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We are the Light Of the World

What Kind of Light Are You?
 

1. Are you a Smokey Lamp with a Cloudy Globe?

When a lamp’s globe is clouded up it doesn’t shine to it’s fullest potential. Maybe the blackness of unconfessed sin has crept in and started smoking up your life. It just takes a little smoke to cloud up a lamp globe.

The same is true with our lives. It just takes a little sin to make our light dull. We are always going to be prone to sin because it’s our nature but we have to work on it one day at a time. We have to confess our sin to Christ. Having unconfessed sin breaks our fellowship with Christ and causes our lives not to shine our brightest for Him.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

2. Are You a Dim and Slow Burning Candle?

As a candle burns out it gets dim and burns slow. Are you this type of light? Remember when you first received Christ? The Christian life was exciting and new! Are you getting slow about having a devotional life? Is your prayer life getting dim?

It’s easy to become complacent in our Christian life but when we do our light for Christ begins to dim and others can’t see Him in us. Take a step back, and get things into perspective, and remember what Christ did for you.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

3. Are you a Flickering and Hazy Light Bulb?

Just before a light bulb blows out, it flickers. It shines bright then dull and hazy, then bright and then dull again. Are you that type of light for Christ? Do you serve Him wholeheartedly then slack off?

Maybe you get discouraged about something and you start flickering. Then you get fired up again and begin really serving the Lord only to be bogged down again and you find yourself not attending church, not reading your Bible, slacking off in your prayer life and fellowship with the Lord.

The Christian life wasn’t designed to be lived on and off again. It has to be a daily continual thing.

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23



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We are the Light of the World

How Bright is our Light?

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  Matthew 5:16

As Christians we know we are to shine as beacons of light in this sinful world but how bright do we shine?  Our verse says, “Let your light so shine before men…”, but do we really look any different to our co-workers and neighbors than anyone else they come in contact with?

Is our speech different? Is our attitude different?  When things go wrong in our lives do others see that we have something or Someone to lean on?  Do people see that we as Christians have something they don’t have?

Many of us learned the little song when we were small about not hiding our light under a bushel, but as adults that’s exactly what we do sometimes.  We get so caught up in living in this world that we forget that we are not of this world.  We have something better in Christ but our sinful nature rears its ugly head, and we forget we are children of the King.

We need to realize that this world is dark with sin and people need us as Christians to shine.  As we look around at the school shootings, drugs, crime, and the diluting of the family we are reminded of how there are hurting people all around.

People need the Lord and they need hope.  We as children of God can give that to them if we just live as a shinning example of Christ.  We can’t keep Christ to ourselves.  We have to flood the world with His Light!


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We are The Light Of The World
 
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16 NIV)
 

You cannot make yourself the light of the world. Jesus says you are the light of the world because of your relationship with him. “The God who said, ‘Out of darkness the light shall shine!’ is the same God who made his light shine in our hearts, to bring us the knowledge of God’s glory shining in the face of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6 TEV).

God speaks the light of Jesus into our hearts, and his light shines so powerfully through us that we are like stars in the universe that point the whole human race toward real life (Philippians 2:15-16).

We are light, not because of anything in ourselves, but because we are in a supernatural union with the light of the world. He calls us to follow after him, and he says, “Whoever follows me will have the light of life and will never walk in darkness” (John 8:12 ).

Prayerfully remember —

  • Our influence and visibility is a result of who lives in us, not because of what we do. It is God who puts us in a place of influence and visibility.
  • We are merely a steward of our influence and visibility, so it is important we get out of the way and let Jesus work through us.
  • Only God can measure the significance of our influence and visibility. We may influence one person who will then influence the world. Our focus is on following Jesus wherever he leads.


