Saturday, January 31, 2015

What does it really mean to be a Christian?

The thing I think many American Christians take for granted, is our freedoms here in this country. We are so blessed to be able to meet in our church buildings and homes, as well as openly share the good news
We can even meet in public places, without fear that the police, gestapo, or anyone else, could break in at any moment and arrest us.

No wonder we've become so comfortable! We've hidden away in our homes and churches, and have become like the culture in which we're living. 

But what does it really mean to be a Christian?
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Luke 9:23

And some more examples from Scripture:
Matthew 5:10-12 
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

II Corinthians 4:17 
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

II Corinthians 6:4 
but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities,

II Corinthians 8:2

How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.

II Corinthians 12:10 
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Philippians 3:7-8
But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

II Timothy 1:8
But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

II Timothy 2:3
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

II Timothy 2:12
If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

II Timothy 3:12
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

II Timothy 4:5
Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

This isn't even all of them! 
Deny Him before men, and He will deny you before His Father.

I read this recently here:
There are many people who say they want to follow Jesus. And that's good. But that commitment will be challenged. We must decide to follow Jesus-not because our best friend is, not because our boyfriend or girlfriend is, not because our parents are, but because we have chosen in our own heart of hearts to follow Christ.
Many of us can get caught up in the moment. It's like watching an Olympic medal ceremony. We see someone representing their nation standing up on that pedestal. As the gold medal is placed around the athlete's neck and the flag of his or her country is raised while the national anthem plays, we say, "I want to be an Olympic athlete. That's what I want to do." But do we realize the hours, days, months, and years these athletes dedicate to one competition?
We get excited about the medal ceremonies. But are we willing to go through the training? Are we willing to count the cost? Is our commitment to Him and Him alone? Are we willing to be real followers of Jesus?
So, what does it truly mean to follow Jesus Christ? 
Complete abandon. Full commitment. Denying of yourself. Taking up your cross daily and following Him.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Another Award!

A huge thank you to Kara over at Saved By Grace, for giving me the "Blogger Recognition" award! :D

So, I'm supposed to share with y'all how "One Light in a Dark World" got started.

Yeah, I don't even remember. It's been that long!

So I guess I'll just share a little bit of the purpose of this blog.

I wanted to have a place where I could share my thoughts on different subjects. Evolution, Abortion, etc. 
It's a place where young people, who are followers of Jesus Christ, can find encouragement. 

It also happens to be a place where I share my thoughts on other things, such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 

I'm a history buff, so history related posts are not uncommon!

I want those who read my posts, to understand the freedoms that this Land has been given, and to appreciate those who have fought to preserve those freedoms. But ultimately, to be thankful for those freedoms, and grateful to the One who gave them to us.

A couple tips for new bloggers:
Don't be discouraged if you don't have followers! They'll come, in time. 
I had 1 follower for the longest time, and then one day, POW! Meesa here with 37! How did that happen? I don't know. But it took a while.

And now, here are the rules for this award...

If you are nominated:
  -Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blog. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you. 
  -Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you've nominated in the post. 
 *Make sure to attach the award itself! (You can do this by right clicking, saving, and uploading the image above)*

  -Comment on each blog and let them know you've nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created. 

  -Provide a link to the original post on Edge Of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and so we can keep it from becoming confusing! 

*Note: You can decline the award if you don't feel up to doing the above, but remember; you have to earn it by doing the work.*

And I nominate (I don't have 15):

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Prince of Life and The Great Commission

"Never, never will we desist till we...extinguish every trace of this bloody traffic, of which our posterity, looking back to the history of these enlightened times, will scarce believe that it has been suffered to exist so long a disgrace and dishonor to this country." 

This quote was spoken by William Wilberforce about the slave trade in England, but I think it applies to abortion as well. It's detestable. The fact that we (Americans as a whole) have suffered this to exist so long is sad. Fifty years ago, killing the unborn would have been unthinkable!

Acts 3:13-15
The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.

These people are lost. They need the Prince of Life in their lives. The One Who died to save them. We, as Christians - followers of the Prince of Life - need to be light to them.

Yesterday was Pro-Life Sunday, and I wanted to share this with you. 
This week is also the 42nd anniversary of the Roe V. Wade decision regarding women's right to "choose" whether to kill the unborn human, or to him/her live.

Worldwide, an estimated 1.3 billion abortions have taken place since 1980. Why? Because their mothers have chosen to end the live of the little ones.

