The night is far gone;
the day is at hand.
So then let us cast off the works of darkness
and put on the armor of light.
Last night I had trouble sleeping. Not because I was worried or anxious, but because I enjoyed a strong coffee too late in the evening. You reap what you sow.
When I couldn’t sleep, I read the Bible Verse from Romans 13:12. Then I decided it would be the theme Verse on the Blog today.
When the darkness had dispelled, the night was far gone; I woke up to a glorious sunrise at 6:00 A.M.
It was seemingly a reminder from God to cast off the darkness and put on His armour of light for the day!
And isn’t that what we do every morning as Christians?
Many usher in the new day while reading the Bible, His armour of light!
We must dress ourselves, our souls by putting on the armour of light. Without God’s armour, Christians remain undressed.
As we put on the clothing, our soul needs we put off the attacks of the enemy Satan. Those fiery darts of darkness sent when we are least aware.
This armour we put on helps us live in the light of Christ. This is what our souls deeply desire most of all.
As Christ bearers, we walk into the day, desiring to please God. We do this by living in His light and shining for His glory.
This walk of faith means going to battle daily, putting on the clothes of faith.
As we make it our goal to walk in the power of Christ’s light, we also make it our goal to use our gifts for Kingdom Service, for the Church. (1 Corinthians 12)
God’s Word, the Bible, instructs us to give of our gifts and service to the purposes and plans God has for us. We follow His leading. God will instruct our hearts in the direction He has for us. We are not to rob God and instead bring “the whole tithe” to Him. We learn this in Malachi 3:8-10.
Often we ignore God’s promptings to cook a meal for someone, to care for the elderly, or to bring that gift of encouragement to the neighbour who needs it. We hoard our time and talents and make time for family, friends, and self first. That is robbing God, dear one.
As we hide our talents from the Church, we rob and disobey God. We offer the second best that we have. (Malachi 3).
Lately on the Blog, we have been discussing how to shine brightly for God, and how God helps us shine brightly for Him.
As Christians, we want to shine our lights because to do the opposite would be to hide it under a bushel.
It is not boasting or bragging when we use our gifts to shine; it is boldly putting on the armour of God!
Let us hold firmly to these words today,
You are the light of the world.
A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.
Instead, they put it on a stand,
and it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds
and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:14-16 (New International Version)
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to
be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world.
God is not a secret to be kept.
We’re going public with this,
as public as a city on a hill.
If I make you light-bearers,
you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket,
I’m putting you on a light stand.
Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand — shine!
Keep open house; be generous with your lives.
By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God,
this generous Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:14-16 (The Message)
Let’s get dressed for the day!