WEEK 3 - DAY 21

“I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.”
- Isaiah 42:6-7

When you gave your heart to The Lord, He put His light within you. If that light remains in you, shining into every corner of your heart, filling you with more knowledge and experience of God and His love for you, then it will be worth God putting it there and God will be delighted with you. However, it could do so much more!

That light within you has the ability to bring hope, to
break chains, to heal sickness, to bring freedom, to bring reconciliation. These verses are an invitation to you. God does not need us in order to do His will, but what an
honour and a privilege that He wants to partner with us to do it. What do you care about? What do you want to see changed in this world? No matter what it is, how big, scary or impossible it may seem, go after it! Go for it! Christ, the hope and the answer to this broken world lives within you! And remember that the verse says, “I will take hold of your hand” - you do not go alone, God is with you, holding your hand, cheering you on. Never underestimate what you carry and what is possible when you step out.

Prayer

Lord, thank you for putting your light within me & inviting me to partner with You. Help me to see the opportunities to share your light with others and give me courage, wisdom and the words when the time comes. Amen.

Response

Write down the names of three people or three situations where the light and hope of Jesus is needed. Commit to praying for all 3 daily and pray for opportunities to share the light of Jesus too, then get ready to grab God’s hand and take the opportunities as they come!

WEEK 3 - DAY 20

“For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.” - Psalm 36:9

Life can be hard. We all know this. Things do not always go the way we hope or expect them to; people disappoint us and hurt us. You only have to read the headlines of the world news to see the darkness & despair that exists in this world. Depressing thoughts aren’t they?

However, this is why our focus and our source in life is
so important. It is very easy to be discouraged by our surroundings and our circumstances but this verse reminds us that Jesus is our source of life. Definitions of the word fountain include, ”the source from which something proceeds or is supplied,” and “a reservoir containing a liquid which can be drawn off as needed”. Therefore, whatever you feel is making you lack life just now, draw close to Jesus and drink from his abundant supply of life. Moreover, as for all the darkness that we see in this world, shift your gaze and your focus from the darkness that exists to His light, which can extinguish the dark. As you focus on the light that Jesus is and Jesus brings, you will begin to see how His light and His Hope can and does break through the darkness to expose evil and bring life.

Prayer

Thank you Jesus that your light is bright enough to eliminate any darkness. Lord, would You shine your light into the dark situations I see in this world & bring life to all who need your touch today. Amen.

Response

This week every time you see, hear or read about bad news in this world, pray the above prayer into the situation and over the people affected.

WEEK 3 - DAY 19

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” - Matthew 5:13-15

Nowadays, salt is inexpensive and readily available. However, salt used to be so difficult to obtain that it was
a highly valued trade item, and with its ability to preserve food (and therefore allow food to be transported), it played a significant role in the development of civilisations. Whilst it was this that made salt such a valuable commodity, Jesus is not in the business of preserving lives, but in transforming them. He wants to take us on a journey, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, so that we can become more like Him.

Another component of salt is that it brings out the flavours within food. We as Christians, are to bring out the flavour of Christ into the world and show God’s love to others. What could enhance people’s lives more! The only time that salt loses its flavour is when other minerals are mixed with it. We as people of God must constantly be guarded against the things that take away from our relationship with Him.

Prayer

Father God, I thank you that your love is for all. Through your love, help me to make the lives of the people around me more ‘salty’ and show me anything that is taking away from a fuller relationship with you. Amen.

Response

Think of a person in your life who brings out the flavour of Christ into their daily walk. Think about how they do this and how it affects the people they encounter. Thank God for that person and ask Him how you can learn from their walk. Spend time meditating on this.

WEEK 3 - DAY 18

“Arise and shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.” - Isaiah 60:1

Sitting on a beach in the early hours of the morning, waiting for the sun to rise, is not the romantic impression that it is often made out to be. In fact, it can be cold, damp, loaded with imposing shadows and strange noises. However, as the sun rises and the light breaks through, it exposes all that has been in the darkness and a total change in the environment occurs. As the sun creeps higher, the warmth and light of the sun illuminates the earth and transform it from what it had been minutes before.

