Light in the Darkness – Paula Gooch

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness and into his marvelous light.  1 Peter 2:9 ESV

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”  John 8:12 NASB

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No shadow is big enough to overtake the Light of Life living inside each and every one of us who are Christians.  We are called out of darkness into His Light – and He fills us up with Himself, the Light of Life.

October is one of my least favorite months in the year.  Not because the leaves are changing colors (which makes beautiful pictures!), definitely not because it’s clergy appreciation month (I am also so grateful for Suzie!) and not because it’s breast cancer awareness month (and every football player is wearing pink…perhaps more on this in another post).  Simply put, it’s because of Halloween – and the many disgusting and revolting decorations I see throughout the month, whether it’s in Jo-Ann’s or on the house down the street.

One of the darkest times of the year will be celebrated tomorrow.  When I was younger, we used to go “trick or treating” with some relatives.  Then for a few years, we had a festival at church.  For a couple of years after that, we’d have get-togethers at friends’ houses.  Then for several years, we did nothing.  Nothing.  Nothing!  I’d hide away with the lights turned off, hoping no one would knock on the door – scared to death of the things I heard going on outside and afraid of the evil around me.

 But then two years ago, my mom really took up this opportunity.  She bought little verse cards (since the store was out of tracks) and candy with verses on the wrapper to hand out.  Then last year, we did the same kind of thing.  But this year is the real big topper.

A few weeks ago, she read an article about Halloween.  Inspired by that, she went shopping to buy tracks (since they were still in stock this time!) and goodies to hand out.  This year, she didn’t simply buy any regular cheap candy – she bought Air Heads, fruit snacks, pretzel packages, and Caprison!  And now, with one more day to go, we are all set to load up anyone that comes to our house with goodies, treats, and the Love of Jesus Christ.

 Before, to me, this day of the year was so full of evil, my response was to go hide away – afraid, worried, and scared.  Now, I’ve come to realize (through the great efforts of my mother), that this is not a time to retreat back and lock ourselves in our closets to cower from the darkness.  This is a time that we – the Light of Christ shining in this world – overcome the darkness with light.  Don’t hide under your pillows – go out and proclaim the Lord!  Don’t just hand out candy – hand out tracks, hand out verse cards, hand out the Love of the Lord.  Don’t simply give them the cheapest candy you can buy – fill them with all sorts of goodies and treats.  Show them through your actions that Christians aren’t snotty, self-centered, bossy, tyrants.  Showcase to anyone who knocks on your door Thursday night that Jesus Christ loves and cares about them through every word you speak and everything you do.  This is the one time of the year that non-Christians will actually coming to our door – don’t waste this opportunity!

 I highly encourage you to join us in sharing Christ this Thursday so that He may be seen, praised, and glorified by all – because Jesus is always greater than any shadow!

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.  Matthew 5:14-16 ESV

But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.  Hebrews 10:39 NASB

About Paula Gooch

I am a daughter of the King, our Most High God. He has given His all for me and so my response is to live my life for His glory and His praise! {Isaiah 43:21, "This people have I formed for Myself; they shall [show] forth My praise."} The Christian life is about a response. We don't "have to do" certain things to receive God's mercies - Christ has already accomplished all that needs to be done! But since God gave His all for us, as we soak in that Truth and as God opens our spiritual eyes, our natural response is to praise and worship Him simply because He is worthy. That is why we serve, why we love the unlovable, why we pour out - not because we are "forced" to do it, but because once we've tasted and we've seen the Living Christ, how could we not praise Him, how could we not pour out our lives for Him, how could we not lay every crown at His feet?! {Psalm 34:8a, "O taste and see that the Lord is good"} It is my hope and prayer that as you read what I write, it would draw you into worshipping, praising, and glorifying our King. Let all that I say point you back to Christ who is the Only One Worthy. My last remark is to say that in Revelation 12:11, it says the people of God overcame the devil by the Blood of the Lamb (what was already done on the Cross which we cannot do in and of our own merit) and by the word of our testimony (which is God's faithfulness in our lives). I invite you to drop on in as I share little bits and pieces of God's faithfulness in my life and I pray you leave encouraged in Christ! All because He is worthy!!! ~Paula

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