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From John: The book about Life, by Matthew R. Freije

Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, © Copyright The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995. Used by permission.


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3:19,20

Evil is uncomfortable in the light. It likes darkness:

Job 24:13-17 "Others have been with those who rebel against the light; They do not want to know its ways nor abide in its paths. 14 "The murderer arises at dawn; He kills the poor and the needy, And at night he is as a thief. 15 "The eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight, saying, 'No eye will see me.' And he disguises his face. 16 "In the dark they dig into houses, they shut themselves up by day; they do not know the light. 17 "For the morning is the same to him as thick darkness, For he is familiar with the terrors of thick darkness.

Verses 19 and 20 are not written just for "really bad people." Any person who is afraid to be changed by Christ stays in the darkness where thoughts, words, and actions are unexposed. Even though they may believe that Jesus is indeed the Son of God, they will not give Him full control of their lives, for fear that they will have to change their lifestyle.

The person who loves the darkness rather than the Light is deceived. Say a heroin addict is offered a free rehabilitation program that is guaranteed to work, but turns it down because he does not want to give up heroin. He is deceived into remaining in his present lifestyle, enslaved to the drug, instead of receiving freedom from it. A successful businessperson could be another example--refusing to commit his life to Christ for fear that he may have to give more money, work fewer hours, or give up his business to become a missionary. Satan is crafty. He is an expert at tricking people out of the spiritual riches and awesome joy that Christ offers:

2 Cor 4:4 …the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Do not be deceived. There is nothing on this earth that is better than knowing Christ. Also, don't think that, before you become a Christian, you need to clean up your life, give up certain habits, give money, give time, come to a better understanding of the Bible, or perform acts of service. None of these things will qualify you for the Light. Christ, and only Christ, makes a person a Christian. God wants you to come to Christ now, and let Him change your desires. Come to the Light and let the God expose your sinfulness, trusting Him to change you. Over time you will lose the desire for the things or lifestyle that you were once afraid to give up. You will find that Christ Himself will fill you with joy, and that the things of this world, which once seemed so attractive, are actually obstacles to the real joy that is in Christ. This applies to Christians, too. Although Christians have received the saving Life of Christ, they need to allow Christ's light to continually expose every part of their life, giving Him full control.

Even if a heroin addict were guaranteed a lifetime supply of fixes, he is better off without the addiction. Don’t love the darkness--there is nothing lovely about it. Come to Christ and let His Light shine on you. Let Him change you. Just like a rehabilitated heroin addict, you will never regret it.

The One who shines the Light is gentle and loving. He wants you to come to the Light, not to be punished, but blessed. Jesus said:

Mat11:28-30 "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. 30 "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

John 6:35 "I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.

John 7:37-38 "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38 "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'"

John 8:12 "I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life."

John 6:37 "…and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.

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Individuals who are seeking God want to be in the Light all the time, letting the Light expose their thoughts, words, and deeds. They know that there is nothing beneficial about the darkness, so they want every part of their lives exposed by the Light. They want to see if their deeds are wrought in God-- performed in God's will and by His power, instead of in the flesh (in human strength, in self-centeredness, seeking praise from others). Individuals who are born of the Spirit are to live in the power of the Spirit, letting the Spirit of Christ do His works through them.

John 6:63 "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing;

John15:5 "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

2 Cor 3:5,6 Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, 6 who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. [The letter refers to the letter of the Law, which indicates man’s efforts as opposed to the power of the Spirit.]

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