Because of our God’s merciful compassion,
the Dawn from on high will visit us
to shine on those who live in darkness
and the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.
(Luke 1:78-79 Holman Christian Standard Bible ®©)
That’s what Zechariah prophesied. When he took John to be circumcised, he spoke over his son’s ministry and said this about the ministry of Jesus.
The Dawn has arrived. Darkness and death were prevailing over the earth, and still seem to be at times. But the Dawn has changed the times and the possibilities. It is now possible to walk in the Light, as Jesus is in the Light, and to have supernatural fellowship with Him and with each other. It is now possible to push back some of the darkness and the death and the fear and access and share the Light and the Life and the Peace.
Today, look for ways to prove that the earth has options that the Dawn has made available through your reflection of His Light here.
Come and see the works of God;
His acts toward mankind are awe-inspiring.
He turned the sea into dry land,
and they crossed the river on foot.
There we rejoiced in Him.
He rules forever by His might;
He keeps His eye on the nations.
The rebellious should not exalt themselves. Selah
Praise our God, you peoples;
let the sound of His praise be heard.
He keeps us alive
and does not allow our feet to slip.
(Psalm 66:5-9 Holman Christian Standard Bible ®©)
David wrote Psalm 66. He wasn’t present when Moses led Israel through the Red Sea on dry ground, but he wrote, “There we rejoiced in Him.”
Generations before David preserved their experiences with Yahweh so that the knowledge of Who He is could be passed on as a spiritual inheritance. To whom are you telling your stories? Will your grandchildren know Who Yahweh has been in your life?
If you don’t have natural children, are you taking on younger believers to influence their faith and encourage them to greatness in the Kingdom? Do they know what the Lord has done for you?
You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you.
(John 5:16 Holman Christian Standard Bible ®©)
If I tell you that I trust you, it could mean more than one thing. I could be saying that I trust you morally – I expect you to tell me the truth and to treat me properly or to pay me back what I lend you.
I could be trusting your skills – I believe that you can repair my car or my computer or give me a haircut that won’t embarrass me. I might be trusting your knowledge – that when you say something is true, you have researched it and it really is true. This might not be a trust you are worthy of in every question, but a only certain area of thought. You may have perfect information regarding traffic laws, but severe misinformation regarding who Jesus is.
What level of trust do you have for Yahweh? How does the score shift from category to category? Do you trust His knowledge, but not His protection? How about His intentions regarding our health, or our provision? Will He tell me about something in time to be prepared for it?
If we are praying for someone to be healed, our faith will be based on more than one area of trust. Do we believe that Jesus has the power to heal the problem? How about His desire to heal? What specifically will He do when we ask for healing?
There is a place where you can park your trust of Him that will affect all the other places. If you decide to fasten your trust in His love, it will build the rest of your trusting and lead you to a place where His love leads you into revelation about what He will do and how to agree with Him for it; He will work in your heart to want what He wants. And then your trust will not be disappointed.
This is what the Lord says:
The wise must not boast in his wisdom;
the mighty must not boast in his might;
the rich must not boast in his riches.
But the one who boasts should boast in this,
that he understands and knows Me—
that I am the Lord, showing faithful love,
justice, and righteousness on the earth,
for I delight in these things.
This is the Lord’s declaration.
(Jeremiah 9:23-24 Holman Christian Standard Bible ®©)
Jesus left the earth so that He could send His Spirit to the church – to give us power from Heaven (John 16:7, Luke 24:49). Just having super powers doesn’t make us super heroes, though. Most of our heroes and heroines are messed up people who have learned to maximize some strength.
Even many people who are believers, who have much revelation or faith or miracles have so much pride or anger or meanness or fear or jealousy that they are just carnal expressions of the power of the Spirit. Contrary to this, any manifestation of the power of the Spirit that is sanctified by the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) is a truer representation of Who the Spirit wants to be in the earth through us.
Even being moved to ministry by a love of the lost or of other believers will not make us able to walk in the level of heroism that doing all things out of love for Jesus will.
“This is the most important,” Jesus answered:
‘Listen, Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’
The second is: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.”
(Mark 12:29-31 Holman Christian Standard Bible ®©)
What was the greatest loss in Eden? What would it be like to walk with Yahweh every evening? What would He have to say to us? What questions would He ask us?
