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Light And Darkness
5/5/2011

Light and Darkness
The Illuminating Presence of God in Our Lives

Then the LORD said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, darkness which may even be felt." So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days. They did not see one another; nor did anyone rise from his place for three days. But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings. Exodus 10:21-23 (NKJV)

The Lord separated the day from the night - the light from the darkness, in Genesis Chapter 1.  Here in the book of Exodus He again separates the darkness from the light.  The darkness fell upon those Egyptians, who were denying God and wanted nothing to do with Him, and yet in the midst of them, there were the Hebrew people of God and they had light within their homes.  God has always separated the darkness from the light.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light... And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. Ephesians 5:8,11 (NKJV)

So we were not "in darkness," before we accepted Christ, God's Word says we "were once darkness."  But once we are saved we are now "light."  We are not the source of light, but it is God - Holy Spirit - who dwells in us.  And it is His light radiating through us and upon those who are around us.  This will happen as long as we "cleave to," or "abide in" Christ.  We have been declared a new creation in Christ and the old is gone (2 Cor. 5:17), and we are to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them (Eph, 5:11).

Q:    What are the unfruitful works of darkness?  And how can we expose these works?

It can be just about any sin.  An example of the unfruitful works of darkness could be a dirty joke or someone's filthy story about what they did over the weekend.  We need to call it like it is and let them know we don't want to partake in this sort of thing - tell them, "this is filthy." 

Or it can be when a person comes to us and begins to gossip about someone else - we need to immediately shut it down and stop the conversation.  If we continue to listen - even if we're not adding to the conversation - we're just as guilty.  And we're basically letting them know it is okay to come and talk to us in this manner.  People often judge our love for God by the manner in which we conduct ourselves.  And we need to know we cannot be having fellowship with God while walking in darkness.

If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 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. 1 John 1:6-7 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you to always seek the light of God in every situation.  As you draw near to Him daily through the reading and abiding of His Word, you will become a very bright light - either drawing people to God or exposing the darkness around you, and causing it to flee.
 
STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 John 1:6-7 why should we walk in the Light?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you experienced someone in your life who brings the fruit of darkness into your life?

APPLICATION: You don't have to flee the person who brings this into your life every time, but you need to be asking God if He as something for you to say to them.  He may have led them into your life so His light exposes them and their lifestyle - bringing it out into the open so it might be dealt with.

Father, thank You for allowing me to reflect Your light to others.  Teach me how I am to affiliate with those who are still darkness, and when I should just flee. Show me what I am to be and lead me in every aspect of these relationships so others may see You and be drawn to You. Help me to love others unconditionally.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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