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The Dark Secret of Light

21 Mar

The darkness of the night craves for the light of the day.

In Ephesians 5:1-21, Paul plays around with this image of darkness and light. “for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” (v.8), “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” (v.11), “But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. […]” (v.13-14).

Here’s an interesting fact: darkness happens when there is no light. Darkness craves light, there is no trace of light in darkness. In fact, the dark secret of light is that light is the complete opposite of darkness. Paul tells us in this passage that we are the light and the world is the darkness. Paul is telling the Ephesian church to be the complete opposite of the world.

Keeping these facts in mind, let’s see how well we’d score on the Being a Light” test.

If we are to be the complete opposite of the world, then we must not watch the same movies or TV as the world, we must not listen to the same music as the world, we must not dress the same as the world and we cannot talk or act the same as the world. If we do even just one of these things, then we are not being a light.

Remember, there is absolutely no light that resembles darkness. How much does your life resemble the world’s life? How weak of a light are you?

“Even If They Kill Me…”

27 Feb

I was at the computer today doing my daily routine when I stumbled upon a video on YouTube. This video brought me to tears. It shows Christians in India and how they are hated and beaten by the Hindus. This is happening all over the world, not just in India. In fact, by the time you finish reading this post, at least one Christian will have been martyred in the world.

Please watch and see how it is to truly be like Christ.

“Even if they kill me, I am not going to leave Jesus.”

This sentence brought me to tears. This boy was clearly about to cry as well as he recounts the events that transpired at his church which was burned while his pastor was being beaten. And we’re too tired to wake up Sundays to go to the house of God? We’re too busy with our homework and housework to pray? We North-Americans have Christianity all wrong. We’re too caught up in winning a life for ourselves that we have no idea what it’s like to fully depend on God for our lives. These Indians can’t walk down the street without fear of losing their lives, but they will never leave Jesus. This little boy probably glorified God with those words more than any of us have since the beginning of the year. He’s truly showing the right way to live, putting  Christ above all things every day. What are you doing for God today?

“I have forgiven them, let them be blessed.”

Not only are these people faithful to God and His promises, but they bless their enemies. Those who take bats and beat them and kick them and punch them, they bless. Those who burn their churches, burn them alive and cut them into pieces, they bless. With every one of those blessings, they punch the devil in the face. Satan thinks that he can rock their faith with this persecution, but it’s only making their faith stronger.

These martyrs are literally taking up their cross and dying alongside Jesus Christ every day, but as Paul says, they “rejoice in their sufferings” and count it a joy and honor to suffer like Jesus Christ. In the end, God is glorified, and in this, I rejoice.

May this challenge you to step up and be the disciple whom you were called to be. These Christians are dying and hurting every day. Why is it that we only think of how the world is hurting when something like the earthquake in Haiti happens. God’s children are hurting every day while we listen to our worldly music and waste our lives in front of technology. Pray for them to have boldness and to not stop preaching the gospel even in the midst of this suffering and pray for us to realize this truth every day and to live radical risky lives for Jesus Christ.

“Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.” Hebrews 13:3

A Test For Glory

11 Jan

Don’t you hate it when you’re writing a test and you know you could have done better. Whether it’s a final exam in a tough subject or a simple blood test, you always hate that feeling of disappointment in yourself when you don’t get the result you wanted. You keep telling yourself “Why didn’t I work harder?”, “Why do I let myself get these marks?”, “Why can’t I be more disciplined?”.

We often experience spiritual tests. Some last a day or two, and some weeks, months or years even. Some are minor, others shake your faith completely. Spiritual tests come and they all serve one same purpose: for God to mold His people. God gives us new and wonderful graces every morning so that we can face tests, but it’s very important how we react to these trials.

I don’t think we should react with the same pessimism and disappointment as we do for other failed tests. Instead, I believe God wants us to react to tests with optimism. We must know that by God’s unfailing grace, we can get through anything. He doesn’t want us to pity and be down in the dumps because we did not get a perfect mark once again. Aren’t we human? It is absolutely impossible for us to be perfect. We all fall short of perfection and God made it that way so that we can realize this truth and make it our goal to strive for a Christ-like perfect life. That is the sheer beauty of God’s love. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” and because of that, we know better how to strive for God’s holiness.

Pray for trials. Pray that God might show you how to walk out of tests praising His name even more than when you walked in them. Pray that God might use trials to mold you into a stronger disciple of Christ. We are in a spiritual war, and God knows that the best soldiers are developed in battle and not in times of comfort.

Holiness

12 Dec

For this week’s post, I have a few inspiring words for you from preachers and authors much more learned in the Word than myself. I pray that these words would have an impact on you and that they would challenge your soul just as they do mine.

Some of my views on holiness, as I once wrote them, are as follows: Holiness appears to me to have a sweet, calm, pleasant, charming, and serene nature, all of which brings an inexpressible purity, radiance, peacefulness, and overwhelming joy to the soul. On other words, holiness makes the soul like a field or garden of God, with every kind of pleasant fruit and flower, and each one delightful and undisturbed, enjoying a sweet calm and the gently and refreshing rays of the sun. Jonathan Edwards

Many years after I first read that “without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Heb. 12:14), I began following this truth and encouraging everyone with whom I spoke to do the same. Ten years later God gave me a clearer view than I had ever seen before of the way to obtain holiness – namely, by faith in the Son of God. Immediately I began sharing with everyone, “We are saved from sin and made holy by faith.” I testified to this in private, in public, and in print, and God confirmed it through a thousand other witnesses. I have now declared this truth continuously for more than thirty years, and God has continued to confirm my work.  John Wesley in 1771

I knew Jesus, and He was very precious to me, but I found something deep within me that would not stay pleasant, patient, and kind. I did what I could to keep those traits suppressed, but they were still there. Finally I sought Jesus for help, and when I gave Him my will, He came to my heart and removed everything that would not stay pleasant, patient, and kind. And then He shut the door.  George Fox

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