For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.
“I am the Light of the world (John 8:12).”
This is the second of seven “I AM” declarations of Jesus, we find in John’s gospel. It speaks of His unique divine identity as the only source of man’s spiritual light. There is an enemy who tells all of mankind that there are others ways but he is not only a liar but God declared him to be the Father of lies. John 8:12 declares, “When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, ‘I am the Light of the World. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but have the light of life.’”
Jesus is the light of all Truth as revealed in His Word and the Light who, by His Spirit, is “a light unto our path and a lamp unto our feet (Psalm 119:105).” Just as the sun is shining brightly today, the Light shines in our hearts to lead, guide, and direct us. When we sin, the Light of the World convicts us and urges us repent and keeps us from walking in spiritual darkness. Sin will not be the intentional practice of our lives.
In Matthew 5:14–16, we are told that believers are the light of the world. As believers in Jesus as Lord and Savior we are called to display His glory by reflecting the Light of Christ so others will see and glorify our Father who is in heaven.
“… giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:12-13
The old hymn declares, this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine! I pray today that day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment that every true believer will rely on the Light of the World, His Spirit and His Word to light up the world with the glory, hope, and joy that can only be realized in Jesus!
“…But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” 1 Peter 2:9
1 Let all that I am praise theLord;
with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
2 Let all that I am praise theLord;
may I never forget the good things he does for me.
3 He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases.
4 He redeems me from death
and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
5 He fills my life with good things.
My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!
6 The Lord gives righteousness
and justice to all who are treated unfairly.
7 He revealed his character to Moses
and his deeds to the people of Israel.
8 The Lord is compassionate and merciful,
slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
9 He will not constantly accuse us,
nor remain angry forever.
10 He does not punish us for all our sins;
he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.
11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him
is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.
12 He has removed our sins as far from us
as the east is from the west.
13 The Lord is like a father to his children,
tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
14 For he knows how weak we are;
he remembers we are only dust.
15 Our days on earth are like grass;
like wildflowers, we bloom and die.
16 The wind blows, and we are gone—
as though we had never been here.
17 But the love of the Lordremains forever
with those who fear him.
His salvation extends to the children’s children
18 of those who are faithful to his covenant,
of those who obey his commandments!
19 The Lord has made the heavens his throne;
from there he rules over everything.
20 Praise the Lord, you angels,
you mighty ones who carry out his plans,
listening for each of his commands.
21 Yes, praise the Lord, you armies of angels
who serve him and do his will!
22 Praise the Lord, everything he has created,
everything in all his kingdom.
Let all that I am praise theLord.
18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. Ephesians 6:18-19
Yep! This world is a mess!
As believers, I wonder if we get it? So much chatter…so much talking…so much commentary…so much talking to others about the mess this world is in.
So much listening to others: CNN, FOX, USA Today, Wall Street, social media, etc.
Just encouraging us to be faithful in prayer. In fact, our Lord, through Paul, commanded us to pray at ALL times, on EVERY occasion, and for ALL believers. He also commanded us to stay alert.
It is well past time that we get started talking with and listening to God!
You might wonder what causes me to believe that there is more chatter and talking to others and listening to the media than prayer to the One, True and Living God at this time. All we need to do is look around…the land is not healed. God keeps every promise. He is not a man that He should lie. Man ought always pray, pray, pray!
“[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him
[that I may progressively become more deeply and
intimately acquainted with Him,
understanding the wonders of His Person
more strongly and more clearly],
and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing
from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers],
and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed
[in spirit into His likeness even] to His death,” Philippians 3:10 AMPC
Blessings today! On yesterday, we looked at Job’s relationship with God. I pray that the following Scriptures and A.W. Tozer quotes will help us to do so. Please leave a comment if the Lord leads you to do so for His glory and the encouragement of others.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8
God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. Acts 17:27
“And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.’ 2 John 1:6
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Please use the comment section below to offer praise to the Almighty God
and encouragement to our brothers and sisters in Christ!
