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Turn The Lights On

You are the light of the world.

A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

Matthew 5:14

Satan, the Liar

I was sitting with some of my friends in the dim cafeteria, enjoying some cookies. All of a sudden, the lights brightened, and the whole room lit up. I was able to see my friends more clearly. They are all so unique and lovely, and once the lights were turned on, I saw their beauty in a way that I couldn’t see it in the dark. The yellows and reds and greens—all of the colors of the room appeared more vibrant. I was refreshed simply because I could see better. I noticed that sometimes we don’t realize how dark it is until the light is turned on.

We live in a world that is ruled by the enemy. In 2 Corinthians 11:14 we are told that Satan masquerades as an angel of light. To masquerade is to pretend to be something one is not, and Satan is really good at it.

When the enemy approached Eve in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3, the first words out of his mouth were a question: “Did God really say . . .” (verse 1, emphasis added). Eve proceeded to respond with confidence in what God had told her, but with strategic determination the enemy came back with a statement that twisted the words God had spoken to her. She then began to doubt and believed the lie of the enemy, and it caused her to hide from God.

In other words, Satan is actually the father of lies who has come to steal, to kill, and to destroy (John 8:44; 10:10). He is the one who prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour, and God’s Word tells us that he is, in fact, our enemy (1 Peter 5:8), but his appearance may deceive us (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). He is very good at making a dim room appear perfectly fine so that we may never experience the joy and freedom of what it really looks like to live with the lights turned on.

What does it look like to let your light shine? In what ways do you believe God is wanting to use you to turn the lights on around you?

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