow radiance.

When Jesus came, those who lived in darkness could now be bathed in His great light.

His light of love and salvation.

His light of forgiveness and hope.

His light of eternal life.

When He came, everything changed.

Do you know of His love?

Do you know of His forgiveness and hope?

He is waiting for you today to call out to Him in prayer.

It’s not too late…..

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Seek Me

You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.

—Jeremiah 29:13

Have you ever noticed how some flowers turn their blooms toward the sun?

I wonder how many times I have gone to a window in my home and turned a plant around, because it’s blooms and stems were leaning toward the light. 

We need to look to God. 

We need to turn our hearts toward Him. 

If we seek Him with all of our heart, we will find Him. 

Your Light

In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
—Matthew 5:16

As I walked on the beach the sun’s light was reflecting on grains of sand, probably numbering in the billions. 

One light—yet the wet sand reflected its  likeness. 

As we reflect God’s love, faithfulness, mercy and forgiveness, we let the light He has given us shine for others. 

In seeing this, they may praise God. 

In the Same Way

If you have ever been outside when it is really dark–away from street lights–then you know just how “dark” dark can be.

I remember walking with a group of friends once in a forest at night without any light.

I couldn’t see my own feet, and it felt strange putting each foot forward to move along.

In situations like that, you long for the light of a distant house or an approaching car.

There are those we know who are walking in darkness.

They do not know what the true light of Jesus is, yet something in their souls longs for Him.

As Christians, we can show them the light that Jesus is shining within us.

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Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

 

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Light Shines

“Light shines on the godly, and joy on those whose hearts are right.”

Psalm 97:11
Tonight, the spotlights were on and those who were performing could well be seen by the audience. 

During a production, the spotlights reveal the focus of a performance. 

The lighting technician is instructed where to shine the lights. 

For Christians, there is a different kind of light on us. 

The light of love. 

The light of the knowledge that we are redeemed and forgiven.  

The light of joy that assures us of acceptance by God. 

We have a spotlight on us every moment of every day. 

We are God’s children, well seen by our Heavenly Father. 

Living in the Light

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But if we are living in the light,

as God is in the light,

then we have fellowship

with each other,

and the blood of Jesus, his Son,

cleanses us from all sin.

—1 John 1:7

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Rays of Light

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I have heard all about you, Lord.
    I am filled with awe by your amazing works.
In this time of our deep need,
    help us again as you did in years gone by.
And in your anger,
    remember your mercy.

 I see God moving across the deserts from Edom,
    the Holy One coming from Mount Paran.
His brilliant splendor fills the heavens,
    and the earth is filled with his praise.
 His coming is as brilliant as the sunrise.
    Rays of light flash from his hands,
    where his awesome power is hidden.

—Habakkuk 3:2-4

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In Our Hearts

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The God who said, “Out of darkness the light shall shine!”

is the same God

who made His light

shine in our hearts,

to bring us the knowledge

of God’s glory

shining in the face

of Christ.

—2 Corinthians 4:6

The light was shining through the tall trees near my house as I walked.

Each branch had a backdrop of pale hues of gold and tan.

God, who made the universe and who made YOU and ME, is making His light shine in our hearts, shining through us, His children.

Think of it–He created everything.

Everything.

And He loves us so very much…..

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Never Walk in Darkness

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I almost didn’t go to the meeting.

The sky was turning dark gray and I was hesitant to possibly be driving in a storm.

At the last minute, I decided to go.

On the way back home when the meeting had ended, it was still raining and lightning was splitting the sky above me.

As I drove, I began to notice that there was a break in the clouds just where the sun was setting.

For about twenty minutes, I watched as magnificent colors of light cascaded across the sky in front of me.

Pulling my car to the side of the road, I took some photographs as the scene unfolded.

As I was continuing my journey home, blazing forks of lightning ripped through the clouds over my car.

There was not a time, however, that I could not see the light piercing through the opening in the atmosphere.

John 8:12 reads,

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Even though we may feel that we are surrounded by darkness and sin in the world, we do not have to walk in darkness ourselves.

