Friday, July 16, 2010

Are You Shiny?

"For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness,"made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ." 2 Corinthians 4:6

Are you shiny? The short answer is that if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, yes, you are shiny. When you accepted Jesus as your Savior, He moved in, and brought His light with Him. Not only that, but when I read this verse, it also says that He gave us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God.

So remember way back in Exodus, when Moses was so shiny that he needed to cover his face with a veil? We have that. Our spirits know what it is to have spent so much time with God that our physical countenance reflects Him back to those around us.

I'm just thinking out loud here, but if we have the light of Jesus inside of us, there should be no room for darkness to try and move in. Because light displaces darkness- big time. Think of a flashlight in a pitch black room. That small flashlight can completely light up a room, making it not seem as dark and gloomy- now think about a large flashlight, it causes even more darkness to go away- right down to the corners of the room. Jesus is so much bigger than a flashlight! When Jesus moves in, there is no room for darkness, whatsoever. The darkness must flee, and then that light, that precious light of Jesus completely takes over.

The thing is, then the enemy uses people and events and such to try and convince us that the fact remains that we're human beings and sometimes darkness will creep in and cause us to sin or do wrong... Except that Jesus is always there with us, always being a light, and always causing the darkness to stay away. The actual facts here are that we are carries of the Light of Jesus, and as such, there is no room for darkness. We can remember that when the devil comes knocking, trying to convince us to do that one thing. We can send him packing with a simple word, a simple reminder that we carry the light of Jesus inside of us, and his darkness must go away. It's verses like this one today that we need to take inside of us and commit to memory so that we can dispel the darkness with a word. Just as our Father did before us.

"And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. " Genesis 1:3

Now how cool is that? When we tell the darkness to flee we are emulating our Heavenly Father, just as our older brother Jesus did before us.

"When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12

We have the light of life within us. What a joy that is to read and to hear and to try to understand. We carry the light of Jesus with us wherever we go- when people look at us and say, what is so different about you, that's what they see. They see the shininess of God peering out at them. With just a word we can banish the darkness from our lives, and God gave us the very words we can use to do just that. What a great God to give us all the tools we need to conquer darkness and be a good steward of the light that is within us.

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