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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
When God created, he made something from nothing. Because we are created beings, we have no basis for pride. Remember that you exist only because God made you, and you have special gifts only because God gave them to you. With God you are something valuable and unique, apart from God you are nothing, and if you try to live without him, you will be abandoning the purpose for which you were made.
Do you ever feel that your life is too complex for God to understand? Remember, God created the entire universe, and nothing is too difficult for him. God created you, he is alive today, and his love is bigger than any problem you may face.
“The darkness can never extinguish it” means the darkness of evil never has and never will overcome God’s light. Jesus Christ is the Creator of life, and his life brings light to humankind. When we follow Jesus, the true Light, we can avoid walking blindly and falling into sin. He lights the path ahead of us so we can see how to live. He removes the darkness of sin from our lives. Have you allowed the light of Christ to shine into your life? Let Christ guide your life, and you’ll never need to stumble in darkness. (NLT)
John 1:1-9 – In the beginning the Word already existed. He was with God, and he was God. He was in the beginning with God. He created everything there is. Nothing exists that he didn’t make. Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone. The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
God sent John the Baptist to tell everyone about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was only a witness to the light. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was going to come into the world.
No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. – Matthew 5:15 (NRSV)
Floyd Twilley (Maryland) titled his story “BE THE LIGHT;” here is a portion of Floyd’s story:
“. . . At the same time I remembered two candy-striped candles among our stored Christmas decorations. They were still brand new, though they were purchased several years before. Our mom always enjoyed them as a focal point of her living room décor at Christmas. But she never allowed anyone to light them. They never fulfilled their chief purpose.
“We Christians can be like that. We can tell all about the Bible. We can articulate our belief on this or that aspect of faith. But when we don’t get around to putting our faith into action, we are like a candle left unlit. Our faith is shallow. . . .
“In every season of life we can find a new commitment to be Jesus’ hands and feet, serving those in need whenever and wherever God may bring them across our path.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How will I let my light shine today?
Prayer: O God, help us to find a new vision of the reason you sent Jesus into our world. Help us to bring him into our world again in faith, in word, and in action. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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