We can follow Jesus, who is the light of the world, keeping our eyes on Him.

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The Darkness Has Not Overcome

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Have you ever wanted to watch an important sports event on television, but it just wasn’t possible?

Perhaps you were scheduled to work at that time or some other circumstance was in the way.

When the event was over, you likely heard the results through friends or the media.

This team won.

That team lost.

This person won the contest.

This athlete was defeated.

Chances are, if you were really enthusiastic about the sport, watching a recording of the event might still have been of interest to you.

The only difference would’ve  been that you already knew the outcome.

You knew who would win.

We are all painfully aware of evil in this world.

Darkness that threatens us unrelentingly.

Yet, we are also aware of God’s presence and sovereignty.

With unfailing faithfulness, God is with us and He is in total control.

In the book of John in the New Testament, we find these words:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

He was in the beginning with God.

All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

—John 1:1-5

Jesus has come to the earth.

In Him, there is life.

He is the light, shining in this world that is currently plagued in darkness and sin.

That darkness has not overcome Jesus.

That darkness will NEVER overcome Jesus.

God has already told us who wins.

We know who overcomes.

Jesus says,

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

—John 16:33

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For the Glory of God

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What will Heaven be like?

There won’t be any sun to shine and give us day.

There won’t be any moon to guide us when it is dark.

Why?

The glory of God and the Lamb will shine brightly, illuminating everything.

There will be no need of a moon to reflect light in the darkness; there will be no darkness.

That’s what Heaven will be like….

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The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.

—Revelation 21:23

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The Unfolding

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The banana tree in my back yard was getting ready to unfold a new leaf.

A sizable water droplet clung delicately to it, reflecting sunlight and its surroundings with crisp detail.

The leaves look so very different when they are completely unfolded and spread out.

My tree has several happy looking leaves.

If I had never owned a banana tree, I am doubting that I would have been able to identify a photo like the one that I took of this newly emerging leaf.

At the proper time, it would unfold and then it could be understood and recognized for what it was.

When we read the Bible, we “unfold” it.

It gives us understanding.

It gives us comfort.

It gives us direction.

It gives us light.

If we do not unfold the Bible, we may not recognize it for what it is—

God’s words to us.

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The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.

—Psalm 119:130

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We See Light

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Indeed, the fountain of life is with You.
    In Your light we see light.

—Psalm 36:9

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The picture below is actually three pictures.

They are identical, except for the size and lighting.

The light reveals so much.

In the larger photo, some parts of the arrangement are shrouded in the shadows.

The mid-sized photo has a greater amount of light.

More detail and beauty are evident.

The smallest picture shows the most light of all.

We, as believers, have the light of God in our lives, filling us— illuminating us.

Without His light, we would be in darkness, shrouded with shadows, as well.

If you could possibly imagine removing God from your life, think of what that darkness would really feel like to you.

It’s almost too painful a thought to even entertain.

Once in His light, we want to remain there.

Everything that is good and right and all that sustains us every day flows from Him–

and it is with His light that we see light.

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My Light and My Salvation

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This precious verse was brought to my attention today.

The Lord is my light and my salvation—

whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life—

of whom shall I be afraid?

—Psalm 27:1

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His Light in Our Hearts

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For most of my drive home, the rainy sky had been punctuated by a break in the clouds that captured my attention.

The muted gray colors around the break had been completely illuminated by the streams of white light that followed a path to the earth below.

Pulling over by some farmland, I stopped my car and took some photographs as I pondered what was before me.

The light seemed unusually white for the time of day—it was actually after 7:00 in the evening.

No streaks of brilliant orange or hues of blue and yellow.

Just white.

White is associated with purity.

God is pure.

I can imagine the glory of God appearing as a blinding white light.

In the New Testament, we find these words:

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

—2 Corinthians 4:6

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But Now You are Light

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For you were once darkness,

but now you are light in the Lord.

Live as children of light

(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)

and find out what pleases the Lord.

