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Let There Be Light

  • For you will light my lamp, Yahweh. My God will light up my darkness. For by you, I advance through a troop. By my God, I leap over a wall. As for God, his way is perfect. Yahweh's word is tried. He is a shield to all those who take refuge in him. Psa. 18:28 WEB

    Total darkness is the complete absence of light. In scripture it is associated with gloom, despair and terror as well as the normal meaning of no light. When you remove all light, what you are left with is darkness. Humans cannot distinguish color when it grows dark. As the light fades, colors become gray and eventually black.

    One of the curses on Egypt was a darkness that could be felt. It was an oppressing, heavy, thick darkness, and no one even moved out of their spot for three days, but there was light in the houses of God's people (Exodus 10:22). It was the complete absence of light.

    'Let there be light' was one of the first things that God did in Genesis (1:3). Jesus told the people: 'I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life' (John 8:12).

    Life is fragile. As people, we like to think that we have it all under control, but I have been on top of the world and the very next day under it, felt crushed.

    One phone call, and a darkness like this can settle over us, one that can be felt. The light of God's presence will drive away the darkness, just as turning a light on in a dark room. When the Lord lights your lamp, all the darkness falls away.

    If your life is in a dark place today, look to the Lord Jesus. When you cannot seem to move out of it, it is He who will bring light into the darkness. He can meet you right where you are and His light can drive away the darkness and restore the color to your world. Jesus is the answer.

