Words from the Heart for Friday January 5th, 2018
I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark.
John 12:46 (NLT)
No Longer in the Dark
When Jesus arrived to the world He had created, He introduced himself as “the light which shines in the dark world.” As Creator God, Jesus can certainly make that claim. He can bring the power and presence of light into any place where darkness is trying to take charge. Allow this truth about who our Saviour is to build your faith to pray and believe for His work to be done.
Back in 2015, singer Avril Lavigne shed light on the increasing number of cases of Lyme disease in Canada. Lavigne told of contracting the disease from an infected tick in the spring of 2014 while visiting her hometown of Napanee, Ontario. Within days, she was experiencing headaches and fever, both signs of Lyme disease that are commonly misdiagnosed. By October, Lavigne became bedridden, crippled by her unknown illness and flu-ish symptoms. It was a full year until she was completely well.
There is a reason why parents put night-lights in their children’s rooms. There is fear in the dark. Minds race about what might be hiding in the shadows and it can be paralyzing. If this is the case with physical darkness, it is even more so when it comes to spiritual darkness. One of the key principles of God’s word is the battle between darkness and light. Sin has put the world into spiritual darkness. The presence of Jesus in the life of a man or woman drives away the sin and allows the light of His love and grace to permeate the heart and mind. Jesus speaks to this in John 12:46, “I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark.” I don’t like the dark – not physical or spiritual. I am grateful for the light that shone into my life when Jesus became real to me by faith. The fear of being continually caught in sin, and the guilt and shame that sin brings was immediately removed. It can be in your life too.
These have been words from the heart.