Friday, July 8, 2011

Sermon: "Living In The Light Of Jesus"

                                       Living in the light of Jesus

Are you living in the light? Or stumbling around in the darkness? What does it mean to walk in the light of Jesus..

A lot of times in our day and age as Christians, we come across every day issues that we just deal with. Or we might hear other deceptive teaching about who God is. The message of Jesus now days, is becoming such a mixed bag, that many don’t know the truth and are living in “darkness.” What it means to live in “darkness” is, in the physical world in which we live darkness is passive. Darkness exists wherever there is an absence of light. Wherever light shines, darkness is automatically eliminated. But this is not so with spiritual darkness. Spiritual darkness is not passive, but active, and it is active on two levels.
1)    (Spiritual) Spiritual forces promote darkness by the devil. The devil wants you to live the rest of your life in darkness. Having every truth that is spoken by God in your life to be taken away by the lies of the enemy
2)    (Physical) We become ignorant to God and His truth and don’t listen then Satan has a foothold in our lives that leads to bondage, sin, and death. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life. “ (Romans 6.23)

(1 John 1:6) “So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth.”

(Job 24:13,15,17) "There are those who rebel against the light, who do not know its ways or stay in its paths... The eye of the adulterer watches for dusk; he thinks, 'No eye will see me,' and he keeps his face concealed... For all of them, deep darkness is their morning; they make friends with the terrors of darkness."

  • Our sin manifest in the darkness- we keep on living unrularly lives. We keep sinning and going on with our ever day lives, hoping that our secret sin will not be exposed. But we are being dead to ourselves, and not being alive in Him.  The sin is killing us.. Sin= darkness
“Awake, O sleeper,
 Rise up from the dead,
 And Christ will give you light.” (Romans 5.12)

(2 john 1:7-11) “I say this because many deceivers have gone out into the world. They deny that Jesus Christ came in a real body. Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist.  Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward. Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth about Christ, don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement. Anyone who encourages such people becomes a partner in their evil work.”

People are so deceived in our age RIGHT NOW. That they are preaching the gospel, and they are living in Sin. They are leading Christians astray.

How do we bring our sins to the light?
(1 John 1:9) “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” We must confess our sins to God and to someone else. So that our sin can be ‘exposed’ into the light. Once we do that the truth can be brought forth into our lives and can set us free. In God's light, pride melts like wax, and the impulse of the flesh is to run for cover. But, if we resist the temptation to "darken the light", then God will illuminate the weaknesses that we "stumble over". This is part of the "truth" that will "set us free". (Proverbs 28:13) “He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”
Now that we have brought our sin into the “light” we can now be the light for others.
Eph 5:8-14 once you were "darkness", but now as Christians you are "light". Live then as children of the light. The light produces in men all that is good and right and true. Let your lives be living proofs of the things, which please God. Steer clear of the fruitless activities of darkness; let your lives expose their futility we are the light of the world, God has bright us out of the darkness, to become lights for other people to see!

God is going to start exposing our sins into the light, so we can be in the purest form. In the time that we are in, people are going to be so deceived and stuck in the darkness and not know right from wrong. God is looking for people that are willing to fear Him in the darkness and let their sin be brought to the light. So that in the end-times they will not be deceived by the antichrist

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