Children of Light - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Children of Light

 

February 17

 

Read Ephesians 5:8-14 (ESV)

For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

 

Reflect

What characterizes the lives of those living “as children of light”?

 

Chances are you’ve heard the phrase: “Nothing good ever happens after midnight.” It’s commonly used by parents to enforce curfews for their teenagers. But, as a general principle, there is some truth in it. Darkness provides the cover and privacy that those who want to engage in sin are looking for. Spiritually, Paul says to stay out of the darkness and away from the deeds that the darkness tries to hide.

 

What’s interesting is that Paul says, “at one time you were darkness.” Before Christ, we weren’t just misbehaving in the dark, we were the dark. Meaning, nothing good ever happened in us before we knew Jesus. Just as Paul said we were dead in our sins, we were also darkness.

 

But now. Now, Paul says “you are light in the Lord.” In Christ, we are light. In John 8:12, Jesus says: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” As followers of Jesus, we have His light. As the light of Christ shines on us, it shines through us as well when we walk in it and share that light with those around us.

 

Paul says that if we walk in His light, we live a lifestyle that reflects His goodness, righteousness, and truth. Instead of living a life that makes us try to hide from Him in the shadows, we are living in His light, fully exposed, seeking to please Him.

 

If we are light, we can’t also be dark. If we are alive, we can’t still be dead. Light/dark and dead/alive are complete opposites. Therefore, as light in Christ, we should take no part of the acts of darkness and instead our light should expose the deeds done in the darkness around us. How are you shining the light of Christ into a dark world? Is there any darkness around you that you need to expose and oppose?

 

Pray

Father, I want to live and walk in Your light. Help me to stay out of the darkness. Give me the courage to reveal the evil around me and take a stand against it. Amen.

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

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What a difference a little light makes to the surrounding darkness. Lord Jesus, You are the incandescent Light of the world and because of You, I am now walking in light. Keep me enlightened so that I can now reflect light to those who are in the darkness.
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Lord. I pray that when others are me they see the Light
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The darkness from Aders Tavern after refusing me service with my service dog
I was in darkness, now I am in the light thank you Jesus for rescuing me from into the light..
Father Thank You for Loving us First, being that True magnified light that shines shines bright inside and outside of us. Father Please let them who are not of you and those who are see Your Light shinning bright within me, let them see You, hear You when I speak and when I sing and Praise Your Holly Name. Each new day I Thank You for You Courage and Wisdom made New. As I live and breath You Bless me to always be alive in Your Light and Thank You Lord for being my True Defender, Protector, Shield, Shelter and Refuge each new day. Father You tell we Your children in Christ there is light either we choose You or choose the other, I choose You Lord! For I let go surrendering all to You and Let God be always, In Jesus name Amen
A beautiful message
A blessing indeed...
Thank you for the message.
Thank you for this message
*THANKYOUJESUS*
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Help us Lord. May your light shine so bright through us, that those around us who are in the dark will see you at all times. Give us the grace and the courage to stand for you, to call out/expose those who are living in the dark. Jesus!! Help us Lord
Amen and thanks for this message, I needed it today.
Help us Father as children of the light to reflect Your glory wherever we may be.
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🙏 Amen
Father, I want Your light to shine through me always. Any darkness I want revealed and rid of. Father I want my life to reflect Your goodness, righteousness, and truth. I do not want to be alive and dead spiritually. I want no part of the darkness of this world. I thank You in Jesus name, Amen.
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But God...thank you, Father. Amen.
Lord, thank you for your salvation. Please help me to walk continuously in the light and never in darkness. I truly love and want to live for you always.
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Genesis 1 teaches that God’s first expressed action for us is to create Light and then He separates light from darkness. God then names the light, “Day” and darkness, “Night.” Note, the sun, moon,and stars are not “set” until after this initial creative act. John 1 teaches that the Word (Christ) is indeed the very Light of God, present since before the foundation of the world. Paul reminds us here that God’s true Light and the world’s darkness cannot coexist by the very nature with which God created them. In other words., pick one! If we choose Christ, we come to reflect His glorious Light,, and are no longer darkness. If we choose God, we too become part of His Light for the world, but we cannot be both, light and darkness.. if we choose Light, we leave our sinful nature behind.... Lord, help me be Your Light, Amen!
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“Let your light shine before mankind that they may see your good works and glorify you Heavenly Father.” We as believers shine when we follow the Holy Spirit in our life. The joy we receive when God is shining through us. The joy of serving others. The joy of glorifying Jesus to the world. Jesus let us choose to let our light that you have given us to penetrate the darkness of this world so that your love will be shared and defeat the power of the evil one. It is all by your grace through the faith you have given us. Praise you Lord Jesus. Amen
Glory be to God. Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Lord please help me to shine for you
Father, help us be true to Your light.