Isaiah 60:1-2 “Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, and HIS glory will be seen upon you.”
HOW GREAT IS THIS VERSE! This is for NOW – June 2009, when so many people are experience deep darkness & the earth is feeling the effect of global recession. Interesting that the prophet needed to tell them that their light ‘had’ c0me. They couldn’t see it – Tell people they’ve got vbictory even when they can’t see it!
Now is the time for us to ‘think’ higher. Have ‘higher’, ‘nobler’ attitudes, to become positive in a negative world. When everyone is facing darkness we need to have a face of glory. People will see the glory of God upon those who decide to ‘Rise & Shine’.
We get energy & renewal from “doing”, not, not doing. But it’s not about doing just anything. It’s about doing the will of God. You know what it is because you love doing it. Fatigue comes from doing what you’re not called to do – you have no annointing for it. It drains you.
Our nourishment & health, vigour & strength comes when we do our gift. Some people are energized when couselling people, others fatigued. Some are energised ministering to children, others are not etc.
We are fatigued when we live with unfinished, unresolved projects & problems. We are engergized when we finish what we started. It’s important to only start things we know we can finish & once we start, go to the finish.
When we know we have been Sent by God to do what we do & to be where we are meant to be we will always be energized, even when we are tired, we still have HIS SENDING motivation within!
Sun Darkened tribulations, wars, fears etc. When these things happen, don’t look down, look up! Our ‘fix-up’ is near – if our view & perspective is of the Earth & not of Heaven, we will not see the redemption God is bringing us. Thus – Look Up!
Look Up – When these things happen – Now! not when they’re over. God loves a contest 0 a fight. When darkness covers the earth, His Glory will Arise Upon You. Therefore “Arise, Shine!!’
When Darkness is clouding everyone’s mind God wants to display His glory, His bright shining through His people prospering, succeeding, shining with joyful, thankful, positive expectation!
Don’t forget – LOOK UP!
Luke 7:33-35 “For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and yous ay, ‘He has a demon.’ The son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’.
It is impossible to make religous people happy. They have a censorious spirit and feel they are righteous to cast judgement on everybody else who doesn’t live by their small-minded set of ‘impossble to keep’ rules.
A bad attitude grasps issues to justify itself, so we are foolish to imagine that if we address the ‘issie’ it’s going to correct the attitude. It won’t. There’s always going to be something that’s wrong. Criticism is an implacable spirit.
Don’t be suprised when the good you do for one person is thought of as evil by another. Once again, it’s impossble to keep everyone happy & for everyone to like, especially if you’re going to step out & do something great for God. Just go ahead & be all that God has called you to be. He’s for you!
Not tommorow, or when you’ve cleaned up or fixed up things – BUT NOW. Regardless of anything today is when God wants to fill you. Anything bringing despair, hopelessness, discouragement (even if it parades in religious garb) is not God. He brings HOPE – He is HOPE.
God Fills us, not sprinkle or dab us but fills us with ALL joy & peace. How? – Through us psitioning ourselves in faith. Believe you’re going to make it. Believe God is with you. Believe you can do it.
When we start believing we will abound in every area with positive expectation about the future, about our family, our finances, our marriages, our church and our ministry.
The Holy Spirit fills our minds with visions of a great future when we start believing. The Father, Son & Holy Spirit are all bringers of HOPE.
Start believing NOW! Refuse fear today. Speak faith, see faith, Live in faith.
Though a person can stand tall on the outside & look like they have it all together, their soul can be bent over, crooked & cirrupt on the inside. Our soul is the core of our life & faith is the only quality that gets our soul UPRIGHT.
Life is lived by faith, the brave, the courageous, the adventurous, those who ‘step out’ the confident, the bold, the trusting, the believing. These are the people who really live life – these are the believers!
The core of sin is unbelief. People don’t believe God will look after them so they steal etc.
We are justified (made right) by God when we belive Him. He imputes the perfect rightness of Jesus to our own account as though it were our own!