Christmas, 2017

Arise! Shine–be radiant with the glory of the Lord;
for your light is come,
and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you!

The sun shall be no more your light by day,
nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you;
but the Lord shall be to you an everlasting light,
and your God your glory and your beauty.

 – Isaiah 60, vs 1 & 19, Amplified Bible

But every good endowment that we possess
and every complete gift that we have received
must come from above, from the Father of all lights,
with whom there is never the slightest variation or shadow of inconsistency.

– James 1:17, The New Testament in Modern English,
J. B. Phillips, Revised Edition, 1972.

When we ask Jesus to live in us – accept Him as Lord (Guide) and Savior (the answer to life’s needs) – we are not initiating a new entity into our being so much as we are finally recognizing the Living Light that is already there. This is the Light of creation that renders us “in God’s image.”

Let there be light. Genesis 1:3

This is why born-again people experience a sense of “coming home.” They become more fully their true selves as God’s children. In being born-again, our latent spiritual selves emerge and embark on “The Way.”

In Him we live and move and have our being. Acts 17:28

  – mjd


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