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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

His Light in You



Because we have received God’s mercy, we do not lose heart as we minister Christ’s love and grace to others.  We renounce shameful and under-headed ways to share Christ’s grace. We don’t walk in deceitfulness or cleverness. Our message of God’s love is simple and open. If it is hidden, it is hidden to those who are blinded by the enemy and don’t believe. We don’t share what we don’t know. We share the grace of Jesus that lives in us. It is God who has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know His glory that is revealed in Christ. It is His light within us that radiates His grace and truth (2 Corinthians 4:1-6).


Paul knew that within himself Christ, the hope of glory, lived. He knew that God’s righteousness was the only thing that made him worthy. He was accepted and loved by God, and he lived his life out of God’s acceptance and love. Christ had presented Paul to God holy and without any fault. And out of his identity—out of Christ alive in his surrendered life, Paul radiated the light and love of God. Dying daily to the lie of his flesh that told him he wasn’t worthy, Paul surrendered to the truth of Christ’s life in him. And out of his yielded life, the light of Christ shone and the power of God was manifested. 


Paul was human, like us. He struggled at times. He was hard-pressed but not crushed, perplexed by life but not in despair. He knew who he was in Christ. He believed the Resurrection power of God was alive in him. He knew the very finished work of Christ, the hope of glory was his. We have this same treasure of grace within us (2 Corinthians 4:7). God desires us to believe in who we are in Christ and to allow the treasure of His grace to flow into our surrendered lives. 


Just as God created light on the first day of creation (Genesis 1:3-5)—and even before He created the sun, moon, or stars on the fourth day (Genesis 1:14-19), God created man to let the light of His life and love to shine in his heart. 


“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (John 1:4, NKJV).


The world cannot comprehend His love because God reveals Himself to our hearts, not to our heads. Yes, the Lord informs our minds, but faith comes from the heart (Romans 10:10). When we follow the inner witness of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, we truly worship God. We allow the light of our faith to emanate.


Paul encourages us not to be discouraged or quit, but to be confident in our relationship with Christ. We lose heart when we try to prove our worth or even to prove His. We don’t need to prove His worth. That is the Holy Spirit’s responsibility. That is what Paul was saying in these verses. Allow Christ to live in you. Allow Him to be Lord.


Christ has delivered you from the power of darkness (Colossians 1:17). Be free in His light and the power of His might. Just as Paul, know your position in Christ and allow the Holy Spirit to magnify Christ in you. When you know your worth—your position in Christ, you believe you are loved. You know who you are in Christ. His light within you shines from within and dispels the darkness of your circumstances and draws others to the truth that lives in you. 


God asks us to let Him live through us—not to live for Him out of a sense of obligation. When we live for Him out of a sense of duty, we serve Him out of our own ability instead of His strength. When we allow Him to live through us, He does abundantly more than we could ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). 


When you know and believe who you are in Christ, you surrender to the gift of His new life. He is your Lord. You surrender to the His holiness which is your new nature. The treasure of Christ within you is the hope of glory that lives in you and radiates out of your life.


© 2022 Lynn Lacher


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