    Prayer: Father, I look to You today. Bring Your light to my life and drive away the darkness. Fill me with Your presence, restore my hope and give me a fresh vision for life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Rosemary Freitas
Rosemary Freitas Love your prayer Pastor Dion and of course your words of hope and encouragement . Thank you.
April 23, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen.
April 23, 2016
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you, dear Pastor, for the great message!  
April 23, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen, Love you Lissy. I pray you have a blessed and happy weekend. Love, Tamara
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome amen
April 23, 2016
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan             Thanks Pastor!!!  For a Vet to have had alot of light turned off crushed its amazing when it comes back on!! Thats saying been there had it!! Now final stage of recovery from a major health issue, it will be glorious to find well being coming back, including a fantastic spiritual rise change in Me!!!!!!!!!!!
April 23, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen, Mike.
April 23, 2016
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Deleted Member Praise The Lord, God is so good. Thank You Jesus for all that You have done for Mike.
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza Amen
April 23, 2016
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Deanne Rascas
Deanne Rascas Whenever I have looked to Jesus in times of despair a nd darkness, he has brought me back out into the light thru the way I think about my situation. When I had a problem with alcohol, I lived in total darkness, but God heped me over come my addiction and I can now walk in the light once again. I trust in God during times of despair and he has never failed me! Thank you God!!!!
April 23, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen. Jesus is the over comer.
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Deleted Member Praise The Lord, God is so good. I am so happy for you. Love and prayers.
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Anna Lockridge
Anna Lockridge Amen and thank You Jesusl.
April 23, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen. I am so thankful that Jesus is my light, and in Him is no darkness.
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Deleted Member Amen, God is amazing. Love you bunches.
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen when bad news arrives, it is time to get into the Good News. Reading God's Word and His promises can lift that cloud of doom and bring the sunshine in.
April 23, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen my precious friend. 
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Amen!!  Even when we are in tears and ask for help from God, his presence is always felt and the tears subside.  
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen to that beautiful prayer.
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor Amen!! Very timely as well. Thank you Pastor Dion!
April 23, 2016
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Rick Doran
Rick Doran Amen!!!
April 23, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Amen ♡ 
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Phynedra Franklin
Phynedra Franklin Amen
April 23, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza From the moment we were conceived, the light of GOD was already there.  Through good or bad times the Light of JESUS CHRIST is  shining on us through our walk of life.
April 23, 2016
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Albert Chau
Albert Chauedited: April 23, 2016 All it takes is one candle to light up darkness. Same for us, we just need that one candle or Christ in time of darkness or let His light shine through us to others in need.
April 23, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen!
April 23, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Jesus is the way, truth and life!!  He is the light!!  Amen!!
April 23, 2016
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Kath Paro
Kath Paro Dion~  Thank you for helping me see where I was and where I am today.  A few years ago (2004 or 05) I was in the depths of worse than despair and darkness, I wanted to die and didn't care if I did.  I was at the brink of true suicide.  I had shut out the light of my Higher Power and was spinning down and down.  My God directed me to seek outside help and He brought me out the other side.  Today I shun the evil and seek the light.  If I have difficulty finding it, I pray and seek others who believe to help me away from the darkness and into the light.
April 23, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Great testimony.
April 27, 2016
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen thank you so much for this devotionals I just love them all Its like I get confirmation from the Lord through your words Its very fasinating and alittle intimidating at times Just to know beyond any shadow of a doudt that our Lord and savior Jesus Christ has our backs and loves us so much that he died for us its mind blowing to me that much LOVE real LOVE not fake like the worlds love but the kind of love that changes peoples lives from the inside out from the very second we ask him into our hearts our lives will never be the same again, anyways thanks again for your love of the Lord and these devotions sincerely Scott R.
April 23, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝edited: April 24, 2016 Amen! Thank You Pastor Dion. <3 Beautiful. The darkness reminds me of my Christian Therapist. She's always taking abought light and dark. She always says Diane, i'm going to say something to you and you might not like it. Well by this time I know what she's going to say she forgets she says it to me many times. So this past visit she said Diane, I'm going to say something to you. Then she stopped and was thinking. I looked at her and said The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn. I said Jennie, you tell me this everytime. I said you need to tell me something different. We was done she prayed over my husband and I. Walking out the door she grabbed me and said "Diane, I just love you so much as she smiled at me." She's so tiny and so stinking cute I just love her so much. I'm going to get well with the before she trys to get me again with the darkest hour again... lol I need lots of light that's for sure. Light and dark don't mix turn on the light Sweet Jesus, let it keep on shining down on me. Amen Thank You, Jesus. <3 Thanks again Pastor Dion, for your wisdom threw your daily devotions. Amen!!! <3
April 24, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Blessings Diane to you during this journey you are on.  Peace, peace, & peace.  Relax this Pastor ssid to me years ago...let it all go & rest.  Eventually health came..
