Count Your Day Right

Daily Devotion | Day 283

“Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day” (Genesis 1:3-5, NKJV).

Day one of the creation story in Genesis is interesting. God commanded light to come forth, and it did. It’s no coincidence that God called forth light. Light sets the stage for great things to happen. Light is the herald of good news. Where there’s light, there’s clarity. Where there’s light, there’s hope.

Next, the Bible says God saw the light, that it was good. God didn’t accidentally see the light. He purposefully looked at it and determined that it was good. Then He divided the light from the darkness. Here again, God didn’t leave it to chance that light will automatically stand out from darkness. He made the effort to separate (divide) the light from the darkness.

When all was done, the Bible says, “So the evening and the morning were the first day.” The day started with evening and closed with the morning. In other words, the day progressed from evening darkness to the morning brightness. This is the pattern for all six days of creation. None of these details is a coincidence. The Creator intends to convey a message to us. Let’s find out what it is. 

How you count your day is important. You can be intentional about how you live your day. When God called forth light, He looked at it and saw that it was good. To count your day right, it’s important to focus on the bright side (the light). There’s light in your life. But you have to be intentional about seeing it. Each new day is an opportunity to acknowledge the light and call your day a good day.

What you acknowledge, you’re likely to experience. You can be surrounded by light, but if you don’t acknowledge it, all you will see is darkness. You can begin each new day with a whisper of faith, “In the Name of Jesus, let there be light! Father, I thank you that my day is filled with light. Today is a good day. I am glad and I rejoice in it. Amen.”

You need to separate light from darkness, and focus on the light. Whatever you focus on affects you. If you focus on darkness and gloom, sooner or later it’s going to affect you. But when you focus on the bright side of life (the light), you’re doing the right thing. In the spiritual realm, like attracts like. This means darkness attracts darkness and light attracts light.

Finally, according to the creation account, a day starts in the evening and progresses to the brightness of the morning. God wants you to count your day right. Evening comes first, but it does not have the last word; morning does. God wants you to look forward to the brightness of the dawn. He doesn’t want you to look forward to evil and darkness.

Our heavenly Father wants you to anticipate light and welcome the joy it brings to you. As the Psalmist says, “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Psalm 30:5, KJV). Be careful what you anticipate because it may very well come to pass. What you anticipate, you attract. Therefore, anticipate right. Anticipate light.

From now on, learn from your Father in heaven. Count your day right. Count it bright.

Blessing: May the Lord surround you with light, favor and tender mercies. Amen.

For further studyGenesis 1:1-31 and Psalm 118:1-29

You Make A Difference When Your Light Shines

Daily Devotion | Day 279

“He answered and said to them, ‘He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one” (Matthew 13:37-38, NKJV).

Jesus is a sower of good seed. He hasn’t stopped sowing good seed. Today’s passage is taken from one of Jesus’ famous parables. The world is the field within which He sows, because the world is His. From the beginning of time, Jesus’ plan has been to fill this world with His goodness and light. He does that by planting good people in the world.

The good people are righteous people. Jesus calls them the “sons of the kingdom.” That is, they are born of God and made light of the world. They live by the norms of the kingdom of God. They are led by the Spirit of God (see Romans 8:14). As they increase on the earth, they fill it with the light and glory of God.

At your new birth, God gave you fellowship in the inheritance of the saints in light, delivered you from the power of darkness and transferred you into the kingdom of His Son, Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:12-13). At that time, you became a child of the kingdom. And, you will remain a child of the kingdom as long as you walk in the light of God, i.e. as long as you walk righteously with God. The Bible says, “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness [i.e. walk in sin], we lie and do not practice the truth” (1 John 1:5-6).

 How do you know the children of the kingdom? They practice the truth. What does it mean to practice the truth? It means to live a righteous life. When you do that, the Bible says you’re walking in the light, as you should.

While Jesus plants good/righteous people in the world, the devil opposes Him by planting evil people among the good. Jesus calls these people the “sons of the wicked one.” The word of God says, “In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother” (1 John 2:10).

Jesus says the children of the wicked one will be around until harvest time, i.e. until the end of the world. Then judgment will come upon them. But “the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father” (Matthew 13:43).

As a Christian, you have the honor of being a child of light. You may not realize this, but as you walk in holiness and practice righteousness, you’re contributing to the light in this world. Each time you sin, you’re contributing to darkness. You are a child of light. Choose light. Live in the light, and make a difference in this world.

BlessingMay your light shine brightly and attract more people to the Lord. Amen.

For further studyMatthew 13:1-52 and 1 John 3:1-24

Winning by the Power of Light

Daily Devotion|Day 255

“For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness” (1Thessalonians 5:5, ESV).

