The Great Light

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The Great Light

And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus. (Acts 22:11 KJV)

Light has glory and the more one is illuminated; the more glorious, colorful, opulent, splendid, magnificent, etc. one would become. Let us seek to gain Light.

About the God we serve and the Father we share, the Bible says, “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5 KJV), about the glorious intensity and splendor of His Light, the Bible says, “And the city has no need of the sun nor of the moon to give light to it, for the glory (splendor, radiance) of God has illumined it, and the Lamb is its lamp and light.  The nations [the redeemed people from the earth] will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring into it their glory.” (Rev. 21:23-24 AMP).  The City of God is lit by the Glorious intensity and the splendor of God’s illumination.

Beloved, Light adds color to our lives. Light illuminates our lives and brings us into relevance, significance and visibility. Consider, how relevant, visible and evident the Light of God is to the City of God, it so lit the City that, “the city has no need of the sun nor of the moon to give light to it”. This notable significance of bearing and being Light must enthuse and motivate us to pursue, engage and retain the Light domicile in God. This Light is the notice and knowledge of the Holy God. The more of God we know, the more of God we become and the more of His Light we attract and reflect.

Moses, a man that was called up unto God at Sinai. He contacted and connected to God so much that he reflected Light (God) as he descended the Mount about which the Bible says, “When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hand, he did not know that the skin of his face was shining [with a unique radiance] because he had been speaking with God.” (Exo. 34:29 AMP). Notice, Moses’ face shone because he had been speaking with God.  

The knowledge of God adds color, health and wellness to a person that one will truly shine. This is a faithful saying. The Bible further says about Moses, “When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to approach him.” (Exo. 34:30 AMP).  This unique experience was also recorded about our Lord Jesus Christ upon the Mount described as the Mount of transfiguration of which the Bible says, “…Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.” (Matt. 17:1-2 KJV) and also of Stephen a man full of Faith and Power when being accused by the people, the elders, and the scribes, the Bible says, “And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.”(Acts 6:15). Indicative of Glory on the face and skin of a natural man as you and me.

Beloved, God does not intend nor design any of His children to be defaced, deprived or denied of glory, rather, the more of God we know and allow Him to illuminate our being, the more enveloped we are by the Light of His knowledge and Glory is the necessary result. “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give us the Light of the knowledge of the glory and majesty of God [clearly revealed] in the face of Christ.” (2 Cor. 4:6 AMP) Awake to Light; gain Light through the knowledge of God, “It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.” (Prov. 3:8 KJV)

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The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.. (John 5:7)

Activities that deter, discourage, delay, prevent, obstruct, hinder, etc. our interactions or fellowship with God are not innocent. Our coming nigh unto God is clearly a spiritual activity; it is unnatural. It is important that we gain content of this truth.

According to the Bible, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24).  This was Jesus’ introduction of God: He was very definite about the “nature” of God. Unlike Man (you and I), God is a Spirit.

A spirit does not have a physical body or substance to hold, this is the very basic feature of a spirit. The limitation of Humans therefore is clearly evident in the scope of substance and time. Humans are visible, spirits are invisible, Humans age but spirits do not, etc.  It is therefore un-natural for Man to relate with spirit as man will need to “exit” his element to “make the contact” or connection. This is akin to Man going to space or deep sea. These instances are un-natural environment to humans.

The lesson is this; as Jesus communicated it, “God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.” (John 4:24 MSG) Notice the imminent condition to worship God in Jesus’ comment “must do it out of their very being, their spirits”.  This is the cogent point that makes man’s interaction with God unnatural. Except one is born of the Spirt, one cannot enter (access) the Kingdom of God (realm of God’s influence) – John 3:5-8.  We must know and engage God with our spirit, this is the element in us that can touch or interact with God in us.

The Bible puts this thus, “The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gifts of God’s Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit—God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion. Spiritually alive, we have access to everything God’s Spirit is doing, and can’t be judged by unspiritual critics” (1 Cor. 2:14-16 MSG)

 Gaining this understanding, we must be awaked to the truth (also) that there is an adversary, called the devil who being a spirit (also) is wickedly and curiously opposed to our (you and I) approaching or interacting with God. This devil is aware that our connectivity with God is adverse to his operations and “businesses” which are opposed to God. and we gain command and control over him when our connectivity with God is both established and strong. The devil, therefore develop all curious ploys to limit, deter or prevent our drawing nigh unto God.

