Light of the World
Thousands of years before a holy child was born in a manger one cold Christmas morning, the prophet Isaiah told of it:
Isa_9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
Isa_60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
Joh_5:35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
Joh_8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
God came to earth, Jesus, God the Son:
Joh_17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
He Came, He Lived, He, as the Lamb of God laid down His life upon the alter of the cross, He died. He Rose from the Dead, and now, He reigns!
Rev_21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
Joh_9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
Jesus is the light of the world, and while He walked the earth, His light was glorious. Teaching, preaching, healing, working miracles, establishing the kingdom of God in the earth!
Yet, when He rose from the dead, those of us who believe, were given that same glorious light. Christ, by the Holy Spirit, has literally come to live inside of our hearts…
Joh_12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
2Co_4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Eph_5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
We have been adopted into His family, we have a new identity, nature, purpose…
Mat_5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Mat_5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Mat_5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
We are to experience His love, and from that love, we love a hurting world, offering them the life, light, and hope we have found in Him.
Col_1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
We do this humbly, partaking of eternity!
1Th_5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
1Pe_2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Chosen by God, Royalty, Holy citizens of the heavenly nation, set apart, that we might glorify His name for His great majestic mercy granted to us. We are forgiven, blessed, adopted, and for this we can only humbly thank, praise, and worship the greatness of the One who has done this!
He has also restored to us, not only our dignity, but has granted us, His authority to change the world:
Job_22:28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.
Psa_119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
2Co_4:13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
When we believe, we speak, and God backs up His Word by His Spirit, and the light of heaven shines upon our ways:
Rev_22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
Joh_12:36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.
Mat_10:27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
Pro_4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
See how our growing in faith, and utterance in the Word of God, changes the way we walk, and creates a path, filled with God’s glory!
And so, through us, He changes the world!
Joh_17:18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
Joh_1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
Joh_1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
Joh_1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
Joh_1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
As we share the word of God, God backs up His Word with His power and reveals His love. When He does, His light will light any person that would believe!
And yet, some refuse Him…
Joh_3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Joh_3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
Joh_3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
When they do, we have great problems in the earth, and this is what causes all the wars, bloodshed, and wickedness in the world…
Isa_8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
2Pe_1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
Pro_6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
We shore ourselves up, and are strengthened by the word of God, so that when we are faced with any situation in life, we can look to the Word of God, to discover what we must do about it. We only get ourselves in trouble relationally, when we move ahead of Jesus. He leads, we follow:
1Co_4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
There is a mad dog loose in the system though, and he is our adversary. He works through spiritual blindness and deception:
2Co_4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
He will burn in hell forever, and so will those who
Job_18:5 Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.
Job_18:6 The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him.
Nothing is worse, than when a person dies, having rejected Jesus, and His love. Not only does all of their life’s work fade into oblivion, but their spirit, apart from Jesus, is not only separated from their body upon death, but is eternally separated from God, in a place called hell.
Mat_25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
God, thousands of years before we were born, purposed that every person might experience His light:
Isa_60:3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
The fulfillment of this, was the commission given to the apostle Paul, where God sent him to all the world, no longer just to the Jews…
Act_26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
This, is our mission, the great commission, of our Lord Jesus Christ.
‘Father, show me my part today, in letting Your light, the light of Your Word, and love shine bright against the lies, wickedness, and pain, of a people, that in many ways, has left You, and Your Word. Please reveal Your love, Your live, Your Holiness, and restore again Your fear in this nation, that we might turn from our lies, wickedness, selfishness, and the pride of thinking we might build our lives, apart from You. In Your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen!”
Seems, in looking at the world, and the explosive population: growth:http://www.census.gov/popclock/
One birth every 8 seconds, one death every 12 seconds, one person stepping into eternity, every 12 seconds. I believe that the gospel is the only answer for salvation and eternal life. For those of us in ministry, our life MUST be gauged, in terms of harvest….
Pr 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
‘Father, help me to evaluate my life, my family, my time, in light of eternity, in light of harvest of souls into Your kingdom, and to adjust my priorities, in light of the Great Commission, in Your Name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen’
Jesus has given us all things, as kings and priests, now, wash feet…
John 13:3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; Here we read of Jesus, about to go to the cross, and like Abraham, God has established His covenant with Him as a man, and He has now been given all things. And so God our Father, has done for you, and for me….
