Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 5, 2014
“Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” John 3:20-21
Evil lurks in places like the dark crevices of a compassion-less living compound. It schemes to suck life from those who give life. Evil can endure for a season in seclusion, but eventually it will be exposed along with its hellish intentions. A corrupt character thinks it can get away with obstruction of justice, however payday does come someday.
Evil not only is an incubator for sinful deeds, but it attacks others with its vile consequences. It is consumed with conquering righteousness through unrighteous actions. However, evil cannot stand in the presence of Almighty God. Satan, the evil one, has been defeated—the roaring lion has been defanged by the word of God living in us.
“Because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one” (1 John 2:14b).
Beware, as evil tries to estrange you from the eternal truths of God’s word. Do not become cavalier with the truth and arrogantly think it only applies to the less spiritual—those yet to arrive at your level of spiritual high mindedness. It is the sword of Scripture that keeps the enemy at bay and from luring you into harboring sin.
Former good Christians have drifted out of the warm love of the Lord’s light into the cold character assault of the devil’s deceptions. He snatches the application of truth from proud hearts and leaves behind false promises immersed in self-denial. It’s a lie to think we can live part of our life in the light and part of our life in the darkness and not ultimately be exposed. What’s hidden comes to light—Christ uncovers cover-ups.
“He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart” (1 Corinthians 4:5b).
Do you escape from fear and worry by drinking too much alcohol? Has someone at work captured your affection in deference to your spouse? Are you driven to make money as a remedy for past financial irresponsibility? Has the Internet become a playground for evil activity? If so, seek the light of the Lord to lead you. Darkness cannot coexist in light.
Fortunately, you do not have to live in the fear of being exposed for hiding evil intentions and sinful attitudes and actions. Come clean with Christ and with those who love and admire you. Confession is good for the soul—it also brings authenticity back to your trust in Jesus Christ and transparency to your relationships. Humility walks with Christ on His lighted path. Walk in the light, as He is the light and have fellowship with one another.
“Let us walk in the light of the LORD” (Isaiah 2:5b).
Prayer: What areas of my life need exposure to the love of the Lord and His illuminating word?
Related Readings: Job 29:3; Psalm 89:15; Matthew 13:19; 1 John 1:7
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