Our Light-Being

Hebrews 1 3

Hebrews 1:3 AMP He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high.

Jesus is the expression of God’s glory; He is the Light-being, the perfect imprint and very image of God and He upholds this world, all that is in it by the word of His power.

This scripture tells us that it is by the the word of Jesus that our universe is held together. Everything that is in our world would suddenly fly apart if He stopped speaking into it! He rules with the word of His power. Jesus, the name above all names, the only name by which man can be saved, is the One who holds my life together. If He suddenly withdrew His hand from my life my world would fly apart. If He quit breathing into me the breath of life would leave me. He is the reason that I live and am able to walk about and do the things that I do. It is through His power within me through His very own Spirit that I am able to do the things that I do. I was created for His glory and honor!

Colossians 1:14-18 NKJV In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on the earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

Jesus is the One through whom all things that are in heaven and that are on earth were created. There is so much going on in our world today that brings anxieties and fears upon those who walk upon this earth. And yet if we are born again believers in Christ Jesus we know and understand that God, through His Son, Jesus Christ, created all things for His glory. He spoke this world into existence and He holds it together by the mighty word of His power. When He speaks nations respond, kings are like water in His hand and can be turned at the very word that He gives them. We know that He is the One who controls all things, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. Nothing that touches us is outside of His control. And everything was created through Him and for Him.

What a beautiful Savior who lived and died that we might have life. He is the firstborn of all those who were dead in sin, who have been delivered from the power of darkness and conveyed into the kingdom of God’s Son. He is the Light and Life of all creation. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! What a wonderful Savior is He!

John 1:3, 4 NKJV All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

John 1:10-13 NKJV He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Jesus came into this world which He created to show His creation, mankind, the love, mercy, grace and forgiveness of God, but His own did not receive Him. Instead they crucified Him, the King of glory, mocking Him and spitting on Him. The very One who loved them so much that He gave His life for them, rejected Him, turned Him away, and hung Him on a cruel cross between two common criminals. And yet He still loves us. He still longs to receive us into His family. Sometimes we forget that it is through Him, by Him and for Him that we were created. We were created to have a living and vital relationship with God, through Jesus Christ and in fellowship with His Spirit.

As many as received Him, He gave the right to become children of God. Have you received Jesus into your heart to be your own personal Lord and Savior? We were created to live in relationship with Him. He longs to have a personal fellowship with us where He can lead us and guide us through the life that we live here on earth and then continue on with us throughout eternity. But those who reject him will live forever eternally separated from the One who loves them and created them for Himself.

Romans 5:8, 9 NKJV But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

It doesn’t matter what you have done, Jesus died to save you from your sin. It doesn’t matter how guilty you are or what punishment you think you deserve for what you have done, through His blood you have been justified, meaning that when you receive Him into your heart you become just as if you had never sinned. Your sin is completely wiped away, removed as far as the east is from the west, never to be held against you.

God’s great gift of salvation is only offered through the gift of Jesus Christ. As you receive Him into your heart you become “born again”, not of flesh and blood but of the spirit.

Acts 4:12 NKJV “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which w must be saved.”

1 John 5:11-13 NKJV And this is the testimony that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

Romans 10:13 NKJV For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”

If you died today do you know without a shadow of a doubt that you would be ushered into heaven to live eternally with Jesus? If not, won’t you call on the name of Jesus today and be saved from your sin? Won’t you invite Him into your life to save you and give you eternal life, an eternity spent in His presence, with God the Father in the family of God? It is by Him and through Him that all things exist and are held together. He loves you with an everlasting love and wants you to experience the abundant life that He died to give you.

Jesus, the Son of God, the Light-being, the exact representation of the Father waits for the ones that He died for to receive Him into their lives. He waits…..but how long do we have before the Father says to Jesus, “it’s time to go and gather my children together”? How long do we have before it’s time to be ushered into eternity? Won’t you receive Him before it is too late?

