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Sunday’s Monday

I was in a meeting when God gave me a thought based on 1 Corinthians 13:12 (NLT), 12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. Before meeting Jesus, I was in spiritual darkness and could not see His grace and mercy working in my life. But once I met Jesus a bright incandescent light came on within me, I could see things clearly. Which I discovered later to be a false truth! Yes, I could see things I hadn’t been able to see, but the brightness of this new light was actually dim. I found that light to be only the beginning of the light God has for me. This is where many people get stuck, they believe that their lamp is burning as bright as it can and fail to seek God’s light in its fullness. My personal example is when I first received God’s light I stumbled and fell repeatedly because I was filled with His light but kept outrunning its illumination. It was all so new and quite awkward, trying to serve God and stay within the bounds of His light. However, I learned to see the stages more clearly as my understanding of God’s light grew in Jesus. My clarity soon cleared to that of being illuminated to the power of a Halogen Bulb. God’s light within me was continually growing brighter as I gained a greater understanding of His wisdom. Eventually, after some time of dedication in loving Jesus and seeking to follow Him, I began to view God’s will in the brightness of LED Light. I discovered God requires more than lip service, He expects living examples so that the world sees what is written in 1 John 4:12-13 (NLT), No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. 13 And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us.

I felt God sigh as He gave me the terrible downside to this analogy. In this world, every light has to have a power supply and it needs to be consistent and dependable. We find this in Ephesians 1:18-19 (NLT), 18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. 19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now, that’s everlasting power and lots of it!

Unfortunately, many connections aren’t solid, and the power supply fluctuates causing the light to dim, flicker, and eventually go out, just as with any earthly object that depends on electricity. This is equally true of God’s creation; everything requires care and compassion. Nothing can exist without it, especially our relationship with Jesus. Our spiritual relationship with the Holy Trinity requires lots of effort on our part. Our mind must be cleaned constantly in its endeavor to possess God’s pure light and our heart has to be inspected consistently to transmit His light. Our connection to God is our soul, and it must be grounded in His word daily to bolster our commitment to love and serve Him. We can’t live in the fulness of God’s light divided as is written in James 4:8 (NLT), Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty, is divided between God and the world. The source of the light within our lamps is God and without His omnipotent fuel, our light dims, our vision fades, and the world begins to pull us back into its clutches.

The good news is the best is still to come because at the return of Jesus we will witness the brightest and purest light man will ever see. As long as we’re actively striving for John 15:5 (NLT), “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. The vine is God (our source of power), and the branches (His followers) are the carriers of His power to light “His light” within others. Live Matthew 5:16 (NLT), In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

My prayer for us is taken from Ephesians 1:18 (NLT), I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also ask Lord that we find the understanding within 1 Timothy 6:16 (NLT), He alone can never die, and he lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him. No human eye has ever seen him, nor ever will. All honor and power to him forever! May you open the eyes of our hearts and fill us with more of your precious light to share. Amen


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