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This is Day 22 of 48 of the #TruthAboutWhoYouAre series. Thank you so much for joining in on this journey with me. I hope you are inspired over this 7 week series.
It's Kristen Stansell and I will be sharing my thoughts on today's scripture. I'm married, involved in an amazing church, and am the person behind Crafted By. Thank you for being a part of this journey. Photo credit: Rochelle VanSickle
I am a believer, and the light of the Gospel shines in my mind - 2 Corinthians 4:4
You know when you stay somewhere besides your own home and you have to learn where all the light switches are? Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and scanned your hand all along the wall with clue how to turn the lights on? I can't tell you how many times that has happened to me - even in my own home. Thankfully, now we have iPhones that work as a personal flashlight. But prior to that, it was very common to walk around a room aimlessly searching for a light switch and stubbing my toe along the way!
The Bible reveals to us that until we surrender our lives to Christ we are in darkness and unable to see the light. So basically, before we allow Christ into our lives, we are walking around in darkness with our hands stretched out scanning every wall for the light switch. I can remember feeling exactly like that. If you haven't read my story that I shared on yesterday's #TruthAboutWhoYouAre, I encourage you to go back and read it.
As I wrote yesterday, there was a time in my life that I felt completely lost in the dark. I was in a rut at the bottom of the pit and couldn't see any possible way out. My choices had lead me down this dark path but regardless of my mistakes Jesus was just waiting for me to turn back to him and call out for help.
Let's look at 2 Corinthians 4:4 in Amplified Bible
4 For the god of this world has blinded the unbelievers’ minds [that they should not discern the truth], preventing them from seeing the illuminating light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ (the Messiah), Who is the Image and Likeness of God.
Who is the god of this world? That's the enemy aka Satan. Our enemy wants to prevent us from seeing the illuminating light of the Gospel. So what does he do? He puts objects of this world in front of our face to try and block the light. Even in broad daylight if something is placed directly in front of our face we are not able to see what's ahead of us anymore. What does the enemy use to block the light? Anything that takes our eyes off of Jesus. Personally, worry has clouded my vision before. Worry takes our eyes off the One who promises to take care of our every need. Fear can cloud our vision. Fear is opposite of trusting God. So maybe God is calling us in a direction but fear comes in and blocks us from trusting our Heavenly Father. It could be lust - wanting things that aren't meant for us to have. Seeking money to a means to our problems instead of seeking God. The enemy will use these types of tactics plus many more to block us from seeing the light and lure us into a trap.
But we don't have to be afraid! Jesus said that He is the light of the world! Anyone who believes in Him should not abide in darkness. (John 12:46) When we believe in Jesus and rest in His saving grace the blinders are removed and we can now see things we couldn't see before. We are no longer in darkness and we don't have to live like someone in darkness.
For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 1 Thessalonians 5:5-8
As a reminder, John 12:46 reads, "I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness." Praise Jesus, we don't have to live our lives in the dark!
Much love - Kristen
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The scriptures used for this series came from Joyce Meyers download, “Who God Made You To Be”