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Is your light on?

“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”  Ephesians 5:11.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Ephesians 5-6, and Psalm 119:1-80.

Following both parts of this verse could get you into trouble.  Are you ready for that?

I’m not writing about the first part; of course, we should avoid darkness.

It’s the other part that could put you in harm’s way; exposing darkness.

I can play it very safe on that second part by insisting that it is all about me.  I must realize my need to recognize when I’m darkening my life and call myself out of it into the light.

I don’t believe that “safe” way is Paul’s intention.

Paul was confrontational.  He wrote in several places that he had the scars to show for it.  He did not play it safe.  He called things as he saw them.

In this world there is an abundance of evil.  Some of it is within me.  I know that, and I need to consistently deal with it.  But there also is evil elsewhere.  I can ignore it.  I can figure that within my midst I can mention it.  Or I can use the social media to call out evil.

I have done that “call out” thing in a few places.  Let me warn you from experience that “Amen, brother” won’t follow call-out’s most of the time.

Is it possible for a Godly person to disagree with an ungodly person without trouble following?  Not every time.

That is why I must speak God’s Words from the get-go.  I have latched onto Psalm 19:14: “May the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.”

I said that verse before I wrote today’s entry and I am determined to say it before I write other things.  I still won’t always get it right, but I believe that if I start with Him I’ll represent Him better.

“Lord, may my words be Your Words.  If they aren’t then erase them.  Have them unread.  But if they are of You, then use them to help me and to help others to know You better, I beg.  I love You, Father.”

I must recognize darkness in my own life and in the rest of the world AND do something about it in BOTH places.

 

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Dealing with sin

“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them” Ephesians 5:11.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Ecclesiastes 10-12, Psalm 94, and Ephesians 5.

The closer I am to God the quicker I will realize when I am sinning.

Sin is not always obvious.  Sometimes it is connected to something good and thereby gains entrance.   But the Godly person is not easily fooled that way.

So much of the life of the Godly person goes better when the day starts with a commitment to God and that commitment gets repeated throughout the day.

Too often a good start deteriorates into various forms of darkness.  I often have times of darkness when I am floating independently apart from God.  I lose track of Him.  My words, and sometimes my deeds, will betray my intended relationship to Him.

I need to learn where places are that lead to darkness and diligently avoid them.  I find TV and computers to be potential quagmires of darkness.  They don’t have to be but in certain areas and under certain conditions they can become pits of darkness.

I have no plans to stop watching TV or using my computer.  However, I must expose to myself a steady reminder of the potential darkness contained within each of them.

I do not hesitate to commit writing this blog to God’s guidance before each entry.  Why not commit myself to stick to the wholesome spots BEFORE I turn on the TV or computer?  Doing that will bring God intentionally into those details of my life.

“Lord, I want to rightly represent You in everything I do including what I watch.  I do not have the strength to go it alone without immersing in darkness.  I surrender to You.  Forgive me for trying ever to function apart from You.  I love You, Father.”

Commit to God before you enter known areas of darkness.

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