THEME FOR JULY IS “THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE”

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.—Matthew 5:14-16

Do you remember the song by the Seekers, “This Little Light of Mine?” It goes like this:

“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
Every day, every day, every day, every way,
Gonna let my little light shine.”

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told us not to hide our light, but to let it shine so that others may see it and glorify God.

But what is this light that we possess and can use to shine forth? “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) As Christians, Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to dwell within us. That is our light. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!

THEME FOR JUNE IS “IN GOD WE TRUST”

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. —Romans 8:28

Are there people in your life that you trust implicitly—that you trust to tell you the truth, to protect you from harm, even to the point of sacrificing themselves to save you; to always have your best interests at heart; to love you even when they know your faults and not in expectation of anything in return other than your friendship?

On our money it says, “In God We Trust.” Do we believe that? Even If there are not those in your life that you can trust implicitly, you can trust God, for He loves you, and only He is worthy of your complete trust. Even people that you love most are human and sinful, so they are not worthy of complete trust. Psalm 103, vs. 17-18, says, “But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.” In Romans 8 (28), we are told, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” God is completely worthy of our trust.

Think of His work in your lives. He promised to save us; to redeem us. He promised to give us peace beyond all understanding. If we believe in Him, we know he keeps His promises. To know God is to trust Him, even though we are not worthy of His trust. Our money says it. Believe it!