On Being a Blessing to Believers

Psalms 69:6   (NLT)   Don’t let those who trust in you be ashamed because of me, O Sovereign Lord of Heaven’s Armies. Don’t let me cause them to be humiliated, O God of Israel.

The way we live as believers affects our spiritual family. We cause others to esteem them highly or to look down on them.  Our attitudes, conduct, character, words, principles, and actions go farther and wider, and affect more people than we realize. The last thing we want to do is to give our Lord’s name and our fellow believers a bad rap.

Psalm 69.6 - Be a Blessing to BelieversWhen God calls us to be holy, it is not a figure of speech; He is serious about it; He means business. It is not a suggestion; it is not a joke. Him being holy and perfect is literally true. That’s His basis in calling us to be holy as well. “But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48 NLT); “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must be holy because I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:16)—that’s what God’s Word says. I would say His call for us to be holy is literally true as well. “…work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). That’s a huge implication on us personally, but we realize: it far transcends us.

God doesn’t want us to have even a tinge of wickedness in our hearts. He knows it spreads and it spreads rapidly. It gets bigger; it becomes deadlier; and it destroys more people. We must seriously consider this. We don’t take this lightly. We love God so much; we don’t want to cause others to dishonor Him. We love each other so much; we don’t want to cause others to slander them. We don’t want to cause them any humiliation or harm. We bring light, not darkness; we shine brightly so that God will be glorified. We don’t want to pull our brothers and sisters down to embarrassment; we want to help them soar higher.

We don’t deny our imperfection; we still sin—that’s an obvious fact. But we also don’t tweak God’s Word to accommodate that. This is not a case of either-or; it’s both. Let’s settle that. Now, let’s live in a way that’s a blessing to the Lord and His family.

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Divine Full-Coverage Lifetime Protection

Psalm 27:1   (NLT)

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble?

Psalm 27.1 - Divine Full-Coverage ProtectionDarkness, devastation, destruction, devil, death—these are things that scare many of us. Scary people, objects, and situations come our way. They’re real. We don’t deny them, and we don’t have to; we just deny them control.

The Lord is our light amid darkness; He’s our salvation in perilous situations. He’s inside of us, by our side, before us, and behind us. He surrounds us with an impenetrable shield, and yes, with songs of deliverance. So, when enemies rise before us, we don’t worry; we don’t fear; we rise above them. Our God is God Most High.

The Lord is God. His power transcends any and every threat coming our way. He has never failed, and He will never ever do. He’s loving, righteous, holy, and just. He’s not a malicious or capricious God who occasionally desires to see His children beaten down by their enemies just for the fun of it. There’s no ill-will in Him—no spot of mischief.

Enemies may abound, the mountains and hills may crumble, but our God is on our side; His throne is established. He comes and saves. His presence is protection. There’s nothing the enemy can do to those living in God’s secret place—under the Almighty’s wings.

There are those who wish our downfall; that will remain a wish. We don’t delight in our enemies’ failure, but their devices against us often boomerang to them. We don’t cower; we don’t get intimidated; we don’t get paralyzed into inaction. We live joyfully and victoriously—with our shoulders humbly squared; our heads humbly held high; melody remains in our hearts; confidence is in our every step.

We have a divine, full-coverage, lifetime protection. We’re dauntless. Unto Him be all the glory; unto Him be all the praise.

Bountifully Blessed

Acts 26:18   (NLT)   18 to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’

A lot of great things happens to us when we place our full dependence on Jesus for our salvation and surrender our lives to Him. For one, our blind eyes are opened. God’s love, our need, our spiritual poverty, God’s answer to our spiritual need, our appropriate Acts 26.18 - Bountifully Blessedresponse—all these are elucidated in our minds and hearts by God’s precious Holy Spirit. That’s why we humbly, gratefully, and readily call on Him and receive Him into our lives.

There’s so much more: we no longer live in darkness, we now live in the light—we are children of light, lights of the world. Whew—awesome descriptions of our identity. Satan, as powerful as he may be, no longer has a hold on us because we’re now under God’s Almighty protection. Satan has got nothing on God. Oh, what joy to know He who gives us life, and life way more abundantly, is infinitely more powerful than the one who tries to steal, kill, and destroy.

We’re also forgiven of all our sins. That’s big. Our sins separated us from God—spiritually dead, that is. That’s serious. Without His forgiveness, it leads to eternal death. That doesn’t sound good; that’s horrible. To spend eternity apart from God, void of love, joy, peace, freedom, and bliss is more than horrible; it’s indescribably agonizing. But we’re forgiven. We’re now, in a saving sense, God’s children—a part of His spiritual family—His people. We’re different; we’re separated from the rest; we’re unique—wonderfully unique.

Channels of Glory

Galatians 1:24   (KJV)   24 And they glorified God in me.

As His children, we’re given a high honor and privilege of being channels of God’s glory.

