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Daily Reading: Daniel 7:1-28 ESV, 1 John 1:1-10 ESV, Psalm 119:153-176 ESV, Proverbs 28:23-24 ESV

Daily Verse: “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5 ESV)

SKOTIA (4653): “Is used of spiritual or moral “darkness,” emblematic of sin, as a condition of moral or spiritual depravity, 1 Jn 1:5.”[1]

Spiritual depravity.

Darkness symbolizes spiritual depravity in today’s verse.  Separated from God, people find themselves in darkness, directionless.  But when we connect with Jesus, inviting the Holy Spirit to reside within our hearts, God’s light fills our world.

As a worrier, my thoughts quickly jump to the worst-case scenario when things don’t go as planned.  In seconds, my mind can go to a dark and lonely place. But life with God means even in our darkest hours; He will light our path.

John reminds us when we place our faith in Jesus, He illuminates our path, pulling us from our spiritual depravity and giving us life to the full.

Live in the light.

Bask in the glow of God’s love as it pours from heaven into your soul.  In your struggles, turn to the one who controls all things.  Lay your burdens at the foot of the cross, and stop taking them back.  Give your anxieties to Jesus; let Him bring peace to your soul.

Do you remember the moment you first placed your faith in Jesus?  To this day, I still remember the light that flooded my young heart when I gave my life to Christ.  Even though I didn’t completely understand all the nuances at that moment, something changed and continues to change decades later as I let Jesus into more and more of my soul.

Experience the life change Jesus offers.  You don’t have to know everything about Christ to accept the gift He offers.  As you begin to follow Jesus, your faith will grow.  The more you practice God’s teachings; the more your heart will fill with His light.

Let your light shine brightly in the darkness of this world.  Share Christ’s love with all you meet, and pray they will accept God’s gift and experience the life change He offers.

[1] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 229) Thomas Nelson

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