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He made His light shine

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church about 1 year ago | 609 views Link: https://goo.gl/5ykQA7

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Psalm 118:27 says, The LORD is God, and He has made His light to shine upon us.”  That statement would lead us to believe that God is the light and that we need it to shine upon us.  Scripture certainly bears that out repeatedly.

That we are in darkness in our natural state is not in doubt.  In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness.” 

We are in need of light to see spiritually and understand the things of God.  But we are not seeking the light.  In fact, John tells us that light has come into the world, but we love darkness because our deeds are evil.  We hate the light because it exposes our works.  Because we don’t naturally seek the light, it has to be shined upon us from outside ourselves.  Where does it come from?

John tells us clearly where the light comes from.  He said, “God is the light and in Him is no darkness at all.” 

That was known by some long before Jesus came.  2 Samuel 22:29  “For You are my lamp, O LORD, and my God lightens my darkness,” implying that we are in darkness but God is the light.  David agrees when he says in Psalm 18, “For it is You Who light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness.”  Others agree:

Daniel, speaking of God, said, “light dwells with Him.”  Micah says, “…when I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light to me.”

God was made flesh and dwelt among us as Jesus, Who said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  He also said, “I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in Me may not remain in darkness.”  When Jesus came, Matthew applied Isaiah’s words to Jesus when he says, “the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has shined.”

Jesus told Paul He was sending Paul to open peoples’ eyes, “so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.”

But we cannot turn unless we are given the ability to see the light.  And God, the source of light, has to command the light to shine.  From the beginning, God commanded the light to shine.  Genesis tells us that darkness was over the face of God’s creation and He commanded the light to shine, separating the light from the darkness.

The command for the light to shine must come to each of us if we are to see it.  Beloved, if you see the light, then 2 Corinthians 4:6 is true of you.  It says, “For God, Who said, “”Let the light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

Once God has commanded the light to shine in our hearts, the scripture says of us, “for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Walk as children of light.”

May we live with grateful hearts that He commanded the light to shine in our hearts and that we are children of light.  May we be eager to point others to the light and pray His light will shine upon them.

Dale

 

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Mary Leadbetter

Amen.


Donnie Dalton Jr.

Amen

Abbey Byford

So encouraged that He has commanded the light to shine in our hearts ! Thank you for pointing us to the truth that it may overflow to those around us !

Larry Dean

Amen and Amen!!

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