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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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May 8, 2014 - No Shadows

By Greg Ebie

All of us have had it happen at one time or another. We flip the switch, but nothing happens; instead of the room being filled with light, it remains dark. Burned-out lightbulbs have been an epidemic around our house lately. It seems I always need to replace a bulb somewhere.

I once bought my son Mikey a new flashlight. We brought it home and turned it on only to discover, you guessed it, the lightbulb was burned out! Back to the store we went to get Mikey a flashlight he could actually use to illuminate his path at the Royal Rangers winter campout.

Jesus had something to say about the light of our testimonies.

"Does anyone bring a lamp home and put it under a washtub or beneath the bed? Don't you put it up on a table or on the mantel? We're not keeping secrets, we're telling them; we're not hiding things, we're bringing them out into the open. Are you listening to this? Really listening?" (Mark 4:21,22, The Message).

In the same way we expect a lightbulb to chase away the darkness; Jesus wants us to respond to His Word. No more groping around in the dark; no more searching for truth. When Jesus speaks, His intention is to illuminate the hearts of those who listen.

The Psalmist said, "By your words I can see where I'm going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path" (Psalm 119:105). If God's written Word gives light, how much more should Jesus, the Word made flesh, bring God's light into our lives. Furthermore, Jesus has given us His Holy Spirit to direct the light of His Word in our lives just like a 1,000-watt spotlight can be focused on a stage.

Do you remember that feeling you had the last time you turned on a light only to remain in the dark? Now multiply that feeling, and we can begin to imagine how Jesus must feel when His Word is spoken but our hearts remain in the dark.

The light of God's Word will never burn out. However, sometimes we would rather cover up His light instead of letting it expose the sin in our lives; sometimes we prefer the darkness. Yet when all is said and done God's light will reveal everything we have tried to hide.

Lord, turn the light of Your Word on within my heart so nothing will be concealed. Give me light to see how to really live for You.

— D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Life Church (Assemblies of God) in Garrettsville, Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.

 

 

 

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