Sunday, June 14, 2015

Hold the Flashlight


Often a child wants to help a parent, but the task is too difficult--maybe it involves troubleshooting a problem in the dark, for example.  What do most parents do in that instance?  They usually let the child hold the flashlight, thereby doing something important by helping in that way.  The Bible says this world we live in is in utter darkness.  The only hope for it is God.  Fortunately, He sent His only begotten Son to be the light of the world and save us.  We can't save anyone no matter how hard we try, but we can shine His light while He does all the work through the Holy Spirit.

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.  Matthew 5:14-16

Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or puts it under a bed; but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light.  Luke 8:16

The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Romans 13:12

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. Ephesians 5:8-13

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 1 John 1:5-6

Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. Philippians 2:14-15

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