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Be of Good Courage

     I should say at the forefront that this post forces me into certain transparency that I normally do not present. Yet I find it necessary to encourage many that find themselves fighting discouragement and dismay during this upcoming holiday season and other times throughout the year. There are many heavy hearts out there and many that are not certain if they should stay in the fight. I argue that those who are heavy hearted need not only stay in the fight but also fight a bit harder.

     Sometimes I reflect to November of 1981. I was a young Marine and not long graduated from Admin School. I was assigned to 3rd Recon in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. My plans for Thanksgiving were to go to church but my supervisors thought otherwise. Being of low rank and the newest member of the unit I was assigned the “duty” for the weekend. It was the first time that I was to celebrate with an M16 strapped across my shoulders while I donned my freshly pressed camouflage uniform. It was all I could do to keep back the tears welling up. I had to stand post and nothing was to change that. So, I kept post. It was just me and an occasional Marine passing by. The hurt and pain seemed insurmountable but I was not allowed to give up. I was not allowed to give in. I had a job to do so I remained and did what was required of me.

     The interesting thing is that there came a time when that duty was over. I was no longer to stand that post. Yes, I have had other duties since but never again did I have duty on Thanksgiving Day. The occasion of loneliness also subsided for a time. The sorrow did not last. With this I can say boldly that those of you that may be feeling loneliness and despair that this too will pass. Do not let the occasion of temporary setbacks set the stage for the rest of your life. Jesus has promised that He will be with us that serve Him and that promise has continued from the time He spoke it until now. So, be of good courage! God has not forgotten you and will reward you for your faithfulness.

     Regrettably that was not the last time I would be overtaken with loneliness, hurt and pain.  You see, I married the wife of my youth and had every intention of being married to her until the end of my life. Unfortunately the woman I adored did not feel the same way. Many things transpired that I still do not understand. Even worse my thirteen year marriage was deemed over after a twenty minute hearing by a judge in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The divorce was unwanted and undeserved yet I was caught in the middle of troubles, hurt and pain that I did not seek. In fact I fought with everything I had to dispel the overtures of our enemy. Alas, my fight was not enough. Even so, God has been good to me in that I have grown in ways that I cannot articulate in this missive.

      My point is that I know that many are going through trouble not of their making. Many of you look around your homes and see no one there. The phone does not ring and no one knocks on the door unless you are needed for something. I also know what is like not to watch certain movies because they cause tears to stream down because of the desire to have someone but there is no one. There is no one to talk with and to play with. There is no point in buying a lot of food; it will only go to waste. Going to the movie theatre is just another reminder that you are alone and it is the same reason that restaurants are avoided; it is just too painful to be surrounded by people who are loved by someone and you sit alone.

      Be of good cheer my brother. Be of good cheer my sister. God has not forgotten you and he sees you crying in the midnight hour. He knows that you have need of someone in your life and has someone out there just for you. However that person is still being prepared for you and you are being prepared for that person. Meanwhile, keep doing a good work. Hold on to the faith that has brought you to this point. Trust God with your whole heart and lean not to your own understanding.

      When the fullness of time has come God will bless you in such a way that you will know that it was no one but God. People will call you blessed because you will be blessed. No, don’t you dare bring harm to yourself. Trust God and hold on to His promise to never leave you nor forsake you. You are not forgotten and you are very much loved. Just stay the course and be of good courage.

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‘Israel will attack Iran if you sign the deal’ — John McTernan

‘Israel will attack Iran if you sign the deal

by JohnMcTernan

                           Verse of the Day

Exodus 9:16 And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.

Commentary

Obama is an international evangelist for this sin.Obama is an international evangelist for this sin.

I believe that Obama was raised up by God as judgment on America, just as God raised up Pharaoh for judgment on Egypt. He is a tremendous agent of destruction.

What appears to be happening is that as Obama promotes his godless agenda, God is now openly and clearly destroying Obama’s presidency. Five years ago he was hailed almost as a messiah figure, while now he is openly mocked at both home and abroad. I see no way out of this for him. He is locked into destruction because he is an ideologue of rebellion against God. He is a proven liar with no credibility.

Obama mocked God and His word and now he is mocked.

Please link Obama being the world’s evangelist for homosexuality and trying to divide Israel with the destruction of his presidency. This linkage is now so clear.

Obama hits lowest approval rating of presidency 11/12/13

The problem is, as God is judging Obama, it is going to spill over into America. It will affect the economy and may lead into social unrest. He is so weak that it could induce China, North Korea, Russia or Iran to move against us. His weakness could start a world war.

