Daily D – Luke 11:36
Luke 11:36 “If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.” (NLT)
Are there dark corners in your life where God’s light is not permitted to shine?
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Our senior English teacher, Mrs. Law, who was married to a Texas Highway Patrolman, laid down the Law on our first day of class. She told us our minds have many rooms. Many of those rooms remain unfurnished. What we read, learn, and watch decorates those rooms. We get to choose what adorns our minds. She encouraged us to choose wisely.
Not long after that, I was handed a booklet called _My Heart, Christ’s Home_ by Robert Boyd Munger. It too was concerned with what we allow to pass before our eyes and into our hearts and minds.
Munger talked about those places that are off-limits to Jesus. You get the picture, right?
Let’s rephrase the question above: Is there any area in your heart and mind that is off-limits to Jesus?
Is there an area of your life still in need of redemption? Or maybe in need of restoration?
One of my favorite movie lines comes from Hook with Robin Williams as Peter Pan and Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook. Hook is speaking to Peter Pan’s son about the ear piercing he is about to receive. He says, “Brace yourself, Lad, this is really going to hurt.”
Allowing Jesus to shine his light in the dark corners of your life may sound like it is really going to hurt. Instead, his illumination cleanses, forgives, and heals. It restores to original purpose. It empowers for productive and effective life.
Mrs. Law, Mr. Munger, and Dr. Jesus would like you to experience something much more helpful than guilt and shame. They want you to experience grace, goodness, and soul renovation. Brace yourself, Lad or Lass; you are really going to experience wonder, beauty, and purpose.
This is a good day to invite Jesus to light the way in every corner of your heart and mind.
I will invite Jesus to light up my life.
Our Father, I invite you to illumine me. Please drive the darkness out of my heart and mind. Fill me with your cleansing and renovating presence. Empower me to live a life that shines. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.