Lent – Day 19 – Let there be LIGHT

Godislight

Genesis 1 always amazes me, the wondrous way that God created this world. In the Beginning when God created the Heavens and Earth, He saw that the earth was empty, formless and full of darkness

The first thing God did was to SPEAK to CREATE light and DESTROY darkness

 And God SAID, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

God saw that the light was good, and He SEPARATED the light from the darkness

Gen 1:3-4

One tiny spark of light is enough to banish the darkness. One tiny spark of light is sufficient to give direction for the way ahead

I found this quote about ‘Light’ by Michael Strassfeld

Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space.  It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe.  It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished

Michael Strassfeld

Jesus calls Himself the light of the world and encourages us to follow Him to have a life filled with light. The Word of God says that when the light shines in the darkness, the darkness could not overcome it.

He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”

John 8:12

Jesus’s life proclaims one message . That God is light and He wants us out of our darkness

As John puts it in 1 John 1:5

This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you:

God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all

1 John 1:5

As John rightly puts it in His Word about the crisis we all are in this day and age

This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.

John 3:19-21

Today, in this lent season as we seek God, I believe God is encouraging us to do 2 things

Firstly, to SEPARATE ourselves from the darkness ( Run from temptation ) and

Secondly,  To SPEAK light into our dark situations ( Stand on the promises of God )

How does that happen ? Firstly by acknowledging our sins . When we confront our fears and surrender them before God humbly, the light of God takes over and that is the beginning stage of the healing process from within our souls.

My sin I acknowledged to You; my iniquity I did not hide. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’ And you forgave the guilt of my sin!”

Palms 32: 5

 

God’s light is gracious enough to save, powerful enough to heal and strong enough to deliver. Let’s choose to be in His light. Let’s make David’s prayer from his Psalm ours today

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me

Psalm 51:10-12

Stay Blessed in Him

Advertisements

Lent – Day 18 – The Secret Place

dwellinHim

I looked up the meaning of ‘ secret ‘ on Google.  It means ‘ something that is kept or meant to be kept unknown or unseen by others ‘ . I think that ‘Secret Place is where a true self is found, without pretence or prejudice. That ‘ Secret Place’  allow us to be JUST our normal selves and liberate us from having to satisfy or please someone. Sometimes that ‘Secret Place’ keeps us in deception.

When we are just by ourselves ,that ‘Secret Place’ makes us feel protected and safe. That ‘Secret Place’ gives us a sense of belonging in this world. Sometimes it might even feel, the very breath of our existence is dependant on that ‘ Secret Place’

To escape life’s troubles, a ‘Secret Place’ is not hard to find. But BEWARE, in today’s world what you choose as That ‘Secret Place ‘ matters and is crucial. That ‘Secret Place ‘ has the power to give life or take . That ‘Secret Place’ has the potential to be either constructive or destructive

For many of us , that ‘Secret Place’ could be one of the below

Enter the ‘Secret Place ‘ of ALCOHOL to deal with financial or relational losses. Enter the ‘Secret Place’ of DRUGS to run away from life’s worries to a world of illusion and lie. Enter the ‘Secret Place’ of ADULTERY and PORN to satisfy LUST. Enter the ‘Secret Place’ of SMOKING to falsely deal with the habit of frustration, anger and depression. AND THE LIST GOES ON..

If we notice, these SECRET PLACE’s are more than a habit that trap us and eventually captivate us and addict us into a cycle where it seems almost impossible to get out of , except for God’s gracious help and miraculous healing power. These ‘SECRET PLACE’s are temporary like a dew on the grass.

God shares His greatest key that will unlock the door of answers to all our life issues. His PRESENCE. Have you ever noticed a shadow? It follows us wherever we go. Such protective is our God. God calls us to His SECRET PLACE and DWELL in it.

He who dwells in the SECRET PLACE of the Most High

Will rest under the Shadow of the Almighty

Psalm 91:1

God’s SECRET PLACE is UNCOMPARABLE to any other. It is PRICLESS and TRUE as GOD NEVER lies

God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfil?

Numbers 23:19

We can only take refuge in someone when you trust them. Sometimes we need to make a choice to avail of the help that is offered to us.

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust

Palm 91:2

I attended a Christmas musical last year with my daughter at a church. The musical was fantastic narrating the true meaning of Christmas. Only issue when returning back home was it was raining cats and dogs and I didn’t have an umbrella. We waited for a while for  the rain to stop but No, not a chance. It was getting late and we had quite a bit to travel. So I carried her and started walking, in that heavy rain

On the other end of the road, there was this young handsome chap, walking towards us. Later I realised  that he was one of the volunteers that serves at the church. He was holding one umbrella for himself and another in his hand. He offered to help us and walked us under his umbrella to the nearest shelter where we could walk from there to the car park. I was touched by his random kindness and thanked him whole heartedly. Probably that day his umbrella was my ‘Secret Place ‘ as it shielded us from that horrible storm and rain.

Like myself that day, there are many that are standing out in the rain. And like that young selfless chap that came to help a stranger like me, Jesus out of His unconditional love is inviting us to His secret place, where He promises to protect us and keep us safe. Where He promises to provide us rest. Where He promises to be faithful to the very end of age.

3Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. 4He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

Psalm 91:3-4

The choice is yours today ! My Prayer is that you choose His ‘ SECRET PLACE ‘ that is true, life saving, trust worthy, protective , full of unconditional life and without condemnation of any sort. May you choose to come under Jesus’s umbrella today where He can love you, protect you and bless you.

Stay Blessed in Him