I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard over my lifetime, that faith and religion is a private thing.  Even the old saying that the two things you don’t talk about are religion and politics.  This way of thinking is a direct lie from Satan.  Jesus even warned us of this thinking.  “No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. 17 For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.” (Luke 8:16-17)

Let’s examine Jesus’ point.  He’s making an assumption that there is a light in you.  In fact, if you have accepting Him as your Lord and Savior… there IS a light inside of you.  Then He’s saying, don’t hide the light, expose it, display it, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. (I know you sang that last part in your head.)

So the question really is, how bright is that light inside of you?  Let’s think of it this way.  You can’t really appreciate the brilliance of the light unless you truly understand the contrasting darkness that was there before.  Let’s look at two people, we’ll call them Bob and Doug (yes you can call them McKenzie if you choose)…  Both men have a ‘darkness’ that is ‘healed’.  Let’s examine the different stories.

Bob’s ‘darkness’ is that he scrapped his leg and it started bleeding.  In the midst of trying to clean it up and put a band-aid on it, it heals.  The bleeding stops and the skin heals.  It would be pretty cool but come on… it was merely a flesh wound.

Doug on the other hand, comes back from the doctor and is told he has a tumor so invasive in his brain that there is absolutely no way to remove it.  He is told that any day, he will begin to notice severe symptoms of memory loss, bodily function loss and pain beyond his imagination.  These symptoms will last until he dies which is likely between 1-3 months.  He had better get his affairs in order.  In fact, Doug begins to feel strong symptoms that afternoon and begins to fear the worse.  However the next day all symptoms are gone.  Out of shock, he goes to the doctor, gets another MRI and the doctors are shocked… the tumor is 100% gone.  In fact, there’s not even residual damage.  The healing is so complete that his overall health is off the charts.  Every thing they measure is at peek performance.  He’s literally the healthiest man alive.

Now think about how these two men would respond in celebrating their healing.  Since Bob’s ‘darkness’ was merely a flesh wound, he’s happy and loves the healing but probably doesn’t really talk about it because it’s nice but not absolutely amazing, nothing to brag about.

However Doug on the other hand was faced with an absolutely  horrible death.  He had already received the sentence, even began to see the results of that sentence in his life.  But then a healing came that was as if the ‘darkness’ had never occurred.  Doug would shout something like this from the mountain tops.

So what does this mean to you?  If you have received Christ as your Lord and Savior, you have been healed.  But you seeing yourself as a kind of Bob healing or a Doug healing completely depends on how you saw your own darkness.  People that truly experienced horrible things on this planet, find it easier to identify themselves with Doug.  If there has been significant issues in their life that are now healed with Christ, this healing is miraculous to them.

However, too many people identify themselves with Bob.  They say, I was already a good person, wasn’t into drugs, didn’t commit crimes, cared for others… now I’m just that same person but saved.  DON’T BELIEVE THIS LIE!!!

Prior to a relationship with Christ, even the nicest person on the planet is doomed to Hell.  That person has been given a horrible death sentence and will spend eternity weeping and gnashing teeth.  A sin is a sin, regardless of the ‘size’ of that sin.  “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead” (Rom 10:9), then you have had a Doug type healing.

Quit hiding that healing experience.  Shout it from the mountain tops.  Tell people how awful your diagnosis was and what a miraculous healing you’ve experienced.  Don’t hide that light, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

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