My prayer for you all is that God’s light will burn brightly in your lives!
“So yeah, in the beginning, God said ‘Let there be light’…and there was light…but did you ever notice how it also says that the sun and moon weren’t created until the third and fourth day?”
I’m just gonna let that marinate for a moment.
How amazing is God that He can actually supply light without using actual, physical, light?
So where was the light coming from?
Who knows? I’m guessing the light was coming from…well, Him.
My point is, if God is great enough to supply the entire atmosphere with light, I am absolutely positive that He can shine in your life as well–and believe that He is already doing so!
God’s light is in everything. Physical, mental, and spiritual.
It’s in the trees, the rain, the aurora borealis (sigh of awe).
It’s in your teachers, your pets, your kids.
It’s in the library, the church, the hospital.
It’s in truth, love, laughter–it’s in all components of life.
Many times we are so blinded by the darkness that we forget about the life source that we most need at that time.
I suppose my prayer isn’t so much that God will shine in your life–because He is already doing so, you see?
My prayer is truly that you will realize how it has been YOU keeping yourself from shining brightly in all areas of your life and that you will take responsibility and uncover the light.
May God continue to be with you and give you strength to run your race!
Sending you MUCH Light and Love,
John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world
He says it himself! If he did it, we can too!
God did NOT promise us an easy life on earth.
The only time life will be perfect is when we are dead and gone on to live with Him. But don’t get so ready to pack your bags and leave just yet! If you are still alive, you are alive for a reason. (When C.G.I.A. has its second key release, we will be teaching you all how to find your purpose for living!)
But remember to keep that in mind! You are here for a reason.
Yeah, yeah, we know. Your boyfriend just dumped you to “work on himself”, you’ve gained 26 pounds in 2 months, your bank account only has 37 dollars in it, your car won’t start up again for the third time this month and now you’re late for work. We know. God knows. We all get it.
But you have two choices. Either crawl up in a ball, collecting gray hairs from stress, eating the rest of the tub of ice cream that you just bought 20 minutes ago, or you can let the pain/hurt/lies/bankruptcy go right back out the door that it came in through.
You simply have to find your escape route!
To find your route or your path, you’ll need a light. (…you see where this is going?) Jesus is the light!
Escape route 1.
Use prayer and faith in order to aim that light on your problems! His light is so bright that the problems will burn away, and you will then have a clear path before you!
Psalm 112:4 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness
And yes, sometimes it’s good to pray for yourself. But more importantly;
Escape route 2.
Remember to pray for other people! Whenever you are going through your darkest times…like all the happiness is sucked away from you, that is when you should begin to pray for someone else. The main times when we are unhappy are when we are stuck in a rut thinking about ourselves! When we begin to stop putting ourselves as the main focus of our lives (sounds backwards, we know) that’s when we are the happiest. Pray for others with a sincere heart. Don’t just say, “God bless whats-his-name”. Pray for them what you would like for your own self! Happiness, Peace, Love, Health, Strength, etc.
Remember to keep your mind on God’s love, light, and lessons.
Remember that you can do ALL things through Christ!
When in times of trouble or hurt, ask God to bring back to remembrance all the things that you have learned from Him. He’ll do it!
John 14:26 …he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance whatsoever I have said unto you
Peace be unto you all!
Light and Love,
The C.G.I.A. foundation
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Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
We slightly touched on this topic in our last blog post “Be the Light”.
We talked about how we should remember that as “lights of the world” we are instructed to shine our light in dark places so that ALL may see His Truth and Goodness.
To spread the light, we simply share our faith and what all we have learned from God, Spirit, Allah, (whomever/whatever you choose to believe in) on our individual life journeys.
Another way of spreading the light is mentioned in this Bible verse as well. “…that they may see your good works…”
Well, we hope that most of you answered ‘No!’
To get good usage from any light source, the light doesn’t have to say anything at all. It simply shines, shows us whatever we need to see, and gets the job done.
That’s how we must also be. Yes, sometimes we may need to share a word with others, but honestly, and you’ve heard it a billion times before, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS. It doesn’t matter if you say the most buttery-sweet things. If after that you get in a fight, or throw litter on the ground, or decide to “twerk sum’ girl!” at your friend’s house party, people’s original thoughts about you will change. If you’re okay with that, well then, okay. More power to you. Just make sure that when their thoughts begin to change, you give them good things to think about you.
Remember that everything you do on earth is to glorify and honor the One who decided to put you on earth.
No one is asking you to be perfect. We all make mistakes.
But also, and the Bible itself says so, “You can do all things through Christ”. Ask God to give you the strength necessary to put your best foot forward and to practice what you preach.
Shine your light so that others can see Him working in your life!
You can do it.
You can do all things!
Sending you Light and Love,
The C.G.I.A. Foundation
Our last post talked about how Jesus is the light of the world, and how instead of trying to control our own lives, we should let Jesus light our paths.
This is what we at C.G.I.A. figure. If Jesus is the light of the world, and we are made in His image, then we are also lights of the world! But you don’t have to take our word for it.
Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world…
Yeah. That means YOU, dear reader. You are the light of the world!
God also says, Out of darkness, the light shall shine.
Remember that no matter what you are going through, you will always overcome if you are following Jesus Christ. John 8:12 I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
And think about it this way: In order to truly appreciate light, there has to be darkness! You may go through some really dark times in your life, but your light will shine so brightly that the darkness will begin to dissolve!
Now. What does light in the physical world do? It allows people to see.
Spiritual lights do the same thing. We allow people to see and hear the Truth. We share our faith and what we’ve learned in order to spread the light.
