“Even though I walk through the [sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort and console me.”
Psalm 23:4 AMP
If you listened to this past week’s 4 Points Broadcast, you would have heard me talk about shadows.
Yesterday it was estimated that more than 220 million experienced the greatest shadow cast across the United States since February 26, 1979.
Some experienced a “sunless valley” for more than two and half minutes…yet the sun was always there!
“The sun of what is right and good will rise with healing in its wings.”
Malachi 4:2 NLV
A shadow is not the result of an absence of light, but of something blocking the light.
In fact, the darker the shadow, the brighter the source of light! This is why you only see a faint shadow cast by the light of the moon at night.
Of course, even the light of the moon is only a reflection of the sun’s powerful light!
What are the things in your life keeping you from reflecting God’s healing light?
This week I want to talk to you about getting out of your own way to receiving all that God has for you.
Don’t get caught boxing your own shadow when God is right there shining everything you need upon your life!
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Take a few moments today to acknowledge how God has been moving both in the world and in your life. Where do you need to make adjustments or activate your potential?
Where do you need to take action, speak out, be the advocate, or lead the change God has put on your heart?
Where is God shining His light in the world around you?
“But the light makes all things easy to see.”
Ephesians 5:13 NCV
Where do you need to step out from the shadows and allow God’s light to shine through you?
Or do you need to step out of your own way so that you are not blocking His light—His wisdom, knowledge, truth, and love—from flooding your life?
What is keeping you from walking in greater victory or being the change agent the world needs in this season?
“Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love!”
Romans 8:38 NLT
If you’re standing before God, and God is light, there is nothing that can hinder that light from shining in your life—there is absolutely nothing that can separate you from that love!
So that shadow is not coming from Satan, because nothing can stand between you and God.
Think about it…what is it that causes there to be a shadow? A shadow, like a reflection, cannot exist without a source of light.
When do you have a shadow?
You have a shadow when there is a blocking agent standing before a stream of light.
If you’re standing before a stream of light who happens to be God—for God is light—guess where the shadow is coming from.
It’s coming from you! That’s your shadow!
Most of the time those aren’t demons you’re fighting against, but your own shadow. You’re shadow boxing.
“I do not flail around like one beating the air [just shadow boxing].”
1 Corinthians 9:26 AMP
God wants to deal with those areas, those shadows—those dark areas of your life. He wants you to grow up and mature so you can run to win the race He sets before you.
“But [like a boxer]” Paul wrote, “I strictly discipline my body…so that after I have preached [the gospel] to others, I myself will not somehow be disqualified [as unfit for service]” (1 Corinthians 9:27 AMP).
Discipline is a process.
Maturing spiritually is a process. As God labors to strengthen you little by little, you must learn to trust the work God is doing as the “author and finisher of your faith.” (See Hebrews 12:2.)
This is why I’ve been systematically teaching on the steps and stages of spiritual maturation. This week we will dig even deeper so you can go exponentally farther in God.
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Don’t eclipse your potential because of ignorance, fear, stubbornness, doubt, pride, or compromise.
Open your eyes and see all that God is calling you into. Embrace the fullness of the grace He has bestowed and the hope of glory He has instilled in you.
May your whole being be filled with His wondrous light!
“Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!”
Matthew 6:22-23 MSG