I guess you heard? Last week ISIS captured 88 Christians in Libya from a caravan of trucks that were trying to get the Christians out of harm’s way. The bride of Christ is being chased down, raped, and slaughtered. If you’d like news and spiritual insight on ISIS and its goals for Israel in particular, I’d advise you to read the ASSIST News interview of CBN’s Chris Mitchell, who recently wrote a book titled DESTINATION JERUSALEM: ISIS, Convert or Die, Christian Persecution and Preparing for the Days Ahead (C & L Publishing LLC). It’s new and I’m ordering it myself.
It’s during weeks like this that I wonder WHAT DOES GOD SEE?
I mean, from heaven, what does all this wickedness look like to him?
God sees. God hears. Proof:
- Sodom–20 And the Lord said, “The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave. 21 I will go down now, and see if they have done entirely according to its outcry, which has come to Me; and if not, I will know (Genesis 18).”
2. Days of Noah–5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved [e]in His heart (Genesis 6).
God sees. God hears. God sees and hears the Christians, too.
In the early 1990’s I was just beginning to write for this warrior bride of Christ. I was honored to be a voice for the persecuted Christians with my pen. One morning God woke me up and I heard his voice clear as a bell:
if ONE person lights a candle, there is light.”
I knew only God could have said that. He woke me up out of a deep sleep! So I ran to my office and wrote down the words above. I even made up personal business cards that had a candle and a quill pen with those words on it.
When God said those words to me, I personally pictured in my mind the dark December nights with Christmas lights all over the trees and bushes and homes! And that’s what we look like to God–LIGHTS in this DARK EARTH.
How does a candle light? Each Christmas Eve, my father-in-law and mother-in-law make sure everyone (about 40 of us now) have a candle. A match is needed for only ONE! The other candles are lit by . . . well, by other candles.
JESUS is the light of the world. Is his “candle” burning in you? Has your candle touched another flameless candle and brought light into that dark soul? It’s not a hard thing to do–in fact, it’s even fun!
In John 8:12 Jesus said, “I AM the light of the world.”
In Matthew 5:14 Jesus said, “YOU ARE the light of the world.”
Which is it? BOTH! Keep your candle burning and the flame steady in these dark days. Share that flame with others.
We bless God and we enlighten mankind when we “Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!” So I leave us with Jesus’ words and admonition. I hope this encourages your soul today:
Praise God, the darkness can NEVER extinguish Jesus’ light!