Out of the Darkness

As this year draws to a close, what are you most thankful for? Maybe 2021 has been a tough year but one can usually find at least something to be thankful for.

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The past few years have been anything but easy. Yes, I remember wondering if my prayers just ended up hitting the ceiling. Yes, I often wondered if God was listening. While I did not doubt God’s goodness, I couldn’t understand why I had to go through some of the things I went through; I knew He has His reasons. However, that didn’t shake off the dread of waking up each day wondering when the breakthrough was going to happen.

2022 will be a new chapter for me while I struggle during this transition period. Thankfully, I know where I’m heading. And yes, God listens.

Bible Verse

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests,[a] a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

1 Peter 2:9 (NLT)

Perhaps part of being chosen means we’ll go through some paths which would shape us so that we become more and more like Jesus.

Holiness

Bible Verse

God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. May God give you more and more grace and peace.

1 Peter 1:2 (NLT)

It’s not the cross you’re wearing, the bible verses that you display on the wall or the shirt you’re wearing. It’s all about Him. It is God that makes you holy. When you yield to His spirit, He’s changing you day by day.

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. - Philippians 2:13 (NLT)