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  1. 12_Dec_The Things I Know 1

    "Ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."
    Jeremiah 29:13.

    So much water has gone under the bridge since the day when the Lord came into my life and made me His own.

    I was a rock bottom teenager with nothing left to lose! And that's when I learned about 'the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me'. Galatians 2: 20.  For me, the sinner with no hope!

    I was lonely, and longing for someone to genuinely love me, and I looked in vain in all the places and among all the folks one would naturally turn to. But before too long I finally gave up looking there because I had been given a promise some years before and I trusted that God would be true to His Word, and He was! This was His promise to me:

    "Ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."
    Jeremiah 29:13.

    I opened my Bible and began to search the Scriptures for what I had been longing for, and discovered that I had a great problem, which helped me to understand the emptiness I had in my soul. The problem was my sin, and it was my sin that was separating me from God who I was longing with all my heart to find.

    After months of searching, praying, questioning, I finally bowed the knee and trusted in the sinless Man who suffered, bled, and died on the cross as my Substitute. This was the moment I was 'born of God' and made a member of His family.

    This is when life for me began ... Forty years ago!
    (The Journey in more detail here)

    I have learned a tremendous amount since then. Not all in one go I have to say, but a little here and a little there. Bit by bit, day by day. Through one experience after another I began to learn things about the personality of the Wonderful One who promised to be with me forever from the moment I trusted in Him.

    I have known seasons of incredible joy and equally I have known seasons of incredible sorrow, and although I wouldn't invite those times of suffering into my life, I wouldn't have done without them either!

    I have learned some of the most incredible things during those darkest hours in my life. I have gone through enough of them to know that:

    "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."
    Psalm 30:5.

    Suffering doesn't last forever! Thankfully, I can testify of the wonderful fact that having gone through many experiences of suffering, there has always been something incredible to gain because of those experiences. Rather like harvesting pearls from an oyster. Those precious gems would not be possible without the oysters suffering.

    But what are my pearls? What are those treasures gained through my trials? I have to say that these are the precious things I learned about the character of the One in whom is all my hope and trust?

    Like the apostle Paul I can confidently declare ...

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    The things I know about my beloved Lord and Saviour I wouldn't exchange for any treasure this sad old world could ever give. Nothing can be compared to knowing Him.  Absolutely Nothing!

    But how did this happen? Well, like everything else that has come my way, it never happened all at once! I didn't learn everything all in one go and I haven't been given all I possess all at once! The One who I know so well after all those years is the result of a relationship that has been built upon, established and grown one day at a time ... Over forty years!

    Even though I cannot see Him, He is more real to me than much of what I see with my eyes, because most of what we see in front of us is fake and fleeting. But my unseen beloved Lord Jesus is the rock upon which I have laid the foundations of my faith and the lens of truth through which I view everything around me.

    Perhaps to you that might sound rather strange, but let me tell you by experience -
    This is the life.  This is truly what it means to live!

    It might entail a constant swimming upstream but when the majority of those around me appear to be going in one direction, I am homeward bound!

    By faith I see the end of the course ahead of me and I am aiming ...

    "... for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
    Philippians 3: 14.  
    "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith ..."
    Hebrews 12: 2.

    Everything around me tells me it's not long before He is going to fulfil the promise He declared to His people:

     "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.
    I go to prepare a place for you.
    And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again,
    and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."
    John 14: 3

    There is a company of God's people who are earnestly awaiting this promise and I am among them!  It fills my soul with joyful anticipation and enriches every moment in waiting. The promise of His coming brings meaning to every moment of each and every passing day along with the earnest desire to invest not in this world but in eternity.

    Won't you come with me on this most incredible journey and trust Him too? Every moment from this moment onwards could be yours to make the most of. And walking with the One 'whom to know is life eternal' * is something that simply cannot be compared to anything the heart could ever imagine.

    Come with me and with Him, and you will be eternally glad you did!  You see ... I know!  :)

    * See John 17: 3.

    More about the promised coming of the Lord Jesus

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  2.  11_Nov_ghoulies and ghosties 1

    Well, it's that time of the year again when the pumpkin lanterns are placed at the front doors showing off menacing expressions, artificial cobwebs and spiders hang in windows and a whole host of folks both young and old dress themselves in tatty costumes and scary makeup, all in the name of having a bit of fun!

