“Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.” (Proverbs 4:25, NLT) Have you ever been walking down the mall or perhaps across a parking lot and suddenly trip/stumble on an “invisible brick?” Usually more embarrassing than it is harmful, it still reminds us that we need to pay closer attention to where we walk. In our spiritual walk, there are no such things as “invisible bricks” for God has lovingly given us, through His Word, the light of His righteousness that guides us as we journey along the path of life (Psalms 119:105). Sadly, a growing number of believers are choosing to use their own light sources rather than God’s—reaching for our pocket penlights in lieu of God’s spotlight? We simply think that we can live an effective life by getting “a little bit of light” (i.e. God’s Word) into our hearts and minds on Sunday mornings, and maybe an extra amount in a Bible study or Wednesday evening service. The truth is this—if we are not feeding upon the Word of God daily, then we are walking in darkness and heading out into immediate danger! John 12:35 decries, “The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going.” Psalms 82:5 states that those who choose to walk in darkness do not know or understand the things happening around them! When you read/hear the ever-changing headlines of today, you can’t help but see the advance of darkness upon today’s culture here in America and throughout the world! And the primary reason for this advance is because many believers—regardless of the excuses —are choosing not to set aside time with God as a priority each day; and the result is a growing number of believers with spiritual lamps that flicker weak rays of light in lieu of projecting radiant beams of God’s righteousness. This negligence allows God’s light, His countenance of holiness in our hearts, to dim and the seas of darkness to encroach upon the shores of our life and our surrounding mission field (family, work place, neighborhood, etc.; Matthew 5:15) Romans 1:20 declares that we are “men (& women) without excuse.” Most of us would like to hide behind the excuse that we are simply so busy and don’t have the necessary time and that God understands and will look the other way (i.e. grant us a “free pass”) on this area of disobedience in our life. But the truth is that disobedience to God’s Word is always SIN, and God can never, and will never, overlook SIN. The reason so much of our culture today is being overrun by darkness is because the light bearers (i.e. God’s people) have hidden their light (lamp) under a bushel (i.e. the bushel of disobedience) and the result is individuals, families and even governments are stumbling in their sinful ways/choices. Proverbs 4:19 reminds us that “the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.” Listen for a moment – simply stop whatever you are doing and be still … just listen (Psalms 46:10) - do you hear the Lord’s Spirit calling you to “come aside and spend some time with Me” each day? Listen closely to the inviting words of Jesus spoken in Mark 2:13, “Come along with Me." But heed closely this warning—"Do not merely listen to (or read) the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says (apply it through daily obedience; James 1:22)!” So look around this morning – are you walking straight ahead with Jesus in a path enlightened by His Living Word, or are you stumbling along in the darkness on a path of self-directed ways? He is lovingly calling out to you and me … “Come, journey with Me!” …Selah!
Today's Spirit-led CCM video is by Phillips, Craig & Dean and can be viewed by clicking on the song title, "Come, Now Is The Time To Worship" - G3 for sharing His power-filled words thru CCM & Praise!