Is Your Light On?

Been doing a bit of reminiscing today…

One year ago today was the very first time I posted this blog. Actually, it is the third blog (how fun is that!). God is so good!

It was encouraging to see spelling errors, spiritual growth, and once again enjoyed the sweet memory my husband and I shared during that Israel trip, and reading over the challenges from God’s Word…tis so sweet!

Yes, I did make those typo changes, add, and subtract a few things..I sure did (though I think I added more than I subtracted…lol), but I would like to share this with you once again, “Is YOUR Light On?”


One of the coolest things I remember is when my husband and I were in Israel sitting at the foothills on the Sea of Galilee one night. While we sat there talking, we couldn’t help but look. We were drawn to the mountains. The intense blackness that “was out there” was unreal. The longer we sat chatting the longer we looked. Seemingly out of no where, we began to see glimmers of light appearing here, there, then….oh, over there, up there…see another one…there too. Out of nowhere popping up all over the mountianside. Little glimmer here. Little glimmer there. Lights that pierced through the blackest of darknesses.

It was an amazing site to behold because just moments before there was complete blackness–you would have never known life existed up there until now.

For me this was a life changing event. A memory that has drawn my heart, soul, and mind to think about the words of Jesus when He said, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid” [Matthew 5:14-16].

I have to chuckle a little here, because truly, Jesus knew what He was talking about when He was speaking these very words. It is impossible to hide even the smallest source of light in the midst of complete blackness.

I think of the ‘blackness’ that surrounds us {outwardly & inwardly} including myself here, my friends! We call it ‘spiritual warfare.’ It comes in many forms but satan’s two most powerful weapons of attack are: 1) fear and 2) pleasure.

  1. Fear = by suggesting that obedience to God will result in the loss of something we believe we must have in order to be happy.
  2. Pleasure = by protraying the joys that disobedience will bring us. He frightens us with thoughts that God isn’t really good and loving; he entices us with thoughts of how we might as well look for any avenue to please ourselves.

Sin never looks like sin, if it did we wouldn’t be enticed. Satan is the great deceiver, the father of lies, but make no mistake his temtpation does not put anything into us that is not there already. Our flesh is alive and well. For without Christ we can do nothing–it is only through Christ alone, His Spirit within us, the active choice of putting-off and putting-on of Christ, that we are not consumed. Remember, satan cannot indwell a believer, but he surely knows how the human heart functions. Maybe better than you know ourselves.

Other forms of darkness:

  • The lost world around us that needs Christ, yet chooses to reject Him (remember we were once there!).
  • Our neighbors, the check-out lady, the gas station attendee, the waitress, the visitor we fail to welcome, it is even the regular-attender at church.
  • It is are own flesh — that when left to itself is sinful, proud, self-filled, and self-serving (from within and from without).

 …I cannot help but think – “Is my light on?”

Yes, I am a child of God [thank you, Lord for saving my soul!]. I am a sinner saved by the precious blood of Jesus and by His incredible grace. I know where my eternity will be spent despite my human failures for it is of the Lord’s mercies I am not consumed.

God’s love for me/you is not determined upon my actions or lack of actions for Him. God’s love for me/you is not measured by how much I love Him or not. God’s love for me/you is unchangeable. It cannot change. God cannot love us anymore or anyless. God loves me. God loves you. PERIOD! 

I don’t know about you, but I am eternally indebted to Christ and as I think back to that night on the Sea of Galilee, those glimmering lights, and Jesus’ words in Matthew it causes me to wonder about my heart of gratitude to the One who has given me everything even while I was yet unlovely.

  • Now that I am His, have I grown in my love for Him?
  • Have I changed over the years–am I more like Him or still like myself?
  • Has my love increased or deceased?
  • Am I like that light or candle set on a hilltop that can be seen for miles that points others to Christ, that lights the way, that breathes Christ?

“Is MY light ON?” like that very first day my personal darkness turned to day because Jesus turned on my light on and changed my life forever [my salvation day] or have I slowly put my light on “dimmer” or “autopilot”?

I think Revelations where Jesus spits out (vomits) the lukewarm.


Jesus made is clear when He said in Matthew, “YOU are the light of the world.”

Is your light…

 ON???


In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

 

the Warrior: Esther

FOUR WARRIOR CHARACTERISTICS WE LEARN FROM ESTHER

  • Teachability – Our sweet Esther could have taken on the “I’m queen attitude” and done whatever she wanted, but instead she listened to the advice of Mordecai and in returned followed his wise instructions. Esther valued the wisdom of her kinsmen. Wise woman.
  • Patience – Although the book of Esther itself is rather short in our Bibles, it took place over the span of many years. Just the process alone to come before the King in hopes of possibly becoming the next queen, Esther went through a rather rigorous process which took over a year. Just think, a year of pampering and preparing just to be presented to the king. Esther had to remain steadfast, focused, careful and she followed what Mordecai and the Lord asked of her. After Esther is crowned Queen, we read of her patience even in the midst of her own personal turmoil over what was about to happen to her and her people. In the ultimate act of selflessness she prayerfully, patiently, carefully, in God’s time acts accordingly with precision in place and wording to bring to light the truth to help save her people.
  • Selflessness – Esther risked her own safety and security by approaching the king unsummoned. If he did not find favor in her and accept her, she could have been killed immediately yet in God’s strength Esther laid this aside willingly. With her security not resting in her position, beauty, or reputation, she was enabled to freely trust God’s plan for her life by giving her all.
  • Courage – Under Mordecai’s wisdom, Esther risked her life by keeping her nationality a secret; through faith in God she came before the king unsummoned; and preceded to ask all she did of the king with great strength and wisdom. We see immediately in the beginning of the book of Esther that King Xerxes had no problem dismissing Queen Vashti, so he could have easily removed or killed Esther along with her people when he had the chance but in God’s protection, he didn’t. Her courage and faith in God are what made her a true warrior!

