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Light is Good!

but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanseth us from all sin. -1 John 1:7 (ASV)

At last night's Bible study I attend, a brother in the Lord filled in for the pastor who was away for his Grandmother's memorial service and continued in our study of 1 John, focusing on a couple of verses that pertain to the light. I thought it was a good topic that needs to be brought up from time to time and he made some interesting points I had not thought about before. It had not occurred to me that criminal or dishonest behavior would increase in the absence or lessening of light, but apparently studies show it does. When I think about it, it makes perfect sense. I have lived a great portion of my life in the shadows with my sin. Fortunately for me, God has chosen to shine a light on my life with the gift of salvation through Jesus and the conviction of the Holy Spirit. I hope and pray that He has done the same for you.

The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. -John 1:5 (NASB)

Several years ago a popular movie called "Poltergeist" arrived on the scene. It dealt with a house supposedly possessed by a malevolent spirit or ghost that was keeping some other ghosts captive and wanted a little girl who lived in the house for his own. Anyway, for those who aren't familiar with the story, he snatches her through a television set into his dimension and the parents struggle with how to get her back. They end up enlisting the help of paranormal investigators who finally call in a woman with purportedly 'psychic powers' who is eventually able to retrieve the little girl. She goes back and forth between telling the child to "go to the light," but also to avoid the light at one point in the story. While nothing more than a fantasy, the movie does illustrate an issue that many people face daily in their lives. Do I approach the light or should I shy away from it? Staying away from it may seem comfortable for a time, but like the little girl in the story, we are imprisoned in what is surely an unpleasant dimension where we aren't really alive or dead, just existing and unsatisfied. As Christians, we are always to strive to go to the light in our daily walk with the Lord.

Again therefore Jesus spake unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life. -John 8:12 (ASV)

My life has taken me through an ongoing series of illuminations that show me where I am going astray and point me back to God. The most powerful flashlight in the world is readily available to those of us who live in the United States and still in many other countries in this world: God's Word, the Bible. Daily involvement with Scripture will help give you the strength and ability to grow in the Lord by showing you what to do, how to do it, and where to go with Him. There is power in the Word. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, And light unto my path. -Psalm 119:105 (ASV)

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