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Exposing The Darkness

Exposing The Darkness
With The Light of The Word

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. Ephesians 5:8-11 (NKJV)

One of the more profound effects of the exposing of superstition and sin is the financial loss of those who profit from such filth and garbage.  Such was the case of a man named Demetrius who lived in Macedonia and was a silversmith by trade.  Demetrius and many others had been making a very good living by using their skills to fashion little silver shrines to worship the goddess Diana (also known as Artemis).  

Warren Wiersbe said it best when he stated this great truth concerning spiritual warfare, "Wherever the gospel is preached in power, it will be opposed by people who make money from superstition and sin."  And we are told in the Book of Ephesians to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them (Eph. 5:11).  Can you imagine the impact this type of Christian witnessing would have on those cities who brag about being associated with sin and pride themselves in keeping the sin committed within them a secret?

For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. John 3:20 (NKJV)

When Christians are willing to simply come and speak about Jesus in love and truth, it will shine a light so bright, it will automatically expose those sinful things of darkness.   This doesn't necessarily mean those in sin will receive the light of the gospel message, or even understand it for all intents and purposes (2 Cor. 4:3).  It simply means it will expose the lies and sin for being what they are - lies and sin.

Remember, it's not our job to change people only God can do this.  But it is our job to share God and His Word in love with those whom the Holy Spirit leads and prompts us to speak with.  Just be willing and let God give you the boldness and the compassion to share the truth in love.  It can be hard at times to know when we should share our faith or a word the Lord may have given to us while reading our Bible, so we should always ask God to show us how to make Jesus real to our friends and family.

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, 2 Timothy 1:8 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional with respect to our responsibility to share Jesus with others?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to be used by God in ways you normally wouldn't feel comfortable doing?

APPLICATION:  Remember, it is always God who does the watering so to speak - that witnessing, loving, and sharing - we are simply required to be willing vessels a garden hose in the hand of the Master.

Father, I thank You for Your faithfulness in my life.  I thank You for transforming me to be bold and confident when sharing what You have done for me personally and for what Jesus has done for all of us upon the cross.  Help me today to share this message, or any other you may wish to convey to those You lead to me.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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