Welcome to INTO THE LIGHT Journal!

This journal is NOT about me but about the GREAT Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ and ALL that He has done for me—who saved and changed (inside-out) a great sinner like me. I don't claim that I know everything about life. But one thing I am certain, that apart from the love and mercies of Christ—I AM NOTHING. "... God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."(Galatians 6:14). I’m attesting the words of Charles Spurgeon: "My hope lives not because I am not a sinner but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died; I don’t trust that I am holy but that, being unholy, He is my righteousness. I don't have to be rich, but I must be pure. My faith doesn’t rest upon what I am, or shall be, or feel, or know, but in what Christ IS and what He has done for me. The love of Jesus is the source of salvation. He loves, He looks, He touches us, and we live!"

For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 10:36)

Serving in Christ's throne of grace,

Erlinda Mejia-Olsonღღღ


Be Thankful Always

By: Erlinda Mejia-Olson

PHILIPPIANS 2:13-15 ~ “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,”

In the movie, “Meet My Mom”, the ten-year old Jared was feeling melancholic that he and his mom had to move to California to live with his grandma—hoping to make a better life after his dad and mom got divorced. As his mother tucked him in for bed, Jared was busy whining about: not liking the color of his room ... missing his friends and school back home ... his dad's ignoring him ... asking his mom why her and his dad are separated ...”  Thankfully, the wise mom was able to shed good thoughts into Jared’s young mind by stating reasons to be thankful.  To paraphrase, she said to him, “Jared, there are lots of reasons to be thankful for—you may not like the color of your room but at least we have a place to come to … your grandma provided us a roof over our head … I got a new job … being in a new community gives us an opportunity to meet new friends and learn something new … what happened to your dad and I, was something beyond my control …”  “No matter what we have to be thankful for what we have.”  “We have each other”, she added.

We all have Jared in us. We like to whine. We find it easy to complain and  “knit-pick”  in our circumstances instead of patiently accepting them and be thankful.

Thankfulness is contingent upon what’s in our heart—not what’s in our hand or wallet or bank account. There are endless ways we can thank the Lord.  While complaining is not an option.  The fact that He allows us to see the dawning of a new day, is indeed, a good way to start and thank Him for it. We often look at our circumstances and have no qualms finding things to grumble about: long hours at work, pay is small, traffic is slow, long line at the check-out counter, gas is too expensive, the weather is bad, prices are too high, etc. So a mile long list of complaints, but no list of thanks. While in that every single circumstance, we also have a lot to be thankful for: we have a job, a roof over our head, have a car, we can drive, we have enough money to meet our basic needs, we have freedom (of speech, religion, etc); not to forget those who don’t have.

Our circumstances may not be all that sweet, but wherever we are it's God's will that we give thanks in everything in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18).  As a Christian, that is possible because no matter what our circumstances are, we can always thank God for deliverance through Christ. He conquered our sins by His death on the cross, rose from the dead, and lives (Hebrews 12:2; Mark 9:9; 2 Timothy 2:7-9; Romans 7:24-25; Romans 8:11; 2 Corinthians 2:14; Hebrews 7:24-26).

Not a single Scripture in the Bible talks of the Lord Jesus complaining, He did the opposite instead.  Knowing who He is, gives Him the right to complain the most but then He did not.  Therefore, who are we to whine.

Certainly, the Israelites knew that thanksgiving was of utmost significant—that part of the official duty of the tribe of Levi was to thank God: “They are also to stand every morning to give thanks and praise to the Lord, and likewise in the evening.” (1 Chronicles 23:30). They had heart of thankfulness and were commanded to be thankful regardless of what transpired that day.

So, the psalmist inscribed: “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” (Psalm 100:4). Discern that we are instructed to enter God’s gates with a heart of thankfulness and praise His name. We cannot enter into His gates in the absence of thankfulness, with whining, grumbling, or murmuring. That’s how important it is to worship the Lord with a thankful heart.  Not that we give thanks to the Lord only for those favorable situations but also for those which are not.  Being thankful not for men's applause or for the inheritance that awaits for those who serve God but to the greater glory of our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ.
"And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ." (Colossians 3:23-24)
Having a thankful heart is not innate in us, “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37 NKJV). Thus, to live—giving thanks to God the Father for everything is achievable because we can do it in the strength of Christ (Philippians 4:13).  Because—God says so.
“Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) … “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17) … “giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” (Ephesians 5:20).
Be thankful always!

