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Lamps and Lights

Posted by undergroundchurch on November 17, 2010


“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”- Psalm 119:105

There are two principles at work here – lamps and lights.

The lamp in those days was not much more than a strong candle.  One candle-power isn’t much light and can only light a very small area – most notably, around your feet.

The light to the path is a whole different aspect of light.  This light is stronger and can illuminate much further ahead. It could have the power of several hundred lamps like a torch or bonfire.

So what does this mean?

The Lamp

The lamp aspect of the Word deals with your circumstances right now.  What are you going through? What challenges are you facing? What temptation besets you? What attack is the enemy using? How do you deal with the immediate situation?

The Word of God is a quick and powerful tool that the Spirit of God can use in your life for strength to face any and all situations that hit you. To access this tool you need to have it handy – e.g. hide it in your heart, memorize it in your head and/or keep it in your pocket.

Light

The Light to the Path aspect of the Word mean that the Word of God is laid out in a way to help you avoid pitfalls in the first place. God built into the Scriptures hundreds of life examples of how to and how not to walk.  If your path is well lit, then you can more confidently walk by the light. The more light, the more confident.

To light your path, you need to daily invest in the Word through reading and meditating on it.

Summary

So the Lamp of the Word is for right now, and the Light of the Word is to prepare you for what’s ahead giving you a chance to deal with it or avoid it all together.

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