Let Your Light Shine

Let Your Light Shine

2 Peter 3:3 NIV “Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.”

2 Timothy 3:3 KJV “Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good.”

Jude 1:17-19 KJV “But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; [18] How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. [19] These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.”

Yah think living in a world filled with people like this can’t affect you because you’re a Christian? Think again. When someone scoffs or mocks you this tends to make you feel like you’re the crazy one, when in reality they are. Mocking can even cause you to doubt what you believe. Sometimes to avoid being scoffed at we may decide to stop talking about God all together. Besides, no one seems to be listening anyway. How do we stay up in a world that’s always putting us down? I hope this brief article will give us some encouragement along these lines. 😀

FIND OTHERS LIKE YOU

Hebrews 10:24-25 KJV “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: [25] Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but EXHORTING ONE ANOTHER: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

Ahh, exhortation is so powerful and needed. If you know believers in the Lord meet with them regularly and exhort one another in the word all the more as you see The Day Of The Lord approaching. The above passage doesn’t mean you must meet with any church group or Christians you know are phony just so you can say, “I went to church.” It’s talking about meeting with true believers in Jesus who are focussed on BEING THE CHURCH not just going to church. Christ’s true body; His church, is focussed on bringing His healing power into this hurting world just as He did when He walked the earth. It also convicts the world of sin as Jesus did and the need to repent in order to be saved by the one and only way: Jesus Christ.

Your meetings don’t have to be large groups either. It can be as little as just two of you. That’s right! (Matthew 18:19-20) And yes, you can even meet some true believers (true friends) on social media. I’ve had Bible studies with Christians in the past through skype, over the phone, etcetera, when we lived too far apart to meet in person. All that matters is we come together with one mind and one thought; one spirit, which is Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:10 KJV “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”

Then we can spur each other on toward love and good deeds; being a source of encouragement for one another. If you don’t have believers or a believer you can meet with pray to the Lord for this.

LEARN TOO FROM JOB

One of the most impressive things to me about Job is he didn’t have a church group to meet with. He didn’t belong to any religious denomination yet he was THE MOST RIGHTEOUS MAN IN ALL THE EARTH! Job was just a good man who loved God. He too was mocked and falsely accused. Yet Job kept loving God in spite of this and in spite of losing all his great riches, in spite of losing his children to death, his friends, his health, all of which hit him all at the same time! This tells me that we can love God regardless of what we do not have. Job did, he was a human being just like us so we can too. And we today have an advantage that Job did not have: we have the written word of Almighty God! Jesus said:

THE SPIRIT QUICKENETH

John 6:63 KJV “IT IS THE SPIRIT THAT QUICKENETH; the flesh profiteth nothing: THE WORDS that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”

Jesus says that it is the Spirit that quickeneth. That word, “quickeneth,” means spiritual power to arouse and invigorate, to make alive, give life to, vitalize. Basically the Spirit gives supernatural power, life, and energy. Jesus says that His very words are Spirit, and life. Hence, Jesus’ words give supernatural life and vitality.

In order to withstand all the spiritual dark forces surrounding us in this world we must feed on Jesus’ words. God’s words are the only thing that can keep us alive and give us strength. If we’re honest with ourselves we will admit that whenever we felt down and demoralized for long periods of time we were not studying God’s words regularly. That’s why we had that lifeless, dead, depressed feeling:

Matthew 4:4 ESV “But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

Studying God’s word keeps us alive. Without it we are dead, we have no energy; no life, no light, we cannot shine. Get back into the habit of studying God’s word daily if you’ve gotten out of it and watch how differently and better you feel immediately. 😀

I hope this has helped someone who’s feeling the effects of this fallen world filled with enemies of God. We all get down sometimes. But those who really love God get back up and let their lights shine like Job. God Himself says:

Proverbs 24:16 ESV “For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.”

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