LIGHT REVEALS ALL THAT IS HIDDEN.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 5:13 “But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light”.

In our introductory study we realised among the many positive significances of light is that, light is also a revealer of all that is hidden.

We are the light of the world and our presence in every place or situation should mean an end to darkness, that is deception,  lies and satanic works.  Light shines in darkness,  and darkness can never stop it (John 1:4,5). Our world is under the spell of the evil one,  whose weapon is deception,. Revelation 12:9a “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world…..”. Our world gropes in satanic darkness. The devil’s darkness has permeated almost every fibre of life.  Even the church of God is having its share of the influence of devil’s lies and deception. I was shocked to hear that the Pope is advocating for a modernised bible.If this is true,then it is one of the ways Satan seeks to deepen his deception amongst men. (Rev 22:19)

Before we can talk about exposing the darkness (deception)  of the devil all around us,  we must first secure ourselves from not being engulfed in Satan’s darkness.(deception) Jesus shows us how. In John 8:12 “Then spoke Jesus again unto them saying, I am the light of the world,  he that follows me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life”. We must follow the Lord totally.  This is done by making  sure that whatever we do is in line with the word of God.  Always approach the scriptures with an opened, objective mind.  Reading and studying  with all sorts of preconceived ideas will not help you to identify the truth from the Holy Spirit’s point of view.

The first thing to do to expose errors or deception is to practice the truth of God’s word. Ezra 7:10 “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord,  and to do it,  and to teach in Israel statutes and judgement”. There is no better teaching than a good example.  Ezra prepared his heart to seek and to do the law.

Practice the truth and those pretenders would be enlightened.

 CONFESSION

I am the light of the world,I walk in the light by doing the word of God. By my testimony those in darkness are enlightened

FURTHER STUDIES.

John 8:31-32 ” Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”.

Acts 20:32 ” And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified”.

SHINE YOUR WAY TO PROSPERITY

KEY SCRIPTURE: Genesis 1:28 ” And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: …..”

Healing Evangelist T L Osborn, once said when you find a need and meet it ,that is success, and it will bring to you  your portion of the blessings of this life.

Solving problems is shining. Solving problems means rendering a unique service to some people. This brings us prosperity. We have been talking about, the fact that, we are the light of the world. We must therefore bring solutions to specific needs of our world.

In our key scripture God has blessed every one of us to be fruitful .Fruits are unique products that come from you to meet the needs of others. Don’t just follow what everyone is doing. Look out for a particular need in the society, the nation or even a global one and attend to it, praying and meditating about it. Do not accept that anything is impossible. You are in partnership with the almighty God and with Him all things are possible (Mark 9:23) .You may even fast ,pray and seek God for ideas.

It may take some time, but there would be a sweet solution. When Joseph brought an answer to a prevailing problem, it changed his status and his family was saved from hunger .Our world have been made easier by the many who found solutions to daunting problems. As they brought solutions to many their financial status has also changed for the better. Do all these to bring glory to God (John 15:8)

Dear child of God prepare yourself to be the light of the world that God has made you. Like Daniel, Joseph, David and our Lord Jesus, don’t hide yourself, decide to be a blessing by blessing many people. There are academic challenges, technological, agricultural, psychological, even political, leadership, commercial, fashion, environmental, health and what have you. All these are waiting for your solutions.

 REMEMBER ANY WAY YOU SHINE, IT INCREASES YOUR POTENTIAL TO INFLUENCE OTHERS WITH THE GOSPEL..

CONFESSION

God has made me fruitful. I have solutions to give my world. As I bring solutions many are blessed and I also prosper.

FURTHER STUDIES

John 15:8 ” Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples”.

Mark 9:23  “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth”.

LIGHT IS A SOLUTION TO PROBLEMS.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Daniel 2:16  Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation.

Light is always a solution to every problem it is introduced to.

As the light of the world, we must bring solutions to the crisis of this life .The story of Daniel shows us how Daniel went about solving a problem that would have ended the lives of others and himself.

There are so many problems that have engulfed humanity and some of them are taking lives of some Christians.  No, this ought not be so, we are the light and should never be consumed by any darkness no matter how dark it may be. (John 1:4,5).

 In Daniel chapter 2, King  Nebuchadnezzar had a dream which he forgot and demanded that the wise men and astrologers tell him the dream with the interpretation   The wise men admitted this was an impossible demand.

Daniel 2:11.” And it is a rare thing that the king requires, and there is none other that can show it before  the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with men”. This man said the truth from the natural mind and understanding but that was not the whole truth.

The Almighty God dwells with some people that is the new man in Christ. The Christian does not just have God dwelling in Him, but his very spirit is one with God.   (1 Corinthians 6:17). God dwells with us.