We are heading into a tremendous volatile time with no turning back. Obama is locked into early next year, trying to divide Israel and Jerusalem. It really does appear that early next year America is going to be divided at the very time Pharaoh Obama touches Israel.

May the Holy God of Israel bless and protect you.

1Thess 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Israel and the Middle East War

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‘Israel will attack Iran if you sign the deal 11/10/13  Israel is going to attack no matter what happens. Is this why France backed out of the deal with Iran?

“French member of parliament telephoned French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in Geneva at the weekend to warn him that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would attack Iran’s nuclear facilities if the P5+1 nations did not stiffen their terms on a deal with Iran, Israel’s Channel 2 News reported Sunday.”

Obama Turns on Israel 11/12/13 Obama’s foreign policy is in shambles. America’s enemies do not fear us and our longtime allies do not trust us! What a mess as the curse on Obama is really starting to manifest.

“Well, that price has now, eight months later, been revealed, and it has two components. If I might paraphrase the U.S. position as presented to Israel: “First, sit by quietly as we reach an accord with Tehran that freezes but does not dismantle its nuclear buildup. Second, stopthe illegitimate residential construction on the West Bank or the Palestinian Authority will, with American acquiescence, start a third intifada.”

No Illusions Concerning the Obama Administration 11/10/13 Israel now clearly sees the monster it faces with Obama. He never intended to defend Israel against Iran. The way he would do it is it was a cover to protect Saudi Arabia.

Israeli-US rifts ‘should not be aired publicly,’ Liberman says 11/12/13 Unless Obama needs Israel in a war, I do not see this getting better. The real Obama is now showing his colors and he has no interest in Israel.

PA: Arafat was poisoned by Jews like Islam’s Prophet Muhammad 11/12/13 This could become a rallying cry in the coming war against Israel.

Current Situation of Israel Part 1 (Video)

Current Situation of Israel Part 2 (Video)

Jerusalem Watch

Mufti: Jerusalem is ‘Islamic’ 11/12/13 This is ground zero for Bible prophecy. The Muslims cannot allow the Jews to control Jerusalem. It means that allah is weak and cannot defeat the Zionists!

“The city of Al Quds [Jerusalem – DH] has an Islamic character and the occupation will not be able to take away its character and identity, even if it continues commiting crimes and forging the facts. ”The World Union of Muslim Sages declared Friday, November 22, a special day of support for the Al Aqsa Mosque and for Al Quds / Jerusalem. They called upon Muslim residents of Jerusalem to gather at the mosque in order to “protect it from the plots of the occupation authorities and the extremist Jewish groups. ”These Jewish groups, the Union of Muslim Sages said, seek to enable Jewish prayer at the site or demolish it and build the “false” Jewish Temple upon its ruins.”

Jordan vetoes Israeli request to allow Jewish prayer on Temple Mount11/12/13 Once again, this is ground zero for Bible prophecy.

Miscellaneous

The Cross – Billy Graham’s Message To America (Video) I watched it, and thought it was very good. It was the Billy Graham of old, who preached with fire and used the King James Bible. I was delighted that his last sermon was so good.

Bibles and Booze: Congregations Across America Attempting to Attract New Members With Beer 11/03/13 The reason for this is these “churches” are powerless and are desperate to stay in business. This goes along with sodomites in the pulpits being in rebellion against God.

Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Clay May Have Been Birthplace of Life On Earth, New Study Suggests11/05/13 This is correct but not because of evolution, but because this is what God used to create man. The scientists will never agree with this as it is too close to the Bible. Our bodies are closely connected to clay.

Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

“In simulated ancient seawater, clay forms a hydrogel — a mass of microscopic spaces capable of soaking up liquids like a sponge. Over billions of years, chemicals confined in those spaces could have carried out the complex reactions that formed proteins, DNA and eventually all the machinery that makes a living cell work. Clay hydrogels could have confined and protected those chemical processes until the membrane that surrounds living cells developed.”

Hard Left

The Real Reason for Gun Control in America 11/11/13 (Video) It is not what you think.

The most blood-thirsty mayor ever 11/12/13 This is about the new mayor of New York City.
“Even worse the incoming Mayor has no desire to stop the practice. Worse still he wants to allow the practice to be spread to city-owned properties, and force all physicians who work in city hospitals to perform one of these child executions as part of their training. And worst of all he wishes to see the practice increased and desires to eliminate the only voices that speak effectively enough to save some of these children each year.”

Planned Parenthood battles to shield clinics from law 11/12/13 They will do everything they can to keep killing the babies. This organization kills about 350,000 babies a year! It is the most vile organizations on earth and on par with the Muslim Brotherhood for violence.