    This is the time of the year in which the creepy and scary are acceptable, when the sinister is intriguing, when evil is celebrated, and the dark is embraced! When all the while those who are really on the dark side are rejoicing at the activities of the general population at such a time as this. Little do they know what this is really all about! How can people be so gullible?

    Well, I believe I can answer my own question ... It is because the enemy is busy, and seeing as he is the master of deception, the vast majority are swept away with this evil garbage.

    The Lord Jesus told us that the enemy, 'aka' Satan is not only a liar but the father of lies, which means that he has offspring! Unlike God, he cannot be everywhere at the same time, so he has a myriad of followers whom he places exactly where he wants them to be. They are either demonic entities who have taken up residence in people or generally deceived and gullible people like most of the folks we know.

    'Just a bit of harmless fun,' they say.  Really???  Well, I suppose that is understandable to have that type of mindset when we live in a world that has an upside down, back to front, and inside out mindset. But look a little closer and you will see that this wicked virus has infiltrated even our common language so that 'wicked' now means good, great, or fantastic! The word 'sick' believe it or not now means awesome, wonderful, or cool! The word 'beast' now refers to someone who is good or awesome! And sadly the beautiful word 'gay', which used to mean light hearted and carefree has been hijacked!

    So, let's take a look at what the Bible has to say about all this topsy turvy  way of thinking.

    "Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:
    That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it:
    and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it!
    Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light,
    and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
    Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!"
    Isaiah 5: 18-21.

    Oh, how people love to mock the living and Almighty Sovereign God!  They assume that because He does not move at their mockery He'll do nothing ...

    "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily,
    therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil."
    Ecclesiastes 8: 11.

    But He IS Sovereign and there is a good reason why He doesn't come in and swiftly give to wicked people their just deserts. Every day is another day that a merciful God gives space for them to repent from their sin and trust Him with all their heart.

    The practices of witchcraft and demonism are strongly condemned in the Bible. Manasseh, son of king Hezekiah was a wicked man in the extreme and this is his résumé -

    "Manasseh did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD ...
    For he built again the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken down,
    and he reared up altars for Baalim, and made groves,
    and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.

    Also he built altars in the house of the LORD, whereof the LORD had said,
    In Jerusalem shall my name be for ever.

    And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD.
    And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom:
    also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft,
    and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards:
    he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger."
    2 Chronicles 33: 2-6.

    You name it, Manasseh did it!  He dared to defy all the best principles of God Himself and he held nothing back. However, as wicked as he was, there came a time in his life when even this man was brought to his knees before God and repented of all his wicked deeds. Just in case we might think that folks who engage in such practices are outside the realms of God's grace and readiness to pardon, Manasseh did, so there's hope for all.

    But these are just a few mentions of the practices that were once deemed as abominable practices, which are now embraced by people and tinkered with by the vast majority of folks out there in the name of a bit of fun!

    Be warned, as I used to teach the children in Sunday School years ago:

    Little tigers grow into big tigers. And big tigers bite!

    What looks innocent and perhaps rather appealing can grow and turn into something very dangerous in the passing of time!

    Instead of playing with the dark, sinister, and unknown, why not come to the One who offers in the place of fear - 'exceeding gladness.' In the place of sorrow - 'unspeakable joy.' Instead of troubles and torments - 'the peace of God, which passes all understanding.' And instead of bondage -  'freedom indeed', which only the Son can give.

    Well, the alternatives that the Lord has to offer in love and Sovereign grace as opposed to the lies and trickery cannot be compared. All this and so much more is offered freely with the forgiveness of sin, costing folks like us absolutely nothing. However, don't ever think that it is a cheap offer; for it cost the life of the precious Son of God on the cross to secure such a deal.

    The Bible tells us that "God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5: 8.

    Held up for all to see was the supreme love of God offering His only begotten Son as the Substitute for sinners like you and me. What an absolute treasure He is!

    So, while tribes of people roam the streets 'trick or treating' feigning to be the 'un-dead', ghoulies and ghosties, let us remember that every one who has truly trusted in the Lord Jesus is acquainted with One who truly rose from the dead and lives today in the power of an endless life.

