The Spotlight

Spotlight

It shines upon you every day –
The spotlight of His love and grace.
Do you see it? Don’t you know
That it surrounds you everywhere you go?
The Lord Most High – He is your light
Repelling the pitch black darkness of night.
His loving favor is your strong shield
To which the darkness always must yield.

Against you the darkness cannot advance,
And it’s due to more than happenstance,
For against the light, it can’t contend.
When light shines forth brightly, darkness must end.
It’s reign is over, it simply cannot go on
In the radiance of His affection that’s sure and strong.
His spotlight protects you from all harm.
At nothing need you be alarmed.

His spotlight upon you draws the ones
Who need to hear of His marvelous Son.
They see His reflection whenever they turn towards
You, His child, made in the image of the Lord.
They want what makes you who you are,
What makes you shine brighter than all the stars.
You’re the one that they’re drawn to,
Because of His spotlight shining on you.

It makes you different, it sets you apart
From those who are lost within the dark.
You’re a child of light, a child of day,
Attracting others, lighting the way.
His unmerited favor is your defense
Against the snares of the darkness.
His spotlight shines on you every day –
His spotlight of love, His spotlight of grace.

New Website For Teens and Young Adults – Generation Arise!

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I recently launched a new website for teens and young adults!

The name of the website is Generation Arise (http://generationarise.com/). Generation Arise shares movies and music that will encourage young people in their faith, tackles real life questions, and most of all, shares the truth of God’s Word in a way that this generation can grasp!

The purpose of Generation Arise

The purpose of Generation Arise is to encourage the young people of this generation to arise and shine for God, to grow closer to Him, and to become who He created them to be. I wanted to start a site that was specifically geared towards young people because they are searching for truth, which can only be found in the Word of God, and the good news of the gospel contained within it. They long for something real, but in this modern culture, often end up looking in all the wrong places. My desire for Generation Arise is that it will point them towards the One who is The Truth (John 14:6).

The meaning behind Generation Arise

The website is called Generation Arise because it’s all about encouraging this generation to arise, and to shine forth the light of God. Isaiah 60:1 bids us to arise and shine, and this is what Generation Arise will spur on young people to do. Check out Generation Arise by clicking on the link below, and share it with the teens and young adults that you know!

http://generationarise.com/

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Names of Jesus – Light of the World

Names of Jesus - Light of the World

Light of the World – John 8:12

Our Savior is the Light of the world. Those who follow Him will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life (John 8:12).

The Light of the World lives inside of us, making us, in turn, a light in a dark place (Matthew 5:14). We shine forth His glory and grace, reflecting to the world a glimpse of who He is. Just as the moon has no light of its own, but rather reflects to the world the light of the sun, our light is not of ourselves. Rather, we reflect the light of the Sun of Righteousness (Malachi 4:2). Because of the grace He has shown to us, we can show grace to others. Because of the love He has given us, we can give out love to those around us. Because we have freely received, we can freely give (Matthew 10:8).

Jesus’ light makes us shine. The light of His love and grace is upon us, attracting those around us, and pointing them to Him. They will notice that there’s something different about us, and want what we have.

The Light of the World lives in us, causing us to shine forth His glory. We reflect His brilliance to those around us, pointing them to Him. Know that His light is upon you. Allow it to shine through you every day!

“Light of the World, You stepped down into darkness. Opened my eyes, let me see beauty that made this heart adore you, hope of a life spent with you.”

In the Son

In the SonWhat a difference sunlight makes in the appearance of a blanket of snow! When light touches it, it the millions of tiny flakes sparkle as if they were glitter, turning frozen scenery into a winter wonderland. On an overcast day, however, apart from the rays of the sun that made it shine, the snow takes on a more somber and lackluster air, losing its brilliant sparkle.

Christ is the Sun of Righteousness (Malachi 4:2). His light shines on us and through us, making us shine like the sparkling snow on a sunny day. We reflect His brilliance and majesty to a world that is desperately in need of Him. Just like the snow gets its glisten from the rays of the sun, so does our light come from Christ. He is the source of our shine. Through us, others get a glimpse of who He is.

Just as the snow does not sparkle on its own, our light does not come from us. In and of ourselves, we are like the snow on an overcast day – lacking in glisten and brilliance. No matter what we do or how good we try to be, we can never produce on our own the same shine as when the Light of the World (John 8:12) shines through us.

Does the snow struggle to glisten? Does it strive to sparkle? No – it is the light hitting it that gives it its brilliance. In the same way, it is not by our own striving and struggling that we shine. By simply being in the presence of Son of God, we reflect a brilliance that we can never achieve on our own. The closer we draw to Him, the brighter we shine. Let’s spend time in the presence of the Sun of Righteousness, and shine forth His glory!

Shine

ShineThis week’s memory passage from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is
Isaiah 60:1-3. These verses bid us to arise and shine. They inform us that though darkness covers the earth, the Lord’s glory appears upon us, and many will come to our light.

Though the world around us is dark, we shine forth the light of God. His love and favor are on our lives as His children. The knowledge of this love and favor makes us shine in a way that attracts those around us. They will notice that there’s something different about us, and want what we have.

We are not of the night or the darkness. We are children of the light and the day
(1 Thessalonians 5:5). We have been called out of the darkness, and into our Heavenly Father’s marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). He is our light and salvation (Psalm 27:1). Our light comes from Him. We reflect His brightness to a dark world, pointing them to the One who is the Light of the World (John 8:12).

You are a light in a dark place! Many will be drawn to the light of God’s love and favor that shine upon you in Christ. Know and believe that His glory will be seen upon you!