Brothers and Sisters in Christ -
Did you not hear,
“GOD IS LIGHT!”
If we are a true reflection of Him,
then we naturally shine!
The time is NOW -
we must rise and shine!
There is no hiding it.
In Him, nothing Is dim!
In Him, there is no darkness at all!”
It’s never been about God's children
adhering to the world.
It’s about us being separated from sin!
“In the beginning the Spirit of God
hovered in the darkness,
over the surface
of deep and dark waters.
Then God spoke and said,
“Let there be light,”
and there was light.
God manifested His goodness into the night.
With His voice, He created the morning star.
Father, Son and Spirt - all in One.
"In the beginning
the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
and nothing was created
except through him.
The Word gave life
to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.”
“Imitate God in everything you do,
because you are his dear children.
Live a life filled with love,
following the example of Christ.
He loved us and offered himself
as a sacrifice for us,
a pleasing aroma to God.
Let there be no sexual immorality,
impurity, or greed among you.
Such sins have no place among God’s people.
Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes -
these are not for you.
Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.
You can be sure that no immoral, impure,
or greedy person
will inherit the Kingdom of Christ
and of God.
For a greedy person is an idolater,
worshiping the things of this world.
Don’t be fooled
by those who try to excuse these sins,
for the anger of God will fall on all
who disobey him.
Don’t participate in the things
these people do.
For once you were full of darkness,
but now you have light from the Lord.
So live as people of light!
For this light within you
produces only what is good & right & true.
Carefully determine what pleases the Lord.
Take no part in the worthless deeds
of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.
It is shameful
even to talk about the things
that ungodly people do in secret.
But their evil intentions will be exposed
when the light shines on them,
for the light makes everything visible.
This is why it is said,
“Awake, O sleeper,
rise up from the dead,
and Christ will give you light” too.
God is light, and God is good!
“God made Christ, who never knew sin,
to be the offering for our sin,
so that we could be
made right with God through Christ.”
2 Corinthians 5:21
If we say that we have no sin,
then we deceive ourselves,
and we have not truth.
Not one of us good.
Every person born into this world
is full of sin,
even when we think we are good -
we are not!
Brothers and sisters,
It is so important to remember
“We are all infected - impure with sin.
Even when we display
our righteous deeds,
they are nothing but filthy rags
to our Creator and King!
Like autumn leaves,
we wither and fall,
and our sins sweep us away
like the wind.”
Without Christ, we are only chaff!
Without His blood covering,
we will be burned!
Brothers and sisters,
God’s beloved ones -
Do you think there ever existed
a human being that is purely good?
A human being void of sin?
There is no such thing!
And that is what
the Law of Moses was to prove!
The Law was our tutor
to bring us to Christ,
that we might be justified by our faith.
God himself became human form
to bring his light into the world.
Jesus is the light of the world.
Whoever follows him
does not walk in darkness,
but has the light of life.
“God has delivered us
from the domain of darkness
and transferred us to
the kingdom of his beloved Son.”
Without God’s blood,
we would not be saved.
there is nothing good in us at all!
We would be walking mirrors
of the dark,
bent and demented and forever stiff-necked.
God is light, and God is good!
He knows us better
than we know ourselves.
If we say that we have
fellowship with Him,
and walk in darkness,
then we are lying to ourselves
and do not practice the truth.
If we say that we have not sinned,
we make Him a liar,
and His word is not in us.
We are just fakes.
But if we walk in the light
as He is in the light,
we have fellowship with one another,
and the blood of His Son,
Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin.
The blood of Christ
covers our blemishes and spots.
The blood of Christ is the only gift
we have ever needed.
He is the only blood sacrifice
that makes us right.
When we confess our sins,
He is faithful and just
to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us
from all unrighteousness.
With the Lord’s authority
I say this to you -
Live no longer as non-believers do,
for they are hopelessly confused.
Live as though you know the truth!
Brothers and sisters in Christ,
It is time to throw off
your old sinful nature
and your former way of life,
which is corrupted by lust and deception.
Instead, let the Spirit renew
your thoughts and attitudes.
Put on your new nature,
created to be like God -
truly righteous and holy.
So stop telling lies.
Let us tell our neighbors the truth,
for we are all parts of the same body.
Don’t sin by letting anger control you -
for anger gives a foothold to the devil.
If you are a thief, quit stealing.
Instead, use your hands for good hard work,
and then give generously to others in need.
Don’t use foul or abusive language.
Let everything you say
be good and helpful,
so that your words will be
an encouragement to others.
And do not bring sorrow
to God’s Holy Spirit
by the way you live.
he has identified you as his own,
guaranteeing that you will be saved
on the day of redemption.
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger,
harsh words, and slander,
as well as all types of evil behavior.
Instead, be kind to each other,
tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
just as God through Christ
has forgiven you.”
Bright and morning stars -
It is time to RISE and SHINE!