Daily Light – August 31, 2017

Today’s Daily Light:

 Seed and Soil
 
Matthew 13:3-9  Jesus said this to a large group of people “A farmer went out to sow his seed.  As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.  Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil.  It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.  But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.  Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop – a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.  He who has ears, let him hear.”
 
We are the farmer.  Farmers are to plant seed. That’s what farmers do.  They are active…they plant seed. We must plant/scatter seed in and on all occasions.  We do not know the quality of the soil that receives the seed we sow.  The nature of the ‘Kingdom of God’ is that only God, in His sovereignty ‘knows’ the quality of the soil…whether or not it will produce a crop…and thus the quality of the crop.   We are farmers in the Kingdom…ours is to scatter seed…God’s is to grow seed.  May you scatter seed today.
 
Amen.
  

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Daily Light – August 30, 2017

Today’s Daily Light:

Matthew 7:13-14   Jesus said  “Enter through the narrow gate.  For the wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.    
 
All one has to do is just look around..anywhere you go…everything you see on t.v….and it is so apparent that the majority/mainstream mindset does not see or hold to a God entranced world view.   They do not see the Kingdom of God ‘coming’ in the earth.  They are not even aware of its existence.  They do not see Jesus as Lord of the universe.   Their is no awareness of eternal judgment.  The majority of the world has taken the wide gate of the broad roadway that leads to destruction.
‘Life’…real life…the deepest meaning of ‘life’…that leads to eternal life…can only be discovered, seen, and understood through a person/people coming to a personal revelation of a God entranced worldview.  This ‘revelation’ comes from a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ…a ‘conversion’ experience must take place ‘inside’ a person in order (‘so that) they can see and understand that true ‘life’..real life…is in and through Jesus Christ.   There are no other paths or shortcuts…no man-made detours off the broad road…that lead to eternal truth and eternal life.   Jesus is the only doorway into the vast eternal realm of eternal truth and life.   Jesus says ‘the road road that leads to this life is narrow..and is vastly different in what it does, where it leads, the demands it makes…than is the ‘broad’ road of the way of the dark side.  I personally believe that the narrow road runs smack dab down the middle of the broad road…is surrounded by the broad road..but separate from it….is ‘in’ it..but not of it.   It is designed this way ‘so that’ we narrow road-runners can reach-out to those on the broad road and shine a light for them that points to the doorway onto the narrow road…and that doorway is in and through Jesus Christ…   We are in this world but not of it.  We are to ‘mix and mingle’, with caution, but with purpose…we are the light of and to the people on the broad road.  We are to shine our lights on Jesus ‘so that’ the lost can see ‘Him’.
Father…I ache for the people of the world…that are all around us everyday…who are trapped and lost on the wide road that leads to destruction.  Help us to see that there is nothing more important to us in every waking moment of every day than is for us to keep our batteries charged in our lights and lamps ‘so that’ we are constantly shining our lights out onto the wide road for the lost to see YOU..and the road to eternal life.   Help us Father.  Amen

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Daily Light – August 29, 2017

Today’s Daily Light:

(My home computer had a system crash yesterday…so the reason for no DL yesterday).

 

