Come To The Light

Come to the Light

Sunday, January 14  Devotional

John 12:46 (KJV)  I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

You now have a choice.  That’s right.  In this day and age where choice is of high value, you have a choice in Jesus or darkness.  You no longer have to remain as a slave to sin with no way out.  Simply believe in Jesus, repent of your sins, and ask Him to save you for eternity.  To not do so is also a choice – to remain in sin forever which leads to death in hell forever.

Thought:  Choose wisely.  The choice you make is for an eternity with Jesus – or not.

Dear Jesus, forgive of my sin.  I’m sorry Jesus, for my sin, my rebellious ways.  Place in me a clean heart that I might serve you now and no longer darkness, amen.

 

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Writing again for Jesus.

Humbled again to be allowed to write for Jesus. Here is a flavor of where Jesus is going with my writing last week. What would be your response?
The ladies turned back to Ted, who waited as if sorting his thoughts. “How does one tell of the Glory of the Lord? A Glory so high to reach that even the angels bow down in reverence? Yet the Glory of the Lord is so potent and rich that it fills a man to the point where speech and thought cannot complete a sentence so they turn to pure worship. How does one explain that?”
The others gasped at his explanation but waited for more.
Ted looked at his trembling hands and the way his knee twitched. “A Glory so intense the ones body can’t be still in the knowing of it and worship of their own way. A Glory so pure and lovely that darkness dissolves in the glow.”
Rita wept at his words.
Diane and Elise raised their hands in worship and wept with her.
The men looked down and away, too humbled of His Spirit to utter a word of their own.
Ted hushed his voice to a tremble of words. “A Glory so powerful that no force in heaven or earth can stand in its presence, but must fall as I did in humble adoration. I can’t go on. It is too rich for me… Yet it is barely a beginning.”
Pastor Herb finally cleared his throat. “Ted, that was the most beautiful explanation of the Glory of the Lord that I’ve ever heard. What about that veil of darkness? How can we hope to influence these for Jesus?”
Rita raised her voice in alarm as Ted’ face seemed to radiate more than humanly possible. “Ted. Your face. Again.”
Ted closed his eyes and murmured. A light so brilliant and sharp, able to penetrate even to the joint and marrow of a human life, can break through that evil veil to a snatch a desperate life for His Glory and honor.” He coughed and shook his head with a hoarse whisper. “I am that life.”
Rita sobbed as she shook her head. “I am that life.”

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How To Choose Wisdom For 2018

Wisdom For The New Year

Who is wise among you, that you would know the times and seasons? As we look toward the new year, this author certainly falls short of wisdom for the new year. How about you? However, I do know the right source, the creator of the universe, who penned these words of wisdom long ago for a day such as this.

Proverbs 2:1-6 (KJV) My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hidden treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

 

So my words of wisdom come from the Word of the Lord – to seek after and understand the fear of the Lord. In doing so, you will put your eyes and focus on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. In doing so you will take your eyes away from your problems, away from the lure of the fleshly desires, away from the lies of darkness.

Instead, to follow after the fear of the Lord will place worship on your lips, a song of praise in your heart and mind, your soul and spirit. For the Light of His Word will light your path, guide your feet, and be a stay against all that will come your way.

The fight is on for 2018. Throw off those sinful wraps which so easily surround us. Instead, look to Jesus. He’ll be with you every step of the way. ‘Oh Lord, help me to overcome adversity through a step of faith in Jesus!’

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Tough Choices?

Saturday, December 16 Devotional

Daniel 12:10 (KJV) Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

When you read through the Bible each year, as you are encouraged to do, then you will notice trends of emphasis. Through the books of Ezekiel and Daniel the truth that stands out of my reading is how those that leave the ways of man, follow after Christ in Salvation and live a life for Him, stand in grateful acceptance in the end of times with reward and Glory of Jesus.

In contrast, those who choose to stay in wickedness, follow after its lusts, are condemned and will not understand why. They gather in their ignorance of strength to fight against His Truth. Now go ahead and watch the news of the day and you will see this trend being played out in the world right in front of your understanding – in these last times.

But… That isn’t the last question, is it? The real question before all of us is this – which direction will you face in life – to accept Jesus or to deny Him. Carefully choose which side of the river of life you will end upon. Where is your heart before the Lord?

Thought: Watch and pray to Jesus for your direction in life.

Oh God, help me to be one who understands and accepts your Truth.

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Who Is Knocking On Your Door?

Friday, December 15 Devotional

Revelation 3:20(KJV) Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Who is the One behind that door? Do you know Him? For far too many people in this world, a knock on the door isn’t a good thing, but to be feared. It might be agents of darkness, police, bill collector, or a mean person wanting to kill, maim, and destroy.

But, what if it is the creator of the universe? What if that knock represented an open invitation from Jesus to freely forgive you of your sin, invite you to become a child of the King, and live forever with Jesus in eternity? The eternity of the Bible, where there is no more tears, no more pain, no more agents of darkness, no police, no bill collector, no person wanting to kill, maim, and destroy?

Listen… There it is again. It’s Jesus, knocking on the spiritual door of your heart. Open your heart to Jesus today and for eternity. Come home, come home. Ye who are weary, come home.

Thought: When Jesus knocks, let Him in.

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Too haggard Yet?

Thursday, December 14 Devotional

Philippians 3:18-21 (KJV) (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

What an example of the human condition outside of Jesus, and yet. Christ doesn’t stop here, with mankind in defeat to darkness. No, no, Jesus is the Christmas story, the way to a transformed life in Him. If/when wretched and haggard gets old for you, put on the new man of Jesus Christ. He will be your refuge and strength. There is no power in earth or hell that Jesus can’t overcome.

Thought: Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind in Christ Jesus.

Oh God, help me to choose your path for life today.

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NOT

Not

Not by what we have done,

                           no, Lord, not even close.

Not by where I live,

                           oh, how the nations rage.

Not by what I’ve created,

                          Oh never, for you created all things.

Not by who the shepherds were,

                          Lost too, like all of us sheep.

Not by the wealth of the wise men,

                          So poor in our spirits.

Not by the strength of my endurance

                          For my strength fails before you.

Not by works which I have done

                          For all have sinned and fallen short.

Not by our measure, you are Lord

                          King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Not by angels only

                          But at your command every knee will bow.

Holy, Holy, Holy to be praised

                         By ocean, sky, and land

Our Lord God Reigns

                        Before whom none can stand

To Him belong power, and honor, and glory

                       Who owns redemption’ story

Yet gave His Own Son for us to shed

                       Our sins for which He bled

Even so, come Lord Jesus of all

                       Holy, Holy, to be praised above all

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