—Ephesians 5:8-10

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The Light of Life

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The grass would not have been alive without having the sunlight.

Trees growing at the edge of the sloping field would not have had leafy branches.

Growing vibrantly green, both had been nurtured by the life-giving light.

Jesus is our light.

We are alive because of Him.

He is the light of life.

Do you know Him today?

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When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

—John 8:12

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Will Not Walk in the Darkness

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I stood on the dock tonight, looking out over the water and watching the beam from the lighthouse circle around, over and over, with a steady pulse that never stopped.
When the light pointed my way for only an instant at a time, the water would light up, too, in a glowing streak.
Many years ago, I went with a group of friends to a forest.
We were there at night and there must have been no moon that evening.
I remember trying to take steps and not being able to see where my feet were going.
It was such a dark darkness.
If I am remembering correctly, I think I was afraid.
The uncertainty of where we were, the absence of light and the dread of the unknown were joining forces to create my fear.
We don’t have to be hiking in the woods to encounter this type of challenge.
Life can get to a place where we find ourselves in spiritual darkness.
We may not know where to place our next step, all the while feeling fear and anxiety.
It need not be so—-
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

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Jesus has told us that if we follow Him we will not walk in darkness.

Instead, we will have Him and He is the Light.

He is the Light of life.

If we follow Him, we can trust that He knows the way.

Do you know Him today?

Is Jesus your light?

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The Fountain of Life

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The ocean’s vast waters glow with the brilliant light of the evening sun.

Bursting from the horizon, it’s reflection marks a pathway across the waves in blazing intensity.

I watched as a man traveled alone across the waves, heading for the light.

Am I heading for God’s light, where true life is found?

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Indeed, the fountain of life is with you. In your light we see light.

—Psalm 36:9

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To Rescue a World

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Yesterday, I purchased a new Bible.

It is The Voice translation.

Here is a passage to consider:

John 3:16-21

For God expressed His love for the world in this way: He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not face everlasting destruction, but will have everlasting life. 17 Here’s the point. God didn’t send His Son into the world to judge it; instead, He is here to rescue a world headed toward certain destruction.

18 No one who believes in Him has to fear condemnation, yet condemnation is already the reality for everyone who refuses to believe because they reject the name of the only Son of God. 19 Why does God allow for judgment and condemnation? Because the Light, sent from God, pierced through the world’s darkness to expose ill motives, hatred, gossip, greed, violence, and the like. Still some people preferred the darkness over the light because their actions were dark. 20 Some of humankind hated the light. They scampered hurriedly back into the darkness where vices thrive and wickedness flourishes. 21 Those who abandon deceit and embrace what is true, they will enter into the light where it will be clear that all their deeds come from God.

If you do not know Jesus as your Savior today, please don’t wait.

It’s not too late to choose everlasting life…..

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No Darkness at All

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Bicycling in the park was a good idea today.

The weather was pleasant, with temperatures probably near 80 degrees.

A bright blue sky with puffy, cotton ball clouds filtered the sunlight on the road.

The 7,000 acre park is a beautiful place to go biking—in the daytime.

If I were walking or riding a bike there at night, the darkness would consume even the nearest path in front of me.

I actually think I would be afraid.

The Bible tells us that God is light.

There is no darkness in Him.

If I am in a right relationship with Him, I will have light—His light—to guide me.

Without His light, darkness would consume my path.

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This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  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 cleanses us from all sin.  If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

—1 John 1:5-10

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That They May See

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The plane was soaring across the sky as the sun was setting.

It did so, leaving a powdery jet trail of blazing white.

The rays of the sun illuminated the trail long after the plane was gone.

 

When I think back five years, ten years—-even twenty—-did I busy myself accomplishing things that were eternally important?

Did I leave behind a blazing trail of obedience to God?

How about a visible witness of a life devoted to Him?

When I had moved away to another city, was there any evidence of lasting investment in the lives of those I knew?

I want my light to shine for others, even after I’m gone.

That means I have to start today, making decisions that honor God in all areas of my life.

 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

—Matthew 5:16

 

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