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Alarmed, I Loudly Asked My Daughter

Alarmed, I loudly asked my daughter, "What are you looking at?" "Just this," as she pointed at the computer screen. She'd found a chat room for teens and they were creating a story together that was sci-fi and seemed harmless. That evening I forced myself to tell her the dangers of some chat rooms on the internet. She'd understood completely and ended the conversation saying, "Mom, I really already knew all that before you told me. My teachers told me."

I counted on the Lord, my folks, and teachers to help me guide her as she grew up and He did/they did. Years earlier she'd come forward for my altar-call on Sunday and that day the Lord's Light turned on in her heart and mind with Holy Spirit power. That experience has never left her. I had had my own Light-receiving alter call when I was young at a huge Billy Graham revival and the memory of that powerful event has never left me.

Isn't it true? When the Lord's Light turns on inside of us it just floods us totally with the Holy Spirit and we see our Lord's Light brightening the Kingdom of God before us. Our eyes are healthy. (Luke 11:34) We are Light filled and our eyes look at others with Jesus' Light. So when we read a newspaper we see people to pray over. And when we look at others we can see weariness, a search for hope, the need for humor, or perhaps a way to help. Our eyes have been made compassionate by the Lord's Light.

Yet if any of us has seen something that shocks us to the core (perhaps violence, war, abuse, infidelity, or tragedy), Jesus says that His Light overcomes the darkness of the shocking sight. (John 1:5) Jesus says, "Therefore, consider whether the light in you is not darkness." (Luke 11:35)

Should there be darkness, do not hesitate. Talk with Jesus and pray for His Power, Light, and healing so that the darkness be cast out. Christ casts it out of you. Jesus does this when we humbly ask. Christ wants us to ask and He readily responds. It is just like going down for an altar call-- on your knees, head bowed, and in faith believing.

Jesus loves us. On the Cross darkness came when He died. Out of the tomb at Resurrection He became Salvation's Light for all believers. His Light casts out darkness.

Jesus says: 33 “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar, but on the lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light; but if it is not healthy, your body is full of darkness. 35 Therefore consider whether the light in you is not darkness. 36 If then your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays.” Luke 11:33-36


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