12.12.2014

Daily Manna: Who I Am In Christ

Christmas is a joyous time for most, but for some it can be a challenge to get through the heightened spirit of the Season when life happens. The circumstances vary with big questions about the timing, loss, or perhaps the setback. Maybe worse yet, it is a disappointment that is unbearable to carry into 2015.

Whatever your trial, above all remember that it is better to know Jesus than to have answers (at least at this juncture).

As a shepherd for the sheep, I want to assure you that to gain footing and push through the process you must realize who you are in Christ. For I admit without a tight grip on that truth this journey can be difficult—and when trouble comes and it will (John 16:33), you won't be standing on sinking sand. You will be able to bear the weight of it. Grow in that hard place where grace is extended. And as God wills with maturity in Christ, share your testimony of victory to help others.

"Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." Romans 8:37

God's Everlasting Love Romans 8:31-39 NKJV



Daily Manna is a series of devotions that you may snack on for encouragement today. However, if you have skipped spiritual meals and find you are malnourished please take pause and visit here a while.

I pray my obedience to share His truth brings you encouragement, and enlightens you in God's ways, which are higher than our ways.

12.05.2014

Ridiculous Grace

ridiculous (slang): extremely impressive; unbelievable

Sin happens to the best of us. It shows its ugliness in our family, small circle of friends, and in the church we have it also with leaders and preachers. Of course let us not forget to turn that finger-pointing on ourselves.

We wonder if there is any way of getting up from a fall so hard that God would leave us there. Pass us by, and not give our pitiful soul another thought. Nothing could be farther from the truth of who He is. God is love. And He offers us ridiculous grace as we draw near…broken and shameful with open hands, our will surrendered, and hearts ready to receive the saving knowledge of Christ.

“But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:20-21

Jesus Christ is grace. He is a gift from God that we especially celebrate this Christmas season. It is not a gift that is deserved nor can it ever be earned. Still, He offers it wrapped with mercy to receive in our hearts.



“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9


Jesus died for us, "and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:4-6). His grace is extended to every race, color, religion, and doctrine under the sun. He died for you. He died for me. He loves us equally and unconditionally whether we are for Him or against Him. It matters not, if you believe or despise Him. If you agree with His ways or reject them. He loves us! He has always loved us, and it endures for eternity without change. His love is not persuaded by emotions or circumstances nor does it have limitations.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

God loves us enough that Christ -- His only begotten Son, Jesus -- was made the propitiation for our sin. By His death on the cross He turned away the wrath of God and stood in our place. He took on the rejection and punishment we rightly deserve; whereby we have been given absolution from sin because of love demonstrated on Calvary.

John Piper writes online in Are We to Continue in Sin That Grace Might Increase? “This is extreme grace: Christ's obedience, not ours, is the ground of our justification. God reckons us righteous, and accepts us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness (Titus 3:5), but because of deeds done by Christ in righteousness.” Extreme grace as John Piper penned translates today as ridiculous grace.

What are you waiting for? Whether you are sipping on hot chocolate by the Christmas tree, in public, or in a pew at church—Jesus is holding out His hands to you. He has been longing to embrace you and pour out liquid love that fills every empty hole, mends the broken places, and heals the hurts. There is no reason to wait any longer. How many Christmases have passed? How many new years have rung in without a promise for victory ahead?

You are a sinner, and not alone “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)” Jesus is in the cleaning up and cleansing business. Let your heart be assured that He who came into the world as a babe “did not come to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:17)”



God is offering ridiculous grace in the first most important step of faith when you believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior, with benefits to be in right standing before Him and declare victory as an overcomer. Surrender to the will of God and renounce Satan and his hold on you. Begin to disconnect yourself from the realm of darkness with an intentional effort “to resist the devil...and He will flee. (James 4:7-10)”

This Christmas become a Child of God, no longer an illegitimate son or daughter, but rather a co-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17). Come as you are to the mercy seat of Christ, receive grace, and be saved. Let your name be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Revelation 21:27), like the others before you, and those with you today accepting grace as a gift.

