Wednesday, May 19, 2021

John 8 Devotions by Stephen Taylor

John 8:12

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 

 


This morning, as I was reading in Genesis, it struck me that light will always govern or rule over darkness. No matter what happens, light will overtake darkness because of who is in the light!!! Jesus calls Himself the light of the world, and darkness flees at the sound of His name!! Thank You, Jesus!!

 

As I was praying and thinking this morning, it came to mind that you can light a match in a pitch-black room and it’s going to give off light. A tiny flame can illuminate an entire room!! There isn’t enough darkness in this world to stop that match from giving off light, and we can be like that match! If we have Jesus in our hearts and let His light shine through us, all the darkness in the universe couldn’t put that flame out or stop us from shining in Him!!!

 

Too often, I have compared my flame to those around me, but not anymore!! Today, I have decided that it doesn’t matter whether I’m a little match or a great big bonfire as long as I’m burning for the Lord and letting His love and light shine through me!!!!! I encourage you to let your light shine today. No matter how big, how bright, or how long you have been burning, let it shine, and l promise it will give God glory and He will use it!!

 

Be encouraged!!!! I love you all, God bless, and Glory to God!!!!!

 

 

John 8:33-35

They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.”

There is such a sharp contrast in these verses between what sin takes from us and what Christ gives us. To be a slave to something is to be owned, dominated, and controlled by it, and that’s exactly what we are to our sins before Christ sets us free. Enslaved people can’t set themselves free but need someone greater than themselves to bring this freedom, and that exactly what Christ brought!

Before Christ, we walk around in this state of ignorance, thinking we are free to do what we want, but all the while, sin is dominating everything we do. I believe that this false freedom is one of the greatest tricks the enemy has. Think about it; free people don’t need to be saved, and saved people won’t look for the Savior. If we already view ourselves as “free” and self-reliant, then in our eyes, our need for God starts to dwindle. But if we view ourselves correctly as being enslaved to sin, then our need for a savior will arise and not just any savior but the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ!

Our perspective doesn’t change God, but it does change how we view Him and how we respond, approach, and serve Him. Oftentimes, it’s the crises in our life that bring us to the cross of Christ. When we get to the end of ourselves, our strength, our wisdom, and our power, we find the only One who can give us what we truly need, freedom from the sin that is enslaving and destroying us and also acceptance into His family and eternal life!

John 8:36- So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

God bless! I love you all, but His love broke all the chains! Glory, honor, and praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ our King, and the Holy Spirit!


 

John 8:36

“If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed!”

Thank You, Jesus! I lived in bondage to my addiction and selfish desires, and it wasn’t till I was incarcerated and truly surrendered to Christ that I was set free! Let me tell you, I didn’t know how much weight I was carrying around until that day! I am free from fear, shame, and death! I’m not perfect by any means, but I am a sinner saved by Grace! 


Jesus says, “I stand at the door knocking,” and it’s up to us to let Him in! Doing so was the best decision of my life, and I hope you have or will make the same choice! Today, I maybe a recovering addict on house arrest, but I am freer than I have ever been!!! I pray you will join me in praising our God for this freedom, which is freely given to any who want it but also was bought with the precious blood of His Son! I encourage anyone who hasn’t made this choice to try it out; it’s amazing!!!!!!

For those of us who have, let’s continue to shine Christ’s love in this dark world!!!!!!

Revelation 12:11: they triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.

Amen!!

I love you all, and praise the LORD!! 

 

 

 

 

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