NORMality Weekly for Monday July 2nd. 2007.

Praise to The Lord, He is STILL ADEQUATE; He is STILL SUFFICIENT,

He’s STILL more than ENOUGH in 2007.

Here's something I read this week It is better to light the candle, it will chase away the darkness.

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Today’s Study

WE ARE THE LIGHT

As Christians we are called to be the light of the world. Light always overpowers darkness. God is light. The devil represents the darkness of this world.

Matt. 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

We are LIGHT while Satan and all his work is darkness and darkness represents sin. Satan is the prince of darkness, but God is the light that overpowers darkness. We are the children of God, made in His image.

If its very dark outside and the lights are turned on inside, the light illuminates the room inside and even goes through the windows to expose darkness outside. Why? Because wherever there is light the darkness will flee in extreme terror according to James 4.7.

It doesn't work the other way around. You can never overpower light with darkness.

When Jesus took our sin upon Himself, God turned His back on Him. Why? Because God cannot look upon sin [darkness]. That is why we must be light; we are forgiven.

But if we walk in darkness, God cannot look upon us.

1 John 1:5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

In Matthew 27:45 Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land.

For three hours there was darkness everywhere while Jesus was hanging on the cross.

The next verse Matthew 27:46 says About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying,...My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?

Think about it. Everyone knows what a torch [flashlight] is.

I am sure you have never ever heard of a flashdark?

Have you ever seen a device you could carry around during the day and when you would turn it on and point it into a room, it would make the room dark?

Of course not! There is no such thing as a flashdark.

That's because light always overpowers darkness and where there is light, darkness cannot dispel it. The only way to have darkness is through the absence of light.

Jesus took our sin because we could not come into the presence of God with sin. Light and darkness do not mix. That’s why we are to be separated from the world that is ruled by satanic powers, and not become linked with people who oppose Christ’s message by their darkness.

Romans 12.2 Message Bible Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

1 John 1:6-8 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

1 John 1:7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

1 John 1:8  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

I want you to notice in verse 7 it doesn't say SOME sin. It says the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from ALL sin.

Without the shedding of Christ’s blood we cannot stand before God and say we're not sinners. We were born into this world as sinners. But, when we accept Jesus, we become New Creatures in Christ [2 Cor. 5.17].

Then, 1 John 3:9 applies to us Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

If life is in the blood, you will not have spiritual life until the blood of Jesus has cleansed you from all sin. Then you can stand before the Father and talk to Him because you are without sin.

Heb 9:22 Message Bible Moses said to the people This is the blood of the covenant God has established with you. Practically everything in a will hinges on a death. That's why blood, the evidence of death, is used so much in our tradition, especially regarding forgiveness of sins.

In the Old Testament, the people had to have an earthly priest in order to talk to God. The blood of A SMALL LAMB was used to cover the people’s sin before God.

But in the New Testament [Hebrews 4.12] the Word of God says that once we've accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we can go directly and boldly to the Father using the name of Jesus. It is the blood of THE LAMB OF GOD that pays for and takes away our sin.

If the blood of Jesus hasn't cleansed us, we can't come near to God and expect to be heard because God cannot look upon sinful man. We must be washed in the blood. So if we ignore the cleansing of the blood, we cannot approach God.

We are the light in the world since Jesus The Christ went back to be with His Father until the time when He comes again to get us and take us all to heaven. Our function is to provide that light for others to see the way back to Father God.

How is your light shining today?

Norman

Dr. Norman Campbell <OXEYE><

There should be more fun in life:

Two men were marooned on an Island. One man paced back and forth worried and scared while the other man sat back and was sunning himself. The first man said to the second man, Aren't you afraid we are about to die.

Oh No, said the second man, I make $100,000 a week and I tithe faithfully to my church every week. I know my Pastor will find me.