God’s Righteousness Through Faith
"But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus." Romans 3:21-26

11.24.2014

Kingdom Builder

As an active Kingdom Builder under the expanse of God’s authority I toil in a way that He has predetermined and in the land which He gave me. Each day I set out to bring Him glory and point others to Him who is the author and finisher of our faith.

It seems I have entered into a season of increasing faith and God-opportunities. There are fortuitous encounters whereby we encourage one another, pray, and praise God for all that He has done in and through our lives.

Supermarket
I was on a mission for gluten-free bread when a worker approached me. Her kindness made me pause during the rush of morning errands. She recognized me from the same store in another location that I frequent most. After the introduction she asked about my scar from thyroid surgery. From there our conversation segued into a melodic tempo of God’s goodness. We had Jesus in common—and on that note, we took turns confessing His deliberate fingerprint in our similar circumstances.

I imagined the angels of Heaven were recording our every faith-filled praise, and that God was pleased with our faithfulness to recall His healing power.

We should never devalue the goodness of God and how He brought us through.

Church
The polished woman was sitting in my row with her husband between us. He shared that she was purposely withholding a hand shake because of her recent Chemotherapy treatment. Moved by compassion I asked her name and expressed that I would pray. No sooner did my sentence end...then she leaned in. My attention shifted and I opened my mouth, “This will not consume you.”

God doesn’t bring us through trials and give us the victory for a one-time celebration. No, He is known for giving us a repeated victory so that we may be carriers of His promise to those who are hopeless or in crisis.

Carry on Christian solider and deliver with love and compassion the revelation you received by the power of the Holy Spirit, according to your unique circumstances and victory. You will find that your zeal to be used as a Kingdom Builder will open doors and bring about favor -- the tangible evidence of the Lord's approval.

Restaurant
While I am ready to give a Word in due season as He directs, God is also concerned about what concerns me.

During a drive to a favorite eatery I lowered my radio, and in prayer entered into the throne room of God with thanksgiving and praise. It was a heartfelt communion thanking Him for what He has done and what He is doing—making something out of nothing. Even so, I have concerns also that were verbalized, though underlined with faith that He would accomplish the finished work of the cross in those I love most.

I am like everyone else. There are areas in my life where I triumph. Yet, there are areas under construction. In relationships that are effortless while some are taxing.

Eating alone, but always open for conversation, a friendly voice commented on my butter-dressed baked-potato. She sat across from me while her husband went missing for a moment. We did the usual chit-chat, although once we acknowledged God our smiles widened. Her story-telling was sweet like honey, and I could have listened until sunset. Her common thread was God’s faithfulness regardless of the years in waiting. I was captivated. She spoke of her day of victory and how it unfolded. Reminding me of the importance of loving and how it melts the hardest of hearts.

When we are intimate with God we are able to hear His voice, what He’s speaking and how He feels about us. We can either receive directly from that still small voice or from people He chooses.

I pray you continue in the call of Christ, and do your part as He instructs using your God-given abilities. For together we will build the Kingdom of God!

11.20.2014

My Struggles #2

As if recent heart surgery from the Great Physician and the challenge to keep my marriage fresh and vibrant wasn't enough, I am now experiencing anxiety in great proportions. It has come in like a lion and continues to steal my joy and peace.

How did I get here?

Since the day darkness crept in I have lost six pounds and still counting with a depleted appetite. My sleep has been disrupted as well with a busy mind that comes and goes in extended intervals. Holding on hour by hour with overwhelming feelings as if I am literally breaking -- my heart crushed in a million bits.

Lord, what’s my testimony?

11.19.2014

My Struggles #1

Darkness crept in one ordinary day in November 2009.

Did I make it?

