I recently had the opportunity to speak with an old classmate, and with their permission, I will begin this post by sharing his testimony.
My classmate’s MBA, and his way with persuasion had resulted in him landing a Project Management position at a major Fortune 500 company. By the time he’d reached age 35, his six-figure salary was allowing he, his wife, and two children to live very comfortably.
My classmate explained that on the surface, his life appeared to be perfect, however, the demands and stresses of work eventually began to take a toll on his marriage, and most importantly his walk with God. Business trips and conference calls began to pull him away from more and more church services. He and his wife began spending less and less time together, and eventually he began to turn to alcohol and other women. He told me that while his parents weren’t aware of his growing drinking problem, nor infidelity; they did notice that he was changing, and they tried to confront him, however he would not listen to sound advice. He explained that one of the women he was involved with ended up getting pregnant, and he agreed to give her money and set her up in a nice home, in order to keep her from publicizing their relationship. Ultimately, his wife did find out about his infidelity, and one day he came home from a business trip to find her and the kids gone. My classmate mentioned that this took him to a very “dark place”, and there were a few instances where he considered committing suicide.
As time went on, his drinking problems cost him his job, and he lost the house. He found himself on his parents’ doorstep, in need of a place to stay: And they welcomed him in with two demands: 1. He get some help for his drinking 2. He start attending church and Bible Study with them as long as he was staying under their roof. Now humbled by the consequences of his life choices, he agreed to both demands. Gradually, his life began to turnaround for the better. He sincerely accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior, stopped drinking, and God restored his marriage. My classmate said he doesn’t make anywhere near what he previously made financially, in his new job, however he does have Jesus in his life and his family intact again.
It is the start of the Holiday Season. A time of great joy for many, but sadly a time of great sadness for so many others.
Perhaps, you can identify with my friend. You are giving the impression that you have it all together, HOWEVER there are some “DEEDS DONE IN THE DARK” that need to be dealt with.
Like my classmate, pride will cause us to enjoy our sinful ways for a while, however sin brings with it shame, and the need to cover up/conceal our actions. Satan enjoys showing us how to get ourselves into a world of trouble, and then as things start going bad for us he will take us deeper down the dark path, and eventually begin to condemn us by feeding us thoughts of hopelessness and despair.
No matter how far you fall in life, there is always hope. There is always Jesus.
It is not God’s will that we as human beings live our life, putting on a false mask of success, while continuing to dabble in our “dark deeds”.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
We may be able to fool other people for a while, but it is a sad thing to fool ourselves into believing that our misdeeds won’t ultimately lead to some serious consequences. Don’t con yourself. Don’t be self-destructive. Today you can step out of the darkness of your sins, and step into the light of the truth of Christ’s love for you.
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Today is your opportunity to take action, and change your life for the best. Jesus Christ has purchased the most important gift that we could ever receive. He is offering salvation, and packaged in with it is His 24hrs/7 days a week/365 days a year guidance, wisdom, and love. Did you hear that, regardless of what you’ve done, God loves you. Our human friends and fans will build us up when we are doing what they want us to do, but these same people will tear us down when we make mistakes.
God is different . He created each of us, and therefore has an unconditional love for each of us. I will be clear that He will not force us to serve or reciprocate His love, and if we choose to continue to walk in darkness until we take our last breath, we will be separated from Him forever in eternity.
I encourage you to do just like my classmate and so many other of us have done. Take an honest look at your life, and acknowledge that you are heading down a bad road. If you’ve never accepted salvation, or even if you are a person who has fallen away from your walk with God and you want to recommit to the Lord; I encourage you to pray the prayer at the end of this post.
11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
PRAYER OF SALVATION:
I acknowledge that I have sinned against you. I now understand that I can only become a better person by allowing You to operate in my life. I believe that Jesus died for my sins, and rose again so that I can have eternal life in your kingdom. Now, I invite Jesus to come into my heart, and guide my life from this day forward. Thank You, Lord, for saving me.