Out of darkness

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I sense my soul leaning toward the light as I sit in situations of struggle.
Stretched yearningly like a plant desperate for its source of warmth and nourishment.
And I’m encouraged by things stirring in the muddy undergrowth, tentatively appearing as signs of life in dark places.
Sun’s rays are starting to steal bright across azure-blue of sky and hope’s fingers reach for better tomorrows.
Because we’re built for this. To lean toward the light. Made for mercy and grace. Destined for different. 
Children of darkness weaving our wobbly way toward light-filled days.
Our souls seeking after salvation, resurrection and restoration.
Our inner needs lie dormant as seed, waiting for their moment to erupt and burst forth.
God sees. He hears the unspoken cries of hurting hearts and witnesses the fall of tears.
Our heavenly Father longs to rescue us from the kingdom of darkness we inhabit and scoop us eagerly into His Kingdom of Love and Light… if we’re willing.
There are days where I sit with one foot in the world and one in His kingdom.
Hover on the brink, fear-filled and uncertain, weary and wary. Knowing the way to proceed but still tempted by the deceptive lure of worldly riches.
I crave acceptance like an addict.
I desire to achieve.
I want to leave a footprint of my passing.
I long to belong.
And I so often search for it in all the wrong places.
Think that the world’s approval is a sign of arriving – when it signals my soul is dying.
I’m dying to be seen and heard, but above all I’m dying for God’s word.
Being ignored feeds our insecurities, fans the fear.
Being side-lined reminds us how insignificant we think we are.But being ‘invisible’ in the world doesn’t make us invisible to God. Far from it.
Because we’re always significant to Him.

 Only God can fully nourish a hungry, hurting heart.

He alone will fill and flood an empty soul.
He alone has compassion to meet every human need.
He equips us to live well and to die well in the reassurance of His goodness and grace.
And He alone will enable us to leave a lasting legacy behind:
  • Gifts of grace
  • Cords of compassion
  • Deeds of mercy
  • Echoes of His love
  • Encouragement and hope
  • A witness to lost souls
  • A testimony of love overcoming against the odds
But we first have to be willing to ditch the darkness in our own souls.
Willing to face up to our need of God – His grace, forgiveness and mercy.
 
Willing to be made new, be born again.
Willing to move closer in dependency, in good times or bad, ever nearer to Him.
Willing to sacrifice our own agendas.
Willing to surrender to His plans.
 
Willing to live out our faith day by day.
Willing to make a difference in the lives of others.
 
Live as obedient children of God in a perverse world as He slowly transforms us into the likeness of His beloved Son, little by little, from the inside out.
It’s a steep learning curve. The biggest one we ever negotiate. And it will take the rest of our lives to live it out.
But its rewards are exceptional and eternal. Its worth beyond compare.
Can you sense God calling you?
 
Are you ready to come into the Light of His presence?
 
If so, then here’s a prayer to help you surrender and commit to Jesus anew, or for the first time perhaps:
 

  Do let me know if you have prayed this type of surrender prayer for the first time and I will send you extra resources to guide you on your journey of faith in Christ.

It’s a journey I’ve been on for all my adult life, and one where we really value and need the companionship of others to support and encourage one another along the way.Please feel free to share your experiences in the comments below.

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