But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

I am here to testify that Jesus reached down in my pit and rescued me when I was willing to be broken and depend solely on Him.  I have learned, loved, forgiven, and grown. As of November 2012 I answered the call of Christ as an ordained minister, and today I am reaching the hopeless and discouraged during my ordinary day as a mom. God is faithful to bring about His scheduled opportunities to be His voice, and I am humbled to be in His service, while giving the devil a black eye.

In the years 2011 and 2012 I wrote over fifty posts on a read by invitation only blog where I shared intimate details of my breakthrough and the courage it took to change. It was written as a seedling of what was to come. To God be the glory it is happening! The following works are my own and may or may not be included in part or whole in my autobiographical testimony. My prayer is that my willingness to be vulnerable will help others on their journey to victory, this side of heaven. Follow along as I post snippets here under one label (see below) leading up to the publication in 2015/2016.

To God be the Glory for the things He has done!

11.13.2014

Brown Sugar Bourbon Thick Pork Chops

Pork chops are hardly cooked by me, although after tonight's meal I may be changing it up from the usual weekly beef burgers to the other white meat.

This week's sale on thick loin pork chops for $2.99 per pound was not easily passed by. They were priced at a 43% reduction with an expiry date of Friday—nothing too hard about that decision. I am a numbers girl and my hungry man, well is just that...hungry...hungry for meat.

McCormick Grill Mates® Brown Sugar Bourbon Marinade was my choice of seasoning using the citrus suggestion on the package with orange juice and white vinegar. Not grilling either, but breaking the rules further by transferring all that liquid goodness to the baking dish. Then I sprinkled a dose of brown sugar on each marinated chop just because before the oven. 

The resting chops were ready for plating as soon as my husband walked in, and it was a great paring with baked gluten free corn bread. Not to mention apple sauce as a side.

McCormick Salutes the Dinner Makers (Commercial) "Here's to you! Here's to homemade!"


Brown Sugar Bourbon Marinade


11.06.2014

Make a Shift

shift - 1. move or cause to move from one place to another, especially over a small distance. 2. a slight change in position, direction, or tendency.

As an American I know how blessed I am, and my heart swells with gratefulness towards God. I am blessed to be a blessing! It is my nature to give, and beyond the boarders in partnering with Gospel For Asia. One hundred percent of my giving seeds are used in the field and provide hope in practical ways.

God has been busy planting in me a love for the people of India. He is certainly up to something though I am unsure to what degree or how far this love will travel.

I am thankful for moments where God presents the possibility to give eternally and I respond affirmatively—rather than holding back with excuses attached or even worse yet, eating my seed when accumulating more stuff. Meanwhile, God meant for that portion to be shared with others less fortunate and desperate.

Jennifer Dukes Lee wrote here: "I pray that the image will forever inform my priorities."

There were a multitude of mud pies baking in the sun made with oil to fill the hungry bellies of starving people in Haiti.

10.31.2014

What Is Your Spiritual Temperature?

Cold = Worldly
Lukewarm = Makes God Vomit
Hot = Committed

"I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing'--and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked-- I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." Revelation 3:15-22

God is saying something. Like in the book of Revelation -- a revealing of the truth -- you are neither fully committed to God nor do you deny Him incessantly. You have no zeal for the Lord, but instead are content with how things stand. Why give more than I have to? Can’t I blend in and not bring attention to myself? Why put myself in the category of the fanatical Believer? It’s cozy here. No controversies. I can be like the world and when Sunday comes I can rally and shout, “Amen!”

10.30.2014

Internet Make-Over

What do you think?

It was certainly time to update things around here. I do hope you like the premade design from Kreated by Kelsey on Etsy. She has done a fabulous job from start to finish. Her prices are budget friendly and add-ons reasonable.

Who knew under four hours there would be a whimsy title and widened columns at Cup of Goodness?!

Thanks Kelsey for being available and for one hassle-free and affordable make-over. You rock!

Connect with Kelsey on her website and twitter.