Atheist ‘mega-churches’ taking root across US This is very interesting as it is only temporary phase in turning away from God. They reject and mock God, but this is only a transition into worshiping the antichrist.

Revelation 13:7 ” …  and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. (8) And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

They, like the rest of the world, are coming under the strong delusion that God is sending upon them. They cannot escape this delusion to worship the antichrist, as it is so powerful. Their end is worshiping the antichrist and taking the “Mark of the Beast” and therefore, being sealed into eternal damnation. It is very sad to understand this and see their end. A few will come out of this into salvation with Jesus Christ, but the vast majority are coming under this strong delusion of which there is no way to escape it.

2Thess 2:9,10 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (11-12) And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

American Delusion

Ministers back Methodist colleague at same-sex marriage ceremony in Philadelphia 11/10/13 Notice how the “ministers” are leading the charge to advance the homosexual agenda. These are reprobates in the pulpits, but nonetheless they are reprobates.

About 50 ministers gave their symbolic support to a colleague facing sanctions from the United Methodist Church by participating in a same-sex wedding.The wedding Saturday in Philadelphia was held about a week before the Rev. Frank Schaefer of Lebanon, about 90 miles to the west, will face a church trial for officiating over his son’s marriage to another man.The clergy filled the front of the Arch Street United Methodist Church, blessing the marriage in defiance of church law, the Philadelphia Inquirer.”

2013 ‘gayest year in gay history ‘ rights advocates say 11/05/13 This shows the collapse of the American culture and the rise of the reprobates to power. God has turned over America to the reprobates for judgment.

Catholic Christie Says He’s ‘Happy’ for Same-Sex Couples Who Marry in NJ11/12/13 There is absolutely no fear of God in this man and he is under a serious delusion from God.

Catholic Christie Says He’s ‘Happy’ for Same-Sex Couples Who Marry in NJ – See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/james-beattie/catholic-christie-says-he-s-happy-same-sex-couples-who-marry-nj#sthash.bXhgN8ux.dpuf

Financial Armageddon

Coming Pension Meltdown: The 10 Most Troubled City Systems 11/11/13 The collapse of the economy is once again accelerating. With the massive debt, this cannot be reversed.

“More and more cities, counties, and even some states will face the harsh reality of having to fix their pension systems or deal with a Detroit-style bankruptcy.”This is happening in too many cities and towns across America, where social services, because they can be cut, are cut. Because pensions and bonds constitutionally cannot be cut, they’re the protected class …”

Moody’s warns of bankruptcy in Scranton as city faces $20 million budget gap 11/11/13

How China Can Cause The Death Of The Dollar And The Entire U.S. Financial System 11/07/13 This is a great article showing the economic train wreck that is fast approaching.

Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

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A Wake-Up Call for Christians

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‘Complete Anarchy’: Famed Pastor Issues Major Wake-Up Call for Christians About the Dire State of American Culture

TheBlaze’s Carly Hoilman contributed to this report.

Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Wa., is on a mission to wake Christians up from the illusion that faith is alive and well in America.

The centerpiece of Driscoll’s new book titled, ”A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future?,” is that we’re living in a “post-Christian culture — a culture fundamentally at odds with faith in Jesus.”

Culture Is Quickly Shifting

The pastor recently told TheBlaze that he believes cultural norms are rapidly shifting in American society and that these changes come at the same time that Christianity is losing its place of prominence.

Mark Driscoll Issues Major Wake Up Call for Christians About the Dire State of American Culture | A Call to Resurgence

Pastor Mark Driscoll (Image source: @PastorMark onTwitter)

“A commitment to secularism to pluralism has really come very, very rapidly, and certain issues like gay marriage have accelerated and highlighted that,” Driscoll said. “More biblical, conservative traditions…values have gone from being respected to really despised in very short order.”

Driscoll explained that 40 years ago, homosexuality was still listed in psychological manuals and textbooks as a mental disorder, and now it is considered a civil right. He added, “That’s a quick flip.”

“We are living in a post-Christian culture — a culture fundamentally at odds with faith in Jesus.”

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He believes that there’s been a paradigm shift in society from “morality to personality.”

Rather than moral absolutes governing what’s right or wrong, Driscoll said that there’s a general view that people should be true to themselves — that they should essentially stand by their feelings and desires.

“We’ve shifted from a worldview where there is a God who makes laws, and they apply to you, to whether or not there is a God it does not matter — ‘I don’t recognize any laws external to me. The only thing that guides me is my own internal convictions,’” he said. “Authority has shifted from external to internal, from God to me. And what you end up with is not a discussion of morality but a defense of personality. And that’s the world we live in.”