After following Jesus and surrendering yourselves to Him, you won’t even be able to hide your light. Shine brightly!
Matthew 5:14…A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Shine your light on everything and everyone–not just to other people with the same light. (Even though it is good practice. There is never too much spiritual light.) But remember to shine your light in dark places so that ALL may see His Truth and Goodness as well!
Remember what Mr. Adrian Rogers said: When you get right with God and are filled with the Holy Spirit, He will simply shine through you!
Are you looking for someone else to take the lead in your life? Are you tired of making your own decisions and then regretting the choices you make? Well, try letting Jesus light your path!
John 8:12 “I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
Because He is already waiting for you to make Him the head of your life, you don’t have to do much! Simply remember to keep up a relationship with Him. Become aware of His presence in your life. Continuously thank Him for everything He has done, is doing, and will do in your life.
Once we choose to follow His light, we banish all opportunity of darkness to consume us! When we stay close to Jesus, He will give us a brand new mindset and attitude and will enlighten us with His truth.
Ephesians 5:8 Walk as children of light.
Once you begin following Him, you will become so infused with His light that you will begin reflecting the light! You won’t even have to tell anyone about your new lifestyle because they will see that you have already changed–not just because of your glow, but by your actions and new faith that you will begin to release.
You will be tested, however. A common test that new-er followers of Christ will have to go through will be people continuously asking you about your decision to make Jesus the head of your life and judging your decision.
Meditate on it and practice giving your answer over and over! It is so easy to become wavering in your faith once people start hassling you.
1 Peter 3:15…always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.
Tell them it’s because it’s so much easier to believe in Him than not believing in anything at all!
Remember what it was that made you join His side in the first place.
Stay unwavering in your faith and He will put a new song in your mouth!
Sing it for all to hear!
It was once said by Adrian Rogers, (http://www.lightsource.com/ministry/love-worth-finding/articles/bright-lights-in-a-dark-world-12807.html) that; “When you get right with God and are filled with the Holy Spirit, He will simply shine through you”
Sure, it may sound like a tedious task–getting right with God–but in all honesty, it’s not that bad. You just have to do your part and He will do the rest.
“But what’s my part?”
Whatever you and God agree on.
Maybe it’s repenting for your sins and getting baptized…or baptized again.
Maybe it’s volunteering at a homeless shelter.
Maybe it’s studying for 5 hours a day so that you can make “A honor roll”.
You find out what your part is by communicating with God. Tell Him that you want an amazing relationship with Him. He wants it too!
Delight yourself in Him, and He will shine through you.
The communication part isn’t hard either! Just talk to Him any way that you would talk to a friend. He understands everything you say.
Maybe you’re having a bad day:
“Lord, I feel so rough today. Instead of people seeing me, let them see you instead.” And He’ll do it! You’ll have this glow about you that others won’t even be able to describe.
Our prayer for you is that you will be filled with God’s light and love. Any struggles that you may be going through, may they be burned down from the powerful light that God puts in you.
May your soul burn brightly!
Sending you light and love,
The C.G.I.A. foundation
Remember our blog’s first key release? Through our first challenge, we found that we ALL have a few “trouble areas”. We found our three personality traits that were holding us back (and quickly let them go!) and then we found our three BEST traits that we promised (to ourselves) to use to overcome and outweigh the other traits. We found that WE were the ones who were holding ourselves back! WE were the reasons behind many of our struggles! Take our poll to see just how many of us are alike! Who knew?
Here’s an excerpt from our last post, “Believe“:
It is so much harder not believing in anything at all! For instance, when one is alone…in the middle of the night…no one is around to talk to…no one who can understand them…no one who can give them peace…it’s…for lack of a better word… TERRIBLE. We know that many of you have been in that position before. It’s a natural feeling for human beings to have, but it can be “fixed”.
So give it a shot. Choose to believe!
Believe in something that is rooted in “goodness, mercy, peace, and serving a higher purpose”. You can turn to the universe, Spirit, Allah, Buddha, God, and they and/or their purposes will always be there to comfort, listen, and reveal! After all–if you want to believe in this as well–they and/or their purposes have been here since the beginning of time….
We are a Christian-oriented organization. Meaning that we draw from various beliefs of Christianity.
Our mission today, however, is to encourage everyone to have SOMETHING that they believe in. The universe, Spirit, Allah, Buddha, God, whoever or whatever that is working for a higher good for ALL.
Understand that the world should never feel like it is on your shoulders. Stress, low self-esteem, health issues…yes, it is somewhat up to you to get rid of the problem, but you can’t (and should not!) go about it alone.
Use supernatural strength!
Believe, and let go of all of your worries. Let go of all of your problems. “Let go, and let God!”
Once you begin to believe, you can conquer any and EVERY thing. If you want to be a better person, ask God (or whomever/whatever you decide to believe in after meditating/praying/researching) to make you a better person. If you want to believe, but feel like you can’t because people may think you’re weird, or your family doesn’t believe…ask God to remove the people out of your life who are not helping you to grow and better yourself and THEN see what happens! If you want to no longer be ill, ask God for strength and supernatural healing!
Matthew 21:22 “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
After you have found that something/someone to believe in, and asked all of your questions and asked for all of your burning desires…then it is time to BELIEVE again! Believe that you are a better person. Believe that people are no longer holding you back. Believe that you are stronger and completely healed!
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
With that said, believe that you can and will do anything it is that you want to do and become whomever you want to become!
We all need an extra boost or words of encouragement when trying to be brave or venture out on a new path in life.
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