    Just to conclude, I couldn't help but smile at the thought that as usual a few days after Halloween there is a rise in the coughs and sneezes, and I can't help but wonder that instead of carving the pumpkin and using it a scary lamp, perhaps it would be much wiser cooking it making a lovely tasty soup or pie, and slow roasting those seeds to munch on. All of those wonderful nutrients will do wonders for the immune system!

    Halloween is a waste of pumpkins I say! :)

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  3. 10_Oct_giants in the land 1

    I wonder how many dear folks out there are wandering around in a type of wilderness, and perhaps questioning what is life all about!  Surely there has to be more to life than just getting through each day! Do you feel like that you are going round and round in circles never actually getting anywhere?

    Perhaps one day in the past you heard of your need as a sinner before a holy God and trusted Him with your soul. Perhaps you know you're going to heaven one day because you have fully trusted in what Jesus accomplished on the cross in dying for you personally, as He did for all of us poor lost sinners. And if you trusted Him with your soul, you're on a heaven bound journey. But could it be that even though you trusted Him for eternal matters you are finding it difficult to trust Him with your life?

    This is more often than not the reason why we spend a while in a wilderness, because the 'there and then' matters are outside in the future and way beyond our control, but we like to feel that we can control matters that involve 'here and now'.

    The reason for this dilemma we all have in varying degrees depends on our relationship with the One who has paid so dearly to give us the promise of a home in heaven. The love of God has gone far beyond promising a home in heaven for people like us; for what He accomplished at Calvary also broke down the barrier that separates us from Him.

    When sin came into the world the sweet relationship that God had with Adam and Eve was severed, and down through the generations even to this day sin has separated us from Him and His companionship.

    "Your iniquities have separated between you and your God,
    and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear."
    Isaiah 59: 2

    But here's an amazing thought ...
    It is divinely possible to draw near to the living God in order to get to know Him ... personally!

    Perhaps this sounds a little presumptuous, but this is something that God Himself primarily desires for His people, and understanding this helps us to understand why He went to such great lengths to mend the broken relationship between us and Him. You see, He greatly values our fellowship with Him.

    In the Old Testament we read of the deliverance of God's people out of the hands and tyranny of the wicked king called Pharaoh. After a series of horrible plagues which troubled their captors to the point of driving them out of the land, they arrived at the edge of the wilderness through which they had been travelling. In front of them was the Red Sea, on either side of them were mountains and behind them was Egypt ... and Pharaoh's perusing army!

    God then delivered His people from wicked Pharaoh once for all in the most miraculous way, by parting the Red Sea in front of them so that every one of God's people, (two million of them in all!) could escape on dry land that night and make it safe to the other side. When the very last one was safe and sound, God then brought the mighty waters back over the perusing enemy doing away with every one of them, once for all, and forever.

    Now, there was about an eleven day journey to get to the land that God had promised to them. Unfortunately because of the complaining nature of the rescued company it took a whole lot longer! However, Canaan, the land God promised to them was a land overflowing with goodness at every turn, and it was a land of rest as opposed to the place from which they had been delivered. Now, all they had to do was focus on the promise of God and head in that direction.

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    When they finally made it to the borders of the land they sent in twelve 'spies' to survey it and bring back a report. After forty days and nights they returned and verified that Canaan  was indeed just as they had been promised. However, there was in this land all kinds of enemies that caused most of the spies to fear, and they discourage the waiting people from desiring to enter into the land God had promised them.

    Caleb and Joshua were the only two men among the twelve that were prepared to trust God and go in. "Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it." Numbers 13: 30. Such was his bold faith and intimate knowledge of his God. But those that went with them saw the situation through human eyes instead of through the eyes of faith in the One who had earlier parted the Red Sea to allow them all to escape Egyptian captivity.

    Their report caused the people to become discouraged especially when the spies exaggerated what they saw. This is when their report turned from discouragement into what the Bible tells us was an evil report: "The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight." (:30.)

    O dear! Only two men who believed that God would give them victory in the land He promised, but an evil report caused the people to doubt and despair. God had so much for them all to enjoy but the Bible tells us that God said to them: "When your fathers tempted me ... I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest." Hebrews 3: 9-11.

