Monday, June 7, 2010

God's Light Within You

Eph. 5:6-9    
   6 Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him.  7 Don’t participate in the things these people do.  8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!  9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.

Paul continues instructions to Christians at Ephesus, as well as us in  the 21st century. He tells us that persons described in the previous passage (5:3-5)-- the immoral, impure, and greedy, would seek to 'fool' us. They seek to make us think that what God defines as evil are to be desired as good. They define God's clear standards for good as evil. Look how easily today the murder of millions of unborn babies is called good while those who would try to prevent those murders are called evil and radical by news media and government leaders. These people teach that sex between same sex persons, sex between persons and animals, and sex between unmarried heterosexual persons--all of it-- fits their definition of 'good.' They claim Christians who speak out against these sexual sins are evil.

These people work hard to grant religious freedom to any and all other religious expressions except Christians-- even when these other perspectives promote violence, human slaughter, and mayhem in the names of their false gods. These persons are in our news and broadcast organizations. They are in our government organizations. They are in our business organizations. They are in our education organizations. God's enemy has seen to it that they are planted everywhere, teaching their dark lies.

Paul says we must not be fooled by such people who try to 'excuse sin.' they are destined for God's wrath. We even used to be full of the same darkness that fills them but for the grace of God. We no longer live in that same darkness. Rather, now we can live in amazing light. So, we should embrace that light of God's love and of God's standard for righteousness. When we embrace it, only then is something that is truly good, right, and true produced within us. Will you live in light today?

Your Servant in Christ's Love
Dan Elliott

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