We are seeing the horror of the heinous twist of truth the devil weaves into the hearts of people who are destitute of the love of the Lord. What evil the enemy puts into the heart of one person who takes the lives of others who don’t know His love. Our nation, and yes all of mankind, needs to be washed in and filled with His overwhelming love. The works of the devil in the minds of young children is extreme as they are surrounded by and taught the ideology of others that is not founded on or filtered by His Word . We need wisdom and His fire to purge the evil. But for some reason that is hard and it is easier to turn a blind eye to the evil and in some arenas be accepting of those who flaunt their so called preferred life style. “Every man doing what is right in their own eyes”.
A very wise mentor of mine gave me a simple bit of advice when as a young Christian I wrestled with an attitude of dislike and abhorrence towards the vices of others. (Maybe you feel this same emotion about what is going on in our nation and world) Abhorrence seems a strong word for me to use but please consider what it means noun a feeling of repulsion; disgusted loathing. “the thought of marrying him filled her with abhorrence”
synonyms: hatred, loathing, detestation, execration, revulsion, abomination, disgust, repugnance, horror, odium, aversion
“the sight of drug dealers on his street fills him with abhorrence”
The advice was hate the sin, love the sinner.
That was some of the best advice I ever got and I have often reminded myself was to change my attitude and prayer focus about many of the situations I faced.
Father, we need such a strong display in the reality of Your presence and power. Not in judgment fire but yes judge sin but my Lord with the fire of Your PURE love.
There is a light that must shine in this increasingly dark world. A light that shines in the darkest corners and leads the captive free.
Scripture, Matt. 5:14, tells us we are the light of the world but our minds can’t comprehend that and quite honestly I have sometimes thought that if I embraced that thought I was being holier than thou.
But consider with me what the Apostle Paul said. “It is no longer I that live but Christ that lives in me. John 1:4 In Him was life and the life (His life) is the light of men.
“Life came into being because of him, for his life is light for all humanity. And this Living Expression is the Light that bursts through gloom— the Light that darkness could not diminish!”
John 1:4-5 TPT
Is He alive in me today? Am I a carrier and distributor of His light! Consider this with me: Gen. 2:7 tells us that God breathed into the nostrils of man the breath of life; and man became a living being.
John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
We are born again of, by and with the power of the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ which was sacrificed because Father God sent His only begotten Son to bear our sins on the cross. That gift to us was the greatest sacrifice of the love of God and when we accept that love we are filled with the light. He breathes the breath of His life, (the life) into us and we carry that light within us. We are His light to the world. His light radiates love. His love is the love that releases bondages. We reveal that very love in our lives day by day. The way to have a brighter light is to spend more time in His presence. Please join me in ramping up the wattage in your light.
We can make a difference. Our words and actions can be filled with light, life and love as we come closer to Him. In Him is life!
We do not want to walk in darkness but we are the light shining in the darkness leading others to His light and eternal life.
Original post June 13, 2016 updated March 4, 2019