Be Not Afraid!
I am thinking through where we are at in these times that are upon us. I see the hand of God, through Scripture, and realize the Lord prepares His people for future events. He says in 1 Thessalonians 5:4, “But ye brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.” Knowing the Lord as our Shepherd prepares us for each trial that will come upon the earth or personally in our lives. He teaches us through each situation, so we can stand steadfast in the next one. Refresh yourself in who God is, how He has provided for you, and the peace that comes from knowing He is with you. You see child of God, your faith really has deepened in Jesus! Therefore, You can stand through any storm that comes your way!
In Jesus' Love, Kirk
Light in the Darkness!
I was sitting on the couch yesterday morning, and a very strange thing happened to me. The sun came blazing through my window. While this may seem perfectly normal for some, it is not normal for us who live in New York. At first I tried to shift my head this way and that. I wanted to get out of it's path, because it was blinding. Then a thought came unto me, “What are you doing?” You see the warmth felt good upon my face, and it's glory was bathing me with peace. So I stayed for a moment and soaked in the experience.
This situation reminded me of the time when God visited the entire land of Egypt with a plague of darkness. The darkness was so great that it could be felt and caused great fear. This plague crippled the people of Egypt so that they could not see one another or leave their homes. Yet it was different for the people of God.
Exodus 10: 22b-23 “...there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days. There they could not see one another and no one left their homes: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.”
The difference between God's people and those around them was what was happening on the inside. The terrifying plague of darkness was crippling the Egyptians in their homes; yet in the dwelling places of God's people, He was with them. The brilliancy of His light and presence would bring them peace. The Lord did not just open a small hole in the darkness and allow the sun to shine upon their homes. No, the Lord Himself dwelt with them, bringing the Light of His Glory in. It was like when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were in their trial, and the Son of God was with them. For we are told: “The Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light!” This is true for us as well. Having His Light in our hearts and carrying it into our homes will be the difference as we wait for the dark cloud to pass.
Remember this: The Light will always beat back the darkness everywhere it shines!
Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my Light and my Salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
So don't fear! For the Light of His Glory and Peace dwells in you and will always be with you!
In Jesus' Love, Kirk