10.29.2014

Daily Manna: Was Blind, But Now I See

"I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind, but now I see."




My darkest hours drew me closer to Him, and I outlasted the storm. You will too! Remember, it doesn't matter how you start the race or the messed up middle, but how you finish strong for Christ.

"Marked as a Believer I was. Still, I was not cultivating my relationship with God diligently. I was careless and my spiritual tank empty. The enemy took full advantage of my spiritual predicament and planted one thought." Read more from Hopeless & Fearful.


How to Recognize You Are under a Spiritual Attack - Jentezen Franklin


Daily Manna is a series of devotions that you may snack on for encouragement today. However, if you have skipped spiritual meals and find you are malnourished please take pause and visit here a while.

I pray my obedience to share His truth brings you encouragement, and enlightens you in God's ways, which are higher than our ways.

10.24.2014

Daily Manna: Be Still

When you're in a hard place remember Psalm 46:10a.

"Be still, and know that I am God."

Yield and rely on His leading. In faith, hold on tight to His promises. Whatever the challenge, circumstance, or burden He is faithful to be there with you. You are not alone!

Have faith that you can finish your race strong standing on His Word!

Daily Manna in the Holy Scriptures:

"Yet He had commanded the clouds above, And opened the doors of heaven, Had rained down manna on them to eat, And given them of the bread of heaven. Men ate angels' food; He sent them food to the full." Psalm 78:23-25
 
Daily Manna is a series of devotions that you may snack on for encouragement today. However, if you have skipped spiritual meals and find you are malnourished please take pause and visit here a while.

I pray my obedience to share His truth brings you encouragement, and enlightens you in God's ways, which are higher than our ways.

10.16.2014

Good News

It has been more than 20 months since my diagnosis of Thyroid Cancer after a routine partial thyroidectomy, and last week's lab results proved to be good. Okay, better than good—no signs of cancer. Alleluia!

Celebrating for so many reasons to include today's good news and sponsoring Jayanti from India, a young girl from Gospel for Asia Bridge of Hope ministry.

View my Pinterest board Small Battles or check out the tags below to find out about the backstory, but even if you skip it please know that I give God all the glory for the work of His hands. Multiple small battles with surgeries in February 2013 with scary secondary complications was a testimony to God's faithfulness.


I Am a "Kept" Woman by Pastor Margarett
You see, there were a few times when I thought I would lose my mind, but God kept me sane. (Isa. 26:3)
There were times when I thought I could go no longer, but the Lord kept me moving. (Gen. 28:15)
At times, I've wanted to lash out at those whom I felt had done me wrong, but the Lord kept my mouth shut. (Psa. 13)
Sometimes, I think the money just isn't enough, but God has helped me to keep the lights on, the water on, the car paid, the house paid, etc.., (Mat. 6:25-34)
When I thought I would fall, He kept me up. When I thought I was weak, He kept me strong! (I Pet. 5:7, Mat. 11:28-30)
I could go on and on and on, but I'm sure you hear me! I'm blessed to be "kept."

10.14.2014

Hope for a Child

A giver by nature because that is the very nature of God, and I am His seed.

If I were financially able I would help more while sharing God's goodness, but though I desire to do more I cannot overlook the possibility of making a difference now with the little I have.

Little is MUCH in the HANDS of GOD!

After reading the free book No Longer a Slumdog from GFA (Gospel for Asia) it has compelled me to do something. The reality for these abandon and sold children is horrific.

"Thousands of children living in slum conditions throughout South Asia. Real children share their real stories of crisis and how our loving God intervened to rescue them."

Get No Longer a Slumdog - Free!

Today I took a leap of faith like never before! I sponsored a young girl named Jayanti for the year. Yes a whole year—and upfront. This means that no problem, trial, or set back can steal my desire to do more. My smile is huge knowing that the enemy cannot persuade me to stop or discontinue this giving as it is already done in Jesus' name.

