Saturday, August 13, 2016

Dampered darkness or Christ confidence?

Dampered darkness or Christ confidence? 

Have you ever had to walk in the pitch black? Yesterday I was reminded what this is like. While trying to shut my stubborn "automatic" garage door, I had to walk over as it was closing to manually help it along. Only problem was, I didn't leave the house door open! Lights out! It was dark!

Haha, funny thing is, I know my garage. I know the layout and short distance to the steps to the house entrance. Yet, I nearly froze, walking at snail speed, a sudden uncertainty came over me. "Odd", I thought as I made my way through. "Why do I feel this way KNOWING where I'm going?"

OK so some may say, "What a sissy" or "scarey scardeey cat"! The Lord used this to speak GREATLY to my heart. He said, "Those who are lost and blinded lack confidence without the light. I am with you and so you trust I am near. Those without this peace hesitate with each step, are easily misguided and are overtaken by fear, fret, frustration and distraught even with the simplest of things."

Wow, this 30 second adventure will stick with me forever! How true and right the Lord is!!! It's so important we share His Light so others may see and feel His comfort and peace! Truth is, in an uncertain ever darkening world, it's no wonder we see such heaviness around us.

There are actually several lessons within this, both for the lost and the believer! May God use this to speak to your heart too!

Let us be mindful:
"Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness." 1 Thessalonians 5:5

"For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:" Ephesians 5:8

Can others around us see Christ's confidence in us?

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Walk not as they walk

Do you understand the magnitude and sharp direction here?

"This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth WALK NOT AS OTHER Gentiles WALK, in the VANITY of their MIND, Having the UNDERSTANDING DARKENED, being ALIENATED from the LIFE of GOD through the IGNORANCE that IS IN THEM, because of the BLINDNESS of their HEART: Who being past feeling have GIVEN THEMSELVES OVER unto LASCIVIOUSNESS, to WORK ALL UNCLEANNESS with GREEDINESS." Ephesians 4:17-19

Do you know why this is so IMPORTANT to/for the BELIEVER?

Here's a few word meanings...
*Walk not-  do not live like them, do not follow them or be occupied by them!
*Vanity of their mind - moral depravity in intellect; thoughts, feelings and the will.
*Understanding- exercise deep thought or imagination
*Darkened - obscured; difficult or impossible to understand or comprehend completely with certainty
*Alienated - estranged; to arouse especially mutual enmity or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness
*Ignorance - a lack of knowledge, understanding, or education : the state of being ignorant
*blindness- the hardness
*Lasciviousness- negatively lewd and lustful

OK, with this deeper look, reread this passage again with these insights into mind. Can you see the heartfelt serious message the Lord has here?