The Gospel of John opens by stating that Christ is the Word of God (1:1). Three verses later, John adds that Jesus is the true Light (1:4-5). Again, in 1 John 1:5, the Apostle John has this to say, “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” Now, compare this last statement with today’s opening Scripture from 1 Thessalonians. It has enormous implications for you, the believer.

God is Light. God has children. Therefore, those children are children of Light. Furthermore, if they are children of Light, then they are light, too. Do you get where this is going? When was the last time you thought of yourself as a child of light?

Remember also, that Christ and the believer are conjoined: “In that day you will know that I am in the Fatherand you in meand I in you” (John 14:20); “But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him” (1 Corinthians 6:17). Therefore, whenever the Bible says something about Christ, it would be helpful to watch out for the implications for the believer.

What follows is something you need to know about being a child of light:

You are made by Light and from Light. You were born in ‘divine daytime.’ You are not of darkness. You are created from Light. And you are born of Light. This means, you are light from Light. The very core of your being is light. There should be no doubt about this in your mind and heart. Take hold of this truth. Remind yourself often that you are light.

Own what God has given you. Meditate often on these realities. Being a child of light, you are a winner by defaultDarkness cannot overcome you unless you permit it. Stand your ground. Keep moving forward. Refuse to hide your light. Keep shining to make your heavenly Father proud.

God has placed in you amazing potentialities and has set before you endless possibilities (Matthew 17:20). If you knew the implications of being a child of Light, you would realize that no adversity is insurmountable for you. No obstacle would be too great to overcome. And no power of darkness could stand you. We and Jesus form one mighty Team of Light. You are in great company. Cheer up. Light does not fearLight does not worryLight is confidentLight is hopefulLight wins.

Stop diminishing yourself. Stop selling yourself short. Stop calling yourself horrible names. Stop setting the bar low. Set it high, where it belongs. Stop hurting your identity with sinful choices that are beneath you. Stop complaining. Stop whining. Stop saying you can’t. 

Wake up to who God says you areArise, and shine. Start tuning your thoughts, the meditations of your heart, and the words of your mouth to the reality of who God has made you. Wake up, child of light. Your family needs you. The Church needs you. Society needs you. Above all, Jesus wants you.

Win by the power of Light.

BlessingMay your light shine brightly today, wherever God leads you. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

For further studyMatthew 5:1-15

Understanding the Eye-Body Connection

Daily Devotional: Day 119

“The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness. Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness” (Luke 11:34-35, NKJV).

Look carefully at today’s Bible text, because Jesus is revealing to us a profound truth about our eye that we don’t often hear about. Buckle up, and let’s listen to what the Divine Eye Doctor has to say. Let’s unpack Jesus’ words sentence by sentence.

The first important statement Jesus makes is, “The lamp of the body is the eye” (If I were you, I would memorize this Scripture!). A lamp’s purpose is to bring light to a place. The point Jesus is making is that your body is like a place or a room. The source of light which brings light to this room is your eyes. This is powerful revelation. It means the level of light or darkness in your body depends on the right functioning of your eyes. Therefore, the health of your body depends on the health of your eyes. This is the point Jesus makes next. He says, “when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.” A good eye brings light into your body-room. But a bad eye leaves your body in total darkness. Then, Jesus adds the following admonition: “Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.” His point is, take care that your eye does not become a bad eye. At this point, you might be asking, “So, how do I know my eye is good or bad?” Relax, the Bible has the answers.

Since we don’t have the whole day to dissect everything in this passage, let me point out a simple bible truth. A bad eye is an eye that permits itself to desire whatever opposes the law of God. And a good eye is the eye that turns away from evil passions, lusts, envy, etc. and keeps its focus instead on things that please God. The human eye, if not brought under control, almost always lusts after things. Don’t look far. It all started in the garden of Eden. Listen to this: “So when the woman [Eve] saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate” (Genesis 3:6, bold emphasis added). This was the first time the human eye was let loose to desire what opposed the law of God. You know the rest of the story.

Anytime you allow your eye to lust after things that are detrimental to your Christian calling, you are turning your eye into a bad eye; and this will bring darkness into your body. Think for a minute about how the Devil tempted Eve. The Bible says that Eve saw that the tree was pleasant to the eyes and desirable. Next time you land on something or someone that seems pleasant to your eyes, pause and ask yourself if God would be pleased where your eyes want to take you.

Due to time and space limitation, I shall pause today’s Devotional here. There are some important angles to this topic that I believe should be covered. So, God willing, I shall present Part II of this message tomorrow. Until then, take good care of your eyes.

 I leave you with the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Pray to the Father about today’s message.

For further study: 1 John 2:15-16