Sunday, May 10, 2015

Prattville Dragoons Chaplain's Column for May 2015

Carrying the Light In War And Peace
Psalm 96:2-3
     In the earlier months of the War for Southern independence it is written in history that the Confederate armys general moral picture was poor during the autumn of 1861, and the winter of 1861-1862 was dark indeed. Sinful practices, as often occur in military camps, increased to an alarming degree. After this period the horrors of war, along with its prospect of imminent injury or death, cast a shadow upon the frivolity of careless living. God, in His providential mercy, stirred the hearts of Christians, both in and out of the military, to fervent prayer and concern for souls. For many this mint walking once again in the illumination of the Holy Spirit and for others this was salvation for the first time. I have heard this time described as a period of great spiritual revival.
     In the New Testament, the word light is identified with goodness and holiness. Darkness, on the other hand, is frequently associated with unrighteousness or evil.
     Jesus described Himself as “the Light of the world” (John 9:5). He invited the people to put their trust in Him so that they might become sons of light (John 12:36). The apostle John called Jesus “the true Light,” who gives illumination to all (John 1:9). Our enemy Satan, who masquerades as an angel of light, has blinded the eyes of many so they do not recognize the truth of the gospel message. As a result, they fail to believe (2 Cor. 4:4).
     The word light has significance for believers too. At salvation, we were transferred from the domain of darkness into the kingdom of light (Col. 1:12-13 niv). Freed from slavery to sin, we were adopted by our heavenly Father and given a future home in heaven as well as a new family now—our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are no longer in darkness; instead, we walk in the illumination of the Holy Spirit.
     Now we are “children of light” (Eph. 5:8), and our calling is to carry the truth about salvation and eternal life to an unbelieving world. Jesus has commissioned us to share the gospel message and to live it out in our daily life.
     The apostle Paul understood what it meant to carry the light of the gospel to others. He dedicated himself to sharing the good news with those who did not believe and to nurturing the faith of other Christians. Like Paul, we are called to be light bearers to those around us.
     Let’s not forget the following who are on our prayer list.
Yours In Christ
Tom Snowden, Chaplain

     Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. James 5:16

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