“For once, you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So, live as people of light!” (Ephesians 5:8).

Optically, it’s difficult to detect the sun’s real-time, upward movement when steadily looking at a sunrise. Yet, its rising progression IS measurably noticeable if you look away and then return your gaze to it. Our spiritual growth is similar. “But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day” (Proverbs 4:18). Our walk with God is a process and He does not expect overnight perfection when we accept Christ. We must give ourselves the daily grace needed to push forward in the sanctification process (becoming set apart by Him).

Our righteousness is not defined by what we do for the Kingdom, nor by being a “good person.” Our right standing with God is ALL about Jesus—His goodness, mercy, and love for us. He gave us the gift of His Holy Spirit to live and work within us to be disciplined, gentle, patient people of godly character. We will grow and “brighten” in the light of God throughout our lives. Each day, we’ll gain more wisdom and experience than the day before. Be thankful for what He has done to bring you this far, and be encouraged, that no matter what stage of life you’re in, God has you in His mighty hand!

Guiding Points:

Call to Action: How is the Holy Spirit working in your life to help your spiritual growth? Be open to His guidance and He will lead you onward!

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:26).

“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, Who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, Who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive Him because it isn’t looking for Him and doesn’t recognize Him. But you know Him, because He lives with you now and later, will be in you” (John 14:16-17).

“I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, we praise You! Your name is lifted high above all names! Help us to open our hearts to what the Holy Spirit has for us today, growing to become more like Jesus. Thank you for being the Light that brightens our paths. In Your name, we pray, Amen!

Final Thought: Small steps of faith grow into bold progression forward. Draw near to God, walk confidently, and let the light of His grace guide you.

Walking Confidently in His Light

by | May 27, 2023

Let the Peace of Christ Rule

“Let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one Body, you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful” (Colossians 3:15).

Encouragement and Prayer for New Graduates

Graduation is such an exciting moment! While it’s the end of a significant chapter, it’s the beginning of many new ones forward! Taking time to celebrate this milestone is important. While there may be some uncertainty about next steps, God’s Word provides direction for the road ahead. God cares about the details of every life and wants to lead each graduate to their purpose in Christ. When we seek His face and lean into Him, He promises to be with us in every step of the journey (Matthew 6:33).