Luke 11:29-36

Luke 11:29-36

Do you realize you are a flashlight? God has created each of us with an ability to shine, and we have batteries that need to be charged from time to time... We are meant to shine brightly in a dark world.You know why we have problems? It’s either because we are obeying God’s Word and the rest of the world does not agree with how we obey God’s Word, or we’re not obeying God’s Word. And I would venture a guess that, for most of us when we find ourselves in trouble, when we find ourselves struggling, when we find ourselves hurting, when we find ourselves confused, it’s because we have not been here in God’s Word. We have not been obeying God’s Word. Obeying God’s Word is a huge commitment because you have to know God’s Word to obey it. You have to be in God’s Word to know what His Word says so you know how to obey it. There is a commitment to time, there is a commitment to God, there is a commitment to God’s Holy Spirit, to give your life over in order to understand and know His Word in order to obey it.

But do you want a blessing? Do you want to be blessed in your life? I hear people say all the time, “I wish God would just bless me.” You want to be blessed? Obey God’s Word…

Do you realize you are a flashlight here today? God has created each of us with an ability to shine, and we have batteries that need to be charged from time to time. Just like a flashlight, if it’s not kept properly, the batteries will go out or the bulb will burn out. You have to properly maintain a flashlight in order for it to be useful when you need it. Let the lights go out, and you become convinced very rapidly that you need that flashlight. We are the light that this world needs…

But we are meant to be a light. We are meant to shine brightly in a dark world. We are meant to expose for this world the conditions of sin that its living in. But understand, before you can burn bright enough to expose the sin that the world is living in, you’ll have had to shined bright enough in your own life to expose your own sin, because it is our sin that keeps our batteries dim, and our ability to see cloudy… If I deal with my sin, I confess my sin to Him, if I make that right, then I see clearly. I can move forward…

Jesus did not intend for this light to be hidden. When it is dark out, we want light. Guess what? There is a world around us that is walking in darkness, and they need and want light. We are those candles, we are those flashlights, we are those sources of light to this lost and dark world, and our power source comes directly from God’s Word, from God’s Spirit, from God’s love.

Dave Elkins