As the rising of the sun transforms the environment we
are called to shine God through who we are, where ever
we are, and to whomever we are with. This can seem such
a daunting task as we all have good days and not so good days; days when we feel we shine and days when we just want to sink into the background. Through God’s amazing grace, each one of us will shine and shine brightly. Our effort is to recognise what in our heart, mind and life we need to wake up to and makes these changes so that we can be present to the Light of the World! As we desire this in our heart, it is through His grace that we will be transformed.

Prayer

Sovereign Father and Creator of all, reveal to me today what I need to wake up to, and give back to You. Help me to be present and to notice how You are with me in my daily walk. Amen.

Response

During quiet time today, think of any worries, attitudes or wrong actions that are stopping you from shining brighter in your faith. Now turn your palms down and give these things to God. Now turn your palms up and ask God to fill you with the good things you need. Repeat this process until you have given away to Him all that you need to and received what He has to give.

WEEK 3 - DAY 17

“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” - 2 Corinthians 4:6

“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness...’”.

This is an allusion to Genesis 1:3, where, “God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.” The same God, who created the miracle that is light, shines His light in our hearts so that we can glimpse His glory.

Sometimes we feel weak - and we are - but we are not dependent on our strength, but on God’s power. We need eyes to see, that are only obtainable through the light that comes from God through Jesus Christ. Those of us, who give up trying to run our own lives and trust in the Lord as our King and Redeemer, are given eyes that see.

Jesus turned to His disciples at one point and said, “Blessed are your eyes for they see and your ears for they hear” - Matthew 13:16. Outwardly, the disciples were the same, but inside they were beginning to see the things of God.

Prayer

Dear God, help me to see things through your eyes. Thank you for the light that You shine in my heart, revealed in the precious face of Jesus. Allow me to see the little miracles that this illuminates around me each day. Let your light shine through me so that others may also see. Amen.

Response

Look out for the miracles God begins to illuminate in your life. Sometimes change is subtle and we do not recognise little everyday miracles for what they are. Ask God to help you see!

WEEK 3 - DAY 16

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” - John 8:12

Light is an important word in scripture and when those gathered at the Feast of Tabernacles hear Jesus say these words, they are being invited into deeper promises and challenges even as they are invited to place their faith and belief in Him.

Messiahship - For Jewish people light imagery was closely linked to God, teaching and Messiah. When Jesus proclaims He is the light, He is boldly identifying himself as Messiah - the One who has come to save and will lead his followers in light, life and salvation.

Mission - These verses echo back to the beginning verses
in John, where the light has come into the world. We are reminded God is not remote and distant. God has come to us, to the world and in Jesus the mission of God is realised - an invitation to live lives that radiate the hope God has come to rescue us.

Judgement - Light brings truth. In a world of injustice, the promise of a God who has come to expose the hidden things, the places of oppression and fear is a hopeful and wonderful thing. Jesus has come to bring freedom to all and to expose the things we have falsely put our trust in too.

Prayer

God, as I sit in your presence today would You remind me
of your salvation. You are the initiator of the rescue and the One in whom I trust. Help me God to participate in your mission in the world today - to be a bearer of light, of truth and to be courageous when I see injustice and live a life with its foundations based on You alone. Amen.

Response

Are there places of darkness in your life? Do you observe injustice around you – in comments and practices that elevate some people above others? Can you make a change today, this week or this month?

WEEK 3 - DAY 15

“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.” - Luke 8:16

A lamp does not light itself and neither do we. Someone lights all lights, lamps and candles. First things first, we need to KNOW that Jesus has lit us and is the source of our light. Our light comes from an intimate relationship with Him and fellowship with the Holy Spirit.

No amount of trying or striving will help us to shine - imagine a lamp trying to shine by itself, it would not would it. We shine because our source, Jesus, causes us to. We shine naturally when we are in relationship with the Father.

The one who lights the lamp also decides where to put
it and where they want it to shine. Jesus has put us somewhere; in a school, in a workplace, in a neighbourhood or community, next door to someone, on the bus next to

a stranger. Jesus is the source that enables us to shine in the place He has put us. He knows what He is doing, don’t second guess your place, embrace it and shine.

Prayer

Holy Spirit, I love you. Thank you for your presence, thank you that your love and You joy overflow around me. Give me eyes to see whom You have placed around me today that I can love. Amen.

Response

As you have prayed this prayer, pause and listen. Wait until you have a person in mind and demonstrate the love of God to that person today.