Hiding in the Darkness.
I have told you this so that you will be filled with My joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!
Shoichi Yokoi was a Japanese soldier who fought in the Second World War. That war, of course, ended in 1945—but nobody told Shoichi.
This Japanese soldier sensed the change in the war in 1944, when the Allied forces began to get the upper hand in South Pacific combat. He sought refuge in a cave on the island of Guam. He was afraid that if captured, he would immediately be executed by the American commandos.
Twenty-eight years later Shoichi Yokoi was still living in that cave from which he emerged only in the dark of night. His diet consisted of creatures such as frogs and rats, along with nuts and mangoes. By this time he had figured out that the war must be over. He had seen leaflets scattered through the jungle. Yet still, he feared for his life and continued to hide.
Finally he was found by two hunters who convinced the Japanese soldier he was safe, and they helped him emerge from hiding. Soon he was free with better clothes to wear, a much more varied and appealing diet, and the comforts of home and friends—all advantages he might have enjoyed for most of the last three decades.
Sadly, too many Christians live like that old soldier, hiding in the darkness when they can live in the joy and abundance of all that Christ offers us. A new kind of life really is available for those who wholeheartedly seek to know God.
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.
7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.
10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.
11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
1 Thessalonians 5:16
Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
Because God is personal Spirit,
I will seek intimate fellowship with Him.
Based on Supernatural Thinking, by Bill Bright.
Thank You Jesus.
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