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The Lenten Journey 2016 – Come! Walk In The Light!

Praycation_buttonBeloved, welcome to The Lenten Journey 2016! During this 40-day journey to the cross, crucifixion and resurrection our guest bloggers will be sharing daily devotions. This is a great time to commit to walk closer to the Lord, dig deeper into God’s word and grow in faith. We are living on the uncertain seas of time but we have the Light of the world who breaks through the darkness of difficulty.

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Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie  

_MG_9897“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

John 1:5

John 1:1-18 NIV

“Walk in the light, beautiful light,
come where the dewdrops of mercy shine bright.
Oh shine all around us by day and by night,
                                                                   Jesus, the light of the world”

Jesus, the light of the world…
This is the prevailing thought of John 1:1-18. Jesus came into the world to be the light of all mankind. The scriptures state that through him all things were made and that nothing was to be made without him.
John the Baptist came to confirm and bear witness that Jesus was in fact the way for all to believe. His ministry paved the way for the gospel message that Jesus is the salvation and hope of our world. That truth remains even today.

To hope means to have “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.” You may not be able to touch it. You may have never seen it before, yet something within you stands firm in the notion that what you desire will come to pass. For the Believer, the scriptures are the seed of hope, giving us spiritual insight to the truth of what shall be.

In our world today, darkness is prevalent on every hand. Senseless murders, premature deaths, homelessness, world hunger are just a few of the dark things we are confronted with on a daily basis. It can be overwhelming. However, there is hope. John 1, verse 5 says “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” The darkness has not overcome it. Our hope is that in spite of how dark things may be, the light will not be overcome by it. Simply put, no matter how dark things may appear, it will not overpower the light that is the salvation of Jesus Christ.

This Lenten season let us reflect on what it means to be the light of Christ in a dark world. How can we shine into the darkness around us and create positive change? I would suggest that the first place to start is self-examination, asking the questions ‘where is there darkness within us and how can we allow the light of Christ to become activated in our lives in those areas?’ Once we have addressed self, then we can begin to explore how we can walk in the light before others, chasing away the darkness. Our eternal hope is in the promise that “the darkness has not overcome it.” Nor shall it ever.

Come! Let’s us walk in the light together!

Think on These Things:
• Jesus is the creator of all things.
• Without him, nothing is created
• Jesus is the word made flesh
• Jesus is the light
• Darkness has not overcome the light

Prayer: Gracious Father, we come before you asking you to search us. Let the light of your word shine on any darkness that is within is and bring change. Prepare us to be light in a darkened world for your glory. Give us the confidence to know that the darkness has not overpowered the light, nor shall it ever. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Tracey Bowen Bell
Bethel Apostolic Temple
Miami, FL

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