His words are not far away and hard to hear, though. Jesus has restored our relationship with our Father, and taken it to a new level. Remember that the Church did not have what we now call the “New Testament” for centuries. The King James Version of that was only assembled 16 centuries after Jesus rose from the dead.
They did have His Holy Spirit, though. So do we. His word is close – in your heart , and in your mouth (Romans 10:8). So, receive it! (James 1:21). Be courageous, and let Him speak to you and through you. Your lack of qualification fits the job requirements exactly.
Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good. Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. Be in agreement with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Try to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes. If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone. Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for His wrath. For it is written: Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay, says the Lord. But
If your enemy is hungry, feed him.
If he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
For in so doing you will be heaping fiery coals on his head.
Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.
(Romans 12:9-21 Holman Christian Standard Bible ®©)
Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness—without it no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness springs up, causing trouble and by it, defiling many.
(Hebrews 12:14-15 Holman Christian Standard Bible ®©)
Holiness is being set apart to someone or something. If I am set apart to Yahweh in all I do, then when someone is nasty to me, I might want to presume that that person, needing Jesus, has been put in my path so that I can manifest Him to them and introduce them to Him.
When things are going well, it should also be a testimony of the fact that my life is set apart to serve Yahweh. The Root of Jesse should spring up, blessing many, because I am present:
“And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse,
Who shall stand as a banner to the people;
For the Gentiles shall seek Him,
And His resting place shall be glorious.”
Isaiah 11:10 – NKJV
The earth produces fruit when a seed dies in it. The life is still at work in the seed, even when it dies. Until it dies, though, the transformation cannot happen that allows it to spring up, be seen, bear fruit, and multiply.
You don’t need to struggle to try to do what someone else is doing to succeed in life. You just need to listen to the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus as He works in you to be exactly who He says you are. Pear trees don’t have too much trouble avoiding producing peaches. They neither have to struggle to figure out what goes in the recipe for a pear. Let Him work in you to want to do and then to be able to do what He says is the who and the why of your identity.
It was His idea to pick you to be you. You don’t have to convince Him that you need direction. Just listen and be leadable.
“The kingdom of God is like this,” He said. “A man scatters seed on the ground; he sleeps and rises—night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows—he doesn’t know how. The soil produces a crop by itself—first the blade, then the head, and then the ripe grain on the head. But as soon as the crop is ready, he sends for the sickle, because harvest has come.”
(Mark 4:26-29 Holman Christian Standard Bible ®©)
Moses went up the mountain to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain: “This is what you must say to the house of Jacob, and explain to the Israelites: You have seen what I did to the Egyptians and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Me. Now if you will listen to Me and carefully keep My covenant, you will be My own possession out of all the peoples, although all the earth is Mine, and you will be My kingdom of priests and My holy nation. These are the words that you are to say to the Israelites.”
(Exodus 19:3-6 Holman Christian Standard Bible ®©)
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, a people for His possession,
so that you may proclaim the praises
of the One who called you out of darkness
into His marvelous light.
Once you were not a people,
but now you are God’s people;
you had not received mercy,
but now you have received mercy.
(1 Peter 2:9-10 Holman Christian Standard Bible ®©)
We are the only authentic priests on the planet. How should that influence our lives and our work? Ask the Spirit.
The Spirit of God is named, “the Spirit of Faith” in this portion of a letter from Paul to the congregations in Corinth. He is at work in you, to prepare you and then use you in the work He is doing in the earth. When that work becomes painful or difficult, lean even more into His ability within you to make the awesome things happen through you.
Now we have this treasure in clay jars, so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not from us. We are pressured in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed. We always carry the death of Jesus in our body, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who live are always given over to death because of Jesus, so that Jesus’ life may also be revealed in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but life in you. And since we have the same spirit of faith in accordance with what is written, I believed, therefore I spoke, we also believe, and therefore speak, knowing that the One who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and present us with you. For all this is because of you, so that grace, extended through more and more people, may cause thanksgiving to overflow to God’s glory.
Therefore we do not give up; even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen; for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
(2 Corinthians 4:7-18 Holman Christian Standard Bible ®©)