Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 359
Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK … Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from the group Hillsong leading in worship and singing… Here I Am To Worship … joyously singing about our worship of the LIGHT OF THE WORLD, our King Jesus … and THEN ON TO THIS LINK with again Hillsong singing of the Light of the World with beautiful imager from Ilana Yahav using sand art to illustrate how we must be Christ’s light shining from our lives into this dark world.
Highlight Verse[s]: Isaiah 9:2 [NKJV] …
2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; [and] those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death upon them a Light has shined. …
… And we are those in self-imposed prison of darkness who have benefitted from Christ’s light shining thru the darkness and unto eternity.
Highlight Passage [context]: Isaiah 9:1-7 … USE THIS LINK …
… The Prophet, over 700 years before His Advent, proclaims the coming Great Light of the World.
Reference Passage #1 [NKJV] : … Matthew 5:16 …
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
… Jesus commands His disciples to shine our light - i.e., the Light of Christ - to glorify the Father and to bring light into the darkness of this world.
Reference Passage #2 [NKJV] : … John 1:5, 9 … USE THIS LINK …
… John, the Baptist, proclaims the coming Light of hope for the world.
Reference Passage #3 [NKJV] : … 2nd Corinthians 4:3-6 … USE THIS LINK …
… The Apostle, Paul, proclaims that we who follow Christ must become His light to those whose eyes are veiled in darkness.
My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, David McCaslandd, used an historical reference to teach on Christians becoming the light of the world to a very dark world. The ODB author writes: Rev. Martin Niemoller, a prominent German pastor, spent nearly eight years in Nazi concentration camps because he openly opposed Hitler. On Christmas Eve 1944, Niemoller spoke these words of hope to his fellow prisoners in Dachau: “My dear friends, on this Christmas . . . let us seek, in the Babe of Bethlehem, the One who came to us in order to bear with us everything that weighs heavily upon us. . . . God Himself has built a bridge from Himself to us! A dawn from on high has visited us!”
In this Advent Season, … if you’ve taken in the two poignant song videos linked above as well as the attached photo; … then if you’ve meditated on the Scriptures provided by OBD and yours truly, from God’s word, I would say that it’s likely that you, along with yours truly, are convicted and motivated to become more of Immanuel’s light, shining from our hearts, minds, and actions into the New Year and into this ever darkening world.
As the photo above depicts, let’s all become more of the light of hope in Christ in 2017.
My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … Lord, may I shine Your light brightly in the new year. ... Amen
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