Our current sermon series at church is called “Casting Shadows”. The basis for the series is talking about living in the shadows/darkness and how that keeps us separated from God.
I understand that life. I have lived in my share of shadows.
There are many ways that we can be living in the shadows and there are many shadows that pull at us from all directions, as the picture shows. It can start at a very young age, where we are in the shadows of our parents and their authority, which can stem from fear or shame. Or it can come at us from our peers in school or our careers, because of the desire to fit in or your drive to climb the ladder. The shadows can overcome us from an abusive or over bearing spouse. Regardless of the source, the shadows have the same hold on us. From sexual impurities, alcohol, drugs, gossip or anything else that doesn’t come from God, these shadows can hold us down and strangle us with tight ropes around our soul. But as we were reminded yesterday morning in church, there is ….
A Way Out
Proverbs 4:25-27 Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.
Jesus is our way out. He came to this earth, to show us a way. He died on the cross and suffered great pain for us to be free of the shadows/darkness. Guiding us straight into the light. And Yes, He is not here with us in person but He gave us the Holy Spirit to walk with us daily to keep us on that path, fixing our gaze, steadfast and guiding our feet away from evil.
We have no excuses because He has removed them all.
Below is the link to yesterdays sermon, which was lead by our youth. The same youth that wrote the series for our church community. The same youth that are themselves breaking free from their own shadows and following in the steps of Jesus. I invite you to watch the sermon/lesson and if you are interested you can watch all the previous sermons.
Lord thank You for breaking me free from the shadows of my life. I pray Lord that I will fix my eyes on You and avoid living in the dark. I pray for those who are living in the shadows of their lives. The pain associated with it and redemption from the past that got them there. I pray that You Lord will wrap Your arms tightly around us. Amen!