Day 133: May 13, 2023

Jesus is Our Spiritual Generator

Key Verse to Read and Treasure

Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light. (Luke 11:34-36, ESV)

For Insight

We’ve moving into that stormy time of year that causes our power to go out at times. We have a supply of candles and flashlights nearby so when that happens, we don’t have to stay in the dark for long. Some of the homes around us have generators. We don’t have one yet but it’s one of the items on our list to get.

In power outage generators are awesome to have because the transfer of power is instantaneous. The moment the power goes out it kicks in. Flashlights and candles work also but first we need to remember where we put them, place them in the area they are needed, position them, and if its candles find the matches or lighter. We’re much better at this now. In the past we had times during a power outage we had to search for our candles and flashlights and find the lighter.

Living in darkness or without power can range from being slightly disruptive to dangerous depending on where and when it happens. Spiritually speaking, unbelievers aren’t the only ones who can live in darkness. They are not the only ones whose soul is black or dark. On occasion, even while we make our home in the Vine, even as we abide in Jesus, we will venture outside of the Lord’s safety and protection and dabble around in the world and enemy territory and end up getting caught up in darkness. Times we will find ourselves in a sticky sin situation or quicksand. As Paul wrote “so let the one wo thinks he is standing firm be careful that he does not fall (I Cor. 10:12)   

Maybe we thought we were too seasoned, spiritual, and religious for the enemy to trap us. Maybe we let our guard down and let the enemy move in, establishing a stronghold over us. Maybe we listened to the enemy’s voice and became entangled in his sweet talk and deceit. Maybe we were spiritually weak and vulnerable because we had not been staying in the word of God, spending time with God in prayer, nourishing our soul through worship, or, for whatever reason our flesh was leading instead of our heart of faith and end up in the terrible position where sin is clinging to us and us to the sin we were enticed by. It is at those times we are as Jesus described in Luke: living in darkness, and how great is that darkness. We may not be in the blackness of unbelief, but we are in spiritual  darkness which has blocked the word and voice of God.

The occasion of sin in our life is a lot like the physical darkness we experience. Sin blinds us to what is good and right and pleasing to God. In the darkness of sin, we have tuned God out and listening to our logic, our heart, and our flesh. We only want what we want and even though we may want to please God we don’t feel strong enough or ready to let go of the sin we entertain or that has a hold on us. At times we may not even be sure we want to let go of the sin we are in. side while we have our good time in darkness. God is aggressive, not passive about sin. God is light and loves light he sent Jesus so we can walk as children of light and brought us out of darkness into his marvelous light (I Peter 2:9).  

What the generator is for bringing light and power into the physical structure Jesus is to the soul in darkness. When we abide in Christ and experience times of disobedience Jesus will immediately and automatically let us know we are heading in the wrong direction, making our home in dark instead of his light, in danger of trading life for death. He says if your inner being is dark, how great is your darkness. We can be sure God will not sit quietly on the side while we have our good time in darkness. God is aggressive, not passive about sin. God is light and loves light he sent Jesus so we can walk as children of light and brought us out of darkness into his marvelous light (I Peter 2:9) and he will fight for us, not against us. Jesus is our spiritual generator and when we abide in Jesus and he is us the darkness will not win nor remain.            

Father, thank you for sending Jesus and for the light he brings. Yes, I have times I lose my way, but thanks be to God through Jesus Christ I don’t have to stay in darkness but can come back to the light. Amen

Ask Yourself:

Am I in the light or have I gone down a road where there is darkness? Have I called on Jesus to save and rescue me from the grips of sin and darkness?

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