July 4 - Shine As Lights.
“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;”
Our crooked and perverse nation is in distress.
People are looking for hope, seeking answers in all the wrong places.
Darkness seems to be prevailing; yet, we are still here.
That means there is still work for us to do.
There is still time to “shine as lights” for others to see.
“For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.”
In the middle of the darkness, “the path of the just” can light the way; because this is not just any shining light.
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
“I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.”
We have the Light of Christ within us, and it is up to us to shine so that others may see the glorious Light of the Gospel.
2 Corinthians 4:3-4
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
People all around us are walking in darkness. Their minds are blinded by the devil through disbelief. Only the Light of the Gospel can open their spiritual eyes.
“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.”
May the Word of Life shine out of our hearts…for it is His Word that makes the difference.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Shine the Light today.
Our nation needs Him more than ever before.
1 Chronicles 23-24 | 1 Thessalonians 4
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