And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
The light of the righteous shines brightly.
Here I am again. I can’t see. Darkness has arrived again.
It’s like a cycle. This time of year brings surprises and darkness seems to prevail.
I never know how it arrives; what is it that invokes this stillness and absence of light.
I long for a flicker of brightness, the ability to walk without falling.
At first I am motionless as if I have to gather my thoughts to think.
Truly the only thing that has changed is that I am now surrounded by the absence of light.
You guessed it, another blackout in my neighborhood.
I have never appreciated light so much. I mean it is dark in here!
I have candles everywhere. The bathroom has a candle, the kitchen has two, and the bedroom is also brightened by a small flame. The interesting thing is that I always light candles at home but tonight they shine with a purpose!
The Bible says that when I was dead in my sins, Jesus died for me. Light came into darkness with a purpose! His blood that was poured out for me, the sacrificed Lamb of God was the means to my Salvation. It caused darkness to be overcome. Hallelujah!
I sit in my living room surrounded by candles with some illumination comings from my soon to be battery depleted laptop (I'm writing, taking advantage of every moment). The little flashlight that I hold in my hand can pierce the darkness very quickly.
One thing I noticed is that as the light rays of my flashlight flood my living space little dust particle are flying everywhere.
I always think spiritually as “life happens” to me. I don’t think I would have noticed all the dust unless the lights went out. How ironic that when the lights were on I did not see it.
Sometimes in our walk with the Lord we get comfortable or better said lazy in our pursuit of Him. Often it takes some shaking up or a “spiritual valley” for us to seek God more, to awaken and realize that there are dangerous, even sinful “particles” surrounding us and enticing us to sin, to distance ourselves for the One who loves us.
I am thankful that the Light that has come into darkness and set me free never goes out. He never sleeps or slumbers. His light shine all about me and from within me.
Once again, thank you Holy Spirit for reminding me to stay alert; to be vigilant in my walk and look for areas where perhaps I have compromised. I want to walk blamelessly before You.
Ephesians says, that he had given us a Deposit, the Comforter to live inside us and to guide us. This Deposit of the Holy Spirit is my guarantee that I have been purchased and that the Light lives inside of me. This little Light of mine, I’m gonna’ let it shine! He never gives up on me.
Hmmm, when the lights come back on, I think I need to do a little more dusting around the house. :)
God bless you!~Liz