Shine Your Light

You are the light of the world. A town build on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on a stand and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:14-16

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In a world that seems to be growing darker, we are called to shine our light. Have you noticed lately that every time you turn on the news, there are reporting’s of shootings, disaster and hate crimes? Or you check into social media and people are debating or bad mouthing one another? At times, we can feel helpless to make a difference.  Dear friends, those feelings of helplessness are seeds being sown by the Devil! Rebuke them now, in the name of Jesus!

So what does it mean to shine your light? In John 8:12, Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” It is important to remember that the Holy Spirit resides in each of us. Every day we have been given is a gift from the Lord and an opportunity to show God’s glory, love and kindness.

Luke 11:35 reminds us to make sure that the light you think you have in not actually of darkness.  Shining your light does not mean to push your views or beliefs on to people or to condemn those who make poor choices. Being the light means showing your faith by what you do and say. We can do this by loving those God has placed in our lives, even if they are hard to love. Showing people love, mercy, forgiveness and grace. Speaking kind words and helping those in need. If your light shines by your good works and kind words, then you will attract other by your goodness. They will want to know more about you. They will become curious as to why you are different. This will open the door to share more about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Your life as a loving Christian will make nonbelievers question their disbelief in God. So go, sweet friends, and SHINE YOUR LIGHT!

~ Amanda Miller
Lifegate Women, Campus Lead – West Dodge AM

Digging Deeper:

Meditate on Proverbs 13:9, Ephesians 5:8 and Romans 10:14-15. Ask the Lord for guidance and wisdom on how you can shine your light in this world. Take time at the end of each day to reflect and journal on how He guided your steps for the day, whom He had you cross paths with and how you can make a difference. If you use social media, share how the Lord has asked you to be a light and hashtag it: #LifegateWomenChallenge

 

 

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