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Things God is able to do

God is able to create something out of nothing

God is able from these stones to raise up children.. Matthew 3:9

God is able to make all grace abound to you

God is able to make all grace abound to you… having all-sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

God is able to deliver

God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand… Daniel 3:17

God is able to give you strength to rise above trials

God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it… 1 Corinthians 10:13

God  is able to save

He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them… Hebrews 7:25

God is able to build you up in Grace

I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified… Acts 20:32

God is able to exceed your expectation… He is able to do exceedingly above all you can ask of imagine

The Lord is able to give you much more than this… 2 Chronicles 25:9

God is able to keep you from falling

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy… Jude 1:24

God is able to Guard the good word in you, good deposit in you… to keep you from error

I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me. Follow the pattern of he sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. By the Holy Spirit who dwells within… 2 Timothy 1:12-14

God is able to fulfill His promises

fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised… Romans 4:21

God is able to comfort those who are afflicted

Who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God… 2 Corinthians 1:4



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“God Is Able”

“Being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.” Ro 4:21 NKJV
 
The reason we don’t turn to God more often is because at some basic and unconscious level we are not “fully convinced” He is able and willing to move on our behalf.
 
He’s able to defeat the giants that stand in your way. He’s able to go through fiery trials with you and bring you out unharmed. He’s able to promote you when you’ve been overlooked or opposed.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Eph 3:20 NKJV).
 
Whatever it takes to own the words, “God is able,” do it; otherwise you won’t be able to pray with confidence. You’ll make a few wishes on your knees, but you won’t be able to persevere in prayer until you know in your heart of hearts that God is able—and that He’s willing! Nothing is too difficult for Him. He’s just waiting for you to recognize that, and come to Him in faith asking for help.


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The Power of Prayer

 

And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.” But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!”

Never underestimate the power of prayer. When you are praying according to God’s will, your prayer is unstoppable. And how do we know what God’s will is? By careful study of Scripture.

Jesus made this promise: “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7).

If we are walking in fellowship with God and studying the Word of God, then we will start praying according to the will of God. And then we will start seeing our prayers answered.

First John 5:14–15 says, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”

Therefore, we should never give up or back down. We need to keep praying. That is why Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). In the original language there is an ascending intensity to the terms. It is like starting off with some politeness. Then you get more aggressive. And then you are not letting go, like Jacob, who wrestled with the Lord and refused to let go until He blessed him.

 



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Don’t follow fickle feelings; follow God.

Webster’s Dictionary defines “fickle” as “Not fixed or firm; liable to change; unstable.” Your emotions and how you feel are unstable and liable to change. So, if you follow your feelings, then your life, your choices, and your actions will sway like a tree in strong wind.

Because your feelings can be unstable, it is important not to follow them exclusively. For example, there will probably be some days when you don’t feel like being nice to your spouse. If you follow your feelings and act impulsively, then your marriage will have problems. Because feelings are unstable and unpredictable, someone who lives based on their feelings will also be unstable and unpredictable.

Indeed, James 1:8 says that someone who follows his feelings “is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.”

Instead of following our feelings, we need to follow God, for He is the only source of true stability. We need to take the same attitude as an old hymn, which says, “On Christ the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand.”

In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus says, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

That “rock” is God’s Word. If we want to live solid, stable lives, they must be built on the rock—God, himself. Therefore, don’t follow fickle feelings; follow God.



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Not every good idea is a God idea.

What God may tell your friend to do might be a terrible thing for you to do. For example, say you start doing something because someone else says it is a good idea, but you find it a struggle. In that case, you may be struggling because God hasn’t given you the grace to do what your friend told you to do. In other words, just because other people tell you to do “good” things, doesn’t necessarily mean you should.

Furthermore, if God instructs you to do something, be assured that His plan is better than any other plan you could have. For example, God’s plan for Jonah was for him to “go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it” (Jonah 1:2). However, Jonah didn’t like that, and so he came up with his own idea: Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish (Jonah 1:3). To Jonah, running away to Tarshish seemed like a much better plan than traveling to Nineveh. But it wasn’t God’s plan. And so Jonah’s plan failed miserably as will any plan that is against God’s plan. Jonah ended up in so much trouble as a result of his plan that he realized he should have followed God’s plan in the first place (Jonah 3:1-3). In short, Jonah’s “good” idea was anything but a God idea.

In your life today, don’t do what sounds “good” to you; instead, do what God tells you to do. Stop following “good” plans and start following God’s plans.




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