Driscoll believes that there is “a culture of complete anarchy in the name of tolerance and diversity.”

“One in four women sexual assaulted, one in six men, people that are sexually addicted, sexually assaulted, sexually abused, rampant debt, broken families, suicidal,” he told TheBlaze. “The number one category of prescription medication is antidepressants. Somebody’s gotta stand up and say, ‘This ain’t working — we gotta try something else.’”

One of the Big Questions Facing Christians

One of the big questions facing Christians, the pastor said, is how to peacefully exist in this context of change without compromising values and theology.

“Christians need to understand that Christians and non-Christians just disagree about a lot of things,” he said. “We disagree about where we come from, we disagree about why we’re here, we disagree about what we’re supposed to do, we disagree with what we’re supposed to do with our pots and our pans and our genitals and our wallets — we just disagree on all kinds of things.”

Mark Driscoll Issues Major Wake Up Call for Christians About the Dire State of American Culture | A Call to Resurgence

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Driscoll went on to say that one of the biggest threats to Christians is the assumption that compromising on what they believe will help them or serve a positive purpose for the non-believers they interact with. Doing this, he said, simply doesn’t work for anyone

With the changing cultural dynamics, Driscoll warned that Christians need to start getting better at understanding suffering and dealing with pushback, as they’re poised to receive more of it.

“In the West we’re not really familiar with suffering [and] Christendom and Christians have tended to be in a position of power, a respected position, and so all the issues surrounding suffering and criticism and such — we’re not very good at that,” he said. “And it’s something we’d better get better at pretty quickly because it’s just going to get harder to stay true to what we believe.”

Driscoll said that it’s becoming increasingly difficult for people to be Bible-believing — and practicing — Christians and that there are “no social perks to being a Christian” in today’s society.

Issues Facing Churches

The decreasing role and reverence for churches is also noticeable, Driscoll said. While houses or worship were once much-respected, today he believes that this dynamic has profoundly changed.

“The churches, for the most part, held a very respected place in society — and if you’re going to be a good business leader, a good citizen, a moral person, well obviously you believe in God and you’re involved in some religious community,” he said. “So what that led to was really a lot of people who weren’t committed to their religious beliefs — they didn’t really live them out — but they would sort of wave the flag because of the social benefits that came with it.”

Driscoll believes the social benefits and connotations the church once offered are decreasing. Being ostracized or marginalized for being in the pews makes it somewhat less appealing to participate in church. While he doesn’t necessarily believe that there are fewer Christians, he said “the teams have gotten very clear.”

“Somebody’s gotta stand up and say, ‘This ain’t working — we gotta try something else.’”

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Fewer of those who went or go to church mainly to bask in these benefits are now doing so and for obvious reasons; the purported benefits are diminishing.

With the changing dynamics, Christians have to find a balance, Driscoll argued. What battles will they choose to fight? Which will they choose to ignore? Of these concerns, Driscoll said, ”You can’t fight over everything, and you’re not very courageous if you won’t fight for anything.”

The pastor said it’s important to decide what’s worth fighting for and then to be prepared to deal with the consequences of speaking out.

Driscoll expounds upon these themes in “A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future?

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/11/12/a-culture-of-complete-anarchy-famed-pastor-issues-major-wake-up-call-for-christians-about-the-dire-state-of-american-culture/

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Biggest children’s book publisher erases Israel from map | The Times of Israel

Biggest children's book publisher erases Israel from map | The Times of Israel

Biggest children’s book publisher erases Israel from map | The Times of Israel.

Arab textbooks are not the only ones erasing Israel from their maps. Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher of children’s books, has also eliminated the Jewish state in a book.

“Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt,” part of the popular Geronimo Stilton children’s series translated from Italian and published by Scholastic in 2012, tells the story of a group of investigative journalists involved in a treasure hunt in Egypt.
The story commences with a map of modern Egypt and its neighboring countries. While Sudan, Libya and Saudi Arabia appear clearly on the map, the territory of Israel is completely covered by Jordan, painted red. A line indicating the Israeli border with the Sinai Peninsula does appear in the book.

Adina Golombek, a Jerusalem resident who emigrated to Israel from Canada last year, said she was shocked to discover Israel’s absence while reading the book with her 7-year-old son. Read the rest

 @Biggest children’s book publisher erases Israel from map | The Times of Israel.

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Safety’s Stay

Struggles, sickness and the sorrows in this life, can suck the fight out of even the most resolute. So many around me are facing battles far bigger than seem possible for them to endure. If the fight were their own, that would surely be true; however, they are not in the battle alone. Each has a Defender, Physician, Comforter, and Friend who is able to see them through. Regardless of the outcome, in Him, our hope is secure. Despite what we see, Love is more. “It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” – (I Corinthians 13:7) I want to love like that – always.

