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Is Your Dimmer Switch Reducing Your Light?

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A heart that is filled with selfishness, envy, jealousy, bitterness, discontent, sadness, and despair turns on our dimmer switch.  It reduces our light and we begin to fade and blend in to darkness.

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.”  (Philippians 2:14-15, NIV)

 

In this passage, Paul urges us to resist “complaining and arguing, so that we may become blameless and pure without fault.” Complaining is offensive to God. While God often tolerates bad behavior, He always looks at our heart and our motives. He is pleased whenever we come to Him with reverence, honor, worship, thankfulness, and praise. Ungrateful hearts murmur, complain and eventually breed gossip, envy, jealousy, lust, greed, and other sinful behavior. 

Paul goes on to say that we are to “shine like stars.”  As a visual thinker, my mind quickly imagines a bright star in the heavens or a bright light in a room.  It shines brightly with a pure and intense light.  Now, I want you to imagine that you put a dimmer switch on the light.  A dimmer switch is designed to serve a practical purpose – it reduces the level of light.  Turn the dimmer and as the light dims or decreases, darkness increases. 

As Christians, we must realize we carry a built-in dimmer switch.  God has told us to love Him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength; and to walk in love with our fellow man.  Whenever we step out of love with God or man; murmur, complain, argue or take offense, the light of Christ within us automatically dims.  Our attitudes have a direct effect on the brightness of our light.  When we have an attitude of thankfulness, gratitude, love and compassion, our dimmer switch turns off. Once again, our light is pure and bright. A heart that is filled with selfishness, envy, jealousy, bitterness, discontent, sadness, and despair turns on our dimmer switch.  It reduces our light and we begin to fade and blend in to darkness.

Child of God, I encourage you to pray and ask God to speak to you about your dimmer switch. Turn your dimmer switch off by walking in love, joy and peace with a pure and clean heart. Watch as your light shines brightly like a star that illuminates the heavens.

 

Father, thank You the penetrating power and light of Your Word.  Holy Spirit, teach me to be like Jesus in all I do and say.  Seal my lips to complaining and give me an attitude of gratitude with a clean and pure heart, that my light might shine brightly at all times. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.

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