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His light still shines in the darkness
This month we have celebrated the birth of our savior who made it possible for us to have salvation, favor, blessing, peace, joy, guidance, and redemption. Zacharias’ song in Luke 1:67-79 is the perfect place to see guidance and redemption through the eyes of a loving Father. God has come to rescue his people as he promised long ago. The promise still holds for us. Whatever trouble we may be in, God is coming to save us, and we can be at peace. We have been given all the gifts we need to lead amazing lives. When we fall short, we can pick ourselves up and start again. Jesus was born to be the light of the world. That light still shines in the darkness. And the darkness cannot overcome it. Now, more than ever, we need to seek Him for daily guidance and then walk out the steps He has ordered for us.
Key Passages: Luke 1:67-79 (NKJV)
67 Now his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying:
68“Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited and redeemed His people, 69And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of His servant David, 70As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, Who have been since the world began, 71That we should be saved from our enemies And from the hand of all who hate us, 72To perform the mercy promised to our fathers And to remember His holy covenant,
73The oath which He swore to our father Abraham: 74To grant us that we, Being delivered from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear, 75In holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.
76“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, 77To give knowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sins, 78Through the tender mercy of our God, With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; 79To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace.”
God is faithful in guiding those who seek him!
Because of Jesus, we have access to Supernatural Guidance in our lives. He is there when we are feeling lost, seeking direction, or need a fresh word from God.
Joseph was given dreams and warnings.
- Matt 1:20 – Do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife
- Matt 2:13 – Flee to Egypt
- Matt 2:20 – Go to the land of Israel
When we ask for dreams, guidance, or direction we must wait for God to show us. When they don’t come, we have to trust what we already know about God. Relationship with God is knowing Him, His will, His character, and His ways.
“I wish God would just tell me every step to take”, have you ever said that or heard someone say it? It is easy to feel that way but that is not maturity in Christ. You have to know who you are and Whose you are while understanding that His timing is perfect.
Guidance = Knowing God more. This starts with knowing His word.
Q: Do you need Guidance today? Write down what you need and then pray the word of God.
Supernatural Guidance is available to us today because of Jesus
We have access to the Father because of Jesus who gave us access to the Holy Spirit. We have access to all of this because we have been Redeemed!
Redemption means to buy back
- Deem = value
- Re = again
Our enemy today is Sin – because it separates us from God. Today, because of Jesus, you have been Redeemed (bought back). This isn’t contingent because of what you’ve done. There is nothing you can do to earn redemption and we certainly do not deserve it! All have sinned and fall short of God’s standard. Recognize that redemption is here. You HAVE BEEN Redeemed.
However, that does not mean, you go on about life as you always have. Go after true relationship with God and you will live your best life here on earth as you look forward to your reward in Heaven.
Q: When you think of the true definition of redemption, how does it make you feel? Does it take a weight off you to know you don’t have to earn it?
Let’s never take for granted God’s great plan
Attending church and sitting in the same seat each week can lead to faith inertia. We become lazy. If we don’t make an effort to grow in understanding of how God guides us, our faith can run on autopilot. Growing in grace means putting forth the effort, seeking God, and reading His Holy Word outside the church setting. It’s not about religion; it’s about a growing relationship with our God through His Son, Jesus Christ. When we study Scripture, we learn what God wants for us, His children. Seeking God through His Word enables us to grow and follow His leading. His will, not ours.
Q: Where have you taken God for granted? What can you do appreciate and lean more on the guidance and direction of God?