But you and I must be smarter than all that, like in the case illustrated in Mark 2:4, we must breakthrough all limitation and distractions that appear “innocent” but are insidious to our making contact and connection with God.

“Remove the roof” if you need to, only make certain you are not removed from coming nigh to Jesus.

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Divine Visitation

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. (Isaiah 61:3 KJV)

The Mission and Mandate of our Lord Jesus Christ while on Earth was clear and unequivocal, to raise up Children of God after His type and order. It is upon this Mission and Mandate that the Bible says, “to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the right [the authority, the privilege] to become children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name— who were born, not of blood [natural conception], nor of the will of the flesh [physical impulse], nor of the will of man [that of a natural father], but of God [that is, a divine and supernatural birth—they are born of God—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified].  (John 1:12-13 AMP).  

Notice the outcome of one’s belief in the Lord Jesus, the Church is God’s child. This notice and its comprehension are key to one’s understanding and organizing oneself in the Faith. There is a mutation of one’s person and persona when we receive and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are a new creature the Bible says, born, not of blood [natural conception], nor of the will of the flesh [physical impulse], nor of the will of man [that of a natural father], but of God [that is, a divine and supernatural birth…spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified].  (John 1:12-13 AMP).  It is our conscious awareness of this new and divine (unnatural) nature that modulates our activities and in essence dictates its outcomes. We become as called Trees of Righteousness.

Faith in the Lord Christ delivers far more than the Believer going to Heaven, in fact going to Heaven is in essence fulfilling all the preambles that culminate in making it to Heaven.  These preambles then become our necessary focus only because we plan to make Heaven. These preambles are the work of righteousness we engaged and managed penultimate to our being harvested to be with the Lord in Heaven. Praise the Lord.

Consider for a moment, what we are now born and organized to attain and achieve, “they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations. And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves. For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.” (Isaiah 61:4-7 KJV)

Beloved, let us awake to this righteousness, understand the intent to which we are born and redeemed, commit to that mandate… that he might be glorified

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Praise The Lord

Praise Ye the Lord. Psalm 150:1 KJV

To Praise the Lord, is a command and not a chorus. It is a commendation to perform an act not necessarily an exclamatory remark. It is important that we learn and practice the act and art of Praising the Lord.

To Praise is to speak well of someone or something. It is the ascription of worth or value; an appreciation to someone or something. Praise is Price or value.

In this light, it is pertinent to note and understand that God also has items or virtues He Praises, values or appreciates. God speaks well of certain people and “praises” them. About the Praise by God, the Bible says “So do not go on passing judgment before the appointed time, but wait until the Lord comes, for He will both bring to light the [secret] things that are hidden in darkness and disclose the motives of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God., “(1 Cor. 4:5 AMP) Notice, “each one’s praise will come from God”, God praises, values or speaks well of the “the motives of the hearts” when they are pleasing and right in His sight. He Praises everyone with a good and right content of the heart.

At some occasion, God praised and spoke well of our Lord Jesus Christ as the Bible recorded, “behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” (Matt. 17:5 KJV).  We see here, our God spoke well (praised) of whom He values and loves – His beloved Son.

Beloved, we must also eulogize, extol, exalt, laud and glorify our appreciation of God. We praise God when we think and speak well of God. Singing choruses is not all that Praising God entails; it is only an expression of our praise, value and admiration of God.

We also praise God when we speak well of His virtues and values. The Psalmist puts it thus; “I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart.” I have proclaimed good news of righteousness [and the joy that comes from obedience to You] in the great assembly; Behold, I will not restrain my lips [from proclaiming Your righteousness], As You know, O Lord. I have not concealed Your righteousness within my heart; I have proclaimed Your faithfulness and Your salvation. I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great assembly.” (Psalm 40:8-10 AMP).

This was the prophetic testimony of Jesus Christ about God, notice this was not a chorus or song, it was a proclamation of God’s virtues and values. Let us go beyond singing Praise choruses (only) as the extent of Praising God; sure, sing Praises is laudable and admirable; we must do it. But singing choruses in earnest is a product of our value and appreciation of God. We will not be able to sing choruses should we not ahead of that value the Lord in our hearts. Speak of His virtues and ponder always His goodness.

Let us “Praise the Lord at all times” (Psalm 34:1) and all ways…Let everything that has breath Praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

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