Daniel was added to  the rest to be killed, but he requested to seek audience with the king. .

Dear child of God you must believe in the presence of God in you, such that you must not allow what destroys the world to destroy you. You are a solution and should not be a victim.

 In vrs 16 Daniel sort for time to come back with the answer. What was Daniel going to do with the time he requested?. He went to seek the face of God with his brothers, inquiring that God tell them the secret. Many children of God pray and don’t expect responses from the Spirit of God (Matt 7:7&8).

There are countless problems facing our world and peculiar locations. Like Daniel we must seek God’s face for the solutions to these problems and our Lord would show us the way out.

Take time to reason with God about these challenges that face our world. God has promised to answer if we seek His face for the answers. We are the light of our world, and must bring definite and practical solutions to our world.

 . CONFESSION

 The problems of the world are not meant to destroy all of us, I am light to provide a solution to these problems. I avail myself to the Holy Ghost to provide answers.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Matthew 7:7-8 ” Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened”.

John 15:5 ” I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing”.

LIGHT OF THE WORLD 3.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Daniel 1:8 ” But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself”.

One example  in the bible about being a light in the world is Daniel.  We would consider what made Daniel to be so unique in manifesting the glory of God, even in a foreign land.

  1. DEVOTION

 Daniel was doggedly devoted to the Lord. In our key scripture the bible said “He purposed in His heart not to defile Himself with the portion of the king’s meat”. You cannot shine  for God without God’s commitment to you.  Holiness of life is the glue that attracts the presence of God to a man. (Matthew 5:8. “Blessed are the pure in heart,  for they shall see God”). It always takes the power of God upon the life of an individual to make him or her do amazing things.

 GET DEVOTED TO GOD AND GOD WOULD BE DEVOTED TO YOU.

  1. A MIND TO EXCEL.

Daniel was not only devoted to God by prayer, holiness of life,  he had a mind to excel.  Daniel 6:3 reveals that,  “then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes,  because an excellent Spirit was in him….. “. To have an excellent spirit ,is not just to have the Holy Spirit, but to have an attitude of excellence. To be disciplined and committed to details. Doing things right every time. Listen to what his detractors  said about him in chapter 6 vrs 5″. Then said these men, we shall not find any occasion against this Daniel except we find it against him concerning the law of his God”. They could not find any occasion of error. Daniel was punctual.  He did not cut corners or falsify figures, neither did he give bribes..  He never compromised on any grounds. His work was simply excellent. You cannot shine, if  you are not positively different from the rest .  Decide to excel by being positively different .

  1. A MAN OF FAITH IN GOD.

Faith in God is always the means to greater works.  It is this greater works that make you stand out (John 14:12).  Daniel’s faith in His God was unflinching even at the peril of His life.  Daniel 6:10 reveals to us that,  although Daniel knew that the decree had been signed that, anyone who asked a request from  any other God, would be thrown into the lion’s den, he went ahead and prayed. He was thrown into the lions’ den, yet God honoured his faith by saving him..

 God would honour your  faith to show  His glory.

CONFESSION

By Daniel example, I commit my life to revealing the glory of God in my day.  The Spirit of the Lord is actively working through me,  I am making a great impact on this world.

FURTHER STUDIES.

John 14:12  “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father”.

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

 

The bible in one year.

Deuteronomy 23:1-25:19,  Luke 10:13-37, Psalm 75:1-10, Proverbs 12:12-14

LIGHT OF THE WORLD 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:14 ” Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid”.

We learnt in our previous study that among the many positive significances of light is that, light is a leader.

If we are the light of the world, then we must therefore lead in every positive pursuit of life.  The new creation is endued with great potentials to excel.  Many of us have not made use of it. The reason is ignorance and a wrong understanding of the gospel.

Please church, let us understand, we were not saved, only to be taken to heaven.  Heaven is a result of our victorious life on *this earth*Rev 2:26 ” And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations”:

If it was not so,  it would not have been necessary to be  kept  here.  We would have been sent to heaven after our conversion in the first place. It is because of the evil, poverty, sicknesses, wickedness on this earth,  that is why we are needed here. We were saved to reveal the glory of God in our lives here on this earth.  (1st Peter 2:9).

The church must lead in the economies of the world. The fathers of the faith.  Abraham, Isaac, Jacob were champions in that endeavour.  Joseph through the power of the Spirit brought answers to a whole generation faced with famine and a total annihilation. His faith in God was not for his personal prosperity alone but a big answer to a daunting problem. Our societies, especially, third World countries are groping in serious economic crises. Christians in such lands must not only pray for an intervention but must seek God’s face for solutions to be given to them for the majority.