Father, I pray this morning that those who do not know Jesus will accept Him into their hearts today before it is too late. Father, I pray that You will call them to Yourself as they read of His great love for them and how He gave His very own life that they might live. Draw them by Your Spirit into relationship with You, Father. Impress upon their hearts that they need Jesus in their lives. I pray that today will be their day of salvation. Father, I ask You to not allow any of them to enter into eternity apart from You. Lord Jesus, save, heal, deliver and set people free from the bondage of sin. Deliver them from the evil one, Lord, and bring them into salvation. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Tossed By The Wind

James 1:5-8 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Have you ever needed wisdom to know how to handle a situation and then asked God for it, but then went about your own way trying to deal with the problem in your own understanding? I think we’ve all been guilty of doing that. We pray and then immediately go out and try to solve the problem through our own way of thinking and acting. Sometimes, we don’t even give God time to answer the prayer. It’s almost as if we have already made up our minds to do it a certain way, but we need to do our “duty” in praying for wisdom so even though we know what we’re going to do we “cover” ourselves by praying. James says here that when we ask for wisdom we can know that God will give it! It’s an assurance that He wants to give us the wisdom that we need to solve our problem. But there’s a condition to receiving that wisdom…..we must ask in faith, without doubting! Hmmm…..that changes things, doesn’t it?

Ask – Greek word aiteo – Strong’s #154 – means to request, petition. The word usually describes a suppliant making request of someone in a higher position, such as an individual asking something from God, a subject from a king, a child from a parent, or a beggar from a person of substance. The word denotes insistent asking without qualms, not “commanding” God, but solidly presenting a requisition whose items He longs to distribute.

I like the last line of that definition “the word denotes insistent asking without qualms….”. We ask God because He wants us to come to Him for wisdom. We don’t have to worry that we will not be received; He is waiting for us to ask; “….not “commanding” God, but solidly presenting a requisition whose items He longs to distribute.” This statement reminds me of my years in the mortgage lending business. I often distributed funds from construction loans where it was needed to pay for work that had been done. The funds were waiting to be distributed. It’s like having a checking account. In the banking industry a checking account is known as a “demand deposit account”. When you write a check you are making a demand on the deposit in that account. When I paid funds out of a construction loan I made demands on the funds that were available in that loan. God’s wisdom is available to us for the asking. We make “demands”, not as in demanding that God do it, but as in making a request on the deposit that we have in Christ Jesus. He is waiting for us to make a demand on His wisdom so He can fulfill the request!

We often don’t give Him time to send the “funds”. But if we don’t ask in faith we really don’t believe that He will answer so we rush out and do it “our way”. We subconsciously doubt that He will give us what we have requested of Him.

Doubting – Greek word diakrino – Strong’s #1252 Has two definitions: 1) To judge thoroughly; to decide between two or more choices; to make a distinction; to separate two components, elements, or factors; to render a decision; to evaluate carefully. 2) the word also connotes a conflict with oneself, in the sense of hesitating, having misgivings, doubting, being divided in decision making, or wavering between hope and fear.

In this verse of scripture, using the illustration of the one doubting being like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind, I would say that the 2nd definition is the one in which James is referring. Ocean waves, when tossed by the wind, move in different directions, one going this way and another a different way. The one who doubts is driven by their emotions; sometimes having hope that God will do what He has promised and other times being fearful that He will not come through for him. This causes a division in the mind, a mental conflict and a hesitation in believing God for what they have requested of Him. Faith and fear cannot co-exist. You either have one or the other.

James goes on to say that the person who doubts cannot receive anything from the Lord, because he is a double-minded man and is unstable in all his ways.

Wow, that’s quite a statement! What does it mean to be double-minded? A double-minded man is a person who is drawn in two different directions. One minute he’s believing God and the next minute he’s wondering if God’s word is really true, did he really hear God correctly and will God really do what He has promised. James says this person is not only unstable in his prayer life, but his instability portrays a lack of consistency in all areas of his life. He is unstable in all his ways; emotions rule and reign in his life, when God’s word should be the deciding factor in which direction he takes.

