Tuesday, May 23, 2017

God rescued you and me from darkness

Start at a place where you know there is truth or a great foundation.  Then whatever you build on it will be stronger and able to stand again the enemy or any attack that may come.

2 Timothy 1:7  NLT
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

Fear is one of the greatest enemies.  Fear doesn’t come from God.

John 10:10  NLT
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

There is our enemy.  Plan and simple and true that Satan desires to make any follower of Jesus impotent and weak.  But if we believe what God says, we will be ready to seek and share truth, stand firm on faith, share our pain and our passion.

God gives us reason to live and to help others really live.  Something has changed in our lives, and it is time to share that change with others.  Hear well what God has done for you and for me.

Colossians 1:13-14  NLT
For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.

Rescued.  That is a cool word and even more powerful reality. 

Rescued could refer to an animal that is brought home to a family that is going to love, care for and enjoy the companionship of a new family pet.

Rescued could refer to a toy lost by a child in a stream that a parent finds a stick or even gets in the water to get that toy back.

Rescued could refer to a young person that was stolen and passed in to the sex trade of some country far away or even right here in our own community.

God rescued us in similar ways.  Each of those situations were real.  Many have experienced them, but many of us have also experienced the fact that God rescued us from darkness.  It is time for us to live in the light and leave darkness behind.  That is a choice.  It is a big and important choice.

1 Peter 2:9  NLT
But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

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