Called Out of Darkness

Called Out of Darkness

“…that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
It’s pretty amazing that, as Jesus followers, we have been called out of darkness. Yet what does that actually mean when darkness seems to cast it’s shadow all around us? How do we escape it when discouragement tugs at our own coattails?

We are called by Jesus to walk differently. To share joy, show gentleness, have patience, bring peace, to have self-control and to walk faithfully. God gives us His Spirit to help us demonstrate these qualities of His light. Yet every one of us knows the temptation to dwell on the negative, be critical, let discouragement wash over us, or settle into a pity party. Things don’t always go our way and when they don’t it’s natural to feel the pull of darkness drawing us away from God’s light.

God knows us better than we know ourselves. Along with His Spirit, He gives us tools to help us live in the Light.

Tool #1 – Declare His praises. When the darkness of doubt, discouragement or just plain depletion of strength and joy creep in, turn intentionally to offer praise to God. Thank Him that He is your Rock, your Strength, your Shepherd who will guide you and prepare a feast for you even in the middle of that pull of darkness.

Tool # 2 – His word tells us to “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness”, but rather to expose them. (Ephesians 5:11).  We often think of “unfruitful works of darkness” as the big bad things. Yet when you feel that pull of darkness toward a pity party or embracing that discouragement, stop and ask yourself if you have opened the door to have fellowship with any unfruitful works of darkness. This could simply be entertainment that pulls you to the dark side; engaging in negative, critical thoughts and conversations; acting selfishly; forgetting to thank God for who He is. Recognize the doors you may have opened that lead you to unfruitfulness and ask for God’s help to close them. Lean again into His strength. Refocus your thoughts on thanksgiving – even if you have to start with the smallest bit of gratitude to Him. Once darkness is exposed to the Light it cannot remain. Find others to walk together with in the Light of Jesus’ presence.

Heavenly Father,  I thank you that You have called me into Your light. I need Your help to live there consistently. When discouragement and temptations come to override me, please nudge me and help me to quickly back away and close the door to the darkness. Remind me to turn my eyes to You and praise You. Help me to refocus on the help and strength of Your Holy Spirit. Thank you that Your Light fills my life with peace and joy and strength. Thank you that I can expose the darkness and walk in the peace You give me. I praise You that darkness cannot remain in the Light of Your wonderful presence. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Thought: Is discouragement or temptation tugging you downward? If not thank Him for His wonderful Presence right now. When you do feel darkness crowding your soul, stop and ask what door you may have opened to the unfruitful works of darkness. Pay attention to your thoughts and the things you allow into your mind. Ask for God’s help in closing those doors so that you may remain in His light and walk peacefully and joyfully in His presence.

By Gail Rodgers
Used by Permission

When You Open the Door

“Look! I have been standing at the door and I am constantly knocking. If anyone hears Me calling him and opens the door, I will come in and fellowship with him and he with Me” Revelation 3:20
“One morning I wanted to feed the birds,” a saint once said. “It was gray and cold, and the ground was covered with snow. I stepped out on the porch and flung them handfuls of crumbs and called to them. But there they sat, cold and hungry and afraid. They did not trust me.”

“As I sat and watched and waited, it seemed to me I could get God’s view-point more clearly than ever before. He offers, plans, waits, hopes, longs for all things for our good. But He has to watch and wait as I did for my timid friends.”

What a simple thing it is to open a door!

That still, small voice of conscience that pricks you from time to time is probably Christ Himself knocking at the door of your heart. He is waiting for that very simple act by which you open that door – an act of your will acknowledging that Christ is making a claim upon your life. He has that right; He died for you.

If you are not absolutely sure that Christ is in your life, that you would go straight to heaven if you died today, you can be sure right now.

By faith, respond to the invitation of Jesus and open the door of your life to Him. Why not make this your prayer:

“Lord Jesus, I need You. I know You are the Son of God, the Savior of all men. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Enable me to live a supernatural life beginning today. Amen.”

If you asked Christ to come into your life, by faith, trusting that He has answered your prayer even as He has promised, then you can know with absolute certainty that He has done so.

Bible Reading: John 14:23-27

Today’s Thought: If I am already absolutely sure of my salvation, I will invite someone else today to pray this prayer. If I am not sure of my own spiritual condition, I will pray it for myself.

by Dr. Bill Bright
Used by Permission


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