So, how can we become “stable” in all our ways so we can be people of faith, not doubt? I am reminded of the story in John 20 where Jesus addresses Thomas’ inability to believe. We get the name “doubting Thomas” from this story.

John 20:24-25 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”

Notice that Thomas said he had to see to believe; not just that it was needed for him to believe, but that he would not believe until he saw and felt the scars in Jesus’ hands and side. “I will not believe”, he said. He was using his choice to believe or not believe to be ruled by what he saw; the sense realm.

But Thomas had an encounter with the Lord Jesus and this is what the Lord said to him:

John 20:26-29 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Jesus said it took Thomas’ seeing in order for him to believe. There can be two camps in the realm of believers: those who have to see to believe, which I refer to as “unbelieving believers” and those who, by faith believe what God has said without having to see it first. Thomas was an example of an unbelieving believer. His realm of belief only went so far. He knew the Lord, was one of His disciples so he had been around Him, had seen the miracles that Jesus had performed and yet when it came time for Jesus to be out of his sight, he couldn’t draw on what he knew to be true to enable him to believe without seeing it happen in the natural.

We can be like Thomas and have to see to believe or we can be as Jesus said “more blessed” because we believe without seeing. The foundation for our belief comes from what God has said in His word. The truth and the yardstick of our measurements should be what we read in God’s word, what He speaks to us through His Spirit and what we know of His character and nature. When we base our belief on Him and His word we will become “stable”, fixed and unwavering.

It was said of Abraham that he believed even when it appeared to be untrue because of what he saw in his body and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.

Romans 4:18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”

He believed, even when it didn’t look like it would be possible, because he put his trust in what God had said, what He had spoken to him.

Romans 4:19-21 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being full convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.

Abraham’s success came through his faith in God’s ability to perform what He had promised. He knew that God would do what He said, even when the natural ability to bring it into existence where he and Sarah where concerned was not there. The reality of the promise did not rest on his or Sarah’s age or his ability to perform sexually, but it rested on God’s ability to perform. Faith believes God, not what is seen, felt or thought through the senses of man. Stability in our faith walk comes through hearing the Word of God, believing it and acting on it.

Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Do you need wisdom from God to know how to live life successfully? Ask Him and then believe and act on what He says! Allow your faith to be grounded in what He says in His word, not what you see around you. Faith grows just like a muscle, through use. If you can’t believe God to provide for your monthly bills, how can you believe for a new house, new car, or a multimillion dollar ministry? If you can’t believe for the healing of a headache, how can you believe for supernatural healing of a terminal illness? You begin small and as you exercise your faith and hear more of the word of God, your faith grows and you are then more stable and have the ability to believe for bigger challenges. There are no limitations to a person’s faith ability! God will take you to wherever you exercise the faith in believing. He will be to you everything that you can believe Him to be.

Just as Jesus said to the synagogue ruler whose daughter died before Jesus got to his house to lay His hands on her for healing:

Luke 8:50 But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.”

Jesus challenged the ruler to look away from the negative report that he had just received and look unto Him in faith believing that what He said He would do and his daughter would be made well, which included being raised from the dead! Jesus said she was just “sleeping”, not dead! Faith moves beyond the natural into the supernatural!

What do you need to believe about your life today? Is is for healing, financial provision, wisdom to know how to move in a certain situation? Whatever it is, God has it for you! Will you believe Him today?

Father, I thank You for the wisdom You have for us for the asking. I thank You for being a God who longs to give to His children what they have need of. Thank You for not withholding any good thing from us as Your children. Thank You for being faithful to Your word so that we can place our trust in what You say and know that You will perform what You have promised. Father, I pray that our faith will be strengthened as we read and study Your word and listen to Your voice. I pray that we will find our stability for faith in You, through hearing and practicing Your word in our lives for the little things so we can believe for the bigger things that You have promised. Thank You for not giving up on us but for being patient in helping us to grow and be rooted and established in You so we can walk by faith and not by sight! May we be blessed in believing without having to see first. Thank You, Father, for hearing and answering my prayer. I believe I receive when I pray in Jesus’ name! Amen.

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