6th April 2013

Travelling Light

“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.”
Genesis 1:3 (KJV)

I can remember that I had not ventured far along the road of faith, when it became clear to me that time, who was never my friend, had now set his face squarely against me.  I could see that the many acts and deeds I had sworn in my heart I might do for God, would be forever left undone.  That old devil, time, sparing not his rod, drove me continually from one menial task to another, from which relentless cycle there seemed no end. I was a prisoner of promises.

At one point, to my relief and joy, the road ahead seemed to open wide before me, like a magnificent highway, broad and fair, as I discovered the truth concerning the all-powerful nature of my companion, the Holy Spirit.  My heart grew bold at the prospect of new battles engaged and won with the help of such an omnipotent ally.  But my proud flesh gave no ground for the Spirit to move or work, and I found myself once more on a tiresome, tapering trail of troubles.  I was the prisoner of pride.

My tongue had long fallen silent before those with whom I desired to share the good news of salvation.  I felt like a child who has a drum that he is forbidden to play for fear of what the neighbours might say.  My dearest and closest friends remained deaf to the joy which now lay muted and stifled within. I was the prisoner of prudence.

My brief Christian walk seemed but a pointless and fruitless path, and the glorious gospel of the crucified and risen Lord far too urgent and majestic a truth to be entrusted into these pitiful and useless hands of mine.  I begged for my hands to be emptied of this most precious yet burdensome testament, but I quickly perceived that my hands were yet barren and bare, and I was brought to see that the wondrous gospel was out of my hands altogether.  It was shining all around me and in every place I looked.  It illuminated the path ahead and blazed its resplendent truth on every continent, on saint and sinner alike.  Its radiance shone around me, upon me and within me; and all the power of the gospel message was crystallised into one glorious and everlasting decree:  “God is light and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).

Now, as I walk in that light, I know I am free.  I have a new life in the one who was raised from death to life and by whose power the dead are raised; the one who died to banish darkness forever, and whose life is the light of men (John 1:4).

Prayer
Dear Father in Heaven, help us to walk in the Spirit and no more be led by our carnal nature.  Help us to stay forever bathed in the light of the glorious gospel of your Son,
Jesus, who has delivered us from the power of darkness, being raised from the dead to your glory and for our salvation.
Amen

About the Author:

richarddempseyRichard Dempsey is an Elder in the Peterborough congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:

Worldwide Church of God Peterborough
Farcet Village Hall
Main Street
Farcet
PETERBOROUGH
PE7 3AN

Meeting time:

Saturday 2 pm

Local Congregational Contact:

Alan Quinn
Email: quinnsatfarcet@aol.com

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