Live Like it’s True

Live Like it’s True

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Long before the qualities of light were understood or used in surgical applications, the Bible called us to reflect God’s light. When you walk into a room and flick on the switch, the light reveals what is in the room. People count on the darkness to cover their actions and keep their sins a secret.

Bible, Light

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)  Ephesians 5:6-9

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Reflection of God’s Light

Do not be startled when people react to you, or even accuse you of being judgemental when you haven’t said a word. This can be a confirmation of the reality that you are reflecting God’s light. Just as someone shared God’s love with you, this is an opportunity to tell them about God’s mercy and forgiveness.

That’s the Truth.

When we are afraid that there is no solution, revealing our sins can be terrifying. As a person of the light, you have a message that God already knows everything. We are trying to hide, but He has made a way for us to be restored through Jesus.

In the Scripture from Paul above you’ll read a warning. His readers not to participate in the things that hinder being on mission for God.

People of light

We are often referred to as “people of light,” meaning God is using us, our lives, to light the way for others toward truth. Toward love. Toward a relationship with Jesus. But, we must be on guard against our old ways of living that dim our light.

Is there someone in your life who insists on trying to excuse their sins? What do you think your reaction should be?

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16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 

19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

Keep Our Light Bright!

Psalm 15 shares some practical ways we can keep our light bright. David encourages the us to dwell with God humbly. To spend time in His presence and to choose to live a life that reflects God’s nature.

Psalm 15

A psalm of David.

Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
    Who may live on your holy mountain?

The one whose walk is blameless,
    who does what is righteous,
    who speaks the truth from their heart;
whose tongue utters no slander,
    who does no wrong to a neighbor,
    and casts no slur on others;
who despises a vile person
    but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
    and does not change their mind;
who lends money to the poor without interest;
    who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

Whoever does these things
    will never be shaken.

God has created us to be cyclical. The reality is that when we want to grow closer to God, we choose to worship Him. We want to spend time talking to Him and listening to His wisdom. As we worship God, as we seek His presence, we are empowered to live out what He has shown us. As you fall more and more in love with God, you crave to do what is right.

It’s not a matter of getting “good enough” to come into God’s presence. It’s more about recognising that when you spend time with God, your life reflects it.

We won’t want to gossip or physically harm others. We’ll stand firm in our mission even when facing opposition. And we’ll live with integrity—even when there is a cost. When we have spent time with God, we’ll want to share His truth and love with others. 

Take a moment to consider whether this list could be used to describe you. Why or why not? Is there one element you want to work on today?

The Struggle Is Real

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. James 1:22-25

I think all of us would admit we struggle with believing the truth sometimes, no matter how clear it is to those around us. The headlines are full of stories about models who felt ugly, billionaires who doubted they were truly successful, and incredibly talented comedians, entertainers, and inventors who felt like their best was never enough.

Living in a broken world means we, too, might need some assurances about truth, love, hope, strength, courage, and salvation. 

The Scripturebfrom James reminds us that when we find ourselves forgetting about God’s goodness and faithfulness , or when we’re struggling to believe our value in Him, we can turn to the Bible and see a reflection that is not only accurate, but one that will remain with us. As followers of Jesus, who continually learn more and more about truth, we see the importance of obeying God’s Word, not just listening to  it.

Be doers of His Word

As encouraging as the Lord’s assurances are for those who follow Him, there are also assurances for those who do not. The Bible  warns us about apathy of people who call themselves followers of Christ but don’t put God’s Word into daily practice. 

Many people emotionally connect with God’s Word and listen to it and would say they believe it, but they don’t actually obey it. 

They fool themselves. These are serious passages about living a life based on God’s truth.

How do you need God’s perfect law to set you free today? How will your life change to reflect this freedom?

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The Wise and Foolish Builders

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:24-27

Build your life on the Rock that is Jesus!

That’s the Truth.

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