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Living as children of Light!

Scripture reading for June 21st: Song of Solomon 1-3, Psalm 72, 1st Thessalonians 5

1st Thessalonians 5: 5-10 “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. For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live for Him.”

Paul loved to use contrasts to encourage believers and instruct them in righteous living and motivate them to persevere in the faith. In this passage, light and darkness, day and night are contrasts of the righteous and how they live as opposed to the wicked and their life-style. Those living in the light and day are awake and sober. They are full of faith and love and have the vision of hope of the return of Jesus Christ and the full salvation He promises. Those living in darkness are asleep spiritually and cover their darkness in drunkenness. They have no hope of salvation or a vision of the light of Christ. Those living in light know that they are not destined for wrath and eternal separation from God so they live for Christ!

Psalm 72:18-19 “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, Who alone does wondrous things. Blessed be His glorious Name forever; may the whole earth be filled with His glory! Amen and amen!”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for the Light of Life, Jesus Christ! I am a child of the light and live in anticipation of seeing Jesus Christ on His return to earth for His people. Thank You for the Holy Spirit Who lives in me to empower me to live by faith and to love God and share His love with the nations through preaching the Gospel and giving to missions. Blessed by Your glorious Name forever and ever!

Song of Songs 2:4 “He brought me to his banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.”

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Blessed, dressed and awake!

Scripture reading for December 20th:  Revelation 16, Psalm 135-36, Proverbs 7

Key Scriptures:  Revelation 16:13-15 “And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs.  For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty.  “Behold, I am coming like a thief!  Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!”  And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.”

As the angels of God’s wrath poured out the sixth of seven bowls on the earth, John saw in the spirit unclean demonic spirits released through the mouth of the false prophet.  These evil spirits would be sent to the kings of the earth to deceive them into assembling on the great day of the Lord for the battle of Armageddon.   Those who believe in Jesus are warned to stay awake and be clothed in righteous garments when that day arrives.  It will come upon the world as a thief, but believers will be ready!

Faith Confession:  I trust God to keep me safe from deception and will do my part to stay in faith in Christ Jesus and wearing the robe of His righteousness, alert for His soon return.   Lord help me to warn those who are not dressed and awake!

Proverbs 7:24-25  “And now, O sons, listen to Me, and be attentive to the words of My mouth.  Let not your heart turn aside to her (the adulteress) ways; do not stray into her paths, . . .”

 

 

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Thankful for Christ’s Light!

FScripture reading for December 5th:  Ephesians 4-6, Philippians 1-2

Key Scriptures:  Ephesians 5:11-16  “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.   For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.  But everything exposed  by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible.  This is why it is said:  “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead; and Christ will shine on you.”    Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” 

But for God’s grace through Jesus Christ, we would be hopelessly lost in the darkness of sin and the shame of our disobedience.  But thanks be to God that through Jesus Christ He wakes those who believe in Him from death and the grave and brings us into His marvelous light!  We are awake to Christ, walking in His wisdom  and exposing evil in the days before He comes again for us!

Rejoicing in His Light:  “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.  See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you.”  (Isaiah 60:1-2)

 

 

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