Diminishing The Darkness By Lifting Up the Marvelous
Light Of Jesus Christ
-- by Marcia Greenwood
hungry are you? No, I’m not talking about physical food—I’m talking about
getting closer to God, fellowshipping with Him and pleasing Him. This month I
want to encourage you to get hungrier for God—Jesus—and the Holy Spirit. So I ask you—just how hungry are you?
I believe too many of us, myself included, have spent too
much time seeking “things” from God. Granted
many of these “things” are good and necessary.
God wants to prosper us and bless us beyond measure, but we need to set
our eyes on seeking Him—to know Him, to love Him and allow His love to flow
through us unto others.
We can’t become satisfied with the status of our
fellowship and relationship as it is now.
We should yearn for more of God.
I’m talking about knowing God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit very deeply
and intimately. We, as Christians,
should have a burning desire—a deep hunger to know God and walk
more closely with Him everyday.
When we draw near to God He will draw near to us. God is
always ready to spend “quality” time with His kids.
Psalm 37:4 tells us to delight ourselves in the Lord and
He will give us the desires of our heart.
So again I ask—How hungry are you for God? We
reflect His very nature and
character in us daily. This will please Him so much and by doing so we
a light shining in this dark world.
This world is hungry for “spiritual things.” We could draw them
to the real God of this world, the creator of
the universe—all of this because we are hungry for more of Him.
On The Word
-- by Marcia Greenwood
It is very important for us to stay
positive in a negative world. It is our
decision to stay positive. It is our
decision to live in peace, not in frustration with the way things are going.
We make hundreds to thousands of
decisions everyday. Such as, when to wake up, what to wear, what to eat, what
to work on and what to put off for another day, what to watch, read or listen
to. We can’t get away from making
The world around us may be
negative – we may hear it daily – gas prices rising, economy getting worse –
real estate sales down – food prices rising, which political candidate will
become the next president and on and on it goes.
It is our personal choice how
we live in this life. We can choose
to see the good in things, the good in people, the good at
our jobs. Why not chime in on a conversation and bring out some of the positive
things in this world. You may just get
some people thinking differently!
We create our own
surroundings by our thoughts, our decisions and our actions. We attract the same kind of people that we
tend to be. If you find yourself
thinking about the negative things in life then look around you. Who are your friends; do they lift you up or
bring you down? Do you tend to listen
to the world news more than read the Bible?
We must make a positive decision to get out of the muck
and mire most of the world is trapped in.
We should always surround ourselves with positive uplifting music,
books, movies and TV.
As the old saying goes - We are
what we eat – we also act on the things that we think about.
How about feeding on the light
instead of darkness, good instead of evil, joy instead of sorrow, peace instead
of worry. If we are what we eat – what is our lifestyle diet consisting of?
Do we find ourselves far too often thinking of the lives
of the people on some of the favorite soap operas or talk shows and try to see
how their lives will turn out or do we read and listen to stories of overcommers
– people whose true life stories can help lift us up and out of a humdrum,
It is our choice! Make a
list of affirmations to confess daily, such as - I’m a better person today than
I was yesterday. I am walking in
fullness of health. I keep a watch over
my mouth and speak only things that are edifying. I expect good things today – favor is chasing me down. I have
true joy and peace in my life.
We can’t control everything that
happens in this world – but we surely can control how we respond to what
happens and choose to live positively when the world around us is so
Our prayers can change things in
this world. In Matthew 6:9, Jesus is
teaching the apostles to pray like He did.
He said to honor and reverence the Father and pray that His Kingdom come
and His will be done in this earth as it is in heaven.
We can change the world through our speaking, actions
and prayers. We don’t have to accept what the world is offering—we don’t have
to live like the world is living. Our prayers can change situations. It is
truly our decision to live and stay positive in this world—and by doing so we
can be a positive influence in the world!
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