Romans 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
We, who were lost, directionless, purposeless, sinners, have been redeemed, forgiven, adopted into His royal family, and granted position, power, prominence in heaven, in the kingdom.
1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Now, we have been given authority over the earth, and its works of darkness…
Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Priests pray and offer sacrifice. Kings rule and reign. .
Now, we are the sacrifice, our lives laid down in love, a sweet aroma before the throne of God…
1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Yet all of this comes only by faith, and this is a gift from God.
Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
So, we realize that faith is the currency of heaven, and we begin to allow the word to become flesh in us, and to develop our faith.
Suddenly, Abraham’s life becomes very interesting to us, because we discover that which God did, and promised Abraham, He, by covenant, is willing to do for us…
Gal 3:6 ¶ Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
And, after all this wonderful study, we find ourselves back in the life of Abraham, studying what promises God made to Him.
Gen 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. 19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
Do you see this?
In this verse, we see the covenant of God operating through Abraham, where everything he had, he had pledged to God.
Yet, in this verse we see the total committment of God to His part of the covenant.
Here we see that God had given Abraham, all of Himself, making Abraham, God’s covenant man, possesor of heaven and earth!
John 13:3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands,
Suddenly we see it!
We are covenant people, and all things in heaven and in earth, have been given to us!
Gen 14:20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all. Yet, as great as these truths are, there is one far greater: Jesus is Lord! Apart from Him, we can do nothing.
And so we go…into all the world, our families, our neighbourhoods, our workplaces, and to the nations of the world, bringing His love, truth, power, miracles, ambassadors of grace, mercy, GOOD NEWS!
Matt 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Kings and priests, yes we are so: John 13:14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
Jesus only did the will of our heavenly Father, and even as He was in His generation, so are we called to do in ours. His strength is made perfect in our weakness, and His power, that is His grace, is only given to the humble.
As my pastor once said: ‘If you consistently humble yourself before God, then God will never have to humble you before men.
Let’s Pray: ‘Father, we are your children, sons and daughters of the most High! Thank you for redeeming us, restoring us, disciplining us, and sending us out into this world as kings and priests unto you, in Your power and authority. As we go, may we walk in complete obedience to You Holy Spirit, in humility, gentleness and wisdom before all men, seeking to serve, bless, love, and understand, even when we are mistreated, slandered, and misunderstood, that Your Kingdom might come, Your will might be done, in our lives and in the earth, that Jesus might receive the reward of His suffering, for the sake of His glory we go, Amen’
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1 Corinthians 9:11 If we have sown [the seed of] spiritual good among you, [is it too] much if we reap from your material benefits?
1 Corinthians 9:14 [On the same principle] the Lord directed that those who publish the good news (the Gospel) should live (get their maintenance) by the Gospel.
Paul goes on to say, that he did not use his position as a minister of the gospel to take up offerings, rather he worked, making tents, to support himself. You might notice here, that Paul was not married, nor did he have children. Family responsibilities take time, and just as you bust a move on your job to provide for your family, I work every bit as hard, doing this, faithful to the Lord in prayer and the ministry of His Word, to you.
I will never charge for this: it my responsibility to God, my calling. Freely I have been given, now, I freely give…
As you give, hear Holy Spirit what to give, and honestly expect God to reward you for your giving.
Matt 10: 41 He who receives and welcomes and accepts a prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward, and he who receives and welcomes and accepts a righteous man because he is a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42 And whoever gives to one of these little ones [in rank or influence] even a cup of cold water because he is My disciple, surely I declare to you, he shall not lose his reward.
I am a five-fold ministry gift and office – this is my life – I pray, I hear, I write, and wonderful things happen. You have your job description, I have mine – this is mine….
I have ‘see through’ faith for you, in this: Gal 3: 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
I believe I have a responsibility before God to be like Jesus, in every offering I receive. I receive it with thanksgiving, just like Jesus did the little boys lunch.
Then, because I walk and live by faith according to the blessing of Abraham, I believe that God will take your seed sown, and multiply it, according to what the blessing of Abraham promises:
Genesis 22:17 In blessing I will bless you and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants like the stars of the heavens and like the sand on the seashore. And your Seed (Heir) will possess the gate of His enemies
It has been a joy to me, to see the hand of the living God act in the lives of those of you who have supported us this year!
Many have seen tremendous blessing come into your households, and for this we give thanks, and give Jesus all the glory!