April 27, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝ Cheryl, thank you for your king words. I know it will come itt's been over 4 years dropping medication. I went to the hospital because I wanted off of one medication for anxiety it stopped working. I come hom and they put me on six different medications. They was not doing any good I was a basket case. I will be dropping this weekendfrom 27 mg. to 25 mg. I am dropping 10% of every dose and wait 25 to 30 days. It's going to be slow but that's okay. It's better than bad with drawal. I see Jennie tomorrow and I can't wait. I'm not as depressed right now and doing things around the house. We was going to open the cottage on Saturday I want to wait until next weekend. I'm a little anxious about opening. Lasy year on May 30 was when they put my older sister's husband in prison for molesting little girls. H ewas around for 32 years and I told her years ago he was not right. So my  three sister have not talked to me because I would not lie for the older sister. I told them I don't lie and you know that. I told them all to go buy a bible and get right with the Lord. I'm ao much like my mother I even look like her twin. So because of all that last year i'm still a little in shock about this. They just had his hearing. He molested my older sister grand daughter and she didn't call her for over two months. I told her when it happen you need to call her she said I need to take care of selling the lake house and a lot more. I said you made money your god. It's sad but I have to live my life walking with the Lord so many don't think they need Jesus in their life. They really need to stop and think I pray for them buy keep a distance they're toxic to my family and I. I don't want that Jennie told me love them from a distance and pray for them. So that's what I do. They have cottages at the lake the oldest don't anymore she went back to Florida. They neighbors all tell me you was here furst and all that work you and your husband did to have a nice place. They said they would tie me down. lol I always think of the cross that over looks our cottage and ask God, there is a reason why we end up here. I'm not sure just yet but I know some of the reasons. The lady nevt door she lives there year round now. In 2006 her husband and daughter was shot by the daughter husband. She is very scared of many people. She would only walk to the property line. She now comes and sits on my porch and she saw the cross she was in awe. She blocked God out of her life. She wants a nice print of the cross. I think i'll have it framed for her too. She bought a book about the trinty. Shee's asking me questions and I love her so much. My husband and I help her a lot she became like a mom to me. I told her i'm going to name the cottage Cross Corner. We are on the corner and the cross that you see from my porch are in the front yard. I want people to asj why the name Cross Corner and i'll show them. I want it to go around the lake what we named our cottage. It use to be a rental and many know the cottage to be a  wild crazy rental cottage. I want people to walk by and ask questions about the name. I pray that will briing many to the Lord. I'm always thinkimg how I can get people to be saved. My mom was like that and I want to follow her lead walk with the Lord. Amen Cheryl, love you and thanks for the pep talk. Blessings! <3 If I made any typos it was the person behind me. lol I am in a dark bedroom with orange glasses on so it won't mess my sleep up. They say that it helps you and keeps your melatonin level up. Sleep in the Fathers strong loving arms. Night!!! 
April 27, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Wow   Alot is going on for you!  Blessings.   A book titled, " the Cross at the Lake:, you could right.  God planted you there for the lady with terrible happening in her life.  I withdrew from an anxiety drug yrs & never forget how awful it was.  A few days went by before I settled down. Living for Jesus has family loses too not just friends.  It felt bad yet praising Him with nose in Word was the best prescription.  Nice chatting.
April 29, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝ Cheryl, thank you!!! Your so kind and caring. It's hard to go threw many of this I never know what my days will be like. I just take one day at a time.  Love You! Thank You!  <3
April 29, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Lord, Shine a Light in me.
April 24, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Oh boy, can I relate! Yes, Life IS very fragile--while grocery shopping this past Wednesday, I had a heart attack in the supermarket and was just discharged from the hospital today.Thanks for your words of wisdom!
April 24, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Praise God for how He took care of you Kathy.  What an experience.  Pray you are finding Peace in the midst of it all.  Blessings Kathy!
April 27, 2016
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Kathy Kingery
Kathy Kingery Amen. I need that too right now as my body is failing me and I'm exhausted physically and emotionally in my job and life. And just in the past half hour a local pastor friend texted out group to say he was with a family whose daughter was going home to Jesus.  Five minutes ago he said she is with Jesus now. This was while I was lying in bed in pain watching my online live stream church.  His message was "don't give up on what you're doing, even if you want to" Gods not done yet.  My heart goes out to that family and my own spirit was touched by the encouragement to press on through my physical pain and not let the world seem dark when I'm hurting. Thank you for this message! 
April 24, 2016
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Tavii Martin
Tavii Martin Amen!! I have been dealing with my own troubles that burdened me but I kept fighting for faith and peace through it all and at 1st I wanted God to intervene and stop it all but I see now I just needed that peace while in this storm. I'm still in it but I got msg from my pator today to praise my way through this thing! And I want to encourage you to do the same. Everyday we have is such a blessing my sister and I pray he gives you peace and assurance through your trials!! I also pray that the family you spoke of find peace and healing!! Stay blessed friend!!
April 24, 2016
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Tavii Martin
Tavii Martin Amen!!
April 24, 2016
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke Amen, Lird I lift my eyes to you .
April 25, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Thank you, Lord for being my light.  Helping me inspire of me to see the way..your way..when I feel in darkness.  This gift is so special...that we who awken Spiritually can see as you guide.  Being open to you, letting you in our life is the reason for all this to be made possible.  True Blessing, Lord.  Thank you.
April 27, 2016