Not all we do bring glory to our God. Through us, God can either be praised or cursed.

galatians-1-24-channels-of-gloryWe can have better chances of channeling peoples praise towards God if we’re not involved in works of darkness. It is when we let our light shine before others that they’re able to see God in us—how good and great He is. That’s how those in darkness are drawn to the Light.

God is Holy, loving, mighty. We’re not necessarily the same. It’s when those are seen in us that people see the reality that’s not us—a reality that’s attractive and magnetic, a reality that’s bigger than us, a reality that sincerely-seeking people want to be a part of.

God is essentially glorious. He isn’t always given His du—often because others aren’t just conscientious or aware. We as people in whom He dwells can bring the truth of God’s glory closer and clearer to the people.

Our lives shine; there’s no life more beautiful and radiant than that which glows with God’s beauty.

We know our worth in Him, that’s why we don’t desire glory to ourselves. We’re the pointers not the destination of praise.

Move On Despite Grief

Mark 14:34   (KJV)   34 And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.

Sadness isn’t sin—even the deepest kind.

As believers, there are times when we get overwhelmed with sorrow, deep distress, and troubles. We’re real people with real emotions. But we don’t allow ourselves to get paralyzed by them.

mark-14-34-moving-on-despite-griefPeople can betray us; we can’t stop them no matter how hard we try if they’re absolutely determined to doing so. We can’t control them, but we control ourselves. We do what we need to do. We move on.

More often than not, it’s a waste of time trying to justify ourselves when we’re not in an official trial. It has been repeatedly said: “In most cases, it’s easier to build than to repair.” So, we keep on with our journey: regardless of people’s take on it, we do what’s good, right, and godly.

There are people we can’t convince no matter how obvious the proofs and how numerous the evidences. Some enjoy being biased; some choose to be blind because doing so caters to what they enjoy believing—no matter how flawed. We let them be; we pray for them, and we keep living in and pursuing the light of truth.

When God asks us to face our own cross, no matter how hard, no matter how sad, we don’t have double thoughts about it. We have a choice, but as believers, we choose only one: obedience.

We do what we need to do when we can do something about a situation. Otherwise, we accept it; we learn from it; we find ways and means to grow and be stronger from/in it.

 

Life of Light

Luke 11:36   (KJV)   36 If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.

A life described to be full of light sounds very beautiful. The good news is: this isn’t just a pipe dream; this can be true. Our entire being can be totally bright. Our bodies can be offered as pure living sacrifice to God; we can make a covenant with our eyes never to look luke-11-36-life-of-lightat anything with lust; we can renew our minds so that our beliefs are correct and our thoughts are completely surrendered to the authority of God’s Word. We’re not part darkness part light; we’re children of light—through and through.

Life surrounded and saturated with light is incomparable. It’s very easy to associate it with wonder and peace. In the middle of a very dark world, we’re under a direct heavenly beam, shining down on us, affecting our entire being. There’s no space for or trace of hypocrisy in our conduct. We live in the light; we don’t engage in works of darkness; we don’t have to hide anything; we don’t have sinful and shameful hidden secrets weighing us down. This may sound very lofty, and yes it does when bragging about self. But we glory in Jesus alone. He’s the One making all these things possible.

Lord, we understand that left to ourselves, we’ll continue to find ourselves as victims of our own weaknesses, imperfections, and sinfulness. You’re the Light of the World illuminating our own world. We lay ourselves restfully under a flowing heavenly fountain of light continually falling on us. Our world’s bright—in and out—because of You. You drive away darkness from us. Now, we project this light brilliantly; our desire is to get the world to clearly see the good in and about us, and by doing so, lead their sight and focus to Your glory—the Father of lights in Whom there’s no variableness neither shadow of turning.

Exposed by/to/in the Light

Luke 8:17   (KJV)   17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.

The truth will prevail. The light of God will expose everything, even the most hidden secrets in the deepest recesses of our being. Nothing really is secret before God. He has the power and authority to bring to light everything hidden in the cover of darkness and every luke-8-17-exposed-bytoin-the-lighttruth buried in the most cleverly contrived lies, and He has the wisdom as to when and how to bring them up to the surface.

Our eyes are fixed on Him, His Word, His guidance. Through the complex twists and turns of life, it’s most reassuring to know that Someone omniscient graciously leads us to the right path. He has revealed Himself to humanity. We don’t worship the sun, moon, and stars; we don’t worship the mighty volcanoes, heroes, and other powerful entities; we know and worship the only one true God. We know the way of salvation; we know we’re saved. He continues to light our way.

Our young need not venture blindly in making the very important decision of choosing their lifetime partners. The Holy Spirit guides their every step towards a face to face meeting with the very person God prepared for them even before the foundation of the world. Believers clearly see what comes from the Lord, which ones don’t. We know which ones to welcome and which ones to fight. We know the tricks of the enemy; we know the ways of God. Understandably, we can’t fathom the whole inscrutable riches of God’s wisdom, but God illuminates areas of our existence where He knows we need to see clearly.