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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Go Light Your World

When Jesus spoke to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12

"While I am in the world, I am the light of the world." John 9:5

"You are the light of the world.  A city built on a hill cannot be hidden." Matthew 6:14

"In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind." John 1:4

"I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." John 12:46

A few weeks ago, while running errands around town, I was listening to Christian music. As I've said before, this type of music has always ministered to me in such a powerful way. If I am feeling down, it lifts me up. If I am happy, it makes me happier. For me, music always turns an average day into a GREAT day, because through these anointed words, I find and experience life more abundantly!

That day in the car, the song that is posted above entitled, "Go Light Your World," sung by Chris Rice began to play. I sang right along and the more I sang, the happier I became.  Its' words held deep meaning to me.  But, there was another reason I was loving this song.  This was my "YES" moment!  I knew God had given me some much needed direction! 
For two days, I had been preparing a report to be given at a Christian organization in which I hold a cabinet position. As is the case with each monthly report, I was in need of my customary opening word of encouragement.  Until I began listening to this song, I had nothing. Zero! Then the song--then God! I truly love how He works!  As the song played, I knew that these were the words I was to build my opening statement upon in my report. And, so I did.  At the meeting the next evening, I quoted a related scripture and then read only one verse of the song, along with the words to the chorus.  These words were a perfect way to encourage my sisters and brothers to continue carrying their candles to a lost and dying world; to never fail in sharing God's Word and love with others as the Holy Spirit directs; and to always prepare their hearts for carrying the Good News of Jesus Christ.
As Christians, not all of us have allowed our candles to burn brightly. There are many reasons for this, some of which could be: compromising our faith for things of the world; the feeling of inadequacy to share our faith due to lack of training; or fear of rejection.  We need not fear because we are only a vessel that God desires to use. He will prepare and equip us. All that He requires is that we be willing and ready for the task(s) He sets before us. 
I am praying that you will do as I have done for at least 3 weeks now.  Listen to the song above, begin to sing along and find yourself having a GREAT day.  And I am praying that a fire will be ignited inside your heart with a burning desire to follow Christ at all costs as you carry your candle and "go light your world."
PRAYER:  Father, God.  Thank You for being a perfect Father to us.  Thank You for love and life in Jesus Christ.  I pray that you will give us stamina, wisdom, direction, and love when carrying the light of Jesus to the world.  We love you and praise you for all you have done for us.  Please help us to do Your will each and every day.  Thank you for Your most powerful and beautiful Word that brings life as we read it.  It is the wellspring of our life.  It is our very breath. This I pray in the precious name of Jesus Christ, the One who died for my sins and the sins of the world.  Amen.

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