Monday, January 14
4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
As a believer it’s easy to get caught up in all of the ‘inner workings’ of Christianity. Many believers get so caught up in all of the do’s and don’ts that their Christian walk gets more difficult than it should be and frustration begins to set in. The way this happens is very simple and It’s because of this simplicity that most people miss it happening all together. When you were first saved the Bible says that you were brought out darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). At that same moment, the enemy, using the tools of religion and works, begins to try to draw you away from the light that came from your new life in Him. Darkness can’t overcome light but, you can choose not to walk in it. What are you doing right now that is taking life from you instead of giving it? Obviously, things that the Bible calls sin need to be dealt with. But you must look for any thing that may be keeping you from walking in the light. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you discern what it is the He’s asking you to do and what you’re doing just for the sake of doing it. Ask Him if what you’re doing is just a good thing or is it truly a God thing. The enemy can’t take away your salvation but He can deceive into doing so much religious ‘stuff’ that you stop walking in and being the light that He has made to be. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Tuesday, January 15
5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
One of the most fundamental but most quickly forgotten principles of a believer’s life is what our battle is against. It’s easy to get your focus on people because of the fact that people are the avenue through which both darkness and light are allowed to be carried out. You must, as hard as it is, remember that your fight is not against people, your fight is against darkness. Anywhere that evil exists a sign that there is an absence of light. Your job is not to call out everyone or everything that is an agent of the darkness, your job is to be a carrier of the Light. Believers need to stop being so vocal about who or what they’re against and start promoting the Light. Darkness cannot exist in the presence of Light but if no one is willing to be a carrier of the Light, then the darkness will remain. So the next time that co-worker, rebellious child, in-law, or rude person in the grocery store begins operate from their darkened mindset you have a choice on how you will respond. You can bring the Light on the scene or you can choose to fight in the dark. One will allow Jesus to have His way in that person’s heart and one will push them further away. Darkness can not overcome the Light so the battle is already won…which one will you walk in? - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Wednesday, January 16
Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!
You’ve heard expressions like, “Shed some light on the subject”, and “I’m totally in the dark on that”. But what you may not realize is that they are rooted in a Biblical truth. Truth, sight, light, and freedom are synonymous in the Bible as are lies, blindness, darkness and bondage. The enemy, who Jesus referred to as the ‘father of lies’ has, since the beginning, tried to keep mankind in bondage. The way he does this is through deception and lies. If he can get you to believe, and therefore think, falsely about who God is and who you are in Him then he can keep you from living in the true freedom that Jesus bought and paid for you to have. Many believers have received His life, but they haven’t taken the time to walk in the light, or truth, of who they are in Him. Your freedom in Christ is directly related to the amount of truth that you choose to walk in. You can choose to remain blind and bound or you can ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten you to the freedom that you have yet to experience. If you are going to be carrier of the light then you must first be willing experience it for yourself. What areas of your life are not as free and they should be? Ask the Holy Spirit to expose any lies that you might be believing about God or yourself and then choose to break agreement with them. You’re only a prayer away from walking in a new level of freedom. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Thursday, January 17
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Many believers, if asked, would say that they love the Lord above any and everything else in their lives. Unfortunately, most of these same people don’t have a true heart to want to seek and know the truth. Jesus is absolute Truth, the one being in all of creation who has never lied or sinned. Most people are content with what they currently know about Him and have no desire to seek Him any further. Why is this? It’s because when come into contact with absolute Truth, any area that does not line up with that Truth will be exposed. You then have decision to make. You can begin changing things to line up with the Truth or you can turn away and continue being who you always were. The problem then becomes that you are living a lie because you’ve seen the Truth and denied it (Him) that place in your life. If you truly, like most believers say they do, love Him more than anything, then you would be willing to embrace Him and leave the lies that you’ve been living behind. The beautiful thing about Jesus is that He is willing and patient enough to walk alongside you through the entire process. He doesn’t force you to change but He knows that when you choose to be more like Him you will experience the same victorious life that He did. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Friday, January 18
2 Corinthians 3
18 We can all draw close to him with the veil removed from our faces. And with no veil we all become like mirrors who brightly reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus. We are being transfigured into his very image as we move from one brighter level of glory to another. And this glorious transfiguration comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Have you ever stood in front of a broken or dirty mirror? If so, you understand that while you can still see yourself in it, what you see isn’t the most accurate portrayal. When you were born again, you became a mirror that reflects the image of Christ. At first, you, like everyone else, were in need of some cleaning and repair because life had left you broken and dirty. But, as you began living a life after Him your portrayal of Him became more and more accurate. The good things that Jesus brought into your life such as grace, peace, and joy took the place of all the hurt, shame, and sin. You began to look more and more like the One who saved you. Christianity really is that easy. You don’t have to try and produce your own light or glory, you simply become a reflection of His light and glory. If there’s something on your mirror that is causing you to give off and inaccurate reflection of Him, all you have to does wipe it off. The world is becoming darker as time goes on. This is not a surprise, Jesus said it would happen. This means that there has never been a more crucial time for you to maintain a pure reflection of who He is to world. How clean is your mirror? - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Saturday, January 19
In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
It doesn’t matter what age, stage, or social class of life someone is in they all have the same basic need. They need the life that is only found in Christ. Along the same line, the way to reach people from any age, stage, or social class is the same as well…light. Everyone who is walking in darkness is seeking the light. This is where you come in. If you will simply be about shining His light by the life that you live in Him you will draw people who need the life that you have. So many times people will give the excuse that they are called to a certain class of people based upon their age, stage of life, or social class when asked about reaching others for the Lord. While it’s true that past life experiences help you relate to others, it doesn’t limit you to them. Jesus life and ministry reached people in every area and stage of life simply because He let the life in Him shine brightly for all around Him to see. He didn’t set Himself up to only reach carpenters and those born in a manger. He knew what He offered was essential to any and every person that He would meet in the course of a day. Don’t sell your ministry and outreach short. Be open and willing to speak life and light into all who God may place in your path. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
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