Shine the Light

I have posted quite a few rather personal blog posts since I started this blog, and I have had some people comment on the fact that I post such personal details. I have also been thanked by people for posting personal stuff, as they were struggling with similar things and what I had to say encouraged them. This is exactly why I share personal stories. Luke 11:33-36 says, “No one lights a lamp and then hides it or puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house. “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when it is bad, your body is filled with darkness. Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.”

Now I know that this verse may not fit exactly with what I am saying, but I want my life to be filled with the light. I don’t want areas of darkness. The times when I find that I ‘create’ areas of darkness is when I stop listening to God and start listening to the demons and their lies. This causes doubt, fear and low self esteem and, I don’t know about you, but I don’t really care for any of those. There are many things I do that I am happy to be doing; many times when I get to minister or pray with people. Most of my life is in the light and is placed on the stand. There are, however, two issues that I am addressing. The light which I hide away, and the darkness that I ignore.

The light which I hide away is easily solved – bring it out and put it on a stand. This is what my blog is, it’s a stand. I’ve been fortunate enough to have people from 48 different countries reading my blog, and the country which represents the most views is one I’ve never even visited! This blog is a place where I can put the light, so that it is visible for all to see. All the work that God does in my life can now bear fruit in others lives as well. This was my intention all along. Most people who have blogs have the same incentives, so I am not unique here, but I may be when it comes the showing the darkness.

Showing the darkness is much more personal and scary but, possibly, more rewarding. Let me just clarify – I don’t mean sharing darkness as in promoting it, I mean overcoming it and sharing how that was possible, in order to help others do the same. You see, bringing the darkness into the light will cause the darkness to disappear. It doesn’t matter how dark a place is, when light is introduced, the darkness doesn’t stand a chance. Have a think about the more common sins that never reach the light of day. Pornography, cheating, gossip, abuse… they all seem to happen in the shadows. No Christian would go out to church advertising that they are addicted to porn. If everyone could see you cheat, you wouldn’t. If you knew everyone would know what you said, you wouldn’t gossip. If everyone knew that a husband was beating his wife, would he be so quick to do so? You see, sin is happy in the darkness. It does not like the light. It can’t survive in the light.

What I shared in a previous post was hardly the sin of the year, but it was the work of the devil and his minions, and it could have blown up if I had allowed it. Me sharing it, and how I overcame it (well, overcoming – it is a process), brings it into the light. This serves a few purposes. It takes the sting out of the attack in my life. Now that it is in the light, it can’t condemn me or try to bring me down because I have declared the truth and it is out in the open, the darkness can’t survive. It helps others overcome their issues and puts the things they are facing in context with who God is and what He can do, it helps them overcome their darkness. It gives the devil one less option when trying to put us down. Bringing light into the darkness to expose the sin is difficult. We feel the shame when we do that, but the shame is from the devil, not God. God wants us to shine the light on the sin so that He can deal with it, the sin wants to stay in the darkness where it can slowly destroy you.

The more light you let into your life, the less place the darkness has to hide. Putting your light on the stand helps others to do the same. This is what I am doing, and what I encourage others to do too.

Shine your light people, shine your light!

Richard

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