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In the Darkness

August 22, 2017

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In the Darkness

God’s word speaks  of a “darkness”  that many people actually want  to live in  all the time.     They feel justified  in the “darkness”  of their hatred.      1 John 2:11 says this  about it,

But the one  who hates his brother  is in the darkness  and walks  in the darkness,  and does not know  where he is going  because the darkness  has blinded his eyes.

The Apostle John also says  in,  1 John 2:9

The one who says  he is in the Light  and yet hates his brother  is in the darkness  until now. 

In other words,  one can claim  to be a true Christian,  but yet is not,  because he is absorbed  with hatred.     To further explain,  1 John 4:8 says,

The one  who does not love  does not  know God,  for God is love.     

All those  who want  to be saved  by God’s grace  in Christ Jesus  need to seriously think  about this.     Because God loves us  so dearly  and sent Jesus  to suffer and die  to pay for our sins,  we need  to recognize  the absolute awesomeness  of that love.     We’ve been loved  even when we’ve been acting  like ding-a-lings.     God still wants  to save  the likes of us.

If we’ve been walking in the “darkness”  of hatred  and want to change,  listen to the hope given  in Isaiah 50:10,

Who is among you  that fears  the LORD,
That obeys  the voice  of His servant,
That walks  in darkness  and has no light?
Let him trust  in the name  of the LORD  and rely  on his God.

When we need  to change our ways,  we must go  to the LORD  and “trust”  in His “name”  —  in all that He is.     We are living  in a world  of “darkness”  —  people everywhere promoting sin  and hatred.     For the sake  of Christ’s love  for us,  we need  to always remember  His love  and know  that we can trust Him  to lead us out  of our “darkness”.

In the light  of God’s love,  we are free  to say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You for loving us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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