Be the light! Look for the light! Shine the light! There is so much darkness.

What will you do with the light that is within you? Will you hold it high so others can see it? Will you shine it from the mountain top? Will you hide it?

(it was amazing to see in the Christmas Eve service to see the difference between when people were holding their candles low and when they all lifted them up high)

Consider how the statue of liberty is holding her light?

Jesus is the light of the World. He came not to save a few, but to bring salvation to the world! He came to reconcile us back to God. He came to bridge the gap that was created when sin entered the world. Now we have a direct access to God thanks to what Jesus has done for us.

As you start this day, consider how you can be an encouragement to those around you. Consider how you can share hope and love with everyone God brings into your life. It’s not all about you, it’s more about what you do with all that God gives you. Are you shining bright that others see it and glorify your Heavenly Father? Are you shining bright so that others see that it is the reflection of the true light of the world? To me the analogy of the sun and the moon comes to mind. Jesus is the Son and we reflect His light. The moon has no light of its own, it just reflects the light of the sun. Similarly, we don’t have our own light, however, with Jesus in us, we can reflect His light to the world around us.

Fear may try to hide the light. Fear may try to cover the light. Fear Not, Just Believe! With God on our side who can be against us. With God right here with me, who would dare challenge Him? Trust in God! Lean on God! Beware those who try to stir up trouble, try to play with fire, for in the end they will find themselves having their feet held to those flames.

So as we start this year, let’s start it off right. Let’s start the year, let’s start the day by seeking God!

“Listen now, you who know right from wrong, you who hold my teaching inside you: Pay no attention to insults, and when mocked don’t let it get you down. Those insults and mockeries are moth-eaten, from brains that are termite-ridden, But my setting-things-right lasts, my salvation goes on and on and on.”

Fear Not, Just believe! What are you afraid of? or who?

“I, I’m the One comforting you. What are you afraid of—or who? Some man or woman who’ll soon be dead? Some poor wretch destined for dust? You’ve forgotten me, God, who made you, who unfurled the skies, who founded the earth. And here you are, quaking like an aspen before the tantrums of a tyrant who thinks he can kick down the world. But what will come of the tantrums? The victims will be released before you know it. They’re not going to die. They’re not even going to go hungry. For I am God, your very own God, who stirs up the sea and whips up the waves, named God-of-the-Angel-Armies. I teach you how to talk, word by word, and personally watch over you, Even while I’m unfurling the skies, setting earth on solid foundations, and greeting Zion: ‘Welcome, my people!’”

So rather than walking in fear or confusion, let’s get things started right and start out by seeking God. Let’s start the day, the week, the month, the year off by turning to God and following after Him so that we may walk in the wisdom and truth and hope that comes through a living relationship with Him.

Have you found that you have been going the wrong way? Do you get to the end of a dead end street? Did you spiral down to the bottom of the barrel? Don’t give up hope! Don’t lose hope! Turn back! Look up! Call on God! And God will lead you out of there!

When we have been redeemed, we don’t have to look back. We don’t have to run in fear for nobody is chasing. We can walk forward in confidence for we are following after God. Let’s purify ourselves and walk clean, with a clear conscience into God’s presence and plan. Give the pains and the burdens over to God. He is going before you to prepare in advance the good work He has for you to accomplish. He is your rear guard so you don’t have to be running any faster than He is leading you for He’s got your back. Allow Him to take you right where you are at and help you to blossom and become the person He created you to be.

People looked down on Jesus, the truth is that He took all the ugliness so we could be restored and repaired and reconciled.

1Who believes what we’ve heard and seen? Who would have thought God’s saving power would look like this? 2-6The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling, a scrubby plant in a parched field. There was nothing attractive about him, nothing to cause us to take a second look. He was looked down on and passed over, a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand. One look at him and people turned away. We looked down on him, thought he was scum. But the fact is, it was our pains he carried— our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us. We thought he brought it on himself, that God was punishing him for his own failures. But it was our sins that did that to him, that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins! He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed. We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him. 7-9He was beaten, he was tortured, but he didn’t say a word. Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered and like a sheep being sheared, he took it all in silence. Justice miscarried, and he was led off—and did anyone really know what was happening? He died without a thought for his own welfare, beaten bloody for the sins of my people. They buried him with the wicked, threw him in a grave with a rich man, Even though he’d never hurt a soul or said one word that wasn’t true. 10Still, it’s what God had in mind all along, to crush him with pain. The plan was that he give himself as an offering for sin so that he’d see life come from it—life, life, and more life. And God’s plan will deeply prosper through him. 11-12Out of that terrible travail of soul, he’ll see that it’s worth it and be glad he did it. Through what he experienced, my righteous one, my servant, will make many “righteous ones,” as he himself carries the burden of their sins. Therefore I’ll reward him extravagantly—the best of everything, the highest honors—Because he looked death in the face and didn’t flinch, because he embraced the company of the lowest. He took on his own shoulders the sin of the many, he took up the cause of all the black sheep.

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