As  a student, the born again Christian must be a leader in his academic program.  This would be so, if you would ask the Lord to make you so, and also work hard to bring glory to God.  What field of endeavour do you find yourself?. Strive to be the best in that place.  Daniel was a stranger in a foreign land.  He determined never to compromise his faith and defile himself (Daniel 1:8). As much as he was concerned, he sort to distinguish himself creditably.  The bible said an excellent Spirit was in Daniel. (Daniel 6:3). He allowed his light to shine in that foreign country. He was preferred, and the name of his God was highly exalted because of him.. Daniel 6:26.

You are the light of the world. Decide to bring glory to the Lord by distinguishing yourself in your field of endeavour.

CONFESSION

As light I have been made to shine and reveal the glory of my father. My life would forever reveal God’s glory in EVERYTHING I DO.  I will lead in every life engagement.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Job 1:1, 3  ” There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.  His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east”.

Daniel 6:26 ” I make a decree, that in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and steadfast forever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end”.

The bible in one year.

Deuteronomy 21:1-22:30,  Luke 9:51-10:12, Psalm 74:1-23, Proverb 12:11

LIGHTS OF THE WORLD.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:14 “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid”.

Our Lord Jesus was born under the law and lived under the law (Galatians 4:4) yet, he introduced the life of the new man or the new creation. He lived out the life of the new man. He is our grand example.

Jesus is the light of the world. (John 8:12). He also described those who were to receive eternal life as the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14). “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden”. Light has so many positive significance.

  1. Light is a solution in every way.
  2. Light, on any problem means the answer.
  3. Light reveals all that is hidden.
  4. Light is a leader.
  5.   Light shows the way.

 In the light of all that is said about light, calling us the light of the world, places a great responsibility on us. . Well since he always told the truth, then it also suggests that we have every ability to function as true lights.

 That is to lead, inspire, bless, and give answers to our world .. Our lives should be without crookedness and deception. .Philippians 2:15  ” That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world”;

Dear child of God, Jesus says you are the light of the world. He even added that we must let our light shine so much that others would see our good works and give glory to God our Father” (Matthew 5:16). Please note this, We are not called to be lights, but rather we are lights by nature. This is what we are. Lights can always shine. Refuse to be insignificant in this life. You are a city set on a hill, you can’t be hidden. This implies there is no power that can suppress your glory. Say it boldly, ‘I am the light of the world, and I’m shinning’.

You should be an answer to the questions of many. You should be a unique example for all those who may be having difficulties about moral matters.

The second demand placed on us as lights is to lead in all aspects of positive pursuits of life. (To be continued)

 CONFESSION

I am the light of the world. This is my nature, and so I shine in a world of darkness. My presence in the society ward off all kinds of darkness. Darkness posed by sin, sicknesses and satanic activities and other challenges among men.

FURTHER STUDIES.

1 Peter 2:9 ” 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 marvelous light”:

Ephesians 5:13” But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light”.

THE POWER OF LOVE 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 John 4:16 “”And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him”.

Our key scripture shows us that to dwell in love is to abide in God and God also abides in you. This makes you the headquarters of God’s presence and power.

I would give a practical event to illustrate this. A lady brought her daughter, who has been having repeated attacks of a health condition to me. Her condition became so bad that, they had to be borrowing money from neighbours to take care of their daughter. I inquired about her relationship with her husband. She said, they were not on good terms. There was a lot of misunderstandings among them. I said to her, I would not pray for your daughter until you have called your husband, and the two of you come over to see me. She came along with the husband and then I explained to them the power of love that allows God’s presence and power to dwell in their home. I explained that demons are the cause of divisions, quarreling among families. When they succeed in dividing the parties, they then do any evil, they so wish to. I prayed with them and asked them to throw away any differences and move as a one unit family with love for each other. They departed, and from that day, their daughter stopped getting sick. They had no headaches of thinking about how to get money for the hospital, because there was no need. The secret was the power of love.

God is love. Loving one another is releasing God into action. The miracle ministry is always carried out by men and women with great compassion. Our Lord Jesus always healed the sick because of the deep compassion he had for the oppressed. Matthew 14:14 “And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick”.

Faith is the channel through which we receive from God yet love is the ground or foundation for faith. Faith worketh by love.

       CONFESSION

The expression of love is always a demonstration of God’s presence. Miracles happen when God comes to the scene. I would continually walk in love towards all persons.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Mark 1:41  ” And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean”.

1 Corinthians 13:8  ”   Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away”.

 

The bible in one year.

Deuteronomy 16:1-17:20, Luke 9:7-27, Psalm 72:1-20, Proverbs 12:8-9

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