The Lord IS With YOU

24th February

This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go!

Joshua 1:9

Yesterday we talked about the benefit of being in the “SON’S” presence and experiencing the light of Jesus, yet when we move out of Jesus’ light we begin to experience the reality, that without Jesus, there is only darkness. The darkness is cold, bitter and ruthless. The darkness’ only desire is to see you fail, fade away and forget all the goodness of the light. HOWEVER, all that the darkness offers is lies. It’s lies, that if we believe, will keep us from the truth found in Jesus’ light.

When Moses finally handed over the duty of leading the people of Israel, into all God had for them, to Joshua, the Lord encouraged Joshua with these words.,This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go!Joshua was young and faced a daunting task of leading so many people. Yet, through God’s grace and promise to never leave him, he was able to walk in the light and under God’s blessings throughout his life. He held onto God’s promises and benefited from staying in the light of God.

Our daily challenge is to step into Jesus’ glorious light and be led by the Spirit in all we do, say and think. It is only when we stay in His light, that we can experience the fullness of all He has for us. The same promise God gave to Joshua is the same promise we can experience daily when we remain in His glorious light. Let us join together to reject the darkness and all the lies that come with that.

But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”
1 John 1:7

Standing In The “SON”

23rdFebruary

Jesus shouted to the crowds, “If you trust Me, you are trusting not only Me, but also God who sent Me. For when you see Me, you are seeing the One who sent Me. I have come as a light to sine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in Me will no longer remain in the dark.

John 12:44-46

Have you ever stood outside on a cold winter’s day and actually felt the warmth of the sun’s rays shining down on you so strongly, that you have forgotten it was winter? In fact, the warmth of the sun’s rays was so strong that you couldn’t even feel the winter’s chill. It’s a strange feeling right? Yet there is some significance in this analogy for our own lives.

Jesus, time and time again, said of Himself, that He was and is the light of the world. He came so that we would no longer have to live in darkness. Moreover, His light exposes our sins, which leads us to repentance. When we are restored in Him, we too become beacons of His light and stand bringing glory to the Father.

Jesus’ light is much like the sun’s rays on a cold winter’s day. All around us might be calamity, darkness and we may feel deserted in a dark tunnel, but it is then that Jesus’ light shines around us and brings us direction and comfort. When we are filled with the light of God, we too can face darkness and prevail; not in our strength but because the light of world ‘JESUS CHRIST’ shines in us and through us. May we forever stand in the warmth and comfort of His light and may we too shine His light!