The Light of the World

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Genesis 1:3

Every year from April to September, my indoor plants live outdoors on the porch. This year, I noticed a spurt of growth that expanded their sizes to the width or height of 2-3 feet depending on the plant type. For the first time in their growth cycle, I did not feed my plants, so I could not attribute their growth to artificial plant food. Although we have a large pecan tree whose branches extend toward the house, the leavesof every plant stood tall as if they were reaching up to grasp every ray of sunlight that shined through.

What was the basis behind this phenomenal growth?

Although there is a natural growth cycle for every plant, the vegetative and flowering stages of growth are directly influenced by light. Artificial lights allow for year-round growth and quick production, but the intensity and nutrients that natural sunlight offers can never truly be duplicated. Without light, we would not have green plant life, vegetable gardens would not produce, and flowers would not bloom. Light gives food and energy to plants through photosynthesis and makes everything flourish. It is an essential part of all life on Earth.

Because of the sun’s intensity in the area of Texas where we reside, the average morning temperatures during our season of fun-in-the-sun only bottom out at 72 degrees. As I thought about their rich growth, there is one thing that I did differently for my plants, and that was to mist their leaves once or twice a day. I just read an article on the benefits of the morning dew, and just maybe that made the difference in the plants reaching their fullest potential this year.

When I look at those beautiful, flourishing plants, I think about our spiritual growth. Unlike the plants, which are limited to natural growth cycles, we can experience unlimited spiritual growth and development every day throughout our lifetime. We have a Heavenly Intercessor, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who is the Light. Jesus validates that He is the Light that leads to life and that life is Eternal.

How do we receive our light, Jesus Christ?

First, by faith, we must believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Discard all prior beliefs based on theories, creeds, or doctrines that teach Jesus was just a prophet or a righteous man who lived and did good deeds.

The Word of God documents that God announced and confirmed the identity of Jesus Christ: 

And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Matthew 3:16-17

Jesus also verified who He is:

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12

Many refuse to acknowledge that sinful humanity requires a Heavenly Intercessor who is Jesus Christ. Even so, Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6. Our salvation is through Jesus, and there is no detour around Jesus, who is our only way to God. We should acknowledge the deity of the Son of God by ending our prayers, “in Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.”

Jesus’ life on Earth shows us that we must rely on Divine power to overcome sin and to have limitless spiritual growth. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10. Satan is the thief whose primary purpose is to make us miss out on the joy of serving God, and he most certainly does not want us to have eternal life. 

Make the decision to believe the most precious Words spoken by Jesus. Take the leap of faith and invite Jesus into your life by confessing and repenting of your sins. Then begin to pray and study the Bible to establish a personal relationship with Christ. Through faith and heartfelt prayer, we have unlimited access, any time of the day or night to our Spiritual Team: God, the Father, Jesus Christ, His Son, and the Holy Spirit, who are the Trinity Godhead. If there is anything that you are unsure of when studying, know this: If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5

Just as plants that wilt away without light, we must seek God daily. Go ahead, reach upward to receive the life-giving Light, and the refreshment of the Morning Dew from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Bible Reading: John 8

God, we ask you to forgive us for our sins. We thank you for your Son, Jesus, who died and was resurrected that we may be redeemed from our sins, and have eternal life, if we choose. God, we desire the spiritual growth that comes from Jesus, the Light, and Morning Dew. We ask you to reveal our purpose and ask for your guidance to have an abundant life. We ask this prayer in the Worthy Name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020, No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted for commercial purposes without the author’s written permission.

Author: steps2successwithspiritualsolutions

I am a Woman of God who desires to provide spiritual guidance to those in mental, emotional, and spiritual distress. Many of us have experienced a devastating life event within the past three years. If so, then we share something in common. My life restarted in 2020. And my healing journey lasted for 16 months. It takes courage, perseverance, faith, and trust in God to restructure and build a new life. Yet, in Isaiah 43, verses 1-3, God promises us that we will never be alone. We can have the assurance that God is with us in every stormy hardship. Pray daily and pray often. Study the Bible. The Scriptures are a Love Letter from God to those who accept Jesus as their personal Savior. You will receive comfort, knowledge, and wisdom. God says, "I have loved you with an everlasting love." Jeremiah 31:3. Be blessed in Jesus' name. Amen. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, with a passion for helping others overcome the obstacles in their lives. I am a writer of Devotionals, Romantic Poetry, and Research Articles. The recent development of Mentoring and launching as a Motivational Speaker has prompted me to address real-life issues for women from a spiritual perspective.

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