    And so whole generation missed out on the best God had to give them because of unbelief. Sure, they were saved from Egypt, but their lives were lost in the wilderness where they had to live out the rest of their lives. God would take into the land He promised them the next generation instead ... along with faithful Caleb and Joshua of course!

    Did you know that God has a type of Canaan rest for you and me also? Do you have a saved soul but a lost and wondering life? God has the most precious of things in store for you rather than living off of temporary sustenance until you reach heaven, He has the best for you to enjoy now!

    As it was in those days, so it is today, there are very few who are willing to trust God and go in to possess the land He has promised. Why is this? Because there are 'giants' in the land!  Well, actually, yes there is! No one ever promised that we would be able to avail ourselves of heaven's best while here on earth without having to overcome some obstacles.

    The things that God values and wants you to appreciate come with a cost.

    Perhaps the most challenging giant to overcome is the one called 'time'. The only way we can truly appreciate the Christian life is to get to know the One who has made this all available to us, and it takes time to get to know someone intimately. But who would have begrudged the time it took getting to know someone you fell in love with?

    But how much time does it take? How much are you prepared to give? Why not try with five or ten minutes each day to be alone with God? Soon, before you know it, you'll be adding on an extra five or ten minutes more! Then perhaps you'll be setting your alarm clock a little earlier each day to get half an hour or more time alone with the One who loves your soul. Before you know it your heart will be longing for Him, and you'll look at the clock and wonder where an hour just went ... and so on. Do you see what I mean?

    But this is what God desires for His people. An intimate knowledge of Him, simply because this is a thing most precious not only to the child of God but to God Himself! And an intimate knowledge of Him gives to us an insight into life others cannot see. When all that others can see is giants in the land you will know the Lord enough to understand that giants can be overcome, whatever those giants may be. For some, those giants may be the craving for more money, or recognition. To others doubts and fears may be the giants they need to overcome. You can fill in the blank with whatever you know is stopping you from enjoying the best Christian life God intended you to have, and you will find that knowing Him intimately will overcome every giant.

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    Don't let anyone cause you to feel that this is beyond reach or better left until another time. None of that 'easy does it now', or 'let's not rush but take things slowly' mentality is a valid reason for delay. Please allow me to quote from the Bible as I did earlier but this time I have gone back a verse or two so you can see that God does not agree with 'taking it easy' but desires your interest and attention ... today!

    "Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, Today if ye will hear his voice,
    Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
    When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
    Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said,
    They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
    So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)"
    Hebrews 3: 7-11.

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    >> Do you have any questions or comments about these thoughts or about the obstacle that might be hindering your walk with God?  I would love to hear from you - why not say hello down below!

  4. 09_Sep_Missing Specs

    It was just an ordinary day like so many others, or so I thought ...

    I love walking and like to do a little bit each day to keep as active as possible.  Because most of the things that occupy my personal time are creative, and it's not really possible to be active and creative at the same time, so walking gets me moving and gets the fresh air into my lungs.  Anyway, a few days ago, like I do quite often, I arranged to walk to my husband's place of employment, collect our car and drive to my work about twenty minutes away. Afterwards I planned to do my grocery shopping, deliver it home before bringing the car back to Paul's work and walking back home again.

    However, when I arrived to collect the car I was greeted by Paul who wasn't wearing his glasses!  He and a couple of his colleagues were busy lopping lower branches from the trees surrounding the premises where he works, and in the midst of all the activity his glasses got caught by a thin branch and flicked off somewhere out of sight!

    They searched and searched but couldn't find them anywhere.  Oh dear!  Fortunately he had a spare pair which would suffice as emergency specs for the time being.

    On my way to work I whispered a little prayer that they would be found soon, and then I got on with my plans for the next few hours.  It wasn't that I was casual about this but I was sure that the Lord would attend to this matter.  I later returned the car and walked back home. Upon Paul's return home the glasses were still missing!  Oh, how disappointing!

    Then I had a bright idea - I suggested going back to his work after our dinner for another search.  He wasn't all that enthusiastic because he was very tired after a long physical days work in the baking hot sun.  And besides, they had searched all day while working all to no avail!  But I wasn't convinced that the glasses would never be found.

    They were out there in the debris ... somewhere!

    So I started praying about the matter with more fervour now because this was turning into an issue that was more than just about finding missing glasses.

