Have you ever heard the Lord calling you?
In the summer of 2013 I received a spiritual message. This message was an invitation, a calling from the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Come into the full light the Lord speaks to me. Let the inner beauty and strength shine through. Use the gifts given unto thee; show them off for the world to see. Do not hide away or be dismayed. I have created you in our image, after our likeness and blessed you. I love you just the way you are, flaws and all.”
In this message, the Lord was inviting, calling me (and you) to “come into the full light.” He was instructing me (and you) “do not hide away or be dismayed.”
He was reminding me (and you) “I have created you in our image, after our likeness, and blessed you. I love you just the way you are, flaws and all.”
This invitation was a calling for me (and you) to “come into the full light” of Christ. The key word in this message is “full”. The Lord has not called me (and you) to come into the “partial” light of Christ. He has called us to come into the “full” light of Christ.
Jesus spoke of this the light in John 8:12 saying;
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12 KJV
In 2013, this invitation, calling had a profound effect on me.
At that time, I was still sitting on the fence as a part-time Christian. I was living in the “partial” light of Christ, and the chains of sin still bounded me to the darkness.
My feet were walking in the world of darkness with sinful conditions, and my hands grabbed onto the word of God. I was not walking in the full light of Christ. I was still hiding in the darkness with fear, guilt and shame.
I did walk forward to confess my faith in Christ several years earlier. I had been saved by the grace of God. I did have biblical knowledge of God’s word. I knew the truth, but I didn’t “practice” the truth every day. I didn’t continue on in the word of God. I was not truly free from the bondage of sin. I was still a servant to sin.
Jesus spoke to the Jews who believed on him in John 8: 31-34 KJV about continuing on in the word.
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him,
If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. John 8: 31-34 KJV
I continued to walk in the darkness with sinful conditions. I didn’t “trust” God enough to “obey” his word every day, and the consequences of these personal choices were devastating. I continuously made unhealthy choices and decision in life and continued to suffer unnecessarily.
I was living a lie and not walking in the light, as he is the light.
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1 5-8 KJV
I cried out to the Lord one day and he answered me. On that day, the Lord illuminated my darkness. The Lord illuminated the truth to me about the darkness I had been walking in for twenty years.
For You are my lamp, O LORD; And the LORD illumines my darkness. 2 Samuel 22:29 KJV
He made known to me the reason for past and current afflictions in life. He revealed the truth to me about my continuous disobedience to himself.
The Lord illuminated the truth to me about the dysfunctional state of my family and mankind. A truth I had not fully understood in the past. He brought to mind the reasons for enduring child abuse, child sexual abuse, and domestic violence and for losing my children.
We all wrestle against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. We wrestle against the prince of the power of the air, the devil or Satan.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12 KJV
I had been living in the darkness with fear for twenty years. I wrestled with feelings of guilt and shame. I hid the pain, afflictions, and suffering from everyone, including myself. I didn’t feel loved and was bound to the darkness by the chains of sin.
Jesus spoke of turning from the darkness to the light and from the power of Satan to the power of God in Acts 26: 18 KJV.
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. Acts 26: 18 KJ
The Lord gave me a clear understanding of the darkness that I had been living in for years, and that mankind lives in today.
Mankind lives in a world of darkness with sinful conditions and has a dysfunctional state of mind with evil imaginations. Mankind has lived in this world of darkness with a dysfunctional state of mind since Adam and the woman (Eve) distrusted God (the sin).
And throughout the generations, mankind has committed horrendous acts of violence against one another. We abuse and kill our own children, wives, and husbands. We fulfill the lusts of the flesh with sexual pleasure and some to the perverse point of sexually abusing innocent children. We drown our spirit with alcohol and drugs. We evoke quarrels amongst one another and many other atrocities.
Mankind will continuously rage war and murder one another until the Lord’s return. No matter what mankind tries to do to fix the situation, we can’t fix a situation that is not in our control to fix.
The lack of trust in the Lord keeps mankind bound to a world of darkness with sinful conditions. In the darkness mankind suffers unnecessarily in life.
What Is the Answer?
Mankind has and always will look within for the answers to solve our own problems.
The sad fact is, mankind has already been given the answer that will release themselves from this darkness.
However, mankind continuously rejects the answer and lacks the trust needed to place their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
He is the “ONLY” answer.
The Lord is “THE WAY” to an abundant life.
The Lord is Calling.
The Lord is inviting us to follow him…
The question is…
Will you place your trust in him?
If you do he will give you an abundant life forever.
If you don’t you will be bound to the world of darkness with sinful conditions.
In the darkness, you suffer unnecessary pain and anguish in life. The abundant life will always be out of reach in the world of darkness. Trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only way to live an abundant life.
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Blessings in Christ Jesus, Linda M Carleton