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And God divided the light from the darkness. – Genesis 1:4
While reading this devotion, I think of my struggles daily as sinner, and I praise Him for letting the light into my heart. Spurgeon writes that a believer must contend with two principles. Before God let the light in, we were only filled with darkness. Because of the light coming in it is now in disagreement with the darkness of our hearts. It doesn’t mix. It is that battle between good and evil that is tugging at our hearts, at our minds and rips at us any chance it gets.
Paul writes in Romans 7:21 and 22, “I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.”
So then, we are all wretched sinners and who then will deliver us from our sins? Praise God- Jesus Christ will deliver us and has delivered us from our sins.
I look at oil and water, two liquids that do not mix very well. If you start with a glass of water and take some oil and pour it in, the water around it will want to push the oil to the surface. God is the water, the light. Our sins are the oil, the darkness, that try and mix into the light. Without God and Jesus as our savior, the sin would just sit there and continue to take us into the depths of darkness.
Spurgeon writes that if there be a division within the individual Christian, there is certain to be division without. Let us pray that we will desire the things above and that God will continue to separate the light from the dark within us. May we separate ourselves from the things of this world and be satisfied in the gospel of Christ.
“He was holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners; and, as He was, so we are to be nonconformists to the world, dissenting from all sin, and distinguished from the rest of mankind by our likeness to our Master.”