    After dinner was finished and dishes were cleaned we headed off back to try again.  When I got there and saw what we would have to be searching through, my heart sank!  There was so much debris in the form of tree limbs, leaves, ivy, trash, and dusty ground, it would be literally be like looking for a needle in a haystack!  "This is impossible", I began to think, but then I remembered that I had prayed about this and I was confident that the Lord would enable the glasses to be found.

    Unfortunately Paul wasn't at all optimistic about finding them. I can't blame him because he was tired and we were covering ground that had already been searched through earlier.  But I was asking the Lord to come through with this because although the glasses were important, something else about this was more important! I know that the Lord values our trust in Him, so what would be the good of asking Him to aid our search so that the lost item would be found only to go home empty handed?

    But after the sun set and twilight came in fast, we had to concede, and leave the premises without the glasses we searched for.  I was quietly disappointed! I couldn't understand why this happened!  I was praying in my heart asking the Lord what was the purpose of this incident?  Why did we have to go home disappointed after I was confident that He would help us find the missing specs?

    Tomorrow a team of men would be coming to take all debris away for burning.  They would be quick and heavy handed, and possibly throw them out without noticing!  And then I thought ... "There's tomorrow!"  And I began to feel a bit more confident once again.  Perhaps it wasn't too late after all!

    I must add at this point that my life's circumstances have allowed me the privilege of having and making time to spend in the presence of the Lord for the most part of this year.  I have learned many precious things about His sweet character, and learned how to pray prayers I know God will answer.  So to have been disappointed in this way didn't make any sense to me, because as I mentioned earlier, this was more than about finding lost glasses.  This was about a meaningful relationship with Him, and demonstrating enough confidence in Him to encourage others to trust Him as well.

    This was all about protecting His character and maintaining His integrity.
    And ... I had prayed about this!!!

    So, as the next day dawned I asked the Lord again about this matter, said 'good bye' to Paul as he headed off to work.  I glanced at the clock and made a mental note of the time and things I had to do before walking up to collect the car as I did the day before.

    It seemed that in no time at all it was time once again for me to leave.  The weather was good.  I met some nice smiling people walking in the opposite direction to me and had some sweet moments in prayer while walking.  While I entered the last little road before going down the back lane to where I would find the car, I wondered if the men might have found what we had been unsuccessfully been looking for, and prayed about this - just one last time.

    As I rounded the corner and headed to the car Paul came walking towards me ... wearing the said glasses!  The men who were clearing away the debris had been informed and were on the lookout and found them about half an hour in to their work.  AND they were found completely undamaged and unmarked!  I was so very grateful and my heart was touched very deeply, I couldn't help but shed a tear or two ... because I had prayed about this.  And His answer to prayer verified to me that the outcome of this was important to Him as well, which made His answer to my prayers about this issue all the more precious.

    So why have I gone to great lengths to tell you about this?

    It is because those of us who know our beloved Lord Jesus as our Lord and Saviour are precious to God.  He cares about the intricate details of our lives, and it is so easy to forget about this our daily living.  But the Bible tells us that He who knows and cares about every little sparrow, knows the number of hairs on our head:

    "Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
    But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
    Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows."
    Luke 12: 6-7.

    'He knows about all our wanderings: and puts all our tears into His bottle'
    (See Psalm 56: 8.)

    So it stands to reason that He who knows and cares about what we would consider mundane or random things cares about - missing glasses, lost car keys, sick children, job interviews, and every or any other possible thing you can think of that is important to you.

    He cares about these things because He cares about what you think about Him.  He wants you to know that He can be trusted not just for the big stuff like our eternal destiny but for the everyday things that are part of our everyday lives.  What He accomplished on the cross when He came for the purpose of atoning for our sin was also to mend the relationship between us and God that our sin severed.

    A relationship with Him is what He values so highly,
    and this is something His people are meant to deeply appreciate 'here and now' as well as 'there and then'.

