A Dark World

holiday candle
Whoever follows Me (Jesus) will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. -John 8:12

Once again it’s Hallows Eve. Soon our fall leaf-covered streets will be filled with costumed ghosts, goblins, pint-sized monsters and superheroes. It will be a night where fear will dwell in the atmosphere.

 

Our Hallelujah-Ween tradition is to bake Holy Ghost cookies. Gospel music is often blasting in the background; mixing spoons serve as our microphones. We go to the museum and watch the mad scientists perform creepy, slime-filled experiments. Then we go home and watch The Great pumpkin Charlie Brown and other cartoons and end the night with prayer.

While everyone’s asleep I usually watch a movie that would give me a good fright. These days though the images captured by the news and social media rivals if not exceed the terror of even the worst movie villain. A friend in Christ said to me awhile back, “The world is getting darker and darker.”  I responded with what the Holy Spirit placed on my heart, “The believer does not have to fear the dark. When sin abounds, Grace super abounds.”

I see the darkness as a call to Believers and we should respond as a Fireman who hears the firehouse alarm. According to the word of God we are the light of the world, ministers of God, a royal Priesthood. As the body of Christ we are commissioned to snatch others out of the fire. My husband likes to say, that the doors of the Ark are still open, we can compel others into the Ark of Christ. I strongly believe that the darkness is our wake up call; a call to be a light in this dark world. Now is the time for ministry.

As Christ says the harvest is plentiful and the workers are few. Ministry is not limited to four church walls, this whole world is our pulpit and the Spirit of God dwelling in us is our license to practice.

The world is crying out for a Superhero and we have one, His name is Jesus Christ. The world needs that gift that is stirring up inside of you. It needs the Believer to Be the light in this Dark World.


Have a safe, Light-filled Halloween. Happy Hallelujah-Ween!

Advertisements

Live Fearless

hands-1926414_1280I no longer live in fear of my sins and mistakes! God says, “I will forgive their iniquity and their sins I will remember no more.” Jer 31:34

I’m no longer haunted by my past, my pain and addictions! “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2CO 5:17

I don’t live in fear of death because of Jesus Christ who overcame death!  “O death where is your sting?” 1CO 15:55

I’m not afraid of the dark anymore. I am a child of light and Jesus Christ is that Light. A Light the darkness can’t comprehend. He is the Light of the world!

I can live this life fearless ! Forgetting what is behind me and strain toward what is ahead of me. I can press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. -Phil 3:13-14

God’s beloved, we can live this life without fear because perfect Love drives out fear. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Lord and Savior, and Lover of your soul…He Loved You Perfectly! 1John 4:18


As we like to say in our house, Happy Hallelujah-ween!!! 🙂

Happy Hallelujah-Ween!

octoberHalloween is drawing near. Soon our streets will be filled with costumed ghosts, goblins, and mini monsters. Our malls and stores will play host to superheroes and villains, angels and devils. It will be quite the movie night with tales of horror, heroes of good triumphing over masterminds of evil. It will be a night where  fear will dwell in the atmosphere. While the world celebrates the dark, I would like to take a moment to celebrate the Light and Jesus’ take on fear.

Jesus Defines Fear

In the Matthew 4, Jesus is led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. During their exchange, Satan shows Jesus the nations of the world and all of its glory. He tells Jesus that he would give it all to Him if He would bow down and worship him. Pay attention to what Jesus says:

“Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him.

“For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the LORD your God; serve only him.’”

 Throughout their entire exchange Jesus responded to the Devil with scriptures, the scripture He quoted above was Deuteronomy 6:13 which reads, “You must fear the LORD your God and serve him.”

Jesus replaced the word fear with worship. While studying the Hebrew and Greek interpretations of the words “fear and worship” , another link between the two words  was revealed to me. The Hebrew meaning of the word, Fear: Is to stand in awe. To reverence. In the Greek, Worship: means a feeling of awe; to reverence.

There’s a great note about worship in the Vines Hebrew/Greek dictionary that says, “the translations of the word Worship shows that it is not confined to praise; broadly it may be regarded as the direct acknowledgment of God, of His nature, attributes, ways and claims, whether by the outgoing of the heart in praise and thanksgiving or by deed done in such acknowledgement.”

Remember Jesus defined the believer’s fear of the LORD as worship with that in mind I’d like to share this scripture with you.

“Happy are those who fear the LORD.

Yes, happy are those who delight in doing what He commands.”

“They do not fear bad news, they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.

They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly.

They give generously to those in need.

Their good deeds will never be forgotten.

They will have influence and honor.”

Psalm 112:1, 7-9

 The psalm goes on to speak about a people who are successful, blessed, generous and compassionate. A people who are confident in the Lord and in life. This is a picture of a person who fears the Lord and to me it sounds like a person who’s life is a celebration of Him.

Those who have embraced the Grace and Truth of God do not cower in fear of God they are amazed by God.  His nature, attributes and claims toward them. Claims like, “I will never leave you or forsake.” “You are a child of God” “I will do abundantly above all you ask and think.” “You are saved, forgiven, the righteousness of God in Christ.” “You are loved. God so loved you, He gave His Beloved Son so that you may have eternal life with Him.”

Celebrate Your Fear

While you are lighting your jack o lanterns take a moment to celebrate the true light of the world. Celebrate being a son and daughter of the Most High. Celebrate that God calls you His friend. Celebrate your fear, your worship and joy in the Lord. Happy Hallelujah-ween!

holiday candle