Walk Through The Darkness

“When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;”

Job 29:3

As I was reading my Bible today, this is the verse that stood out the most to me. The last phrase, “…when by his light I walked through darkness;” spoke volumes to me today.

First I thought about the darkness. I thought about how dark this world is. How steeped in sin this world is. There isn’t much light to be found throughout this sin-stricken world. Yet, we as Christians have to walk through it.

Sometimes in life, we will go through darkness. I believe Job went through a time like this when he lost everything that he had. It was a dark time in his life, just think, not many people could hold up and act the way Job did through all this. We will have problems, we will have issues, we will go through storms and trials, life may seem dark, but we just have to walk through it.

We all go through dark times. That is just how life goes. It is what we do when we have to walk through darkness that defines us.

Job had the answer for walking through darkness and it is still the answer today. He walked through the darkness “…by his light…” The only way we are going to find our way through this dark world or through our own dark times is by His light. What is His light? What is the light that God has for us?

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

Psalms 119:105

The Word of God, the King James Bible, is the Light that we need to make it through the darkness. His Word will guide us and direct us. It will show us the way we need to go, what we should do, and how to live our life.

As a Christian, you aren’t going to make it too far in this dark world without the Light of the Word of God. It will show us what is right and what is wrong. If used correctly, the Word of God will never take you down a wrong path or lead you into destruction. It will light the way and guide you on the path you should take.

During the dark times of life, when troubles and trials come, the Word of God is still the Light that you need in your life. Job knew that he needed it and he went through some serious problems, yet he knew the only way through the darkness was by the light of God.

So if you are struggling to see where you are going in life, if you feel lost in the darkness of this world, if your life is dark with no hope, turn to God and His Word as it will give you the light that you need!

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Dimly Lit Christians

The Bible has many different names for Christ and many different attributes. He is the Great Physician, He is the Good Shepherd, He is Alpha and Omega, and many more!

Have you ever thought about the attributes given in the Bible for a Christian. We are to be a soldier, we are to be a servant, and we are a son or daughter in Christ. Among the many attributes given to a Christian, we are supposed to be a light.

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

Christ here is telling His disciples that they are the light of the world. We, as Christians, need to be a light in this dark world. We have Jesus Christ in us, there should be no excuse why we aren’t shining bright for Christ.

We have everything we need to be a bright light for Christ to those around us, yet I see so many dimly lit Christians.

Reasons why so many Christians have dim lights:

  • Lack of Salvation – There are so many Christians out there whose light is so dim, you can barely tell if they are even on, if they have Christ as their Saviour. Yes I know, you aren’t saved by your works, but a good indication of being saved is your works. When you are truly saved, you will want to serve the Lord, you will change your actions! People around you will be able to see a difference, see that light of Jesus Christ in you.
  • Love of Self – There are also those who are saved and they are dimly lit because they lost their first love. They lost the love they felt for Christ when He first saved them. They love themselves more than they love Christ.
  • Lingering Sin – If you let sin dwell in your life, it will dim your light for Christ. Sin is like that bushel, it will cover that light so that no one can see it. Ask for forgiveness and confess and repent from your sin.

Don’t let these things dim your light for Christ! He needs Christians who are a bright light in this dark world.

via Daily Prompt: Dim

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The Son, The Moon and You

When we use slang and euphemisms, we as Christians are putting our stamp of approval on the harsher meanings of these words.

The other night I was driving home and I was on the outskirts of the city where there are no street lights. It was dark, the air was crisp and cool and I had my window down enjoying the last of the summer nights. The moon was full and it was bright and I was enjoying the wonder of God’s creation.

Moonlight is light that reaches the earth mostly made up of sunlight with some starlight and earthlight that is reflected off of the moon’s surface. At the most only 13% of sunlight that hits the moon is reflected off its surface. A full moon is 1,000,000 fainter than the sun. The moon produces no light of its own. All the moon does is reflect light from other sources.

We need more Christians who are like the moon and reflect the Son in this dark world. “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.” John 8:12  Jesus told us that He is the light of the world, we need to reflect that light to those around us.

The best way to reflect the light of Christ is through sharing the Gospel. Every single Christian can share the gospel. You can leave tracts everywhere you go. You can witness to people you pass by. You can post the plan of salvation on your social media pages. There are so many ways to be a bright and shining light for Christ by witnessing, yet that is where we are the dimmest.

We can also reflect the light of Christ in our lifestyle. I am not promoting lifestyle evangelism, but I do believe that our lifestyle should back up our evangelism. In our daily walk, people should be able to see Christ through us. The way we treat others, the way we work, the way we carry ourselves, the way we dress; these all play a role in reflecting the light of Christ. If we participate in worldliness and the things of this world, our reflection of Christ will be very dull.

We can reflect the light of Christ in our talk. With as many words we speak a day and as many people as we talk to each day, we should reflect Christ through our speech. Something I have been working on recently is to cut out the slang words and euphemisms that I use. Some days I do good and other days I don’t. These types of words and phrases do not in any way reflect the light of Christ. When we use slang and euphemisms, we as Christians are putting our stamp of approval on the harsher meanings of these words. Words carry a lot of weight and meaning in our lives, so let’s use our words to magnify and glorify Christ in our daily lives.

Be a reflection of Jesus Christ. Let the world see Him through you!