Thursday, May 15, 2014

Darkness To Light


Genesis 1:5
........So the evening and the morning were the first day.

Colossians 1:13
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of the Son of His love.

The great spiritual conflict that swirls all around us ,and in us,  is defined by the transfer of souls.
From spiritual darkness....
to spiritual light.
God's Spirit is a revealing spirit. An illuminating spirit. He uncovers, not to shame us or guilt us, but rather to heal us. It is our sin nature, the old flesh, that compels us to run to the darkness. To seek shelter in the shadows, away from the healing rays of light that God brings to us.

John 3:19 reads: And his is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.
Truth be known, we seek the darkness because we don't really want to know the truth about ourselves. We have been influenced by the directives of the power (kingdom) of darkness (Satan) for so long that we convince ourselves one of two things.
1.) I'm am beyond saving. I am a terrible person.
or
2.) Me? I don't have a problem. I don't believe in all this "Sin" and "God" and "Hell" business.
Isn't it amazing how we can deceive others....
and ourselves into running away from the only source of real life and healing that we so desperately need?

Early this week, as I was struggling with a decision that needed to be made, God spoke to me. Not an audible voice, but rather a "knowing" deep inside. It appeared suddenly and out of no where. I am suppose to change the name of our Saturday meeting.
So, no longer will we be known as Vineyard Recovery Church....
As of today May 15......5/15...
We will become  Vineyard After Dark.

The reference to "After Dark" is the gift of life that comes "after the darkness".
There is life after all the spiritual darkness we have lived in and become comfortable with.

In fact, life doesn't begin....real life....until after the dark is removed.
And our Higher Power, Jesus, has made such a life possible. 
So come and join us this Saturday night....Downtown Gadsden between 4th and 5th streets, at 7 p.m.
We look forward to seeing you at Vineyard After Dark.

God on you....
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