Word of Encouragement Worship Devotions

Jesus is NOT Lord over THIS….

"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." ~2 Corinthians 4:6

God is the ultimate Creator and whatever He speaks life into lives. In Genesis chapter 1, when God said, “Let there be light“, He illuminated the world with lightnot the sun (which was spoken into existence on Day 4 of Creation Week). So where did that light come from? It came from Him. God is light and in Him is no darkness (1 John 1:5). Yet in this life, we all experience darkness of every kind, don’t we? Remember that not all darkness is evil. Darkness is simply the absence of light. So, when God comes onto the scene, there is LIGHT. This may conflict with what you’re currently walking through – perhaps a season of darkness, where you can’t see the light – at the end of the tunnel or anywhere else. Does that mean God isn’t there?

Speaking of “light”, you know that Jesus Christ is the light of the world (John 8:12), and that, All things were created through Him, and without Him nothing was created that was created. In Him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. The light shines in darkness, but the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:3-5) Jesus Christ is light, and He is the Lord over all things (Matthew 28:18), except one thing….

Get a grip on your imagination – moment by moment if necessary – and cast down the temptation to become the “creator” of the future.

Remember that were God creates anything, there is light. However, if you are not experiencing that light within you, in your heart, in your mind and in your soul; if you are plagued with darkness like fear, worry, anxiety, depression and worse, you live in the one place God doesn’t rule over: “What if…?” God rules as Lord over what He creates. He has a future and a hope for you, and for everyone else every born (Joshua 29:11), but if you have stepped into His role as creator and are designing your own future by letting your mind wander into the darkness of “what if”, you will not experience the things that come where His light rules: peace that passes understanding, joy unspeakable and full of glory, acceptance, faith to see the invisible, identity, authority, grace that is sufficient for you, hope that rises….

We all do it at times. We all try to anticipate what’s next and we speculate, “What if this happens?”, “What if that does not happen?”; “What will I do if…?”; “What if this situation gets worse?”; “What if I get there and God hasn’t answered yet?”; “What if things fall apart?”; “What if I don’t have the money?”; “What if someone gets sick or they die?” …. And then we experience the results of walking outside of boundaries of God’s light which rules over the paths He lays out, the futures and plans He has, the resolutions He has crafted, the answers He has prepared; we experience anger, fear, anxiety, depression, frustration, impatience, bitterness, faithlessness, prayerlessness, hopelessness, distance from God. Then we wonder where He is – He is in the Light! You must “walk in the light” as He is in the light. (1 John 1:7)

Thought for today

John wrote that Jesus Christ, “The true Light, which enlightens everyone,” had come that that even though, the world was created through Him, yet the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him.” That’s us! We are His people and while we “receive” His light into our hearts, it is sometimes harder to “receive” His light into our circumstances and experiences and then we cry all alone out in the darkness of where our minds have wandered off to. However, “to all who received Him, He gave the power to become sons of God, to those who believed in His name.” (John 1:9-13) God will not rule over the future of your creation, the one where you fret and worry and cry and fall into despair as your imagination takes hold and grips your heart with the icy claws of fear. He rules over what HE creates, not over what you insist on creating. You were commanded to cast down, “imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5) WORSHIP THE LORD. Draw near and get into His presence and REFUSE. TO. LEAVE. Get a grip on your imagination – moment by moment if necessary – and cast down the temptation to become the “creator” of the future. You, in your natural existence here on earth, can only create darkness. GOD will cast light onto everything in the future HE creates. Stay in the light – God is there, and His authority over every circumstance is triumphant over all darkness.

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