The story goes back many years to a small village-town in Mexico…poor peasant farm community that had endured 3 years of sparse rain…they and their few farm animals were weary, tired, and always hungry.  The small stream near the village was dry and they had to carry water by donkey down from the mountain range that was very far away from the village.   There was much sickness in the village from the lack of enough food and water.
One day, a stranger rode into town on a donkey.   The village people did not have many strangers come to their town and they all came out to meet the stranger.   The stranger introduced himself to the people and said ‘hello..my name is Senor (Se·ñor).   Would someone please let me stay with you for this night in your villa and give me something to eat?”  The people were not sure how to respond since they did not have extra food and they did not know the stranger…but one older woman who had a sick husband said “Sir..please stay in our villa with us tonight and we will share the last piece of bread we have with you.”   Senor said ‘thank you”..and he followed the woman to her home.   The next morning the woman came running down the street saying..”come and see what Senor has done for my husband and for our home.”   All of the people went to the woman’s home and saw that the husband was up and walking around and that the house was full of fresh food and the water cans were full of water.
One of the people that lived in the village was a small boy name Pepe who lived with his widowed mother.   Pepe was shy and stood in the background but carefully watched as one by one all of the people invited Senor to come and stay in their homes in the Village.   Pepe saw that wherever Senor visited the people became healed and the house was full of food and water.   Senor visited all of the homes in village while he was with the people.
The village people were happy that Senor had come to their village because they were no longer hungry or thirsty and their health had returned.   But one day, the word spread that Senor was preparing to leave the village.   The village people came to the house where Senor was staying and pleaded with him to stay and continue to give them food and water.  But Senor explained that he must leave because there were many other villages that he must visit.   Many of the people were angry that he would not stay and continue to give them food and water.
At sunrise, on the day Senor was to leave the Village, he said goodbye to the few people that had come to say goodbye and thank him for all that he had done for them.   And then Senor walked through the Village gate and started down the dusty roadway on his donkey.  All of a sudden Senor heard the voice of a small boy calling to him “Senor..Senor stop!”  Senor stopped and saw that it was Pepe running after him down the dusty roadway.  Senor said “Pepe..what do you want?”   And Pepe said “Senor..please do not go..please stay…please do not go.”    And Senor said “Pepe…I have given you and all of the people all that I have to give…you are well…and you have food and water.  What else is there for me to give you?  I have given you everything that I have…everything that I can give.”   And Pepe said “Senor..I do not want you to give me something…I want YOU!   All I want is you Senor…All I want is you.”
This is a story I heard many years ago as shared by a Catholic priest.  The point of the story is to make us see that what Jesus wants from us is ‘not’ for us to see what He can give us…not to just see what He can do for us…but to see that He is our constant supply…that ‘He’, Himself, is our supply…not simply what He can do for us.
Father…You are more than what you have done for us and what you do and will always do for us.  You are our life.  You are our heart’s desire.  You are source and supply to fill the very core of our being and existence.   It is you..It is you that we must seek and long for and desire…our dear precious Jesus….our wonderful Father….thank you, that you offer us fellowship with YOU! Help us to come to the point where our heart’s desire is “All we want is You!   Amen

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Daily Light – August 26, 2017

Today’s Daily Light:
 
The Lamp Of Our Body
Luke 11:33-36   Jesus said   “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl.  Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.  Your eye is the lamp of your body.  When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light.  But when they are bad, you body also is full of darkness.  Se to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.  Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you.’
And…as I also used in yesterday’s thought….a little song from childhood…I use another verse from a child’s song today…. “oh be careful little eyes what you see…oh be careful little eyes what you see…” 
Father…I know that the things that we want come from the things that we see or have seen…we build the library of ideas and memories in our mind from what we see.   We think about what we see or have seen.   Now that we know the eyes are the doorway to our library…to the things that feed our hearts desire…  help us to make sure we spend time with you …in your word…in your presence…because you are light and good and love and pure and we want You to be our heart’s desire.  I know that the darkness gives its own illusion of light and seeks to confuse our eyes… but your ‘word’ and your Spirit inside us tells us the truth and shines the light of truth.  So, Father, help us not to fall for the power of the illusion…for it is powerful and deceptive and over time can diminish our light.   We want to be bright lights for You dear Father…we do…with all our hearts…so give us desire and ability to ‘seek’ light for our lamp ‘so that’ the light inside us stays bright and does not grow dim and dark ‘so that’ we can be light to others.   Amen

Daily Light – August 24, 2017

Today’s Daily Light:

We Are Light That Is Meant to Shine…So Shine

Matthew 5:14-16  Jesus said “You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

Ephesians 5:8    Paul says    “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Live as children of light.”

When we were saved/redeemed/received new birth in Christ…through the work of regeneration in our spirit-man…through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God…we received ‘light’.  The reason was ‘so that’ we would carry that light around in this dark world and shine the truth of God…the love of God…the existence of God….to shine that on the darkness.   Are we doing that with all of our might…??

Remember the song you sang in Sunday School as a child… “this little light of mine…I’m gonna let it shine…let it shine…let it shine…let it shine.”

