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Exposed To The Light

Exposed To The Light
But Loving The Darkness

But when Felix heard these things, having more accurate knowledge of the Way, he adjourned the proceedings and said, "When Lysias the commander comes down, I will make a decision on your case." Meanwhile he also hoped that money would be given him by Paul, that he might release him. Therefore he sent for him more often and conversed with him. Acts 24:22, 26 (NKJV)

I think one of the hardest things for me to accept as a pastor is sharing God's truth when giving counsel to someone who is hurting, only to have him or her decide not to apply it.  They may agree with it initially, but when it comes to implementing it into their lives they will choose to continue doing it their way.  Unfortunately, the result of their disobedience to applying what is right can be devastating, hurtful, and very destructive to them, and their family and friends.

Such was the case with Felix in the Book of Acts. God had exposed Felix to the light and truth through the Apostle Paul but Felix decided he liked the darkness more.  Felix had the power to release Paul from prison but chose to keep him confined for 2 years with the hopes of extracting money from him in the form of a bribe.  It was Felix's nature and inclination to follow his flesh.

Q:    Why would a person choose not to follow Jesus Christ and His will for their life?

Jesus addressed this very question as recorded in the book of John.

"And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.  But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God." John 3:19-21 (NKJV)

So in essence, a person does not choose to accept Jesus or want to know His will for their life because they have a greater love for doing evil.  The difference between an unsaved person and one who is born again does not lie in the guilt or the innocence of them - it lies in the different attitudes they take toward the "Light."

When we make a profession of faith in Jesus our temptation to sin doesn't go away.   Truth be told we will always struggle with our flesh and its desires.  Darkness will always be making its way before us - tempting us to love it and to desire to partake.  The difference is we are now no longer slaves to sin -  we have been freed.

For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Romans 6:5-7 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to continue to fix your eyes on the light of Jesus - remember you have been freed from the bondage of sin.  Fall in love with Jesus and learn to love Him in a personal way and the desires to fulfill the flesh will wash away.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Jesus' words as recorded in John 3:19-21, why do people hate the light?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are there areas within your life where the enemy is tempting you to walk in darkness?

APPLICATION:  Seek to have a relationship with Jesus.  Read His Word, speak to Him and choose to submit to His ways.

Father, I thank You for Your love and faithfulness.  Thank You for Your amazing mercy and grace upon my life.  Help me to see things in the way You see them.  Show me any area where I need to submit to You and lay something down.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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