Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Assured – we can find light to walk in
YESTERDAY we considered how – like Speen’s frequent power cuts – we can sometimes find that the revelation light of God’s presence and leading seems to have left us in the dark. Is it sin? Is it the oppression that is common in our country? Is it an attack of discouragement?
Whenever we find the blinds down, instead of blinking in the dark, we get to work hauling them right up again.
The part that is assured is that there is light for us to walk in, and with a little work we can seek out, and find that light at any time. The Word releases light to us, our relationship with Jesus and who we are in Him releases light; a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit releases light from our hearts, and as we share friendship with other believers, who are sons of the light, light is imparted to us. However dark our situation may seem, however impenetrable the darkness surrounding us, here are four actions any believer can take, which are guaranteed to be light and joy bringing:
1. Read the Bible (regularly) and ask the Holy Spirit to quicken it to you. God’s truth is light to our path. It is the number one way God speaks to us.
2. Submit once again to the Lordship of Jesus and choose to walk with Him in the light of life (John 8:12); be ready and quick to repent of whatever the Holy Spirit shows you. Don’t entertain your pride – just get right with God.
3. If your church offers prayer ministry (ours does every week), go to the prayer space and ask for prayer for a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18 lit. “be being filled…“). That is a straightforward prayer that every believer should pray for themselves every day, but it’s good to have someone pray with you and agree with you on this, and it’s an absolutely routine and good thing to be asking. If you need more light to walk in, ask for this every week, if that is the season you are in.
4. Spend time in the fellowship, in the company of other believers – especially in the context of communion and breaking bread, remembering that Jesus said: “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in Me, and I in him.” (John 6:56). The fellowship of celebrating the presence of Jesus and a fresh impartation of the Spirit of Jesus is a light-imparting, life-giving action. On another level, being with people of light surrounds us with light, which enlightens us. A scripture for that? This may seem contrived, but it is what comes to me: “All the believers were together, and had everything in common” (Acts 2:44). I think this goes beyond possessions and everyday needs. Prefacing the great “body” teaching in 1 Corinthians 12:12 is verse 7: “To each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” The way it works is that we bless each other and encourage one another, like burning brands in the fire. Everyone knows that a fire that is scattered soon goes out. Our personal light burns out quickly if we distance ourselves from those with whom God has placed us.
The Lord will be our everlasting light. For now, we can always approach Him (Eph. 3:12) because of who we are in Jesus. Because God is light, that approach will always enlighten.