It Went Out

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 KJV

For those of us who have been in church for any length of time, we might have heard this song “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.” I think that there are many times in our lives when the light goes out. Jesus hasn’t left us; He is still in our hearts. Jesus is still our light but when crises and difficult situations come against us instead of allowing Him to shine brightly through us, we become discouraged.

So once again, satan had his way in the situation and won that battle. I don’t know about you but I am tired of satan winning a battle in my life. Jesus has already won the war when He died on the cross but we will still have attacks from satan and from the world. We don’t have anyone to blame for losing the battles but ourselves. Jesus has promised us that He will walk beside us and hold our hand and protect us from our enemies. He said that He would never leave us, not even for one minute.

Too often in our lives instead of immediately crying out to Jesus when someone hurts us or when we are in the middle of a crisis, we forget to pray and ask Jesus to help us. We try to solve the problem ourselves. When will we ever learn that we need Jesus to fight our battles for us? We don’t have the strength to constantly battle satan.

It is only as we lean on Jesus and depend on Him for everything that we will be victorious. It takes the power of the risen Christ to bring us through our battles. We don’t have any power; it is Jesus working in us and through us who has the power to change lives and circumstances for the better. It has been pounded into our heads just as if someone was using a sledge hammer that it is a sign of weakness to cry or ask for help. That is a lie straight from the pits of hell! Jesus has told us that we are to be encouragers to one another. It is very important that we have a support system.

We need to surround ourselves with people who love Jesus and who will pray for us when we are hurting so badly that we are unable to pray for ourselves. It is very important that we have more than one person who will pray for us because that person may be in the middle of a heartbreaking situation himself or herself. Thank You, Jesus, for giving us friends to comfort us, pray for us and encourage us.

Are you allowing Jesus to shine through you so that others will know that we do have a Saviour who is not only able to save us from our sins; but also able to bring us through every battle in life victoriously? Have you allowed satan and the world to extinguish the light in your heart and life with their criticism, sarcasm and ridicule? If so, ask Jesus to shine brightly once again in your heart and in your life.

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