Beauty Secrets: Proper Lighting
6 [So] if we say we are partakers together and enjoy fellowship with Him when we live and move and are walking about in darkness, we are [both] speaking falsely and do not live and practice the Truth [which the Gospel presents].
7 But if we [really] are living and walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations]. 1 John 1:5-7
Proper lighting is essential to beauty. Without it images are distorted or not emphasized enough. Darkness hinders beauty. In the darkness you don’t see the beauty of the changing fall colors or the brilliant blues of the ocean swells. Darkness hides the beauty within you as well. God, and His light, simply cannot follow you into darkness, for in Him there is no darkness.
John Scott wrote “Our love and our hatred not only reveal if we are in the light or the darkness but actually contribute to the light and darkness in which we already are.”
What light are you living in? Be honest with yourself. There is LIGHT and there is DARKNESS and then there is the in between, where many of us believe it is light but it is not. It is only a brighter form of darkness.
I love what Oswald Chambers says about this, “If you get out of the light, you become a sentimental Christian, and live only on your memories, and your testimony will have a hard metallic ring to it. Beware of trying to cover up your present refusal to “walk in the light” by recalling your past experiences when you did “walk in the light”.
I think sometimes we do live in the memory of the light instead of living in the brightness of current light. The key to beauty is keeping your clothes clean and staying in the light. We are going to get dirty. The narrow path we walk as Christians is like a log running across a muddy swamp. We may slip but how long we stay in the muck reveals to whom we belong and to what degree of light we have. Sin beckons to you at every turn, where will you go to be in the light? How will you defeat darkness if not for Jesus in you? Where will you find clean clothes if you fall? How will you keep from getting dirty in the first place? Stay on the narrow path.
No one who abides in Him [who lives and remains [a]in communion with and in obedience to Him—deliberately, knowingly, and [b]habitually] commits (practices) sin. No one who [habitually] sins has either seen or known Him [recognized, perceived, or understood Him, or has had an experiential acquaintance with Him].1 John 3:6
Deliberately, knowingly and habitually.
Ask God, and be still before him—how is it between us?
The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? the Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? (ps. 27:1)
Accept the truth He reveals to you about yourself, and turn from any sin He has shown you. The moment we realize we’ve walked into the dark, we must confess our sins. No excuses. No partial turns.
Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his..He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness and light dwells with him. (Dan2:20, 22)
Trust God’s forgiveness and cleansing power. Turn completely and walk the other direction. Get into the right light. Fight to stay in the light.
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)
Proper lighting brings out your beauty. Shine like the stars in the heaven. Be the light that others see. No darkness can overcome God’s light. None. God’s light illuminates you in ways no product on the shelf can. Stay in God’s marvelous light!