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So what?

As a believer, we deceive ourselves to think we live victorious when we do not seek the very author and giver of eternal life – the Savior, cleanser, the One who truly set free a soul, the heart changer, the One who can bless and protector, provider, the One who gives strength when we are weak, the healer (the list can go on – oh what mercy) there is ONLY ONE – God alone!  

God cannot speak to those who are not feasting in His Word daily. God cannot help those who do not take His promises and act upon them in faith and DO them! Esther wasn’t about herself.

Victorious living does not happen in a vacuum but through the wonder working power of Christ in a soul which makes it gloriously possible.

You, like Esther can be a warrior, it must take a willing inward God-centered Christ-focused change to see any outward result. Esther’s teachable, moldable heart in her faith, trust and courage in God was her crowning jewel. How is your tiara?

 

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Is Your Light On?

     One of the coolest things I remember is when my husband and I were in Israel sitting at the foothills of the Sea of Galilee one night. While we sat there talking, we couldn’t help but look. We were drawn to the mountains. The intense blackness that “was out there” was unreal. The longer we looked, seemingly out of no where we began to see glimmers of light appearing here, then there, and over there…out of nowhere. These little glimmers of lights stuck out against the blackness.

   It was an most amazing site to behold because just moments before there was complete blackness–you would have never known there were people, homes, life up there on those hilltops.

   I will this memory because because it draws my heart and mind to think about what Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid” [Matthew 5:14-16]. Truly, Jesus knew what He was talking about. It is impossible to hide even your small flame in the midst of complete blackness.

     I think of the ‘blackness’ that is around us–around me. We call it ‘spiritual warfare.’ It comes in many ways: the devil’s attacks, the lost world around us that needs Christ yet chooses to reject Him: it’s our neighbors, the check-out lady, the gas station person, the waitress, the visitor we fail to welcome, even the regular-attender at church, it is even my own sinful flesh and pride (from within and from without).

 I cannot help but think – “Is my light on?”

Yes, I am a child of God [thank you, Lord for saving my soul!]; I am a sinner saved by grace; I know where my eternity will be spent despite my human weaknesses and faults. It is of the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed; His love is not determined by my actions or love for Him. His love doesn’t change. He doesn’ love us anymore or anyless. 

I don’t knwo about you, but I am eternally indebted to Christ, and thinking about that mountainside in Israel, those glimmering lights, and Jesus’ words in Matthew it causes me to wonder about my heart of gratitude and love to God, have I changed over the years? Has my love increased for God or decreased? Am I like that light or candle set on a hilltop that can be seen for miles that points others to Christ?

‘Is MY light ON’  — like that very first day when my personal darkness turned to day because Jesus turned on my light on [my salvation day] or have I slowly put my light on “dimmer”? I think of others who have chosen to turn their light off [well, if truly born again, they are hiding their light under a bushel] in Revelations it is called lukewarm.


But Jesus was clear when He said in Matthew, “YOU are the light of the world.”

Is your light…

 ON???


In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

 

In Christ I am She

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Before any conclusions are made, I want to make one thing clear…I am a work in progress. In Ephesians 2 in says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus…” He is truly the Potter and I the clay and I am thankful for that. The other day in my personal time with God, I was reading I Corinthians 15. In verses 57 and 58 is says, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” WOW! these are powerful and encouraging verses to this soul of mine. In my journaling Bible I wrote this {in much fancier letters} :0)

Whenever discouragement arises…

{{REMEMBER}}

  1. be steadfast [means: resolution, dutifully, firm, loyal, faithful, committed, dedicated, constant; firmly fixed or established; not fickled or wavering]
  2. be IMMOVABLE [never distracted; giving ourselves over to that which we know is not vain; locked on one = Christ; not affected; not having the passions excited]
  3. always ABOUNDING [always excelling] in the WORK of the LORD, {and this next part is just the sweetness of God towards His creations} KNOWING this [you can know; you do know], that in the LORD your labor IS NOT IN VAIN.

Nothing you do for Christ is a waste of time or effort. 

Nothing! Time with Christ is never time wasted! In Christ I am She is truly & simply born out of a deep longing and personal desire for God. I need God. Without Christ; I am nothing; I can do nothing. This heart, soul, and mind is continually needing reminding, spurring, challenging, rebuking, comforting, leading, loving, directing, and fastened to the One and only that can truly fulfil. And this is how In Christ I am She blog blossomed; a needy heart for Christ and thee incredible working power of Christ in a soul = a changed life.

I do have a deep prayerful desire: that in some small way the Lord uses His working in this heart of mine, as weak and needing as it is, to somehow be an encouragement to you; that others may see the wonder working power in a life, and in return give Him all the glory and praise due to His name. May we ne pointers to Christ. May we live an abundant-intended Christ life and glorify our Maker along the way together!

Today, 12.01.2016, In Christ I am She: Saved. Hopeful. Empowered. I pledge to my Lord Jesus Christ, from this day forward, may I be willing to obey and walk willingly, serve and love Him with all my heart unconditionally, then share that obedience, walking, serving, and love with others {in both written and verbal form}. May your hearts be challenged yet encouraged to love Christ with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. May Jesus Christ be praised!

Rejoice for you are a daughter of the King,

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}