Scripture reading for July 23rd: 2nd Kings 7-8, 2 Chronicles 21, Matthew 6
Key Scriptures: Matthew 6:21-24 “”For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Money.””
Our eyes are amazing tools to use to navigate through this life. The eyes depend on light to bring them images of reality in the physical world. If our eyes are healthy, we can see clearly. If our eyes are faulty, our whole body will suffer in darkness. Jesus tied this to money and servitude. Money is a good servant, but a poor master. If we get our vision on serving money instead of serving God, our heart turns against God and our whole being goes into darkness. If we think we are in light but it is really darkness we are in deep trouble! Beware of deception if your eyes are focused on money.
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, You alone are my treasure here in this life and in Heaven for eternity. In Your mercy, reveal any darkness in my life and thinking.
2nd Chronicles 21:6 “And he (King Jehoram) walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done, for the daughter of Ahab was his wife. And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.”
Scripture reading for November 19th: Ezekiel 17-19, 1st John 1
Key Scriptures: 1st John 1:5-7 “This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice 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 cleanses us from all sin.”
Our God is light! In that Light of His awesome holiness, we see no darkness or shadow. So if we claim to have fellowship with Him and continue to walk in darkness, we are a liar about knowing Christ. If we walk in His light, we will have peace with God and this promotes fellowship with other believers. Our walk will show that the blood of Jesus is having its cleansing power in our life.
Ezekiel 18: 21-22 “But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all My statutes and does what is just and right, he shall surely live/ he shall not die. None of the transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness that he has done he shall live.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your cleansing blood that empowers me to live a life of fellowship with You and others in Your body. Keep me from the deception of sin and unbelief. Amen.
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)
Scripture reading for November 21st: 1st John 2
Key Scriptures for over-comers: 1st John 2:9-11 “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.”
The devil is always stirring up emotions in the hearts of mankind. Because of the selfishness of the human heart because of sin, hatred towards one another abounds. Every person is made in the likeness of God and hatred towards another brother or sister is part of the world of darkness. This darkness blinds people and causes them to stumble and fall. Christ’s love alone can cleanse the heart from hatred. Hatred is the precursor of murder!
Observations for over-comers: Over-comers guard their hearts against a return of the old nature and its evil desires and emotions of hatred. The live in the Light of Christ’s glory and mercy. “Therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I will treat you in accordance with the anger and jealousy you showed in your hatred of them and I will make myself known among them when I judge you.” (Ezekiel 35:11)
Scripture reading for November 18th: 1st John 1
Key Scriptures for over-comers: 1st John 1:5-7 “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 yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by 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.”
Light and darkness cannot occupy the same space! Light always drives out darkness and over-powers it. Darkness can only exist in the absence of light! This is a truth that applies to believers and their relationship with God through Jesus Christ. If we have fellowship with Jesus Christ, darkness must leave our lives and souls. If we say we have fellowship, but continue to live in darkness, we are living in deception and under a lie! Those in true fellowship with Jesus Christ allow His blood to cleanse them from sin and darkness.
Observations for over-comers: Over-comers live and walk in the intense light of Christ’s glory and are being transformed by this glory. “I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north–an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal,” (Ezekiel 1:4)
Scripture reading for September 19th: 1st Thessalonians 5
Key Scriptures for over-comers: 1st Thessalonians 5:4-9 “But you, brothers are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Paul encouraged the Thessalonians concerning their new identity as sons of light. Those who live in the light of Christ and God’s word will not be caught off guard when events of the end time prophesy are being fulfilled. As children of the light, we belong to the day of Christ and live self-controlled lives by trusting in God’s word and His promises of salvation. We know that we have escaped the coming wrath of God because of sin through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and are now awaiting the new day of Christ’s millennial reign on the earth and then His eternal reign over the new heaven and new earth.
Observations for over-comers: Over-comers are awake in the Spirit and live life in the light of Christ’s coming and eternal promises to those who believe! “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)
Scripture reading for August 30th: Ephesians 5
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Ephesians 5:8-11 “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 of 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.”
The contrast between light and darkness is Paul’s illustration of the difference between our new life in Christ and our former way of life under Satan, leading to death and everlasting darkness. Over-comers have awakened from the darkness of their former life and let the light of Christ shine through them in actions that are consistent with Christ. In fact, they consistently resist the ‘fruitless’ deeds of the old life and expose them as the darkness that they really represent. They are honest about living a life of goodness and truth by faith in Jesus Christ.
Observations for over-comers: Over-comers allow Christ’s love and truth from His word to expose sin and darkness in every area of their lives. They live in humble dependence on God’s grace as they shine the light of Christ’s love on a dark world. “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)
Scripture reading for March 17th: Luke 11
Key scriptures for over-comers: Luke 11:34-36 “Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you.”
In the natural world there are wave-lengths of light that do not illuminate. Some of these are known as “black light.” This light does very little to illuminate what our eyes could see. Jesus warned of ‘light’ that could be inside of us that was actually ‘darkness’. He wasn’t talking about light, but about ideas and understanding that was not based in truth. Man is actually born in darkness and must be reborn through the ‘light’ of the gospel. (1st Corinthians 4:4)
We must carefully guard what we allow into our bodies and souls through our natural eyes. The eye is the lamp of the body and our spiritual eyes are the lamp of our souls. When we allow our inner man to be filled with sin and lust, our bodies and souls fill with darkness. We can be deceived and enslaved by the darkness which leads to eternal darkness, weeping and gnashing of teeth!
Observations for over-comers: We must keep our eyes on the Lord and His word, the only source of true light! “Send forth Your light and Your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to Your holy mountain, to the place where You dwell.” (Psalm 43:3)