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The Light – Part 3

Proverbs 31:18
She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
(NIV)

This verse really emphasizes the true purpose of a lamp.  If the sun is shining brightly, and your house has a lot of windows, there is no need for a lamp.  Turning a lamp on at that point is a waste of energy, and you probably wouldn’t even notice that it was on.

The time that a lamp is needed is after the sun goes down.  When you light a lamp in a dark room, there is no hiding it.  As a matter of fact, even a small light can have that effect.  I have been in a hotel room where the tiny red light on the smoke detector has kept me awake for hours!

The darker it gets, the more the light is needed.  That is true in the spirit as well.  We live in a dark society – spiritually speaking.  And it seems to be getting darker and darker with each passing day.  That tells me that there is a reason God has us here in this place, at this time in history.

So many people spend their lifetimes trying to find purpose.  That should be no problem at all for the Christian.  We are to shine the light of Christ wherever we are.  That is our destiny.  To light up the darkness of this world.

Therefore, I need to spend quality time in the presence of the Source of that light.  If I am to adequately reflect Christ, then I need to abide in Him.  Spend time with the Lord today.  Let His joy, strength, and purpose flood your soul.  Then allow His light to spill out to all those around you who need to come into His light.

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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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The Light – Part 2

Exodus 27:20
“Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning.”
(NIV)

Hopefully, all believers want to be a light for Christ in this dark world.  What trips us up is the fact that it doesn’t just happen.  Left to myself I would do nothing worthy of the Lord’s glory.

It follows the same principle as in the verse above.  If Israel wanted the lamps in the tabernacle to continue to burn brightly, they had to be tended to.  It was not just a once a week task.  Olives had to be picked and crushed for their oil.  The oil had to be filtered for clarity.  The wicks had to be changed when they had burned down.  The oil level in the lamps needed to be monitored frequently.

In the same way, hearing a sermon and singing some songs once a week is not enough to keep us burning bright for the Lord.  It is a daily task to tend to the needs of our spirits.  We need the solid food of the Word of God.  We need the living water of the presence of God.  We need to be meditating on His Word throughout the day.  These are the things that keep the lamp going.

As I said in my post yesterday, it is not my light that is shining.  But that doesn’t mean I have no part to play.  Unless the lamp is prepared, there will be no place in me for the light of Christ to ignite.  Keep your lamp in good condition.  Give the fire of the Lord a ready home to light up your world.

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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The Light – Part 1

Psalm 18:28
       You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
(NIV)

“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.”

Sometimes children’s songs are the most profound.  Notice how the song says I’m gonna let it shine, not I’m gonna make it shine.  Simply put, I can’t be a light apart from Christ.  He is the light of the world.

David said that it is the Lord that kept his lamp burning.  It was God who turned his darkness into light.  I am only a light as I reflect the light of Christ.  As soon as I think it is my goodness lighting up the world around me, I plunge back into darkness.

I need to see myself as the moon.  A great source of light and beauty at night. Yet none of it comes from its own glory.  The moon only reflects the glory of the sun.  In the same way we reflect Christ to the world.

When we take our eyes off of the Lord and begin to think we are so great, it is like a lunar eclipse.  Our flesh starts to cast a shadow over the light.  Depend upon God for your light today.  Then you can be the lamp God intended you to be.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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Our Common Faith

What is church all about?  Why is it important to attend meetings?

Titus 1:4
To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
(NIV)

Many believers have a misconception of what the church is.  They see it in a very self-centered way.

“I go to church because I like the praise and worship.”

“They have a great youth ministry.”

“I get a lot out of the preaching.”

While these are all good things to say about a church, ultimately, they are not the main reason for going.  It is not all about what I get out of it that makes the church important to me.  There is a higher purpose.

The Apostle Paul gives us some insight in his words to Titus.  He calls Titus his son in their common faith.  That speaks volumes to me.  Son.  The church is not just a collection of individuals who happen to meet together to sing some songs and hear a speech.  Because of the blood of Christ imparted to us, we are now a family.  The church is, in fact, a family get-together.

We must see the church as a family unit.  A place where the bonds are more important than the individuals.  Paul calls it their common faith.  It is the family heritage.  Have you ever heard someone say something like, “Everyone in my family has a temper.”  Or maybe, “My family are all very giving people.”  There is a common trait to some families.  To those of us in Christ, it should be our common faith in the Lord.

The church is that place where we pick up and strengthen our family traits.  We start to resemble the Lord as we meet together with His family.  Don’t miss out on the family reunion.  Be a part of the church God has called you to.  Let our common faith be what the world sees in us.

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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Jesus the Traveler

Luke 9:57-58
As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

He had no corporate office.  He had no house in the big city.  He traveled almost the whole time during His ministry.

In some ways it is very difficult to live your life “on the road.”  Jesus did it for three years.  He understood the stress of always having to be on the move.

Spiritually speaking, if we serve the Lord, we can expect to be just like Him – to be constantly on the go.  He does not want us to stagnate, but to press on toward the prize.  To do that we must be always willing to change and to try new things as the Lord continues to call us forward.

This kind of life is forever bringing new challenges across our path.  Each step of the way we are being drawn to deeper commitment, greater devotion, and higher callings.  With each new opportunity for obedience comes a choice – to be satisfied with the old or to move on in Christ to the new.  It is exciting following Jesus – but you have to keep moving.

Take the time today in your prayers to let the Lord know your willingness to move on with Him.  If there is an area of your life where you have been resisting His change, then repent and commit to move on in obedience.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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Standing on the Heights

Psalm 18:31-33
For who is God besides the LORD?  And who is the Rock except our God?  It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.  He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights.

There is nothing like the feeling you get when you stand on a high summit overlooking all of creation.  It is like you are king (or queen) over all you survey.

It is God’s desire for us to be victorious in life.  He wants us to stand on the mountaintop events of our lives and know the thrill of the moment.  Realize that the Lord rejoices over our accomplishments.

But during those “peak” experiences – whether an actual mountain or some other achievement – we need to acknowledge the Lord as our source of strength.  We must follow the example of the Psalmist.  It is obvious that he knows the joys of victory.  But he also knows where that victory came from.  He gives credit and honor to God as the One who enables him to do these exploits.

Today – look back on your journey and praise God for His hand at work in you.  It is He who gives you the strength and guidance that you need to make it to the tops of your personal “mountains.”  Show Him your gratefulness for all He has done in your life.  In that way you will be prepared for the victories yet to come.

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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The Unseen Battle

Ephesians 6:12 – For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
(NIV)

It would be so much easier if I could see my enemy.  The fact is that there is no group that you can point to and say, “They are the enemy.”  People and organizations are not the enemy.

We want to blame someone.  “It’s their fault.”  That’s not the attitude we should have.  It is clear from Scripture that the enemy is unseen.  There is a whole spiritual world that is just out of reach to our five senses.  It cannot be felt or touched, yet it is just as real.

We also need to realize that this unseen world is organized.  Actually it is more organized than the church.  The enemy knows that the battle for souls goes on 24/7.  We like to take breaks and holidays from the struggle.  We think that because we did something special for God today, we can take the next few days off – “let our hair down” for a while.  I believe that’s why the church in America seems to be so ineffective for the most part.

It is time for God’s people to take this unseen battle seriously.  We need to begin living our faith the way God intended us to.  We need to lift up the Word of God as an offensive weapon against the darkness of this age.  It is time for the light of Christ to shine through us to set the captives free.

Be a part of God’s victorious church.  Arm yourself for the unseen battle through prayer and the Word.  It is time to strike fear into the heart of the true enemy – the unseen kingdom of darkness.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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