Friday, July 7, 2017

Darkness and Light

Eph 5:11 Have no part in the things that people in darkness do, which produce nothing good. Instead, tell everyone how wrong those things are. 
Eph 5:12 Actually, it is shameful to even talk about the things those people do in secret. 
Eph 5:13 But the light makes clear how wrong those things are. 
Eph 5:14 Yes, everything is made clear by the light. This is why we say, "Wake up, you who are sleeping! Rise from death, and Christ will shine on you." 
Eph 5:15 So be very careful how you live. Live wisely, not like fools. 
Eph 5:16 I mean that you should use every opportunity you have for doing good, because these are evil times. 
Eph 5:17 So don't be foolish with your lives, but learn what the Lord wants you to do. (ERV)

Part of the reason for division in our country is that at least half the nation has followed the ways of sin and when the light comes they hate the light and do all they can to put it out. Traditional morality from the Bible is scorned and all manner of words and actions are taken to remove these "chains" from them. Actually the freedom they think they have is no more than bondage to sin and idolotry. The addict does anything to get more to continue the addiction. The darkness hates the light, but the light is truth. We must have truth.

Joh 3:19  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Joh 3:20  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
Joh 3:21  But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. 

Let the light of God shine. It is the presence of the Holy Spirit that convicts people of their sins.

Joh 16:8 And he, when he is come, will convict the world in respect of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 
Joh 16:9 of sin, because they believe not on me; 
Joh 16:10 of righteousness, because I go to the Father, and ye behold me no more; 
Joh 16:11 of judgment, because the prince of this world hath been judged.(ASV)

Not believing in God and Jesus his Son is the sin of unbelief. God is righteous, his Son brought redemption and his righteousness to humans. They must be born again. Judgment is knowing right from wrong, knowing that Satan and sin has been judged at the cross. Sin has been paid for by the blood of the Lamb and the devil knows his final judgment in the lake of fire is coming. He will do all he can to cover the world in sin, rebellion and darkness. We are to roll back the darkness with the light of God. It is spiritual warfare, so take up your cross, your Bible and follow the truth of God.

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