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In Book 4 of the Harry Potter series, a new professor – Alastor (Mad-Eye) Moody – begins teaching the students at Hogwarts. Having worked throughout his life as an Auror, Professor Moody seems very wise due to his experience in capturing those who use dark magic. Throughout the book, he regularly emphasizes that the students need to live in a state of, “Constant vigilance!” The students are reminded that the enemy can strike at the most unexpected of times. As such, “Constant vigilance,” is the only proper solution.
As followers of Christ, we shouldn’t be surprised to discover the themes of light vs. dark woven throughout the Scriptures. The Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 5:8-9, For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! The Life Application Study Bible notes, “Our pasts may have dark times of cynicism, despair, shame, or self-doubt. Satan desires to lead us back into that darkness. We must reject him by intentionally living out what pleases the Lord. In this way, Christ’s light will keep shining brighter in us.”
To summarize, “Constant vigilance!” is good advice to live by.
READING & PRAYERS:
How would you explain to somebody else what it means to live as a person of light?
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, today I am reminded that not only is the culture around me full of self-centered voices, but I myself have made decisions that include cynicism, despair, shame, and self-doubt. Help me to remember that my sins have all been forgiven so I can now live in freedom of shame, and instead can live in light. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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