TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, April 19, 2018:
Brightness that makes things visible or affords illumination; exposure to truth.
For you were once 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. Many people today live in situations where God is never acknowledged and where a Christian’s faith is mocked and godless living is applauded.
In most religions light is a symbol of God and godliness and Christianity and the Bible is no exception. We read in I John 1:5 that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. Not only is God light but He is the giver of light to the world. James reminds us in James 1:17 that God is the “Father of the heavenly lights”. Yes, God created the sun, the moon, and the stars to give physical light to the world.
And God sent His Son to this earth to give spiritual light to the world. In John 8:12 it reads what Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” John the Baptist said in John 1:9 that Jesus was coming into the world to be the true light for everyone. And in Psalms 119: 105 it reads that His Word (the Bible) is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Where there is no light there is only darkness.
In the dark we cannot see. Jesus said, “The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going” John 12:25. It is the light of God’s Word that shows us the way.
As believers, Jesus told us what our role is in Matthew 5:14, “We are the light of the world.” After we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, we are no longer in darkness and we are then to walk as children of light. God expects us to represent Him in this world. We are to represent the opposite of evil and darkness and we are to share the good news of a light in a darkened world, that light being Jesus.
Darkness and light are completely opposite. Darkness represents the evil side of life and light represents the good. Sinful man loves the darkness because their deeds are evil and they hate the light of Jesus, because Jesus is truth and He exposes their evil deeds (John 3:20).
Our memory verse for this week is found in Joshua 1:8.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Father, I thank You that You are my light and my salvation. Help me to be a bright light for you in this dark and evil world that I live in. May I be an example to my family, my friends and neighbors so that they will be able to see the difference between living in the light and living in darkness.
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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