Let Us Be Filled With Light, Not Darkness

Because it is God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:6 (EMTV)

Where the light shines, darkness flees. Light and darkness cannot dwell together.

Therefore, can we have our hearts filled with the “light of the knowledge of the glory of God” if our thoughts are dwelling on the dark things of this world? I believe not. That is why the Lord commands to think on “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honourable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report” (Philippians 4:8 RV), which requires us to bring “every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

It takes diligent effort, in the strength of Christ, to accomplish this. I am still fighting this battle. I’m sure many of you are, too. We must win this battle in order to find true freedom in Christ and receive the fullness of His Spirit; for He cannot fill us if we still have trash piled up in our hearts.

I want to encourage you all, my brothers and sisters! We are promised full and complete victory so long as we dwell in Christ and have Christ dwelling in our hearts, for He has already won the victory in our behalf. Let’s claim this Bible promise together!

I can do all things in Christ who strengtheneth me.

Philippians 4:13 (RV/Webster’s)

Blast from the Past

I used to have a LiveJournal account. Over a decade ago. I refuse to feel old over that.

I finally deleted it last week, but before I did, I found myself skimming over my old posts. There weren’t a whole lot; most of them were just short stories and poems that I had found and shared. But there was one post that stood out from the rest, one of the last I wrote. It was quite interesting to revisit. Clearly, simplicity is not a new interest for me! In fact, the name of my Livejournal was Ordinary Gold, which was a modification of a previous blog named Aureate Simplicity. Given the subject matter, I thought I’d share (most of) it here. And then I’ll share some additional thoughts afterward.

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More Sincerity and Consecration

We cannot be truly effectual in our service to God unless we are wholly consecrated to Him in all areas of our lives. Every task, every word, even every thought, must be for His glory and not our own. This is probably one of the most difficult lessons to learn, particularly for myself; after all, it takes great presence of mind and a concerted effort. We must be sincere in our desire to serve Him and not double-minded. This takes a complete retraining of the mind.

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The Fearful Impact of Sin

This is a powerful quote. It really made me understand something important! I thought this would be an especially good one to share.

The results of each day’s work are influenced by the days that have preceded it. Defeat today prepares the way for still greater defeat tomorrow; victory today insures an easier victory tomorrow. And God will hold us accountable, not only for our words and deeds, in themselves, and in their effect upon others, but for their effect upon our own character and life. For all these he will bring us into judgment.

E.G. White, Review and Herald, January 13, 1891

As I read this quote, I realized more of how much of an impact my former life as a gamer has had on me. I already saw a little of this before, but now it is much clearer. As an example, I am more prone to thinking that, if I mess up today, I will just try to do better tomorrow. Like how, if you fail to beat a level in a game, you can just try again, and the worst that will happen is that you’ll beat the game with fewer achievements, coins, rings, or whatever. You could even avoid these pitfalls by hitting “reset” and trying the level again as if you never failed it at all.

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