6/13/17 Live In The Light & Expose The Darkness

“Before you gave your hearts to God, you were darkness itself.  But now you belong to God, through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus, and you have become light itself in Him.  I know that you know this, but you must do more than just hold this knowledge in your hearts.  You must live it out, as children of the light.  The Holy Spirit is working within you, planting the seeds that will produce a harvest of goodness, righteousness, and truth in you, if you will follow His leading.  Ask God to show you His will, and He will lead you.  Don’t let any part of your heart or mind be sympathetic to or excuse anything that even has the appearance of sin.  It is easier for Satan to slip in unnoticed through a door that is cracked open than one that is closed or even opened all the way.  Nothing good can come from sin.  It is a waste of time and energy, producing only darkness and more sin.  Instead, expose any sin to the light of truth, showing it for what it truly is, so that the person engaged in that sin will have his or her eyes opened and perhaps turn away from sinful behavior.  For those who belong to the light, even to speak of secretive sinful behavior is sinful, because it opens our hearts to sin.  But when people who are secretly engaged in sinful behavior are exposed to the light of the Lord, the light shows the great evil of the sin and the person has the opportunity to come to the light and be saved.  These words from a popular hymn, ‘Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light,’ illustrate this concept.  People living in sin without their Messiah are those who sleep.  They are considered dead already, for that is the consequence of living sinfully, unless they allow Jesus to intercede for them.  When they surrender their lives to Jesus, they arise from the dead and He opens their eyes to the light, illuminating for the first time the stark contrast between how they have been living and what real life was meant to be.”

 

Ephesians 5:8-14

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