Never in Darkness Again

If I asked you the questions “Where have you come from? Where are you going?” How might you answer? Those are very important questions. Where we have come from gives others and gives ourselves a picture of who we are, and it will profoundly affect the way we live.

Satan doesn’t want us to discover who we are in Christ. He knows that if we were to learn how Jesus answers those questions: “Where have you come from?” and, “Where are you going?” the kingdom of darkness would be in serious trouble. In fact, darkness itself would become a thing of the past in our lives if Jesus shapes our identity instead of the world.

Beauty and the Beast

If you have ever heard the story of Beauty and the Beast, one of the lessons you learn is that love creates beauty. When everyone else sees only a beast, love looks closer and sees beauty. When everyone else sees a speck of ugliness and magnifies it, love finds the good and calls it out. Michelangelo, the famous Italian sculptor, painter, and poet, once stood before a great block of marble that had been rejected by builders and cast aside for its faults. As he examined the marble, a friend asked what he was looking at. Michelangelo responded, “An angel.” He was able to see the potential in that stone that everyone else missed. He saw the hidden beauty and bought it forth.

And that is exactly what God does with us. When He sees us, He doesn’t focus on our ugliness and sin, His eyes see the glory He is working in our lives! Paul wrote, “When Christ, who is your life appears, you also will appear with Him, glorious.” It isn’t a fairy tale, it’s real.

Beauty and the Beast

If you have ever heard the story of Beauty and the Beast, one of the lessons you learn is that love creates beauty. When everyone else sees only a beast, love looks closer and sees beauty. When everyone else sees a speck of ugliness and magnifies it, love finds the good and calls it out. Michelangelo, the famous Italian sculptor, painter, and poet, once stood before a great block of marble that had been rejected by builders and cast aside for its faults. As he examined the marble, a friend asked what he was looking at. Michelangelo responded, “An angel.” He was able to see the potential in that stone that everyone else missed. He saw the hidden beauty and bought it forth.

And that is exactly what God does with us. When He sees us, He doesn’t focus on our ugliness and sin, His eyes see the glory He is working in our lives! Paul wrote, “When Christ, who is your life appears, you also will appear with Him, glorious.” It isn’t a fairy tale, it’s real.

A Garden Grows in You

Paul writes about the fruit the Spirit is right now growing in your life. In John 15, Jesus calls our Heavenly Father a gardener. And if we allow Him to work, if we just cooperate, He grows a garden inside each of us for all the world to see and know that God is good.

And that is exactly what our world today needs. It doesn’t need another program, it doesn’t need another product or movement, what we really need is people who can stand in simplicity and manifest and declare the richness of Christ. And nothing on earth can begin to compete with that for human benefit