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Let Your Light Shine

2 Corinthians 4:Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart.2 But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. 5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake.6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who hasshone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a precious life-changing expression of God's love and grace. And for those who have surrendered to Christ and received this grace take heart. You have a light within you. The light of the Gospel!! Part of this light exposure is handling the Word of truth accurately, which means we don't leave any of it out. Also, our focus becomes very laser-like as we let that light shine from us. This light cuts through the darkness that holds those who don't know Christ. The very familiar song "This Little Light of Mine" is a good representation of what we should be doing with the light that is in us. Let it shine! So it stands to reason that we are the ones hiding our light....right? Why would any believer who has received the hope and peace that comes with salvation ever do that? Jesus spoke to this very subject in Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Jesus calls us the light of the world and of course, we know that light is His light that shines in each of us. Have you ever seen someone speak and because of their mannerisms and tone and attitude you begin to think "I wonder if that person is a Christian?" Then you find out they are and you wonder how you knew. You knew because the light was peeking out in their life and it was evident. Josh Baldwin has a new song called Evidence and the lyrics of the chorus go as follows: I see the Evidence of Your Goodness All over my Life All over my Life I see Your Promises in Fulfillment All over my Life All over my Life. I love this song and I love the truth it presents about how we as Christians praise God for all He has done and how that becomes a brighter light in our daily life. You show me someone who has no evidence of Christ in their words, lifestyle, or attitude about Christ and you can be sure they have never met our Savior and had their life changed. When the light is there you cannot hide it.

In the movie I Am Number Four, the lead character is an alien from another planet living on earth and he is one of nine special power infused young people who have various abilities. The young man has his powers become evident for him when he gets excited and in one scene the light was emminating from his hands as his power was becoming more and more noticeable. He didn't know what was going on but soon realized he wanted the lights to shine and get brighter cause that is when his power really kicked in.

We want to live our life in victory if we know Christ and the way to do that is to ask for God's light to shine through you.....and it will!! Don't hide the light. Don't ignore the light. Don't reduce the light. Let the Light Shine!!! Christ is just waiting for you to let it go!! Then you will see the power of God.

The Pilgrimage continues.....

David Warren

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