June 15, 2017

John 14:2 (NLT) — 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?

Jesus will never lead us astray. His kingdom is always referred to as the Kingdom of Light because it always shows us the correct way to live and that way always leads to a bright future. A future of hope and life. Satan’s kingdom is always referred to as the kingdom of darkness because it always leads to a dark future, a future with no hope; a dead end if you will.

Psalm 119:105 (NLT) — 105 Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.

Look at how God’s word describes the Egyptians and their Israelite captives at the time of the plagues in Egypt:

Psalm 105:28 (NLT) — 28 The Lord blanketed Egypt in darkness, for they had defied his commands to let his people go.

Again not obeying the Lord leaves on in the dark.

Exodus 10:21–23 (NLT) — 21 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Lift your hand toward heaven, and the land of Egypt will be covered with a darkness so thick you can feel it.” 22 So Moses lifted his hand to the sky, and a deep darkness covered the entire land of Egypt for three days. 23 During all that time the people could not see each other, and no one moved. But there was light as usual where the people of Israel lived.

God was mocking the Egyptian sun god Ra! Those who follow God’s word can always live with confidence and hope knowing that true life will be the end result. The sinfulness that we are experiencing in our world is because most of the world is walking around in spiritual darkness only hoping that they are making the right choices and only hoping that those choices will lead to a bright future.

Proverbs 14:12 (NLT) — 12 There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.

The path of darkness may seem right but remember that Satan can disguise himself as an angel of light.

1 John 1:5 (NLT) — 5 This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.

God says that sex needs to stay in the boundaries of marriage. This looks like darkness to most people. They may say, “I need to know if we are compatible and if I can be satisfied. I don’t want to miss out on all the fun and pleasure. It is just sex.” To them it looks like the right path but it will lead to the death of their soul.

Matthew 16:26 (NLT) — 26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?

Psalm 1:6 (NLT) — 6 For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.

The only reason we have a gender issue in the United States is because people are living in the dark. Again to some it looks like the right path but… In this dark world God’s word is like night vision goggles pointing out the enemy and showing us the right path and course of action to take.

Proverbs 4:18 (NLT) — 18 The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.

Psalm 18:11 (NLT) — 11 He shrouded himself in darkness, veiling his approach with dark rain clouds.

Even in the darkest of times, times when God doesn’t seem near, times when there is nothing to indicate that God even cares, when it seems like all is lost. I can rest assured that he is close by! When Israel left Egypt it must have seemed like God had deserted them. The Red Sea was in front of them and the Egyptian army was closing fast behind them. However:

Psalm 77:19 (NLT) — 19 Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters— a pathway no one knew was there!

God sees what I don’t see and so when trouble seems to have me cornered I must trust Him. His promise to me is that he would never leave me and he will never give up on me. Nothing can separate me from his love. Do I believe this and will I trust Him and will I trust his word. Will you believe and will you trust?

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