Thursday, October 15, 2015

THE LITTLE RED HOUSE

     I don't know what it is about this little house that draws me. It is almost hidden by the trees that have grown up around it. I often think of my first grade teacher when I walk past. That dear lady loved everything about nature. Nestled in the woods, it looks like her kind of house except...

     It is completely closed up. Every window is covered. There is a high wire fence, The gate has several padlocks. Even the owners must face a major procedure just to get onto the property.

     We know that the Lord Jesus was welcome at the home of his friends in Bethany. (John 12:1,2) I want my home to be open to the Lord and His friends, but the Bible does not just speak of homes made of wood and bricks and stone.

     In the last hours Jesus had with His disciples, He said,"If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him and We will come to him and make Our home with him. (John 14:23 NKJV) He was speaking of coming to live within us. In Revelation 3:20 we see Him knocking, waiting to be invited in.

     Why do people have fences and locked gates? Why do they board up a house? Why do they put up "No Trespassing" signs on their hearts when someone shares a message of God's love for them and invites them to receive Jesus into their lives as Lord and Saviour?

     Satan would like people to believe they will lose out if they open to Christ, but it is Satan who steals. His lies rob people of every good thing the King of Kings graciously longs to give. If they somehow came to know even a fraction of the treasure Jesus offers, the padlocks would be opened, fences torn down and doors flung open to receive Him into their hearts and homes.

     

Thursday, October 1, 2015

MARVELOUS LIGHT

     The photos don't do them justice - black skies to the north and east, brilliant blue skies to the south and west. They presented a striking contrast of light and darkness.

     We read in Exodus of the time when there was light in the homes of the children of Israel, but darkness over Egypt, darkness that could be felt. (Exodus 10:21-23) Perhaps you've visited an underground cavern and experienced the complete black out when all lights are shut off for a moment. It is not a darkness that can be felt but it is total. The guide strikes one match and that tiny flame dispels the intense darkness. Light is powerful.

     The rebellion of Satan and of man brought darkness into our world. When the Lord Jesus was arrested in Gethsemane, He admitted to the religious leaders, "This is your hour, and the power of darkness." (Luke 22:53 NKJV) That power seemed to have reached its peak as Jesus hung on the cross and the land was dark from midday for three hours.


     Rather it was the ultimate victory of the One who came to bring light into the world. (John 12:46) Just as we choose to focus on the sunlight or the dark clouds, we are free to align ourselves with Christ who Peter describes as "Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." (1 Peter 2:9 NKJV) 

.....And not only light in terms of personal freedom from the dominion of Satan, but a source of light to those around us. Anyone enjoying the blessings of living with Christ can share all that He has given, the truth of His Word, with others. Like one match lit in an underground cave, a single believer sharing the gospel can be a powerful force against darkness in his or her sphere of influence.