Request Prayer
Leave Feedback
Darkness Exposed
2/26/2014

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)

In the 19th chapter of the Book of Acts, we can see a story of a man named Demetrius.  Demetrius lived in Macedonia and was a silversmith by trade.  He 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).  Demetrius knew Christianity shed light upon the darkness of the pagan idolatry that was occurring, and therefore it threatened the profit gained from making these superstitious idols.

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

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.”

When Christians are willing to simply 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 (2 Cor. 4:3)—It simply means the light of God’s truth 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 Jesus and His Word in love with those whom the Holy Spirit leads and prompts us to speak with.  We simply need to be willing to, and God will give us 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?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:  Let’s remember, it is always God who waters the seeds of truth we share with others.   He is the one who brings forth the fruit of transformed and saved lives.  We simply need to be faithful to be obedient to His leading, and share His truth and love with others.

LET’S PRAY: Father, we thank You for Your faithfulness in our lives.  We thank You for giving us the confidence and boldness to share what You have done for us personally, and for what Jesus has done for all of us upon the cross.  Help us today to share this message, or any other you may wish to convey to those You lead to us.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Bible text from the New King James Version is not to be reproduced in copies or otherwise by any means except as permitted in writing by Thomas Nelson, Inc., Attn: Bible Rights and Permissions, P.O. Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214-1000