Restored and Redeemed

Has your marriage been restored? Restored & Redeemed is a devotional for those in a restored marriage.

Light Will Always Drive Out Darkness

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

Every year a large county park in our community puts up tens of thousands of lights and displays for a drive-thru Christmas spectacle. Cars line up every night and wait for their chance to get in and see the beautiful lights.

After driving through the large display, we will often go through the neighborhoods in our city and look at the light displays on the homes. My daughters and niece recently took my mom out to look at Christmas lights in one of the affluent areas near us. You would think that homes that cost millions of dollars would have the most elaborate light displays, but many had nothing decorated outside their homes. The houses that were decorated were so beautiful. The lights always cause me to stare in amazement. They are just beautiful.

I often wonder what is happening in the people’s homes we drive by. Are they happy? Do they know the Lord? Are there issues? Does their family know about the problems? The outside of the house may look beautiful, but there may be chaos happening on the inside.

In a few days, we will pause to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Light of the world. Is He the light in your life? Have you allowed sin and darkness to come in?

Jesus wants to be the light that shines in the darkness of your life.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light  (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.  Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. Ephesians 5:8-11

Sometimes I will see a message from someone that says, “My spouse left our house again.” As a couple with a restored marriage, you may worry about that happening in your family.

As believers, we have to be on guard. We have an enemy who wants to destroy your marriage and restoration testimony. The enemy is subtle. When we walk with the Lord in faith, we can sometimes let our guard down. That is when the enemy wants to trick and scheme to bring darkness into our lives.

The scripture I shared from Ephesians says, “have nothing to do with darkness.” I would challenge you to examine your life and your marriage relationship. Are there areas where you are allowing darkness to invade? Maybe you have changed your principles on the type of television or movies you will watch, or you have started getting drunk after work, or you are investing time and energy into a person who is not your spouse.

Have nothing to do with darkness.

Jesus, the true Light, is the one that exposes our darkness and brings it to light. He does it so we can align our lives with Him. This is the perfect season to realign areas of life where you may have allowed darkness to slip in. Ask your spouse to set up a time where you can talk uninterrupted, and dive deeper into your lives and marriage.

Do you need to set up some guardrails? Maybe there is some unconfessed sin that needs to be dealt with.

As we celebrate Christmas in a few days, let the many lights you will see all around remind you of the one true Light, Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas!

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