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Among Whom Ye Shine, Spurgeon, Sept. 6

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  • Among Whom Ye Shine, Spurgeon, Sept. 6

    Morning, September 6

    “In the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.”
    Philippians 2:15

    We use lights to make manifest. A Christian man should so shine in his life, that a person could not live with him a week without knowing the gospel. His conversation should be such that all who are about him should clearly perceive whose he is, and whom he serves; and should see the image of Jesus reflected in his daily actions. Lights are intended for guidance. We are to help those around us who are in the dark. We are to hold forth to them the Word of life. We are to point sinners to the Saviour, and the weary to a divine resting-place. Men sometimes read their Bibles, and fail to understand them; we should be ready, like Philip, to instruct the inquirer in the meaning of God’s Word, the way of salvation, and the life of godliness. Lights are also used for warning. On our rocks and shoals a light-house is sure to be erected. Christian men should know that there are many false lights shown everywhere in the world, and therefore the right light is needed. The wreckers of Satan are always abroad, tempting the ungodly to sin under the name of pleasure; they hoist the wrong light, be it ours to put up the true light upon every dangerous rock, to point out every sin, and tell what it leads to, that so we may be clear of the blood of all men, shining as lights in the world. Lights also have a very cheering influence, and so have Christians. A Christian ought to be a comforter, with kind words on his lips, and sympathy in his heart; he should carry sunshine wherever he goes, and diffuse happiness around him.

    Gracious Spirit dwell with me;
    I myself would gracious be,
    And with words that help and heal
    Would thy life in mine reveal,
    And with actions bold and meek
    Would for Christ my Saviour speak.
    "Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ,
    keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
    Set your mind on the things above, not the things that are on the earth.
    For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God."
    Col. 3:1-3

    "Some people think God does not like to be troubled with our constant coming and asking. The way to trouble God is not to come at all." - D.L. Moody

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    I thrive in the long days of summer here in the NW and find myself actually craving light when the days are short and grey. I think the Spirit of God as Light is the most accurate metaphor we have in God's word.

    I have a devotional book (called Morning and Evening) by Charles Spurgeon that I read and feed on regularly. Most recently I read his words re: Psalms 62:8 - Trust in the Lord at all times. It occurs to me just now that walking in the Light of God's truth requires my trusting Him. (Coming into the Light can be scary as it reveals us ) Here are more of Spurgeons words...

    "Let me commend to you a life of trust in God in secular things. ...Trusting God you will be free from self-contradiction.... Walk on the path of integrity with confidence, and show that you are invincibly strong in the strength that confidence in God alone confers. In this way you will be delivered from anxious care, you will be untroubled by evil tidings, and your heart will be fixed, trusting in the Lord. How pleasant to float along on the stream of providence! There is no more blessed way of living than a life of dependence upon a conenant-keeping God!"

    Now, this is living in The Light.