"Let My heart be broken with the things that break the Heart of God"

 Psalm 5:4-6:
For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome. The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong; you destroy those who tell lies. The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, LORD, detest.

Romans 1: 22-24
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 

We live in a world swarming in wickedness and although it boggles our minds and pierces our hearts, we must pray for the lost and fulfill the great commission unto which God has called us, which is to go out and spread the good news to all the nations, that Christ is risen and is coming again and they can be free from sin if they only choose to turn to the cross and follow Christ. Because without the blood of Jesus, we lie in wait for eternal damnation. 

Last night, I started a class called Perspectives. The speaker - one of many from The Traveling Team - spoke about the promise that God gave to Abraham, that through him, all nations will be blessed. 
He walked us through the Bible, explaining that the thing we call The Great Commission, is not just a New Testament idea. It is spoken of all through Scripture! Nor is it merely a great suggestion, like most American Christians want to believe. If you are a Christian, you are called to be a missionary. BUT, one does not have to go overseas to be a missionary!

Brings back to my memory, a favorite quote...
"We are all missionaries. We carry our religion with us, or we allow our religion to carry us. Wherever we go, we either bring people nearer to Christ, or we repel them from Christ. We are working for the great Kingdom of God - the time when all people will turn to Christ as their leader, and will not be afraid to own him as such." -Olympian and Missionary, Eric Liddell.

Matthew 28:19-20
 "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." 

People watch you, as a Christian, and they either see a hypocrite - one who goes to church on Sundays but does his/her own thing the rest of the week - or they see a genuine follower of Jesus Christ - one who loves Him, and has a desire for others to know Him.

Do our hearts break at the things that break God's heart, or have we become desensitized to them? When Jesus said to "teach all nations," He also included the nation that we're living in now, don't you think?

I leave you now with a quote from Frederick Buechner,
"The love for equals is a human thing--of friend for friend, brother for brother. It is to love what is loving and lovely. The world smiles. 
The love for the less fortunate is a beautiful thing- the love for those who suffer...This is compassion, and it touches the heart of the world. The love for the more fortunate is a rare thing-to love those who succeed where we fail, to rejoice without envy with those who rejoice, the love of the poor for the rich...The world is always bewildered by its saints. Then there is the love for the enemy-love for the one who does not love you but mocks, threatens, and inflicts pain. The tortured's love for the torturer.This is God's loveIt conquers the world


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Random Update

Hi y'all! How's your 2015 going so far? Anyone already failed some of your resolutions? 

Heh. I've come extremely close! O.o

Anyways! I'm here to say, I start two classes this afternoon! History, and Apologetics. I'm super excited about the apologetics one! Most of you know that that's right down my alley. ;)

Have a lovely Wednesday!

P.S. How do y'all like my new header?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

His Love Ran Red

I just had to share these with you guys!

Chris Tomlin has been my favorite artist for as long as I can remember. His Pandora radio station was always my favorite, but ever since my family cut back on WiFi data (which Pandora uses a lot of), I haven't listened to much of his music. That is till this past Saturday when I couldn't take it anymore. 
So I went and bought my first CD's EVER (I was really proud of myself)! :P 
"Hello Love", "See the Morning", and "Love Ran Red"

Loving them so far!

At the cross
At the cross
I surrender my life.
I'm in awe of You
I'm in awe of You
Where Your love ran red
and my sin washed white.
I owe all to You
I owe all to You Jesus.

One does not simply try to describe His love for us!
You might say it's... Indescribable.

Absolutely amazing.

"Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me. By day the LORD commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.... Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God." -Psalm 42:7-8, 11

Hope you enjoyed them!


Thursday, January 1, 2015

A New Day, A New Year, A New Song

I found this years ago in a book, and just re-found it the other day. It's so good, and it totally applies to a new year as well as a new day!

  1. Have I surrendered this new day to God, and will I seek and obey the guidance of the Holy Spirit through it’s hours?
  2. What have I specially to thank God for this morning?
  3. Is there any sin in my life for which I should seek Christ’s forgiveness and cleansing?
  4. Is there and apology or restitution to make?
  5. For whom does God want me to pray this morning?
  6. What bearing does this morning’s Bible passage have on my life, and what does He want me to do about it?
  7. What does God want me to do today, and how does He want me to do it?
-Eric Liddell

Happy New Year!