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July 3, 2013

Illumination

Without light, there is no sight. If you are in a dark room, you’ll stumble around, you’ll bump into things, and you may trip and fall. That’s the way it is without the light of God’s truth. If you don’t walk in the light of God’s truth on a daily basis, you’ll stumble and fall, you’ll go the wrong direction, and you’ll run into things. You will eventually mess up your life. Without light there is no sight because the light illuminates.

In Matt. 4:16 it says, “The people living in darkness have seen a great light ….” It’s talking about when Jesus came and walked upon this earth. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” Everywhere He went, He shone His light on people’s hearts.

Sometimes, when Jesus shines His spotlight of truth into our hearts and lives, it makes us feel uncomfortable. We squirm a little bit. We don’t like it. We want to get out of that light, yet, we know it’s because He loves us that He shines the spotlight of truth into our lives, and He shows us areas of our lives that aren’t what they ought to be. He shows us things that we need to change. Sins that we need to get rid of. Hurts that we need to get out of our lives and habits that are messing us up. He shines the spotlight into our hearts and lives, and He shows us those areas where we need to change. All throughout scripture, Jesus, the Light of the World, when He walked this earth, would encounter people, and He would shine His spotlight into their hearts.

There is also something about light that just makes us feel great. In fact, doctors have discovered there is something called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD that some people experience during the winter months when there’s not as much daylight, when it’s drearier outside. Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD makes them depressed. The way they treat SAD is with light therapy because light makes us feel good. There is just something about light that energizes us. When you walk in the light of God’s truth, it energizes you. Jesus said “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” and “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”