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Psalms 18:28 NIV, You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.

The word darkness makes one think of bad things. Things we don't want. As Christ followers, we are sensitive to spiritual darkness and we are concerned about people we know and love

I agree with T.D. Jakes who stated in a recent sermon, “Darkness is not a thing. It is a result.” 

In nature and in life, darkness is the absence of light or the absence of God, because God is light. No one can turn up darkness, but light can be turned on and turned up.

The Bible has a lot to say about darkness, but mainly in the context of our response and responsibility to people who are in darkness --- again, which is the absence of light. The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 2:19, “We are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness.” 

You and I are called to bring light, which dispels darkness. Jesus said to His disciples, “You are the light of the world.”

Paul also addressed believers in Christ who had allowed their light to grow dim, “The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” (Romans 13:12)

The good news is that we don't have live under the burden of making light shine. We only have to stay in relationship with God. Again, as David wrote, “You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.”

 
~ Pastor Bryan Hudson, D.Min.
 

 

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Psalms 18:28 NIV, You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.

1 John 1:5, This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

Some Keys about Light and Darkness

  • People spend too much time talking about and dealing with things of darkness. 
  • “Darkness is not a thing, it is a result.” ~ T.D. Jakes
  • When you turn up the light you did not have to tell the darkness to leave.
  • You cannot turn up darkness, you can only turn up light. Light is your superpower

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All of what we hope for tomorrow, begins today.
Joshua prepared Israel to cross the Jordan River. This was the second time they faced a barrier of water. First was the Red Sea after their exodus from Egypt. They miraculously crossed over with great joy, but they soon fell into bad habits. By the time Moses wrote the book of Deuteronomy, which was the last of his five books called the Pentateuch, he was very aware of Israel's failure after the Red Sea miracle.
 
In that last book, Moses wrote about people focusing on God and doing His will "today" over 160 times. Looking back, I think Moses realized that the people's hope for tomorrow was not met with preparation today.

After Moses died, God raised up Joshua. As Israeli faced their second barrier of water, the Jordan River, we find Joshua giving them instructions today, before crossing over the next day. Joshua said, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” (Joshua 3:5)

God has prepared you for every challenge and opportunity in front of you. Today is your tomorrow because what you do today determines your success tomorrow.

 

God Bless and Be Encouraged!
~ Bryan Hudson

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Watch video presentation and read text of entire Letter From the Birmingham Jail

In April 1963, Martin Luther King was jailed in Birmingham, Alabama, after he defied a state court’s injunction and led a march of Black protesters without a permit, urging an Easter boycott of white-owned stores. A statement published in The Birmingham News, written by eight moderate white clergymen, criticized the march and other demonstrations. 

This prompted King to write a lengthy response, begun in the margins of the newspaper. He smuggled it out with the help of his lawyer, and the nearly 7,000 words were transcribed.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/02/letter-from-a-birmingham-jail/552461/

 

 

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Firm Foundation Inspiration Minute for January 12, 2022

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Bryan Hudson, D.Min.,

Pastor, New Covenant Church, Indianapolis, Indiana 

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Joshua 3:8, You shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, saying, ‘When you have come to the edge of the water of the Jordan, you shall stand in the Jordan.’ ”

John 14:5, Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

When Jesus says you KNOW something, that knowledge is never wrapped inside of your knowledge and personal experience. When you KNOW Jesus, You know the way.

Joshua 3:3, And they commanded the people, saying, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it. 4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before.”

Key #1 - Live in Resurrection Power Relationship
Key #2 - Small Things Matter
Key #3 - God has Prepared You For Every Challenge and Opportunity in Front of you
Key #4 -  Pay Attention
Key #5 - Stand in the Water
Key #6 - When You Change, Your Circumstances will Change
Key #7 -  You Don’t Have to See or Understand Everything That Helps You
  
Reflection Questions:

1. What is your New Normal?
2. In what small things are you faithful?
3. How has God prepared you?
4. In what ways do you need to pay attention?
5. In what do you need to stand right now?

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The Power of Today

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TODAY is the only time that matters

Forward defined: 

  • To cause to proceed or progress toward a goal. To cause to go or be taken from one place, person, or condition to another.
  • Forward is a place to which God leads people of purpose and destiny. 
  • Forward is the place and the direction the vision takes you.
  • Forward is the only direction God is moving.

Exodus 14:13, And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. 14] For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace. 15]  And the LORD said to Moses, "Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.

Deuteronomy 28:1, “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.

Hebrews 3:13, But exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

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