A Light in the Darkness

A Light in the Darkness

by Ruth O’Neil

John 3:19 “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” 

This verse may be written in sometime toward the end of the first century, but it is still relevant to us living in the 21st century maybe even more so.

People are obsessed with the dark. Have you noticed the themes of entertainment lately? Many movies and books are “dark.” The Christian is commanded to be a light in the dark. In a conversation with other writers one day we were commenting on how many places where an author can advertise his book are full of other books that are simply filth. At first, I didn’t really want to advertise my book there because I didn’t want it mixed up with the trash. However, as I thought about it later and as one of my writing friends commented, that book would stand out because of its light.

Sometimes people make fun of me because of what I won’t watch. I let them have their fun because my convictions may not be theirs and vice versa. However I am convinced this is how Satan sneaks into our lives and pulls people way. He makes the dark look inviting and exciting.

That is why I have devoted my life to writing good things. Where there is utter darkness even the smallest of light will be seen. Yes, I could make more money writing things that were more sinfully appealing, but I won’t. I want to be able to stand before God and not have any shame in anything I wrote. I want to hopefully meet people that, because of my writing, were led to Christ, or at least deepened their relationship with Him. That kind of success is something money can’t buy.

I challenge you to pray and ask God to open your eyes to the light. Take 30 days and only watch, read, and participate in things that are wholesome. You know – the things that you wouldn’t be embarrassed about your grandma or your kids were there with you. Take note of your attitude and demeanor after those 30 days. Has anything changed?

I hope so.

About the Author:

Ruth OneilRuth O’Neil has been writing for over 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles in numerous publications. She loves to touch the emotions when she writes. “If I can make one person laugh or cry, I’ll consider myself successful.” Her first novel “Come Eat at My Table” has just come out in ebook form and can be purchased on her website. She homeschools her three children (well, one now, as two have graduated). She and her husband have been married for 20-plus years. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, crafting, and reading. You can visit her on her blog at http://ruths-real-life.blogspot.com or her website at http://ruthoneil.weebly.com

Don’t Forget to Pray For Your Loved Ones!

Don’t Forget to Pray For Your Loved Ones!

by Rebekah Beene

I noticed that she had a kind face. She painted my granddaughter’s fingernails with such gentleness and care. When she came over to talk with us I found out right off she was a Christ follower. She shared her testimony and my friend and I had a great conversation with her.
She told us her husband was Buddhist. She tried to talk to him about Jesus but he would not believe. So she began to pray and she asked all her Christian friends to pray for him. She came home one day and he was ecstatic! He said “Jesus visited me!” The visitation was amazing and when it was over he told his wife, “Jesus is REAL!” His life is now changed as well.

Oh beloved, Jesus wants to visit you. He will move heaven and earth on your behalf just to let you know He is real and what the Bible says about him is true! You can trust Jesus when everything else falls apart. Jesus is alive and well for you! You may know Him as Savior. But He has a refreshing for you. And you want a visitation from Him. Jesus is real! And He visits His own and changes their lives. Invite Him into your circumstances. Everything for life and godliness is in His hands. Everything you lack He provides. Everything others have done to you He heals. He will give you gifts as He visits you. The gift of forgiveness for all trespasses against you as well as those trespasses of your life. He will give you the oil of joy for all you are in mourning about – quite the amazing trade that you could not achieve on your own. As He gives you the garment of praise you will be released from the spirit of heaviness. He sets your feet to dancing as He pours His love into you so lavishly and generously. Condemnation, shame and fear have to flee at the entrance of your Savior’s love! His love is unprecedented – He loves you as you are and yet loves you into more visitations and more changes! He fills you with His Spirit so that you can live this life of faith – by faith in Him.

When God sent His Son to visit you your whole world changed! And He’s still in the life changing business. When you pray for the salvation, healing, deliverance and change for those you LOVE, His love changes them as well! His desire is to visit all people, and He delights in showing mercy to you and to the ones you are praying for!

God loves you and He’s for you – always, completely and faithfully! Rejoice and run to Him this morning and expect a wonderful visitation! This is the year of dropping all the things that hold you back and just enjoying His presence as you live in the Light of the World – Jesus!

Romans 5:6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. NIV

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

John 12:46 I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.

About the Author:

Rebekah Beene

In a Christian Women’s meeting in 1983, Rebekah was given a prophetic message that she would write books. Several years ago she began writing stories about special holiday memories and travels, sharing God’s love and care through each story. God has gifted Rebekah with the ability to look at the natural and see the supernatural. Both Rebekah and her husband Danny have a heart to share the Gospel and the riches of life in Christ to everyone they meet. They have served in the local church and in ministry to motorcyclists. Danny is an ordained minister and they both have been Bible study teachers for many years. Rebekah also speaks at women’s retreats and conferences. Her tag line says it all “God loves you and He’s for you”.

My website is http://rebekahbeene.wordpress.com

My first book in print is Oh Beloved! Live in the Light of His Word.
Link to buying the book via paypal is on the website.
As well a link to purchasing the ebook on Amazon is there too.
I’m also on twitter @rebekahbeene, tumblr http://rebekah-beene.tumblr.com/
and of course facebook as Rebekah Beene (Warren) I included my maiden name for old friends.
Blessing in the City

Blessing in the City

by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, blessed shalt thou be in the city. (Deuteronomy 28:2-3)

The city is full of care, and he who has to go there from day to day finds it to be a place of great wear and tear. It is full of noise, and stir, and bustle, and sore travail; many are its temptations, losses, and worries. But to go there with the divine blessing takes off the edge of its difficulty; to remain there with that blessing is to find pleasure in its duties and strength equal to its demands.

