Shine Brightly – Pastor Chris
Friday, January 6, 2017
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 (1 Peter 2:9).
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The Bible says He has called us into His marvelous, overwhelming light. This means we dwell in light; we’re children of light. Jesus also stated this in Matthew 5:14: “Ye are the light of the world…” What a blessing! What an honour! What a commission! What a calling. We’re the light of the world!
To get the full import of this truth, you have to first understand what light is. Light is that which makes manifest. Light describes. Ephesians 5:13 says, “But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.” In other words, light shows you what’s present. It leads you in the way and gives direction. Light brings fulfilment and joy.
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When you show up, darkness disappears. Darkness represents sin, death, evil and all the negative things that are associated with Satan. Jesus said: “…I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). Like Jesus, you’re the light of the world, and have the light of life. You’ve been brought out of darkness into the supernatural life of glory. Arise and shine. Refuse to allow the works of darkness manifest themselves in your life, for there’s no darkness in your life.
Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Don’t just shine; shine brightly. Let the intensity of your light dazzle and discomfit Satan, his demons and the negative works of darkness. Let it inspire men to praise and glorify your heavenly Father, as they see and experience your good works—your works of righteousness.
Dear Lord, thank you for the glorious heritage I have in you. You’ve made me a burning and a shining light, and I shine ever so brightly in a dark world, radiating your glory to all men, and manifesting works of righteousness, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
FURTHER STUDY: Isaiah 60:1-2, Matthew 5:16
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Matthew 5:21-48, Genesis 15-17
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Matthew 3:10-17, Genesis 6
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