Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”Ephesians 5:7-14 (ESV)
You have cried out to me for purity. You have declared your longing to see me, asking me to give you a pure heart. You have sung songs asking me to set you on fire, to give you a pure heart, and to refine you with my love.
And yet, when I respond to your requests with my light that exposes the darkness, with my refiner’s fire, somehow you want it to be a process that feels like sunshine and flowers!
I love you with an everlasting love; with a love that knows no limits. I long for you to be free from the influence of the one who has brought dark influences into your life, who has lied to you, and deceived you. It is my kindness that brings you to that place of freedom and deliverance; it is my love that draws you into my light and fire. If you willingly trust yourself to a surgeon’s knife when you do not know them, how much more can you trust yourself to me, the one who loves you and knows you intimately?
It is my light that shines into the deepest, darkest, recesses of your life. Trust that I am good and am bringing good to you at all times. Trust that my exposing light is not about shame, punishment or discouragement, but about healing and freedom. It is about us defeating the darkness as we work together to expel it from your life.
My light is good. Will you let my light in?
Activation: This word is not to prompt you to dig under every rock in your life but to encourage you to allow Holy Spirit to shine his light and expose what he wants to deal with at this time. He is the one leading the process. Declare today: “Holy Spirit, I give you full permission to shine your light and expose anything that you would like to deal with today. I trust you to know what is a priority.”
“And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.”Genesis 1:4 (ESV)
“He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings utter darkness into the light.”Job 12:22 (NIV)
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”John 8:12 (ESV)
“Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realising that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?”Romans 2:4 (NIV)