Blessed already making the decision and sharing with her in a letter:

10.13.2014

Anoint Me Lord, For Greater Works

“See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.” 1 John 2:24

(written July 11, 2014)

As the overhead clouds cast shadows on the desert mountains I wonder if that is a direct parallel of my current season in life. Though the sun shines the clouds are bulky with a dark gray underside. At any moment there could be a torrential downpour, causing all living things beneath its burst changed and refreshed.

The picturesque landscape is inviting to the eyes. However, my spirit man needs a drink from the Well of Truth that only the Holy Spirit can offer. And without fail He delivers to quench my thirst for answers.

9.25.2014

My List of 50

It is my special birthday and how blessed I am!

Birthday greetings started early morning from family and continued throughout the day with emails and texts from friends. Not to mention birthday surprises in unexpected ways. Truthfully, I had low expectations, so to my amazement the day ended with many cards, gifts, and a dozen roses.

To even utter the words that I have made it to 50 is something to praise God for. Less than two years ago I went through a series of operations that ended in a tracheoplasty. Routine operations that had secondary complications, which are always likely to be problematic. 

Over the years when I think of my circumstances and experiences, and how God has kept me, it makes my heart fill up with gladness. For God is good all the time, and all the time God is good! Amen! I am still standing strong.

6.22.2014

Seekers

In this generation we are seekers of fun, entertainment and thrills. Whether we engage in adventurous outdoor fun, family activities or perhaps eating out as a family in restaurants—these alone are not sinful. However, anything in excess can be questionable.

It has been a few Sundays that we have eaten out as a family after church and each time I felt dissatisfied with the money spent, and knowing I could do better in my own kitchen. Yes, I can cook! The interesting thing is we have eaten at different eateries with and without coupons, for an ordinary Sunday and a significant celebration. None stood out, and all left me with an experience that took from me rather than adding to my life.

4.24.2014

Victorious Living

2 Timothy 2:11-12 “For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.”

To deny Christ would be to deny the very existence of myself, because He has not only given life, but walks with me daily that I may finish strong and give Him the glory. I thank God for His guidance, and protection even when I chose false shortcuts or strayed. I owe the One True God my life – my very breath. For He has done so much for me that I cannot tell it all!

I have traveled up hill and through rock-ridden paths to get here today. It has been no primrose path to be free, but I found strength through faith for the journey. Many along the way have supported and encouraged me with prayers as well. However, it is God alone who wrote my story from the very beginning -- before I was ever a thought or named. I thank God for His unique flare to write a story full of life, passion, and giving that has been uniquely mine. I can visualize how with one stroke of His hand my life journey begins and ends with a celebratory victory roar. Though He also foreknew of my struggles, challenges, and even failures in between He was merciful to underline each of them with His grace to keep me focused on the prize ahead -- my purpose in Christ Jesus.

Thus far my life story has meaning and purpose and there are witnesses to testify. Nevertheless, I am expecting more of His goodness and revelation knowledge that I may begin the next step towards my God-given destiny.

Yes, there is more!

2.26.2014

Journey of Faith

But Ruth said (to Naomi): "Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess her daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Moab. Ruth 1:16,22a

Like Ruth, I have come from a people who were ignorant with idol worship that followed blindly religious culture and traditions before them. Not to mention survival of self was a matter of daily struggle for the women before me. My journey similar to Ruth’s -- I was born into the most unlikely circumstances and my future already deemed insignificant. Yet, God Himself has called me out from among them.

“Daughter of the King of kings, Priest, Redeemer, Sanctifier, and The Alpha and Omega—come out from among them to serve and speak My truth.”

He did so with Ruth as well, to carry a seed of greatness -- Obed, her son with Boaz, who begat Jesse and Jesse begat David. This connection in history and time was God’s reward for her devotion to Him and following His commandments wholeheartedly—secondary to that being a woman of excellent character who made wise choices.