A blessing in the city may not make us great, but it will keep us good; it may not make us rich, but it will preserve us honest. Whether we are porters, or clerks, or managers, or merchants, or magistrates, the city will afford us opportunities for usefulness. It is good fishing where there are shoals of fish, and it is hopeful to work for our Lord amid the thronging crowds. We might prefer the quiet of a country life; but if called to town, we may certainly prefer it because there is room for our energies.

Today let us expect good things because of this promise, and let our care be to have an open ear to the voice of the Lord and a ready hand to execute His bidding. Obedience brings the blessing. “In keeping his commandments there is great reward.”

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Inauguration – a beginning, an admission and a ceremony

Inauguration – a beginning, an admission and a ceremony

by Rebekah Beene

Today marks the inauguration of a new president. This is historic and amazing. That we have an opportunity to vote is something many countries have no voice about. My parents took voting seriously and I couldn’t wait to vote when I was old enough. This is a new day with new plans and new hope for our country. Time will tell but we do have the hope that for believers, God is in control and His plans for our lives are always good.

Oh beloved, God wants you to know this morning that you have been inaugurated! Although there was no vote of angels to put you where you are, Jesus went to the cross so that you can have a new beginning. But more than that. So you could be admitted into heaven. But oh more than that! He wants you to know that it is quite the ceremony that you said yes to Christ! You are the person for this hour! You have the credentials of heaven and the seal of the Cross! You may feel like an outsider and that you don’t have what it takes. But beloved, you are in Christ! You’ve been made authentic in the power of the Holy Spirit. You may feel small and insignificant and unworthy. But God says you are chosen, called, anointed and appointed. This is what you were born for. To be an ambassador of heaven and a foreteller of glory!

Lay aside those things which try to convince you that you’ve missed it or that you don’t have what it takes. This is your greatest adventure! You’ve been inducted into the hall of fame – and you will live your life for the fame of the Savior! The things you think you can’t do are just stepping stones to the life of faith you can live!

God loves you and He’s for you! Rejoice in His abilities working within you. Rest in His promises living inside of you. And Go forth into His calling with no looking back! God is always with you and your life is going to be a beacon of hope to many others as you live in the Light of His Mercy and Grace!

Deuteronomy 7:6 For you are a holy people, who belong to the LORD your God. Of all the people on earth, the LORD your God has chosen you to be His own special treasure.

John 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last–and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. NIV

2 Peter 1:3 By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence.

About the Author:

Rebekah Beene

In a Christian Women’s meeting in 1983, Rebekah was given a prophetic message that she would write books. Several years ago she began writing stories about special holiday memories and travels, sharing God’s love and care through each story. God has gifted Rebekah with the ability to look at the natural and see the supernatural. Both Rebekah and her husband Danny have a heart to share the Gospel and the riches of life in Christ to everyone they meet. They have served in the local church and in ministry to motorcyclists. Danny is an ordained minister and they both have been Bible study teachers for many years. Rebekah also speaks at women’s retreats and conferences. Her tag line says it all “God loves you and He’s for you”.

My website is http://rebekahbeene.wordpress.com

My first book in print is Oh Beloved! Live in the Light of His Word.
Link to buying the book via paypal is on the website.
As well a link to purchasing the ebook on Amazon is there too.
I’m also on twitter @rebekahbeene, tumblr http://rebekah-beene.tumblr.com/
and of course facebook as Rebekah Beene (Warren) I included my maiden name for old friends.
With God

With God

by Sherry Chamblee

Luke 1:37  For with God, nothing shall be impossible.  

Have you ever thought of those words? Ever considered the scope of those words? Ever considered the restriction of those words?

“With God” – that means just that – WITH GOD nothing shall be impossible.

I think far too often I hear the verse that says “with God, NOTHING SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE.”  When really, God’s emphasis is on the “WITH GOD”.

Having God with me is the most important part of that little verse. Before I claim that nothing is impossible, I’d better be really sure that I’m WITH GOD. Not that He’s with me, but that I’m with Him. Oftentimes I’m just going along my merry little way, assuming that what I’m doing is God’s will simply because I’m doing it. But that may not be the case. I need to actually check with Him.

Maybe that’s why we’re defeated so often. We don’t check with God first to see if our actions are what God wants for us.

So before we go off into that next battle, be extra sure that God is directing us there – not just following us into it. God is the leader, not you or I. He’s the One that tells us to go here or there, or fight in this battle or sit this next one out. He is the One who tells us what to say if we’ll let Him guide our tongue. He’s the One that brings us shelter and refuge when we’re weary and battered.

And remember, WITH GOD, nothing shall be impossible.

About the Author:

Sherry Chamblee

Sherry grew up in various cities around northern and central California. This gave her all sorts of stories that sat and festered in her brain, waiting to be let loose. She eventually went to college in Wisconsin, where she met her equally frenetic husband, Rich. They have six (yes, count them) children, two dogs and a cat, and currently reside in a madhouse in the southern California area. As a family, they enjoy being active in their local church. Sherry spends her time writing when not caring for Granny, the kids, the dogs, the cat and any number of strays in the neighborhood.

Sherry Chamblee can be found at http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com Or check out her books at http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Chamblee/e/B00BA06RJ2/