This thought has been swirling in my mind all week...
As a believer we have the Holy Spirit working in us, right? But how often do we really think about this? How often does that "LIGHT" show in our lives? Once in a while... on a good day? Hey, I'm doing pretty good because I helped someone last week with their groceries.... I just don't know how much I really think about the Holy Spirit and what it means to have Him working in my life.
Talking with a couple friends this week it brought me to this place where I am trying to think through a few things.
Light vs. Darkness
His light vs. our darkness
His light is supposed to shine forth in our life... but does His light also shine on the darkness in OUR lives?
I'm currently sitting on my bed on Halloween night. (in a darkened house b/c we have no candy to pass out... we were all supposed to be gone :)- While Lance & the girls are having fun with friends and at a church festival. No fun for me because I have some major pain on my right side that is keeping me down. But I really don't like Halloween. I know that I am in the minority here... what's not to like about dressing up and getting candy? But there is a darkness on this night that I have always been aware of. I didn't like going to Knott's Scary Farm as a teenager, (and only did it once) I don't watch scary movies, (and only did when I was forced to at a sleepover... with my eyes covered most of the time) and I don't like creepy costumes that come to my house and ask for candy! When our girls were little we would take them out to some of the houses on our streets and they would also get scared of the decorations some people would have and so we ended up just going to church or school festivals on this night.
I LIKE the LIGHT.
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.”
The Lord is saying (if I can try to paraphrase in my own head... "Look, there IS darkness out there. There is SIN in this world. You know it, you can't get around it, you are not perfect. But I AM the solution! I am the LIGHT! Follow me! Trust in ME! I died for you.. WHILE you were sinners!
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
I LOVE the saying on this bible journaling page... I loved you at your darkest... That is paraphrasing Romans 5:8. But it's talking about the LIGHT and the darkness. He LOVED US before we ever made a decision to trust in Him. To love HIM back. When we were in the muck of it... the mire. He loved us and wanted us to see how much He loved and STILL loves us! That is a love you will NEVER find in ANY. OTHER. PERSON, PLACE OR THING. People please see that.
So when we accept Jesus into our lives, he sends the Holy Spirit to live in us. He is our helper, our comforter, our counselor. the Holy Spirit works in us. He IS in us if we have asked the Lord into our hearts. So he is working in us and shining His light through us. What I was thinking of last week is how His light is kind of a "two way" light...
1. If we have Him in our lives, in our hearts... we should be shining HIS light to the world. That's one way of seeing His light.
2. But the other way is back towards us... His light shines on the darkness. The darkness in OUR lives... our sin. Oh, He still LOVES us and we are FORGIVEN...
Ezekiel 18: 30 “Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin. 31 Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel? 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord God. “Therefore turn and live!”
But, He doesn't want us to live in sin! He wants us to turn AWAY from sin. AND THAT FOLKS, that's where the Holy Spirit helps us!
Romans 8:26 says "26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us, with groanings which cannot be uttered.
That's awesome isn't it!? I take GREAT comfort in that! Because I screw up. I AM weak. Just today I lost it with Isabella TWO TIMES! Now granted she did some stupid stuff, (Example... she painted her HANDS with red nail polish to look like blood and then lied that she spilled it... ugh) but I know I need more patience and grace giving skills!
That's where the Holy Spirit comes in and "leads us"... I want to say convicts us but I think that's too harsh of a word for the Holy Spirit. Yes, we feel convicted, hopefully... but I think the Holy Spirit is more of a helper, leader and counselor. Directing us to make the right choices, helping us pray and interceding for us. AMEN to that! I don't know about you, but I can use all the help I can get! lol
What is He shining a light on in your life?
1 John 1:5 "This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
This is a tough one. Am I right? Oh, the Lord is SO patient with us! But He IS shining His light on us to reveal what He wants to CHANGE in us. We need to be aware of that and I think that IS the Holy Spirit gently tugging at our heart or conscience or whatever you want to call it. But He wants us to see WHERE the focus needs to be. He is revealing His TRUTHS to us.
So that we CAN shine HIS LIGHT to a dark world!
That is my prayer for each and every one of you. My prayer for my family, myself... I don't want to claim I am a Christ Follower and show darkness... I want to have people SEE me as a light! See that I am different before I even utter a word! Let us ALL be that light He is wanting us to shine. Especially right now in this world we live in! So much is dark... there is so much evil and hurt and despair. I pray the Lord is calling YOU to let your light shine before others. I know He is.
Matthew 5:16 "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."
So lets pray. That is ALWAYS the key to getting right where He wants us. In His word, on our knees, in prayer.
And Oh how the Lord gives us SO much GRACE. Don't ever forget that. And if you start to forget that... listen to this song by Hillsong.
Be blessed this week...And SHINE HIS LIGHT. Go give 'em some Jesus!
Hugs to all,