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February 28, 2021                                    
 

Shining On For JESUS

 

Philippians 2:12-18 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my  absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.  Do all things without murmurings and disputings:  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;  Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.  Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.  For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me. 

        

     I’m sure you’ve noticed this old dark world in which the Lord has left us to sojourn is without question getting darker by the day.  When I was growing up there was a fairly clear consensus, in general at least, as to what was right and what was wrong.  Don’t’ get me wrong, this world has been in darkness since Lucifer was cast down and Adam and Eve rebelled in the garden. But it certainly doesn’t take a John the Baptist to see that we are definitely headed in the wrong direction.  God used the prophet Isaiah to pronounce judgement or “woe,” upon those who called evil good and good evil.

   

Isaiah 5:20-21 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! 

    There is no doubt we are seeing a deepening of darkness like I have never seen in my lifetime.

We know from the scriptures that with this kind of darkness or evil comes danger.

 

2Timothy 3:1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. together. 

 

       God tells us here in Philippians 2 that even though we are, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, He has called us to do something that no one but God’s children can do: among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life…

 

      He does tell us to shrink back and hide ourselves in fear. He says we are to shine.

 

Mathew 5:14-16  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 

 

     Here are a few ways God tells us that we can shine for His glory and honor.  As the Lord tells us here in Matthew:

 

We can shine with our GOOD WORKS.

    Our good works in Going.  (Matthew 28:19)

    Our good works in Giving. (Luke 6:30)

    Our good works in Growing. (1Peter 2:2)

 

We can shine with our GOOD WORSHIP.

     Our good worship in Praying. (1Thess. 5:17)

     Our good worship in Praising. (Psalms 135:3)

     Our good worship in Pursuing. (Psalms 34:14)

 

We can shine with our GOOD WORDS.

     Our good words in caring. (1Cor. 12:25)

      Our good words in compelling. (Luke 14:23)

      Our good words in Cleaving. (Acts 11:23)

 

We can shine with our GOOD WAYS.

     Our good ways in Living. (Hebrews 10:38)

      Our good ways in Listening. (Mark 7:14)

      Our good ways in Looking. (Phil. 2:4)

 

We can shine with our GOOD WALK.

     Our good walk in Wisdom. (Col. 4:5)

     Our good walk in Worthiness. (1Thess. 2:12)

      Our good walk in Watchfulness. (Ephes. 5:15)

 

    Lord help us, by your grace, to shine more and more until the glorious day when you call us home!

 

Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

 

Matthew 13:41-43  The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;  And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.  Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

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