Bright Light


Magnifying glass with light bulb on white backgroundI love Christmas time when the world reflects on love and giving. I love the lights of Christmas. I love the anticipation of giving gifts. I remember what Christmas meant to me as a kid. I almost forgot to mention the food of Christmas, the candy and the parties.

As a follower of the Lord, Jesus is referred to as the Light of The World. He calls His followers Light of the World and Salt of the earth. I think Christmas lights represent The Light that came to the world in the form of a baby. The prophet Isaiah speaks in terms of Israel being the catalyst bringing the Light. Check this out….

19 The sun will no more be your light by day,
    nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you,
for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
    and your God will be your glory.
20 Your sun will never set again,
    and your moon will wane no more;
the Lord will be your everlasting light,
    and your days of sorrow will end. (Isaiah 60:19-20 NIV)

 

Our world was forever changed when Jesus came. He brought hope to the hopeless. He brought light to the dark places. He brought love to the hated. He is the Light that pushes the darkness out. Check this out…

14 ‘You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16 NIV)

 

If I’m following the Lord, I’m shining my light. If He dwells in me, I always have light to shine. In the deepest struggles of my life His light still shines. In the most joy-filled moments His light still shines. The Light He brings pushes out the darkness that seeks to take over our world. The Love of God is the power source of the Light of the World. I need to shine all the time and everywhere I go.

 

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Walk

Man praying with the BibleThis is simply picking up one foot at time and put it down further away from my body. I can’t walk with both feet on the ground. It is also “the act of traveling or an excursion on foot”. I walk every day. I just started wearing a Fitbit and it counts my steps during the day. Walking briskly can be great exercise because it gets my heart rate up to a healthy place and it tones my muscles throughout my body. I don’t walk nearly as much as I could because it’s too easy to get in the car and drive.

The word walk also refers to this journey called life. I “walk” through different phases and some parts of life are quite hard. I can’t imagine the walk of life that some have had to deal with. Then again others can’t imagine what it would be like to “walk a mile in my shoes”. Check this out….

2 In the last days
the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established
    as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills,
    and all nations will stream to it.
3 Many peoples will come and say,
‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
    to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
    so that we may walk in his paths.’
The law will go out from Zion,
    the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4 He will judge between the nations
    and will settle disputes for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into ploughshares
    and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
    nor will they train for war any more.
5 Come, descendants of Jacob,
    let us walk in the light of the Lord. (Isaiah 2:2-5 NIV)

 

I don’t know how the rest of my life will go, but I do know that I want to be found “walking in the light of the Lord”. I want Him to teach me his ways “so that we may walk in His paths”.

My walk with the Lord is really connected to my journey in His Word. I don’t believe for a moment that spending time in God’s Word automatically makes everything in my life good. It does change my perspective though. I see life from a different angle when I walk in the light of the Lord. I interpret things that happen in my life differently because I’m walking with Him through His Word.

I want every day of my life here on earth to be a journey of walking in step with the Lord. He makes my journey understandable each day.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Walk

Group of students talkingI’m told that walking is good exercise. I do walk….occasionally. I walk from my chair to my car or from my office to my car.   :-)  I actually should walk a lot more than I do. I remember when I was 20 years of so younger that I ran at least 3 miles a day. I remember hearing how bad that was on my knees. Once I got out of the habit, I never picked it up again. I’m not afraid of walking – I know it’s good for me. I just get too focused on all that needs to be done and leave out the exercise regimen that I need. Since I’m in decent shape, I don’t think about walking that much, but I do walk daily a good bit each day.  I enjoyed reading this Psalm as it reminded me of my spiritual walk. Check this out….

Blessed are all who fear the Lord,

    who walk in obedience to him.
You will eat the fruit of your labor;
 
   blessings and prosperity will be yours.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine

    within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots

    around your table.
Yes, this will be the blessing
 
   for the man who fears the Lord.
May the Lord bless you from Zion;

    may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem

    all the days of your life.
May you live to see your children’s children

    peace be on Israel. (Psalm 128:1-6 NIV)

 

I believe my spiritual walk to be way more important that physical walking. What good will it be if I’m in great physical shape, but die not knowing the Lord. I want to keep the main thing (my walk with the Lord) the main thing. I want to walk every day in obedience to Him. I want to consult with Him every single day about decisions I make. I want His Wisdom in my every day “walking around life”.  I do need to physically walk more, but I want the physical walking to flow out of my spiritual walking.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Confession

flashlightThis word means admitting mistakes and embarrassment. This is an important first step to coming to terms with my sinful nature. I’m prone to wander into sin. In fact I’m often drawn to it like a magnet. The Word of God speaks into my life to help me avoid getting caught up in the deceit of sin. I really needed to hear this Word from John this morning. Check this out…

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there 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. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:5-10 NIV)

 

I’m thankful that when I stray, the Word of God is there to show me the proper path. His Word is the keeper of the way I should live. The Word illuminates the path for my life and keeps me walking in the light. The darkness is lurking just beyond the light, but I’m staying within the glow of His Word. He is faithful to forgive me when I wander off into the darkness – His Word still shines!

I’m so thankful for forgiveness and “do-overs”. I’m so thankful for His Mercy and Grace that extends even to me. I need washing of my soul on a regular basis. I need Him to purify my mind! Confession is a lot of work – but necessary work.

Pressing On!
Dwayne