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           This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to 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 practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us” (I John 1:5-10 NKJV).

 

            John clearly points out the uniqueness of God in that He cannot abide where darkness is found. In his description of heaven, John wrote, “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into in” (Revelation 21:22-24).

 

            The Bible speaks of light as righteousness. Since God is righteous in all His ways He will not abide where darkness (sin) dwells. John said that there is “no darkness at all” in God.  Henry J. Zelley wrote, “Walking in sunlight all of my journey, Over the mountains, thro’ the deep vale; Jesus has said, “I’ll never forsake thee,” Promise divine that never can fail.” The Hebrew writer stated, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5).

 

            Henry Zelley wrote, “Shadows around me, shadows above me, Never conceal my Savior and Guide; He is the light, in Him is no darkness, Ever I’m walking close to His side.” In his letter to the brethren at Ephesus, Paul wrote, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Ephesians 5:11). The world is in filled with the darkness of sin.  John recorded, “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19). Although Christians live in the world, they must not let sin reign in their body. In the book of Romans we are told that sin is not to have dominion over God’s people (Romans 6:3-14). John stated, “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).

 

            Henry Zelley wrote, “In the bright sunlight, ever rejoicing, Pressing my way to mansions above; Singing His praises, gladly I’m walking, Walking in sunlight, sunlight of love. Heavenly sunlight, heavenly sunlight, Flooding my soul with glory divine; Hallelujah! I am rejoicing, Singing His praises, Jesus is mine.” There is no greater joy for those who truly love the Lord than that of gathering with those of like faith to worship God. The psalmist recorded, “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord” (Psalm 122:1). The early church met on a daily basis to worship God and to encourage one another in the things of God. Luke stated, “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved” (Acts 2:46-47).

 

            Jesus told His followers to allow their light to shine to all that are in the world. He said, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16). When men learn to walk in the light of God, they will find joy and peace beyond their wildest imagination. Jesus promised His disciples, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). The key to enjoying “Heavenly Sunlight” is to trust in the Lord (Proverbs 3:5-6) and to allow Him to supply those things which are needful to this life (Philippians 4:19). Paul said that he had learned to be content (Philippians 4:11-12) whatever his circumstance may be. The reason he was able to be content was because he relied on Christ for strength (Philippians 4:13).

 

            Are you walking in the light of God? Will you not allow Him to give you a peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7)?

 

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