Friday, March 29, 2013

The Light of Grace

He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit,
and I will live to enjoy the light. Job 33:28

We don't often think of Job as having a spirit of gratitude. With these words, he praises God for redeeming his soul and bringing joy to his life.

As believers, we should cry out, every day, "Jesus redeemed my soul and I will live in His light eternally!"

Jesus' death on the cross purchased our forgiveness of sin and His resurrection promises us eternal life. God's grace bathes our lives in His light.

Jesus is Light! Rejoice in Him!

Dance in the Light!

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Friday, March 22, 2013

We are GOOD!

God saw that the light was good.  Genesis 1:4
I stood, staring in the mirror, critical of myself. Does my makeup look ok? Does this dress hide my hips? Is my hair lying down where it should be?
I heard God whisper, "I created you and you are good!"

Is it wrong to care how I look? No, but to criticize myself by it is to deny the goodness of God's creation.

He designed my hips, though I've enlarged them a bit.

He knit together my hair with that strange part that makes hairs stick straight up in the air.

I'm sure He giggled when he formed my slightly weird sense of humor.
Smile!! There’s no one else like me or like you. Praise God! The world couldn’t survive with 2 of us.
 Listen to these words: "For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ." Galatians 3:27
When God looks at us, He sees the light of Jesus. He sees us as beautiful, precious - as His beloved daughters – He sees us as good!
Do you see yourself as good?
What is the goodness God placed in and on you when He recreated you?

Friday, March 15, 2013

Light in Egypt

No one could see anyone else or leave his place for three days.
Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.   Exodus 10:23

You know the story. God sent Moses to Egypt to demand, in the name of the Lord, that Pharaoh release the Israelites from slavery and allow them to go to their promised land. Repeatedly, Pharaoh refused,  denying the sovereignty of God. The plague of darkness was the ninth plague. By this time, the Israelites were becoming convinced of God’s power as the One and Only Lord.

The Egyptians were in the dark – why? Because they refused to believe in the Lord of Lords.

Why did the Israelites have light? They believed in the Lord and His power. Although their faith was weak, they were growing stronger, one step at a time.

Can you imagine their joy and amazement as they walked to the boundary of their land and saw complete darkness just beyond their borders?

I have come into the world as a light, so that no one
who believes in me should stay in darkness.   John 12:46

I met the Lord as a teenager, sitting on the floor in the den, watching Billy Graham. I knew Jesus was born at Christmas and I knew songs like "Jesus Loves the Little Children," but, until that moment, those words hadn't penetrated my heart. What a marvelous feeling, a joy and a wonder, as God’s light filled my heart! 
How have you felt God’s light feel your heart? Either for the first time or as He wiped away the darkness of sorrow or bitterness?

Friday, March 8, 2013

Greater and Lesser

God made two great lights--the greater light...and the lesser
light. God set them in the expanse of the sky to
give light on the earth. Genesis 1:16, 17

The sun--it floods our days with light. It's rising and setting are constants when so few things in our lives stay the same. 

But the sun can't flood our hearts, minds, and souls. Only the Son can fill us with light. For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made His light shine in our hearts. 2 Corinthians 4:6. Jesus is the Light of the world and of our hearts.

The moon--it reflects the light of the sun so our skies are never consumed by darkness. Its beams peer through clouds and bounce off the surface of the water.

The Son has chosen to reflect His light to the world through those of us who believe in Him. We reflect Him by our smiles, by simple acts of kindness, or by a listening ear.

Don't struggle to reflect Jesus in the big things, reflect Him in the small things and His light will pierce the darkness of the world around you.

Friday, March 1, 2013

God's Light Switch

Then God Said, "Let there be light," and there was light. Genesis 1:3

It’s second nature, isn’t it? We walk into a dark room and flip a switch. In an instant, light floods every corner.  
It just happens; we take it for granted.

But, there aren't any switches to flip that will bring light into our dark circumstances. God is our source of light and, sometimes, He asks us to wait.

I've struggled with loneliness and prayed for God to bring new friends into my life. And I waited.

Then it happened! In the last few weeks...
I began a Storms of Life class in my home.
I was invited to a morning ladies Bible study.
I was invited to the Garden Club. (I have 2 brown thumbs
so I need all the help I can get!)
I was invited to join the Friends of the Library group.
(Reading's one of my passions so it's a perfect fit.)
 God stepped into my circumstances and said, "Let there be light," and there was light.

When has God spoken light into your circumstances?
Do you need prayer while you wait?