Now I’m returning to you. I’m saying these things in the world’s hearing So my people can experience My joy completed in them.
I gave them your word; The godless world hated them because of it, Because they didn’t join the world’s ways, Just as I didn’t join the world’s ways. I’m not asking that you take them out of the world But that you guard them from the Evil One.
They are no more defined by the world Than I am defined by the world.
Make them holy—consecrated—with the truth; Your word is consecrating truth.
In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world.
I’m consecrating myself for their sakes So they’ll be truth-consecrated in their mission.
John 17:13-19 MSG
Psalms 119:130 The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.
The entrance of God’s word brings light and understanding. For the entrance of The Word to bring Light then, it is imperative to say darkness existed. Darkness is a state of being where we are ignorant of who we are as Christ beloved, which makes us susceptible to seeking validation from others who are in the dark as we were. Once God’s words comes in and our minds begin the transformation process, we become a new being, full of joy, hope, faith, grace and validated by the sheer death on Calvary’s tree – for God so loved the world that He gave His one
and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life John 3:16. We become lovely, gracious, bold, courageous and peaceful. There is no need therefor to look to others to define who we are. We no longer live under the bondage of oppression. We are redeemed and set at liberty to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord our God, who loved us enough to die for us.
Rejoice and be glad friends! We are more that conqueror through Christ who strengthens us – Romans 8:37.