Thursday 10/8/15 I am the Light of the world

Genesis 1:2-5
2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.
3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
4 God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.
5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

What is the light in Genesis 1:3-5; since the Sun, Moon and Stars are not created until the Fourth Day?

Man has a tendency to explain away the spiritual by only seeing the physical, not realizing that ultimately it is the spiritual- God Himself through Jesus Christ who explains and makes sense of the physical. The Creator of the world alone can make sense of what we see with our physical eyes and what we don’t see with our physical eyes. If we try to remove The Creator from the creation we remove the SUPER-natural from the natural and life does NOT make sense. Remember God is Spirit and the physical was created by Him to reveal the spiritual- Himself to us.

So what is the light of Genesis 1:3? I propose it is Spiritual Light piercing into the physical world for the first time-
I John 1:5-7
5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;
7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Again we look to the Gospel of John to see the creation story through the eyes of the apostle John-
John 1:4-9
4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 6 There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.
9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.

Who is the TRUE LIGHT and what was His purpose in coming to earth?

Just as light broke through the darkness in Genesis, so the Light of Christ came to break through Spiritual darkness and to reveal the Glory of God to man that they may be restored with the life of God-
John 8:12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 17:4-5 “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.”
Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

II Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

The Light of the World- The Glory of God revealed IS Jesus Christ. Do you know Him? Has He pierced through the Darkness of your life?

Jesus came as Light to make God known and to defeat the darkness of Sin, Despair and Death. Look at what God’s ultimate restoration looks like in Heaven at the end of all time-
Revelation 22:3-5
3 There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; 4 they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.
5 And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun,
because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.

In heaven all things are made right. We now have God Himself as our only light. Things are restored to Day 1 of creation and even better, because darkness itself NO longer exists because Satan, Sin and Death are defeated.

Have you trusted Christ to be THE Light of YOUR world?

Wednesday 9/30/15 Jesus NEVER fails

I Corinthians 13:8-10
Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.
For we know in part and we prophesy in part;
but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.

Love never fails– Jesus never fails, Jesus never runs out. Jesus never fails to come through. Jesus is ALWAYS sufficient, ALWAYS abundant and ALWAYS victorious in every situation. Jesus NEVER fails you, if you TRUST Him/BELIEVE in Him with your feelings, your thoughts, your will, your actions, your rights, your body, your money, your attitude, your motives, your disappointments, your fears, your stress, your doubts, your anger, your rights- your life in every situation.

What circumstances make you FEEL like Jesus is failing you?
What can you do when you are in the midst of those circumstances?
For we know in part and we prophesy in part- We only have SOME knowledge and insight. We don’t see the full picture. We don’t see the next hour let alone the next day, week or year. But we know Him who KNOWS all things, at all times and in every situation. We KNOW He has secured our future. We KNOW we will finish in His presence.
We KNOW He will wipe away every tear and suffering, but do we KNOW Him/TRUST Him/ BELIEVE in the midst of our every tear and pain.

Even though The Spirit gives us the spiritual gifts, they are limited. They are merely maps, markers, and tools that point us, direct us and help us towards Him who is PERFECT. So when you THINK you KNOW it ALL- and we all have a tendency to think that at times- you do NOT. Humility comes from the awareness that we do NOT know it all. But, it IS true that you DO know Him who does know it all. And because of that knowledge you can walk in Humility and Courage at the same time.

What changes if you realize YOU don’t KNOW it All, but you KNOW Him who does know it all?

but when the perfect comes– When the fullness of Christ is revealed, when the veil of this world is removed, when we are ushered into the presence of Christ- THE PERFECT ONE; we will KNOW perfectly Him who is Perfect. We are always striving to make our lives perfect, but apart from Him we cannot. He is the perfection we seek.

When we are united with Him we will have no need for the gifts of the Spirit because we will fully possess Him from whom the gifts come.

How do you primarily strive to bring perfection to your life?

What do you falsely believe would make your life perfect if you possessed it? (Money, Fame, Power, Respect, Love of others, Praise, Beauty, Friends, Health, etc.)

How can you help others into the presence of Him who is The Perfection they ultimately seek?