2.06.2014

Get Your Head Out of Yesterday


When grey skies suddenly show up in the continually blue and sunny valley of the Southwest I wonder if it is a direct reflection of a melancholy mood. Nevertheless, I cannot excuse the devil and his trickery of calling to mind my yesterdays, and today this trickster came on strong, which has me on alert.

In seasons past, I learned the danger in disappointment, discouragement, and those feelings of dissatisfaction that are a warning sign due to unsettling circumstances and relying heavily on what’s incoming or the lack there of.

During an innocent thought of comparing my egg salad sandwich on honey oat with spinach, tomatoes and onions to a similar sandwich of more than ten years ago I was quickly drawn into my past with scrumptious sandwiches and all the rest, but wisdom revealed the truth.

11.19.2013

Hopeless & Fearful

Hopelessness is a lie from the pit of hell, and it leaves nothing behind but death and destruction in its track. Though one might find themselves in the midst of its ugly grip and taunting lies I speak life and truth – if you let Christ guide your life you will not stumble in darkness.

If you ever wondered what fear is, it’s a feeling that once fully grown has a life of its own. I share from experience that it merely starts as an imagination, notion or doubt that festers, and with each feeding of belief in the untruth it morphs into an oppressing blackness in which you find impossible to free from.

What’s most perplexing is that once engulfed in the black heaviness of fear many things that came easily are a struggle. Smiling is nonexistent, finding the beauty in anything or to realize a blessing is scarce, and hope is dead. There is nothing to look forward to, except more of the same hopeless thoughts brimming with fear and the dismal dark future.

Marked as a Believer I was. Still, I was not cultivating my relationship with God diligently. I was careless and my spiritual tank empty. The enemy took full advantage of my spiritual predicament and planted one thought.

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2

Thoughts enter and exit every hour of every day, that’s not the issue, rather it is what value we place on the thought and the choice to build it up or tear it down. When one is full of faith encouraging ourselves in scripture is not a bother nor is it challenging to tear down lies. Quite the opposite, when you are not grounded in the Word of God or spiritually weak a thought can fester, and lead to death -- death of dreams, relationships, eternal spiritual death, and for some the snuffing out of their own light and/or others. It’s tragic to consider that hopelessness and fear can lead to unthinkable acts.

I’m battle tested and a survivor in my private struggle to find joy, and when given an opportunity I find the courage to speak up and motivate my audience to hold on and let the Holy Spirit lead. I tell all with zeal that He (Jesus) rescued me from that hellish state of being, and grateful that I am free indeed. Nevertheless, I am not neglectful to share additional portions to include crippling fear, ugly incidents, emotional pain, and trusting God to give others more when I was in need. While the world told me to take time for me and seek restitution with the person(s) who have wronged me, Jesus asked that I surrender to His plan, forgive, and give selflessly. The work was deep and intense, yet necessary. In exchanging my ashes for God’s beauty I found grace for myself and others. Then the shift began, “and the light shined in the darkness,” hope birthed and faith renewed. No longer did I feed the lies, on the contrary I was more willingly to cling to hope that does not disappoint—Jesus, the Son of God. I came to the comforting realization that my worst case scenario in life held no weight to the glory and goodness I had in Jesus. He was my all and all!

I aspire to grow with each season of life and that dark period marked in months, years ago, was no exception. To date the most challenging and rewarding as the Holy Spirit - a gentle helper - guided my every step, along with the support of many laborers and their prayers to give me a surer footing and hope for a brighter tomorrow.



“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” John 1:4-5

Life Application Study Bible: The darkness of evil never has and never will overcome or extinguish God’s light. Jesus Christ the Creator of Life, and his life brings light to mankind. In His light, we see ourselves as we really are (sinners in need of a Savior). When we follow Jesus, the true Light, we can avoid walking blindly and falling into sin. He lights the path ahead of us so we can see how to live. He removes the darkness of sin from our lives. Have you allowed the light of Christ to shine into your life? Let God guide your life, and you’ll never need to stumble in darkness.

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