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2 Corinthians 4:3-9,

"Even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed"

"The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It's our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows.

- Brene Brown

In spite of where we are and what we are going through individually, God has a plan.

God has a plan and a path and, although we don't see the outcome of the path, it is there - and God is ready and willing to take us through it if we are willing to conform to God's standards and Word and live by God's definition of "hope".

We will, even now, step forward and find solid footing yet again.


While the phrase "light at the end of the tunnel" goes back to the 1880's, it was popularized during the Vietnam War by Journalist, Joseph Alsop in 1965. He wrote,

"The importance of this change that is now going on can hardly be exaggerated. It does not mean, alas, that the war is being won now, or will be won later without great effort and sacrifice. But it does mean that at last there is light at the end of the tunnel."

And the war wasn't won that year or the next year or the following year. The phrase gained some sarcastic comments similar to "maybe the light at the end of the tunnel is an upcoming train", but we must realize that, while we may not know how long it will take to reach that light - in this reference as to hope - whether it be in this world or when we reach heaven - there does remains a light and we do have a hope.

In the present moment, we can look at our situation or problem and very honestly say, "I don't know how I am going to ever get through this."

In the middle of a trial and in the middle of our pain, we can easily become bitter about our afflictions, but our affliction can be used by God to become our elevation.

We don't need to understand but we need to be obedient.

We might be fearful but we must remain faithful.

God lays a pattern for us in His Word, multiple times, to show us that He can use our turmoil for His triumph.


"We are the light of the world. We are a city on a hill. We are people of the Word. We are salt and light. We are prophetic and not pathetic. We are disciples, witnesses and Christ followers. We are prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. We are children of the cross, fruit of the empty tomb and product of the upper room. We are the redeemed of the Lord, the sheep of His pasture. We are forgiven, free and favored. We are called and chosen. We are warriors and worshippers. We are world-changers and history-makers. We are the Church of Jesus Christ."

- Pastor Samuel Rodriguez

We have power in Christ. We have His power at work within us. It is there. It exists. Right now.

Not only in the past and not only when we pass, but now. Presently.

Ephesians 3:20-21, "Now to Him Who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."

1 John 4:4, "You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One Who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world."

Psalm 145:3 - We simply cannot fathom His greatness.


Expectation: to be the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13).

Salt was a valuable commodity that was used in ancient times and still through present times as a preservative and also to enhance the flavor of food.

We're told to not lose our ability to flavor the world while preserving the truth and hope of Christ.

Expectation: to be a light on the hill (Matthew 5:14-16)

You are in a conspicuous place. People see you.

If you are a light on the hill, you need to be aware that that means 2 things:

One is that the enemy can find you easily and can see you best in times of darkness.

The second is that people will who are seeking shelter or safety or rest will come to you because they will see your light.

Will "nations come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn"? (Isaiah 60:1-3)

Expectation: to be the light of the world

In John 8, Jesus says that He is the light of the world and in Matthew 5 we are told to be the light of the world.

In John 8, Jesus says that the reason is whoever follows Jesus will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.

In Matthew 5, the reason that we are told to be the light of the world is because when we let our light shine before others, they will be able to see our good deeds and it will bring glory to our Father in heaven.

Expectation: we are called to be different

We are told that we are not meant to bring peace, but a sword.

We can expect trouble, but we are expected to persevere through that trouble, not for a future reward but for our present-day witness.

Expectation: don't estimate your significance based on others vindictiveness.

The takeaway:

Darkness will come. Light can be found. Light can be created in you like a spark because of the hope you have from the promises in the Word of God. The tiniest bit of light will cut through an intense darkness while the tiniest bit of darkness cannot overwhelm a strong light.

Our job: Fight the urge to let the darkness overwhelm us; Be the light for others when they are stuck in darkness. Be the light for those who are lost. They will "run to your light on the hill". Be MORE THAN you think you can be.

Determination and motivation will get you further than obligation or your situation.

Keep pressing on.


Sarah Jane

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