    How can we as His people enjoy a relationship like this now? How can we know how to pray prayers we know God will answer? Please allow the Lord Jesus Himself to answer these questions:

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    Unlike me who hasn't learned yet how to communicate without the use of many words - my beloved Lord can say it all in just a very few of them. :)

    May I appeal to you from the bottom of my heart to make the time it takes to be alone with Him each day, just to sit quietly with open Bible, open ears, open eyes, and an open heart.  Let His Word sink in and become an integral part of your inmost being, and before long you will begin to think like He thinks and be able to pray with 'the mind of Christ'.  There cannot possibly be any higher or more satisfying way to live 

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    >> Do you have any questions or comments about what it means to have an intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus?  I would love to hear from you - why not say hello down below!

  5.  08_Aug_Just a Little Light 1

    I was watching a short documentary about a young African woman from a remote village who made fine use of her education, which of course is highly prized in places like this. It is not uncommon to see children from these type of villages to travel miles on bare foot to get some basic reading and maths skills. However, this woman took her education one step further, and with funding she learnt about solar energy and how to capture it and utilise it to its maximum potential!

    In short, she has brought solar powered energy to her local village, which has gradually and completely revolutionised its future and that of the people living there. Each home is being installed with a simple panel on the roof to capture just enough energy to power ... a single light bulb! Nothing fancy, just a couple of wires a switch ... and a bulb! And yet something so very simple like this is having such an impact in her village that things are happening there that have never happened before.

    Now, the young ones who were once governed by the amount of daylight in which work must be done with no time for anything else, now have an hour or two after sundown in which they can read and learn. Of course, with some precious education in their system they will also have an opportunity to do something with their future and possibly bring something back to benefit their people.

    What a great difference a little light can make!

    Have you noticed that when you light something as small as a candle or switch on a torch, hidden things are now visible! Well, that might sound obvious but it is incredible how the most profound lessons there are to be learned are hidden right there in plain sight!

    The Bible tells us that light is more powerful than the dark and the darkness simply cannot overcome the light but rather, the overcoming is the other way around. And what a relief that this is so. No matter how small the torch or flame is, it sheds light and dispels the thick and overbearing dark ... it's that simple!

    The Bible also says that the world in which we live is dark, spiritually! The sad thing is, that men refuse the light that God has to give because as the Bible tells us: "they love the darkness rather than the light because their deeds are evil." John 3: 19. What a dreadful picture is drawn of the nature of mankind, but nonetheless it is true. Ask any devoted Christian seeking to make the holiness, love, and mercy of God known to those who have never seen His glorious light of truth. More often than not their message of hope is not gladly received, but mocked or even rejected!

    And yet, when the Word of God is read and received, in comes His divine light to illuminate the fact that we are all in dire need. But God hasn't left us in that sorry state without a divine remedy. And it is divine because the remedy comes from the very heart of God Himself.

    It would be quite impossible to remedy the problem ourselves because we were the ones that created the dilemma in the first place. It takes a merciful God to reach out to lost sinners who are estranged from Him because of sin.

    It was a dark day, the day when Jesus was crucified! Although it may have been a day when the sun was shining, it was a day when it looked like the light was being extinguished. The wickedness of mankind was fully displayed there at the cross of Christ, and the devil who was behind man's rejection of Him must have thought it was his day! But in reality the Lord Jesus was there on a mission. He was there to accomplish something we in the dark could do for ourselves. 'He came to save sinners' from the eternal consequences of their sin by the sacrifice of Himself instead of ourselves.

    When we realize our need for the Lord to come in with His remedy, and we accept by faith alone what 'the light of the world' accomplished on the cross, amazing things happen to our once darkened spirits.

    He comes in, and where there is light there is life.

    The Lord Jesus said:

    "I am come that they might have life,
    and that they might have it more abundantly."
    John 10:10.

    As the African village was in darkness and unproductive before the light came in, this is what people are like! Some are able to accomplish a measured amount of success, but overall most are locked in a state of mediocrity. But whether a person is a so called success in life or otherwise, it is of little or no value in the light of eternity.

    Every precious person who has ever lived has the potential to accomplish something for eternity and no matter how small it might appear to be, because it is what God values that counts.

    The precious Son of the living God said:

    "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,
    but shall have the light of life."
    John 8: 12.

    It is amazing what a little light can do, and wonderful things are there for the happening in the lives of all who are prepared to allow the light of His Person, and the light of His Word to come in ... No matter who, or where they are!

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    >> Do you have any questions or comments about these thoughts or about the 'light of the world' means to you?  I would love to hear from you - why not say hello down below!