If we hope to love as we are loved, we must be invested in Him who is love. When we know Christ, we more clearly reflect His love and light into the world. I don’t have the answers as to why some people suffer with sickness, while others remain the picture of health their whole lives, but I do know that He who created us all, does. God uses every trial for the good of those who love Him, when we place our trust in Him. Again and again I find myself in awe of just how quickly this comes to pass, after weathering one of life’s storms. Though I have my moments of questions and doubts, I know where I can turn, and on Whom I can depend, to be my Safe Harbor through every storm.

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as life’s storms come our way;

may we trust our Safe Harbor,

our Strong Tower, Safety’s Stay.

In struggle or in illness,

or in sorrows of this life;

may we know Who is fighting,

and trust You to end all strife.

For You alone are always,

before, now and forever;

steadfast, faithful and loving,

promise to leave us NEVER.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that in You, our hope is secure, regardless of what is going on around us. Thank You that we don’t have to understand the “why” or “how” things happen as they do, we need only know the “Who” that we can always run unto. Thank You that You use our past experiences of pain to come along side another to bring comfort and offer hope. Forgive us for our fears and doubts when we are in the throes of the storm, and help us to hold fast to You, our Anchor and Safe Harbor, regardless of the storm’s intensity. Father, please give comfort to all those who are in the throes of the fight, and may we be people to come beside them to be You hands and heart made tangible, and help them to know that it is You in us that brings comfort and peace. May many come into a lasting relationship with You, as a result of our obedience. Be exalted in all that we say and do. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Strong Tower by Kutless is the song on my heart this morning. Click the colorful title to have a listen. 🙂


Light

Light of the World

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Genesis 1
King James Version (KJV)
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Light!!!   Did you ever consider the meaning of light and how it is used in the Bible? There are three different ways you can use light in the English language, as a noun, a verb and an adjective.

Definition of Light
noun:1) the natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible.
2) understanding of a problem or mystery; enlightenment.
verb: 1) provide with light or lighting; illuminate.
2) make (something) start burning; ignite.
adjective: 1) having a considerable or sufficient amount of natural light; not dark.
2) (of a color) pale.

Even with the definition you can break it down even further to types of light from natural to man-made, from terrestrial to celestial. Here are just a few:

Man made:

Fire
Acetylene/Carbide
Argand
Candle
Diya
Gas
Kerosene
Lantern
Limelight
Oil
Rushlight

Torch

Natural

Astronomical objects
Sun (sunlight, solar radiation)
Sunset & sunrise
Diffuse sky radiation
Corona
Photosphere
Starlight (Stars forming groups such as star clusters and galaxies and indirectly lighting nebulae)
Bright star (list)
Deep sky objects including quasars, accretion discs around black holes, blazars, magnetars, misc. nebulae, pulsars
Supernova / nova / hypernova
Milky Way
Atmospheric entry (via ionization and/or heating; can be man-made, also)
Meteors
Meteor showers
Bolide
Earth-grazing fireball
Lightning (Plasma (physics))
Sprite (lightning)
Ball lightning
Upper-atmospheric lightning
Dry lightning

A large list I know, but this is just a portion of the different types of light! Amazing isn’t it? I didn’t even begin with the different uses of light! In the King James Version of the Bible light is mentioned 272 times. The first time is in the very first chapter of Genesis and in the third verse where God says “let there be light!”

God said that light was good! And divided it from darkness. He gave us the light of the sun, put the stars in the heavens, and gave us the moon for when the night brought darkness to the face of the earth. He gave us all the materials we needed to make our own light and we have covered the world with it to the point that when you look at it from space, you can easily see where the people are concentrated.

God Himself is our light: 2 Samuel 22:29 For thou art my lamp, O Lord: and the Lord will lighten my darkness.

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?

Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Even the stars praise Him with their light:

Psalm 148:3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.

We can have light in us:

Matthew 6:22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

He has promised our burden to be light:

Matthew 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

God sent a certain man to introduce the true Light of the world:

John 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.

16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.

Those that do evil, hate the light:

John 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

Jesus is the light of the world and if we follow Him we have the promise of life:

John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the lightof life.

John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

John 12:36  While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.

John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

We are instructed to cast off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light:

Romans 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

God is light and in Him there is no darkness:

1 John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Someday soon our reward will be here if we accept Jesus as our Savior and the light of our world:

Revelation 21:23-25 King James Version (KJV)

23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

God bless you and I hope that you found this small work of light, enlightening!

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