ITLJournal in True Woman 201: Interior Design

Element One: Building Your Life on Sound Doctrine Discernment
Element Two: Reverent in Behavior Honor
Element Three: A Heart for Home Affection
Element Four: A Self-Controlled Life Discipline
Element Five: The Beauty of a Pure Life Virtue
Element Six: Working at Home Responsibility
Element Seven: The Power of Kindness Benevolence
Element Eight: What Does It Mean To Be Amenable? Disposition

1 Peter 1:15-16 ~ "but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy."

How Do You Know You Are Going To Heaven?

By God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation: What Does It Mean To Be Saved (Born Again)?

"And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment," (Hebrews 9:27).

Dear Friend,

God is asking you the most important question of life. Your joy or your sorrow for all eternity depends upon your answer. The question is: Are you saved? It is not a question of how good you are, nor if you are a church member, but are you saved? Are you sure you will go to Heaven when you die? God says in order to go to Heaven, you must be born again. In John 3:7, Jesus said to Nicodemus, "Ye must be born again." In the Bible God gives us the plan of how to be born again—which means to be saved. His plan is simple! You can be saved today.


First, you must realize you are a sinner. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death. "For the wages (payment) of sin is death" (Romans 6:23). This includes eternal separation from God in Hell ...."it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement" (Hebrews 9:27). But God loved you so much He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place. "...He hath made Him (Jesus, Who knew no sin) to be sin for us ... that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus had to shed His blood and die. "For the life of the flesh is in the blood" (Leviticus 17:11). "...without shedding of blood there is no remission(forgiveness)" (Hebrews 9:22). "...But commandeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). Although, we cannot understand how, God said my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. He became our substitute. It is true. God cannot lie. "God ... now commandeth all men everywhere to repent" (Acts 17:30). This repentance is a change of mind that agrees with God that one is a sinner, and also agrees with what Jesus did for us on the Cross.In Acts 16:30-31, the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas: "...'Sirs, what must I do to be saved?' And they said, 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved...'" Simply believe on Him as the one who bore your sin, died in your place, was buried, and whom God resurrected. His resurrection powerfully assures that the believer can claim everlasting life when Jesus is received as Savior. "But many as received Him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name" (John 1:12). "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Romans 10:13). Whosoever includes you. Shall be saved means not maybe, nor can, but shall be saved.Surely, you realize you are a sinner. Right now, wherever you are, repenting, lift your heart to God in prayer. In Luke 18:13, the sinner prayed: "God be merciful to me a sinner." Just take God at His Word and claim His salvation by faith. Believe, and you will be saved. No church. no lodge, no good works can save you. Remember, God does the saving. All of it.

Just Pray:

Oh, Father in Heaven, I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus was my substitute when He died on the Cross. I believe that His shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were for me. I believe that apart from Your Son's finished works on the Cross, there is no other way I can go to Heaven except through Him and in Him alone. I now receive Him as my Lord and Personal Savior. I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of Your merciful grace. Amen."

God simple plan of salvation is: You are a sinner. Therefore, unless you believe on Jesus Who died in your place, you will spend eternity in Hell. If you believe on Him as your crucified, buried, and risen Savior, you receive forgiveness for all of your sins and His gift of eternal salvation by faith. You say, "Surely, it cannot be that simple." Yes, that simple! It is Scriptural. It is God's plan. My friend, believe on Jesus and receive Him as Savior today. If His plan is not perfectly clear, I'm encouraging you to read this journal over and over again, until you understand it. Your soul is worth more than all the world. "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" (Mark 8:36). Be sure you are saved. If you lose your soul, you miss Heaven and lose all. Let God save you this very moment. God's power will save you, keep you saved, and enable you to live a victorious Christian Life. "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it" (1 Corinthians 10:13).Do not trust your feelings. They change. Stand on God's promises. They never change. After you are saved—there are three things to practice daily for spiritual growth: Pray—you talk to God. Read your Bible—God talks to you. Witness—you talk for God. After you are saved—you should be baptized (by water immersion, a symbolic picture of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection) in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ as a public testimony of your salvation, and then unite with a Bible-believing church without delay. "Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord..." (2 Timothy 1:8) ..."Whosoever therefore shall confess (testify of) Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in Heaven" (Matthew 10:32).