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Shining in the Darkness
• READ: JOHN 1:1-5
How do you detect a fake? The best way to spot counterfeits is to be intimately familiar with the real thing.
Based on this idea, the United States government offers an online currency education program so the public can study the security features of various denominations of dollar bills. The better acquainted a person is with the real currency, the less likely they will be deceived by fakes.
Studying original currency allows us to detect counterfeits. In the same way, when we study the truth of the Bible, God’s Word, we’re enabled to detect Satan’s lies. In a world rife with terror, oppression, deception, and injustice, it can be so tempting to believe darkness and evil have overcome.
Yet, the opening verses of the book of John in the Bible remind us that Jesus, the Word, was present at the beginning of the world, and He is with us still: “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (verses 4 and 5).
The better acquainted we are with Jesus, the Light, the more we understand His power over sin and evil. As we pray and read the Bible—individually and with other believers—the Holy Spirit deepens our understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
With this understanding, we are less likely to be deceived by the appearance of evil’s dominance. Whatever darkness we encounter, the Light of the world shines through and will always overcome it as we walk by faith in His Spirit as our guide (John 8:12; 16:33). • Remi Oyedele
• What lies do you find yourself believing?
• What are some passages from the Bible you can use to combat those lies with the truth of the good news of Jesus?
The light [Jesus] shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5 (NIV)
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Christians R Us
• READ: ROMANS 10:1-4; PHILIPPIANS 3:8-9; HEBREWS 9:14-15
Imagine you’re in a superstore full of what the Bible calls “good works”—all the things you’ve been told you need to be as a Christian. "Kind"..."helpful"..."loving"..."always willing to bring potato salad to the church potluck." You’ve been hearing how you need to be these things all your life—from your parents, teachers, pastors— so you decide it’s time to get on it. You’ve got some shopping to do.
First, the grocery section. The Christian life displays the fruit of the Spirit— patience, kindness, self-control, and all the rest. Easy peasy, they’re all right there—and since they’re always in season, they’re also on sale! You throw them in the cart. (Better toss some stuff to make potato salad in there too while you’re at it.)
Next, home improvement. A welcoming attitude and encouraging words to say. A loving heart that always responds with a soft, gentle answer (even in conversations with THAT family member). Oh, and a cute wooden plaque with a verse on it to hang inside your front door. Score!
Last stop—apparel. The Bible says to clothe ourselves with humility and compassion. And a pair of apostle-like strappy sandals adds a nice touch!
Your cart is overflowing with goodness, so it’s time to hit the checkout lane. You scan your items, and the payment amount flashes across the screen. You swipe your card. "Denied."
You try your card again, but the payment won’t go through. You glance at the people in line behind you, then turn back to the screen. That’s when you see a sign in big red letters: "Only payment cards registered to Jesus Christ accepted." You look down at your payment card, your face growing hot. It has your name on it. Not His.
An attendant appears out of nowhere and whisks your items from their bags. You look longingly at all that goodness as it’s piled onto a restocking cart. Then you try to avoid the stares boring into you as you walk to the door empty-handed. • Courtney Lasater
• Are you trying to be a “good Christian” all on your own? Are you more concerned about others seeing you as a Christian than actually having a relationship with Jesus?
• Read Isaiah 64:6 and Romans 3:12. Why is it impossible to do good in our own power?
• Read 2 Corinthians 5:21 and Galatians 2:16. Where does goodness come from?
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8 (NIV)