October 28, 2017
There is something about that first crisp, cold day in the middle of Fall that makes my heart fill with joy. I’m talking about that first day where you wish you were 12 again because every bone in your body aches. We had a couple of those this past week and let me tell you, I had my Christmas music up and wanted to go buy a Christmas tree! It’s October! I find every year I tell my husband I want a tree in October. I love fall but I love Jesus Birthday y’all!
Something about those early reminders makes me want to fill my home with His love and shout it on the roof tops that our Savior has come and let’s celebrate Jesus Birthday!
Halloween will be here in just a few days and my husband and I aren’t big fans of this particular holiday. We love candy, caramel apples, pumpkin patches and all things Fall, especially the fellowship we have with all the Fall Festivals going on. But when those skeletons and witches start appearing in stores we are reminded that there is so much darkness in the world.
I don’t know about you but this feeling comes every year and also in many seasons of my life. We see hope, joy, peace, love yet there is also a darkness that surrounds.
We see joy as Christmas decorations and music fill our homes. Then we go out the week before Christmas or better yet, Black Friday and see how materialistic and selfish our hearts truly can be.
So, for some the joy fades, the songs and decorations are taken down, even the next day.
What a representation of our hearts and the very spiritual warfare every day. Whether we recognize it or not, it’s there.
In Ephesians 6:12 Paul reminds us, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
The very day my husband and I celebrated with family that we would have a baby girl we mourned with friends and church family over their son, who was addicted to drugs, committing suicide.
I have friends running from God, family members addicted to drugs, and the list could go on.
When we are faced with these trials ever before us especially when it’s in our immediate family, we see just how real the darkness is.
When faced with this darkness, I can become angry or sorrowful. You know when you want to just get a good hold of that cousin on drugs and wake them up. Tell them until your blue in the face, Jesus loves them! Or when you see a friend selfishly, seemingly prosper in their life and you wonder how they make it without the Lord.
In Psalm 37 David reminds us not to fret over evil doers and when I read this Psalm from a “man after God’s own heart” I’m comforted in knowing I’m not the only one that can get upset when seemingly the wicked prosper or when drugs overtake a man.
“Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.
10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”
My main focus of this blog post today is how important it is that we do not fret over the darkness we face in our lives. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we commit our ways to Him and we have HOPE. We can look out at a dark world and see light!
We are the light of the world!
Matthew 5:13-16 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 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 its 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.”
I was listening to a song the other day called “When I think about Christmas” by Hillsong and in this song she sings, “Now the darkest of ages are done because the hope of our Savior has come”
When I heard this line, a complete peace filled my entire soul, oh, the reminder that I needed to hear and ring true, the darkest of ages are done!!
Praise the Lord!
Our Savior is here! He has won. He has conquered sin and death! WE HAVE HOPE!
Let me remind you of what David does inspire us to do in Psalm 37,
Do not be envious.
Trust in the Lord and do good.
Delight yourself in the Lord.
Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him.
REST in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.
Cease from anger and forsake wrath.
Depart from evil and do good.
Wait on the Lord and keep on His way.
Everything David writes in this chapter leads us to the Lord. Never once does David say, “look at this dark world and walk with our heads low.” No, he focused on our Savior. Oh, may our hands be lifted ever so high and we fall to our knees more than ever when we are faced with darkness!
In verse 17, “The Lord upholdeth the righteous.”
Verse 40, “and the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.”
I challenge you to let the Joy of Christmas fill your heart every day. That Joy is a Savior Who died for you. He was born so you could have life. We no longer have to live in fear, worry or be discouraged by the darkness that surrounds us. We now can live with peace, love and joy and share this love with the world! He has OVERCOME the darkness.
Spend time in His presence today, know “…in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” Romans 8:37
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11