Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Power of Light

Light and dark: two adjectives that are polar opposites. In the physical world, light and dark regulate when we wake and sleep. In the spiritual world, light and dark embody good and evil. In our emotional lives, light and dark can determine our moods. Your frame of reference usually hinges on whether you sanction matters exposed by light or keep situations hidden in the dark.

The super storm that recently pounded America’s northeast destroyed a massive amount of things, including man-made light, the electric power supplied to millions of folks. As modern Americans, we depend so much on electricity that our lives almost stand still without it. We are at a loss as to how to physically function in our world without electrical power.
What about our spiritual lives? Can we operate in the dark? Do we allow the storms of life to overshadow our focus on the light? Instead of daily exposing ourselves to the Light which is Jesus Christ, do we conceal ourselves in the darkness of bitterness, regret, and strife?
Hear what Jesus preached to the multitudes following Him to the mountain. He said, "The eye is a light (lamp is used in the New American Standard) for the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. And if the only light you have is really darkness, then you have the worst darkness.  Matthew 6:22-23 (New Century Version)
Now focus on some of the synonyms of light and dark. Light brings to mind illumination, brightness, shining, gleaming, radiance, glowing, sunlight, moonlight, starlight, lamplight. When considering darkness, one may think of black, unlit, unilluminated, starless, moonless, shady, shadowy, gloomy. These two words are distinctively different any way you look at them.
Jesus is Light for us in a dark world. He shines His glory into our hearts and lives when we allow Him to become our Savior. He came to earth to display the works of His Father, our Almighty God, and to teach us how to live as godly people. The promises of God came to life through Jesus Christ and they are ‘Yes’ and ‘Amen’ in Him (2 Corinthians 1:20). He is the New Testament embodiment of the Old Testament promises; He is the fulfillment of God’s Word. Through the Holy Spirit, He shines for all the world to see. But does all of the world see the Light or does darkness reign over the earth?
The answer to that question isn’t as relevant for us as the answer to this one: does the Light dwell within you and dispel the darkness surrounding you? Are you plugged in to the power source that can shine within, over, and around your entire life? Accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and communicating with Him through prayer manifests the life-giving currents of God’s promises. The prayer of faith is the charge through which the electricity of God’s promises shines. Being God’s conduit of light illumines your life and the lives of those around you. The radiance of Christ within you dispels the gloomy shadows encircling you. 
Hear what Jesus says through His apostle Peter to the New Testament believers. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
If you have received the electrical power of God’s Word through His Son, Jesus Christ, stay charged up through prayer. Let the brightness of the love of Christ in you glow in an unlit world and give God all the glory. Stay connected daily to the Power Source and let your little light shine!
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
(After reading a devotional by E.M. Bounds (1835-1913) on “Prayer and God’s Promises” and his mention of God’s promises as electricity, I felt led to write about the powerful currents of God’s light and love. Thanks to all my Bible study sisters who helped me with many words connected to electricity.)

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