MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016
When light stands next to darkness, light always wins. – Samuel Rodriguez (Lead pastor of New Season in Sacramento, California, and president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference)
Key Bible Verse: For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6)
Dig Deeper: 2 Corinthians 4:3-7
It is not a coincidence that the first time the universe heard God’s voice, the message was not “let there be joy,” “peace,” or even “love.” The voice of the Sovereign, the Divine, the Glorious said: “Let there be light!”
Life requires light. Faith requires light. We cannot deny we live in dark times, yet when light stands next to darkness, light always wins!
Jesus, while speaking to his followers said: “A hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before me, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:14-15). If you have the light, don’t hide it. Let it shine!
Our challenge is to remove the bowl of apathy, complacency, acquiescence, and fear and once again lay claim to the stand of righteousness so that we may shine before all people. There is an inextinguishable light within each of us, a light that can penetrate and even eliminate the darkest places.
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