This life gives light to everyone

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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Today’s scripture reading:

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 1:1-18 – 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.

But although the world was made through him, the world didn’t recognize him when he came. Even in his own land and among his own people, he was not accepted. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn! This is not a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan—this rebirth comes from God.

So the Word became human and lived here on earth among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his goory, the glory of the only Son of the Father.

John pointed him out to the people. He shouted to the crowds, “‘This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before I did.’”

We have all benefited from the rich blessings he brought to us—one gracious blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. But his only Son, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart; he has told us about him.

When Jesus spoke . . . to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” –John 8:12 (NIV)

Alina Kanaski (Arizona) titled her story “ETERNAL LIGHT;” here is a portion of Alina’s story:

“Honey bees navigate by the position of the sun. . . . But it was dark outside; the brightest light the bee could see was our lantern. It buzzed around the top of the tent, flying toward our hanging light again and again . . .

“It’s easy to watch this scene and think, What’s that bee doing? or That’s the wrong light! But how often do we humans follow the wrong light and trust it to get us where we want to go? How often do we trust money, family, or power and think that it will get us where we need to be, instead of trusting God as our guide? When everything seems dim, it’s easy to trust in the first light we see – something that makes us feel safe or more in control again. But God is the only one who can help us out of the darkness and guide us to true freedom.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will follow the true light that comes from God.

Prayer: Dear God, help us to follow your light, the true light of Jesus Christ. In his name we pray. 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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