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Darkness & Light

We live in a world that celebrates darkness. That is why we have to follow where the Light (Jesus) leads us so we can overcome this darkness. It’s so easy for us to focus on the darkness in other people’s lives that we never even address the darkness in our own. The darkness in our lives may not even be things that are necessarily bad. But when they consume us, that’s when it becomes darkness.

If you don’t stop & recognize potential areas of darkness in your life you may just keep living there – unaware. Even more dangerous is hiding from the light & growing accustomed to the darkness, only to be deceived by its momentary pleasure. – Lysa TerKeurst

I got so caught up on worldly things this week that I ended up putting my bible study on the back burner. After a few days of being so consumed with this world, I thought “What am I doing?

N O N E of this matters.

My achievements don’t matter.

Approval from others doesn’t matter.

The only things that matter are eternal things. Things we do to bring glory to God and encouragement to His children. When I come home from work and spend countless hours staring at a phone or laptop screen while my sweet one year old just wants me to play with her and my husband is trying to have a conversation with me and it goes in one ear and out the other- I am not benefitting anyone, not even myself.

Our flesh tends to always want more….

A new house.

Another baby.

More money.

We get so consumed in these desires that we eventually start depending on these things to satisfy us. Deep down we know that they never will. Darkness is continuously trying to overcome the Light – that’s why it seems like we are in a battle every single day against our flesh. BUT (Hallelujah!) because of Jesus, darkness will never be able to conquer the light.

Christ not only brings light, but He also brings deliverance from the darkness. It’s either Jesus or darkness; there is no third alternative. -Lysa TerKeurst

In John 9 – Jesus heals a man who was born blind, but He wasn’t healed right there on the spot. Jesus rubs mud in his eyes and then tells him to go to the Pool of Siloam and rinse his eyes off. In other words, He had to obey what Jesus commanded him to do. Likewise, Jesus wants to heal our situations and satisfy our deepest desires but sometimes that means we have to obey Him first.

I desperately want to be one of those people who can quote scripture and have the love & light of God radiate through me on to everyone I come in contact with but if I am not daily pouring my life and time into studying His Word and communicating with Him, I am never gonna be able to do either of those things.

1 Peter 1 :14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.

James 1:25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

Week Two Summary/Reflections – Finding I AM Bible Study by Lysa TerKeurst

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