destined to shine: how to be a light in the dark, hands holding a light in the darkness

 

Do you feel like your light has been snuffed out? When your back was turned, did the enemy throw a bushel basket of fear, anxiety, and worry over you? You know you are destined to shine the light of Jesus for all to see, but you can’t imagine how that can happen now. How can you be a light in the dark?

Well, we don’t have to climb Mount Everest and excavate a hidden cave containing all the world’s secrets to find out. The answer is right before our eyes in Luke 11:33, 34.

“No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light. The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.” KJV

 

It takes a single eye to be the light when our world is full of darkness.

 

So, what exactly is a single eye?

When you go back to the original Greek, this word haplous (single) is based on another Greek word, pleko, which means to braid together. When three strands are braided together, they are unified into a stronger cord.

Ecclesiastes 4:11, 12 visually describes the value of strength in unity.

“Again, if two lie down together, then they keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? And though one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” AMP

 I see two principles at work here. First, it takes three strands to make a braid. This reminds me of the Trinity. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are intricately woven together as one. No power in hell can break the destiny the godhead designed for mankind.

 

We can let the peace of God rule in our lives.

 

When we keep our focus on God, build a relationship with Him, and hope in His promises, we can dwell in the eye of a hurricane. No matter what winds of adversity surround us, the peace of God can operate in our lives.

Second, we can picture the three strands as ourselves, God, and others who are like-minded braided together. As one, we focus on who God is and His great love for us. A synergy occurs when we share and encourage one another. This gives us strength to withstand the darkness.

But where does all this braiding together take place?

In our minds.

 

God imprints his heart upon ours.

 

Romans 12:2 “Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.” TPT

 Ephesians 4:23, 24 “and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. “ NKJV

 

We must totally transform how we think.

 

We tend to view the world through the ideals, and opinions of the culture we live in. When circumstances shatter our society, our hearts feel shaken. When we can’t control Covid, the war in Ukraine, or political outcomes, anxiety overtakes us.

Going back to Luke 11:34, if we meditate on the evil around us, our light begins to fade. That’s when the darkness on the outside begins to affect our bodies on the inside. Worry, depression, and fear keep us in bondage and prevent us from seeing the path God has laid before us.

It takes faith and focus to see things from God’s perspective. Only when we meditate on the love Jesus has for us, and the price He paid, will we be able to rise above the circumstances that tear our world apart. And only when we unify and encourage one another can we heal our brokenness.

destined to shine: how to be a light in the dark, open eye looking at the sky

God wants us to live above the circumstances we find ourselves in. To do that, we must see from a higher perspective. God can speak to us, no matter what the season.

During the Covid lockdown, I spent many hours on Zoom training with a social media expert who saw potential in me for an online ministry.  I met Patricia at a Christian writers’ conference in Philadelphia just months before the mandatory isolation began. I wanted marketing expertise for my book, Dark Enough to See the Stars, but she saw possibilities in me that I didn’t. We worked together for almost two years, honing my skills as a writer and speaker, before I launched my blog and Facebook Live ministry, EMBRACE YOUR DESTINY, last August.  While confined at home, my words reached more people than ever before.

It’s all about perspective. Confinement doesn’t have to be containment. The devil can’t stop your destiny. God will light your fire within; just ask Him. You are destined to shine. Go ahead and be the light in someone else’s darkness.

 

 

 

 

 

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