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Posted on February 27, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Walking Your Faith 

2 Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who said, "Let there be light in the darkness," has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.” NLT 

Beloved in Christ,

The Christian life is a life of darkness and of light. At one time, our hearts were darkened, but through the grace of God, they were enlightened. In essence, we move from being people of darkness to people of the light. This is not because we are special, but because God so loved us that He planned a way for us to be transformed through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross; the Bible teaches us He did this ‘before time began’. 

Sometimes as lights, we forget that we were once in darkness, and we begin mocking those who are still blind. Too many “Christians” are just cursing the darkness and standing around talking about what is wrong with the world, with the lost, with believers and with the church. They are unwilling to help change things. Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:14 that we are "The light of the world." That's us, the church. We are the "city on a hill" that is shining out into the darkness. The world is messed up because of sin. We are not called to curse the sinners, but we are called to light a candle. Today is the day. Light a candle of God's love. Show kindness, love and grace to someone today. With one candle at a time, we will accomplish His Great Commission on our lives.

Walking your faith? Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. Shalom!

ABBA, Father God,

I am sorry if I have spent more times cursing the darkness and less time lighting candles. I believe You are the Light and have called me to shine. Grant me the power to serve, give and love like You do. Help me so that I may be filled with more of Your light and less of the darkness. In Jesus' precious name and for Your glory. Amen.

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