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Walking In The Light
5/26/2017

"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” John 15:4-6 (NKJV)

In the Book of Acts we can see Jesus speaking to the Apostle Paul about sending him to help many blind people who were lost.  Jesus told Paul to, “Open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those are who sanctified by faith in Me.” (Acts 26:18).

Jesus wasn’t speaking about these people being physically blind, but spiritually blind.  He was concerned because although physical blindness can be disabling, spiritual blindness is deadly. All unbelievers are spiritually blind because Satan has put a veil over their hearts and minds lest they see the truth.  So Jesus gave the command to Paul to go forth and proclaim the gospel so they could see and become spiritually alive.  It is the truth of God’s Word that sets us free from this spiritual blindness (John 8:31-32). 

Q: Can we walk in darkness again once we have seen the light of God’s truth?

The sad truth is we can freely choose to walk in darkness even though we have heard the gospel message, and unfortunately there are those who have proclaimed Jesus as their Lord and Savior, who choose to go back to this type of living.  It is not my position to say whether they have truly ever made Jesus their Lord or not. 

What I do know is this — we need to decide within our hearts whether we want to live in the light or die in the darkness.  When we choose to abide in the Lord and in His Word, we will find ourselves walking and living in the light.  If we truly believe we are disciples of Christ then we should choose to walk in the light, which honors our Lord and leads to His blessings. 

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to continue to follow Jesus and to reflect God’s light to those around you who are spiritually blind.  It is a matter of eternal life or death. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Jesus’ words in John 8:12, what can we expect if we follow Him?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you abiding in Jesus, and in His Word? 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek to follow Christ and to pattern your lives after Him.  Ask God each day to transform you by the renewing of your mind as you read your Bible (Rom. 12:1-2).

PRAYER: Father, thank You for leading me out of the darkness and into Your amazing light.  Help me to become a guiding light to the people around me by sharing Your love and truth with them.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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