God Gold of the Day

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.””/John 8:12

Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going.

36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.
37 Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him.”/ John 12:35-37
Hope everyone had a great Sunday and got some good Word to chew on this week! I heard an awesome teaching this morning and in part of this message, God was dicussed as the truth and the light. The pastor had a great illustration to paint an even better picture of how God as light, applies to our daily lives. After hearing this message, I haven’t been able to get this “light” out of my head. So put your sunglasses on because it’s about to get bright in the God Gold!!!
Jesus spoke these truths to the disciples saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Jesus is the light of the world. What could He possibly be talking about?? Well, think about this way, from man’s first sin in the garden of Eden, darkness has been a constant force in this world brought out by the devil and his schemes, temptations, and attacks on man with one goal in mind—> move man away from God. When sin and darkness was brought into the world, it has been multiplying and casting a shadow on man ever since and darkness can overtake anyone if we’re not careful. All it takes is one step into darkness, one moment of compromise, and that itty bitty little piece of darkness we allow in our life can spread and spread, like Jesus says, when the darkness overtakes someone, when one is walking and living in this darkness they have no idea where they are going, they have no idea of the darkness they keep playing with, it’s no big deal that it’s in their life or that it is overtaking every single area of their life, the relationships they have, everything. Darkness isn’t any joke, I’ve seen it affect my life in ways that still hurt me today, that still lead me to continue playing with darkness and leading me into other areas of darkness. Even though it’s not the same darkness that I had in my life at 22, darkness is still just as dark at 24 in what seems so small compared to the things of my past but darkness is darkness, it leads into every area of life, and when we are walking in it, we don’t even know, we are clueless to the trouble we bring to our self and how it so greatly affects the people around us. I’ve had my battles just like I’m sure you have, we will have this battle every day the rest of our life because this world we live in is filled with the darkness we try to stay away from. It’s hard. It’s real. But wait, there’s good news.
So at my house we’ve got two dogs that stay in a fenced in area behind our house down a hill. It’s up to me and my brother Josh to feed them and take care of them, someday’s that task becomes more of a chore than others with as much as we run around and sometime procrastinate doing it. There have been times when I’ve had to feed them at night, yeah walk down the hill in the dark and feed them. I’m not going to lie to you, I’m not a big fan of walking in pitch black dark near the woods. It’s scary cause first off I can’t see anything and then the worst part, I don’t know what animals are out there waiting to get me, or what if there is a person down there waiting to come after me, or even worse what if there is a monster down there? You see how my mind starts assuming the worst and just because I can’t see where I’m going or my surroundings, I immediately become hopeless, afraid and believing the worst. No there’s probably nothing down there that can get me but the darkness will pull out some wild thoughts.
This past Christmas, thank the Lord for my fiance’s parent’s! My future in-laws, gave me a Christmas present and among some different items was a spotlight, it was small like a flashlight but man, this thing has some power. I tried it out the first night when I got home late and had to go down the hill to feed the dogs. I could see EVERYTHING! I was still on the lookout for monsters, but because of this light, I could see them coming so I wasn’t afraid anymore. The darkness was still there but I had this spotlight so I could see where I was going, what steps I needed to take so I wouldn’t fall down the hill, because that may or may not have happened before. That trip down the hill with the spotlight, I was a completely different person and I had a whole new mentality and confidence. The darkness, the wild animals, monsters or whatever could come my way and it wasn’t going to hurt me because I had my spotlight lighting my path and giving me a sense of security in my situation. Big shoutout to the Mr. Steve and Mrs. Ginny on the most practical and awesome gift!!!
Shout-out to God also for sending an even better gift for me and you. Although we struggle daily to stay away from the darkness in our own lives and in the world around us, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be the light of the world and save us from this terrible darkness! Jesus gives a way out from walking around in the darkness, scared, hopeless, and with no clue where we’re going. Having a relationship with Jesus Christ reverses all of that because He is the Light of the World. Jesus keeps us from the darkness and leads us in His light, even with the darkness and temptation being all around us, Jesus is like that spotlight, lighting up our path, showing us where to go and where we need to stay away from, He keeps our feet from slipping, He keeps us walking strong, confident, and filled with hope. Jesus gives us security, knowing whatever comes our way He will shine His light on it showing us the incoming attack exposing the darkness for what it truly is, with Jesus as our light the darkness is consumed, He shows us that with Him we can handle any darkness that comes our way. In this security Jesus gives us, we have peace and joy like never before because we know that nothing can harm a child of light. Jesus is the light that shines on our heart, exposing each piece of darkness we harbor and shows us the way to move forward, past the darkness in addictions, strongholds or whatever it is, He lights up the way to move with Him, away from the darkness of our past and into the light of eternity, He consumes the darkness and gives us life in the light, life in the fullest of forms. Staying close to Jesus is a huge game changer in our personal struggles with darkness and the darkness we are surrounded by daily. Instead of walking blindly through this life not knowing where we are going, stay close to Jesus, put all your belief and trust in the light of the world and His light keeps your vision sharp, His light keeps you from stumbling and monsters, His light let’s you see what’s coming so you can keep moving away from the darkness if yesterday and into the life of light, purpose, power, joy, freedom, victory, peace and hope He’s given you!!! Dig in today and ask the Lord to light up your life! It’s crazy how different your steps become when you can actually see where you are going!Best part is when the Light of the World is shining through your life, Jesus Christ, others who may be in darkness, trapped, see the great way out shining into their life!

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24 year old dude with not a clue what he's doing but God's grace continues to amaze me! Current Seminary student, avid adventure seeker, and getting married to the most humble, weird, and beautiful girl on the planet! Wasted a lot of years living what I thought was the "good life", then Christ showed me what living really is. I pray that my story can somehow help in whatever way possible, to give encouragement and hope that Christ can do the same with you.

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