Father…we know we have your light inside us and we know we are to be light.   Life and darkness drain our batteries and wear us down and we grow spiritually dim…and for me, I know I have to spend time in your word..in prayer and praise or I will loose power…become dim….my personal experience tells me that my batteries get drained and  I will waste a lot of time and not be an effective light….help me not to do that as much I seek to finish this race strong.   I pray the same for my family and friends…help us dear Father to be consistent light.  Amen

    

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Daily Light – August 23, 2017

Today’s Daily Light:

Bringing Light Into Darkness

2 Corinthians 4:4   Paul writes “The god (Satan) of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

The ‘Eclipse’ declares the ‘glory’ of God at many levels.   The obvious declaration of glory is simply the beyond-understanding mechanical and physical science that is involved in the existence and sustainment of a solar system.   Duh…over the top…beyond profound…call it… ‘Gi-normous’.   Mega-Wow.  What kind of mind…power…does it take to create and sustain a solar system???

And then consider the comparative analogy related to the ‘light’ that the resurrection of God-the-Son, Jesus, brought into the darkness with His triumph over darkness and death.   We were all in darkness…the path of totality of darkness….blind to the truth of the light of God….and God chose to give us light and freedom from blindness and darkness and give us eternal light..in and through His Son, Jesus.   And ‘THAT’ is beyond Gi-normous!

On the surface level of just common sense…we who have seen and experienced the light (salvation in and through Jesus)…we struggle with the reality that the majority of the people on the planet…let me say that again…the majority….do not see or personally know Jesus to be God, the Son of God, Creator and Lord of the life…Lord of the universe.   How can that be…we even have events in the heavens that declare His glory….every day that we awake and see a sunrise….see a sunset…it screams of His existence….how can they not know and see.??

And the word of God says that they cannot see because they have been blinded by the power of the dark side…  the word says the ‘god’ (Satan) of this present age…the age of this temporary time on planet earth…this time where we live a short part of our eternal life…here…and it is in this short time wherein we will either come to know the ‘light’ of God’s salvation…come to know Jesus who is the light of the world…or we won’t.   And thus..the gravity of the situation is stark…it is an eternal bottom line situation….the fight for life and death…eternal life and death…and thus here we stand..us who have been called…by Grace…into this glorious eternal light with a Gi-normous glorious God who is our Savior.  And we know that we know Him…we know that He alone is eternal life and light…but all around us are people that are blind and cannot and do not know Him…and such is our calling and work….to be light to the lost world around us….’so that’ we can be all that we were intended to be…to be light in the darkness.

John 8:12   Jesus said “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

    

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Daily Light – August 22, 2017

Today’s Daily Light:

More thoughts on God as Creator and the Eclipse

Psalm 19:1-4  “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.  There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.  Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”

The statement in Psalm 19 ‘There is no speech or language where the heavens and skies do not ‘scream’ out the truth and existence and glory of God..that He is Creator……Paul says the same thing in Romans 1:19-20… ‘since what may be known about God is plain to them’ because God has made it plan to them.  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his etrnal power and divine nature – have been cleary seen, being understood for what as been made, ‘so that’ men are without excuse.’

There is no people/race on the earth who are not daily in view of the heavens and skies….even the wonder and glory of the beauty of the physical world of nature that is attached to the earth’s surface….the heavens..the skies…nature….all are designed to communicate to ‘people’ the existence and glory of God ‘so that’ all people are without excuse of the existence of God.  The ‘evidence’ in science loudly and clearly reveals the vast superior mind of God…a level of ‘intelligent’ design and order that is beyond random selection and happen-chance.   God is the only intelligent and sensible explanation to the existence of all of life.

And in the book that He wrote…He tells us so…that He is Creator and sustainer of life…of all things…and in that same book….he also..in much detail…states His love and affection for us…and He states the intended purpose and reason for our existence…that we may know HIM…the only true God….and be united with Him in a personal relationship that is eternal.   Wow….

Father…we glorify you…the only wise God…perfect, loving, and true…and we glorify God-the-Son, Jesus, and we thank you that Jesus is our pathway and door to you.   Praise be to our glorious God.  Amen

 

    

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