In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. 2 He had seven sons and three daughters, 3 and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East. Job 1:1-3
Job along with his wife lived in the city of Uz and had 10 children. He was a rich man as God had blessed him with much cattle and many servants. The Scriptures tell us that Job was blameless and upright, a man who feared God and shunned evil. Now, just for clarification, it does not say that Job was a perfect man but it does appear that he was a man who had placed His in trust in the Lord and faithfully lived a God-honoring life of integrity. A life that pleased God so much so that one day as the Lord was holding court in heaven with His angels, satan showed up…and it was on.
One of Job’s statements/questions to God is found in Job 10:8-9, “Your hands shaped me and made me. Will you now turn and destroy me? Remember that you molded me like clay. Will you now turn me to dust again?” In other words, Job is asking ‘Why was I born… did you create me just to destroy me?’ It is the age-old question of why am I here? The only safe place to get that answer is the Word of God which tells us that we were born for relationship with Jehovah God, the One, True and Living God (Mt 22:38) and we were created us for His Glory (Isaiah 43:6b-7). In all that Job went through, God was revealing more and more of Himself, drawing Job into greater relationship that would be a greater reflection of God’s glory.
It’s no different for any true believer. God is transforming us into His image. What we are moaning about, thinking we will never survive, God says, ‘yes, you will. Satan means for harm but I will use for good.’ Trust me, when I get through with you, you shall come forth as pure gold.
In the end the Lord restored to Job his prosperity and family and gave him another 140 years of life and twice as much as he had before, The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. Amen. But the best part is below, Job knew God in greater and deeper ways – Blessed in the Name of the Lord:
42 Then Job replied to the Lord:
2 “I know that you can do all things;
no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures My plans without knowledge?’
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.
4 “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.’
5 My ears had heard of You
but now my eyes have seen You.
6 Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes.”
Father, You are glorious! Awesome in all Your ways. Open our eyes that we would see You!
In Jesus Name, Amen!
John Newton, author of the hymn, Amazing Grace, suffered Alzheimer’s disease. It has been said that in the last two years of his life as he lay in bed, many of the famous people i England would come to visit with him.
At the age of 82, Newton had lost his ability to remember except one thing. He would tell those who came to visit, “My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things: that I am a great sinner — and that Christ is a great Savior!”
What a great statement that reflects the truth of every man’s situation. We are great sinners and the wage of sin is death. We are in need of a Savior. Jesus paid our wage and inspired one hymn writer to pen it this way, “Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain. He washed it white as snow.” Jesus paid the penalty of sin, broke the power of sin, and will one day we will no longer be in the presence of sin.
Amazing love, amazing grace, amazing mercy!
1 John 3:2-3
2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 All who have this hope in Him purify themselves, just as He is pure.
“For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Romans 8:24-25
Amazing Grace, John Newton
Blessings today! I was praying, seeking God for His plan for this blog on today…and this song immediately came to my heart. May the Holy Spirit lead us in this day of worship!
Today’s Bible Study was a definite BEHOLD HIM time of worship!
“Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and worships Him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for You created all things, and by Your will
they were created and have their being.”
We finished by reading this old hymn that helps us to Behold, Behold, Behold! I am placing a link below with the words and soft piano music in a slide show.
I realize the day is far spent and tomorrow is on its way but as we come to the end of this day, a close focus on the words below…Behold, Behold, Behold…we will find rest for our weary souls.
Loving this quote from William Temple (1881-1944), the Archbishop of Cantebury for 1942-44:
“To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.”
Selah (Pause and Ponder)
Selah again (Pause and Ponder)
Father, You are Great and Glorious! Open my eyes that I might see visions of truth, You have for me. Help me to willingly offer myself to You as an instrument for worship and guard myself from things that will hinder my worship for You are worthy of my constant bow before You. Thank you for Your completed work that I could worship You in Spirit and in Truth!
In Jesus Name,
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful (Colossians 4:2).”
My husband and I usually ask each other every day what the other has planned for the next day. Instead of giving him my normal list on tomorrow, I am purposing in my heart to respond as instructed above. My plan on tomorrow and for each and every day by the grace and mercy of God is to be prayerful for man ought to always pray, be attentive for the voice and plan of God and alert to enemy tactics, and be thankful for in Him, I live, move, and have my being in Him.”