TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, March 27, 2018:
Something that makes things visible or affords illumination; exposure to truth.
For you were once in darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
There is no doubt that we are living in a dark and sinful world. Darkness is a sign of evil and the world today for the most part is evil. Satan, the evil one, is running free in our world. As believers we have to face situations where God is not acknowledged, where a Christian’s faith is mocked and godless living is applauded.
In most religions, light is a symbol of God and godliness. The Bible is no exception. In I John 1:5 we read that God is light and in Him is no darkness. Not only is God light but he is the giver of light to the world. In James 1:17, James reminds us that God is the “Father of the heavenly lights.” God is our creator and He created the sun, the moon and the stars so that the world could have light.
God also sent His Son to this earth to die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and to give us spiritual light. We read in John 8:12 that Jesus said of Himself, “I am the light of the world.” In John 1:9 John the Baptist said that Jesus came into the world to be the true light for everyone. In Psalms 119:105 it reads that His Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Without light there is only darkness.
Without the light of God’s Word, the darkness of this sinful world will cause us to walk blindly and fall into sin. Yet the darkness of sin never has and never can overcome or extinguish God’s light or the light of His Son Jesus who God sent into this world to bring the true light to everyone in the world.
As believers we are the light of the world and when we accepted Jesus as our Savior we are no longer walking in darkness but expected by God to represent Him in this world as children of light. This requires us to live moral lives above reproach that reflect our faith. Our actions speak volumes therefore we must think before we act and ask ourselves if what we are considering clearly demonstrates the truth of our faith and the goodness of God.
Darkness basically represents the evil side of life and light represents the good. There is a very real battle of good (light) versus evil (darkness) going on in this world. Most people acknowledge this. For example, the plot of many books and movies today (like Star Wars) are between good and bad, light and darkness. Satan rules the darkness and God rules the light. Satan’s power is not eternal. He will be defeated and meet his doom. He will be thrown into the lake of burning Sulphur (Revelation 20:10).
Remember what the psalmist said in Psalms 27:1, “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?” We have no reason to fear if we choose to walk as children of light.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 118:24.
This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Father, I thank You that You are my light and my salvation. Help me to be a shining light for You in this dark world we live in. Lead me in the path of Your light so I will be a Godly example to my family, neighbors and associates of Your love for them.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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