|Carriers Of His Light
||From: David Boucher
||06 Oct 2015 (14:28)
|There's something that's been bothering me for some months now, and it's an attitude and way of thinking that I see many believers carrying today. Indeed I am not immune to it myself.
For example, recently there's been a lot of talk about ISis and their heinous activities across the middle east, particularly Syria. This is causing a mass exodus of Islamic people groups across Europe. Our leaders are almost at a loss as to what to do, in much bafflement, and confusion, as the scriptures say:
He strips kings of understanding and leaves them wandering in a pathless wasteland. They grope in the darkness without a light. He makes them stagger like drunkards.
(Job 12:24-25 NLT)
Nobody seems to have an answer. Indeed, there is much fear being bandied around regarding how countries are going to cope with the influx of these people. If one then tunes into the voices on the christian airwaves and the voices that speak for the church, one can hear similar fears coming out too. Specifically, concerns about what these people will bring with them in terms of their Islamic faith, and how it may overrun our countries. And this on our doorstep! Add to this the events of the other week when the Hurricane hit South Carolina in the United States and you can hear the usual voices heralding how this is 'another judgement from God of some kind or another!
When I hear of believers talking like this, my spirit is disquietened and I find myself asking the question: "Lord there is something wrong with the picture here, something just doesn't sit quite right? What is it? Why do I feel uncomfortable with this in my soul? What are you trying to say to me? So eventually and after a while, when I hear of the bad things which are happening and the doom-saying prophesies that subsequently follow, i.e.: 'of darkness coming upon the land' and 'that this is the hour of God's judgement upon the land', I tend to put them in a box and shelve them, because I have come to learn that they are somewhat misguided. For example, the so called 'end time prophecy watchers' (my term for them) of the church are far too concerned with God's judgement. They are far too ready to declare God's judgement and not ready to declare God's answer to it, as they should be. If there are prophets, they should be first going to the house of God and stirring them into action. Exhorting believers to repentance and prayer for the land, and not calling down judgement! How is that demonstrating the love of God to a fallen and broken world, in which people are hurting, are lost and are in need of hope?
No rather, do you know what I hear when I listen to these proclamations? I hear fear talking, I hear unbelief talking. I do not hear a boldness and a faith in a miracle working God who wants to 'love on these people' and reveal his son to them through us. No, what I hear are believers who are afraid and living in unbelief and fear. I see people who have barricaded themselves inside our church walls and have become afraid to go out into the darkness. They have become unwilling to take risks and step out into the unknown. And we too, by association, are doing the same when we give sway to their words. By taking on the worlds views and not aligning ourselves to the beat of God's heart, we have received into ourselves the worldly thinking that is going on around us. We are taking unclean water on board as we allow ourselves to be dashed against the rocks and are thereby ship-wrecking our faith! The world has infected us, and we need deliverance from such ways.
I don't know about you, but I'm tired of the barricade mentality. So tired of a powerless Christianity where we hide in our meetings and our busy activities and our praise gatherings, and whatever else we might do to avoid seeing the truth - that God calls us out of our four walls. He calls us to step out of our comfort zones, come out into the unknown and go on an adventure of faith with him. Listen - the person of faith steps out into the unknown with the full expectation of God meeting them there, just as Abraham did.
Paul tells us that 'we have the mind of the anointed one' (1 Cor 2:16) - if that is the case, let us start acting as if we have his mind then. 'We walk in the light and the light of the world is in us'. Indeed, the one who said 'Light shall shine out of darkness, is the one who has shone in our hearts to reveal the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of the anointed one.' Do you see what he says? Do you see here what Paul was referring us back to?
THE ONE! The LORD Almighty! YAHWEH Elohim, was the one who in creation said 'Let there be Light', and there WAS light! That same God who said, 'Let there be light' - is the one who is saying 'light shall shine out of darkness' and is the one who has shone the same light of his glory in our hearts - our lives. Do you see - we are carriers of this glory - this light. For Paul goes on to say that 'we carry this glory (treasure) around in jars of clay.' And lest any of us should get haughty, he says 'earthen vessels' - nothing special, just 'fragile' ordinary jars. But we are still vessels of his glory - 'that the surpassing greatness of the power (glory) of God, maybe of God and not from ourselves.' (2 Cor 4:6-7)
John also reminds that we 'walk in the light' (1 Jn 1:7) and the psalmist tell us 'Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence..' (Psa 89:15 NIV). Indeed the 'light of the world' (Jn 8:12) lives in us. And we 'are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.' (1 Th 5:5 NIV)
John also reminds us that 'the light has come into this world, and darkness shall not overcome it.' (Jn 3:19, 1 Jn 4:4, 1 Jn 5:4) We are told by Paul to be 'Strong in the Lord and the power of his might.' He tells us three times 'to Stand firm.' We are told to stand and resist the enemy elsewhere in scripture. (Eph 6:10-18) Even when Paul talks of putting on the armour in the previous passage, I encourage you to see this in light of putting on 'the armour of light' in Rom 13:12. And, it is no coincidence that in v14 he then says 'put on the Lord Jesus the anointed one.' (Rom 13:12-14) Study it, there is a connection - our armour is Jesus himself and not 'just things'. He is truth, he is righteousness to us, he is our peace. etc - and if we have him, we have 'all things'.
As I am writing and thinking about this, I'm reminded of an 80s pop song by Adam & The Ants: "Stand and Deliver"
Let me change the words slightly, for this I sense is what God is saying to us:
"Stand and Deliver,
Your (money) Faith or your Life! "
It is time for us to stop cowering and time for us to stand and deliver the goods - deliver our faith to a lost and hopeless world, and if that demands our lives, then so be it. For if we seek to keep it then we will lose it, but if we lose it then we will find (keep) it. And I promise you what a glorious life it is.
Be encouraged, be emboldened brother and sister - you too are a standard bearer of his light! No, I do not fear the darkness coming, nor being in the midst of it. For I am a carrier of his light. I am a carrier of his presence and glory! So I say let them come - each one here is an opportunity to share the Love of God with them, pray for them and see miracles happen in their lives. That is the beat of the Father's heart.
Remember dear brother and sister, judgement begins first in the house of God - not the nations. Brother, sister; please leave the judgement of the nations to God almighty. When you see all these disasters and wars, and rumours, do not let your heart be perturbed, but fall on your hands and knees and cry out to him and ask where and to whom he wants you to shine the light this day? Let it cause you to plead with him for believers everywhere to SEE they have the light and can walk boldly into the night, spreading forth the love of the anointed one Jesus. And then trust him to guide your footsteps in the darkness. As Paul said in the passage about the armour: 'pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.' (Eph 6:18 NIV)
To those who name themselves or perceive themselves as a prophet or prophetic in any way, I say listen harder, listen more attentively to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. What is he really saying? Yes the time may be short, and the end times may be coming, and the signs may be there (as an aside - we have been in the end times since the days of the book of Acts!), but what is the voice that God gives you? Does he tell you to declare his judgement upon the world? If so where does he say that? No he tells us to go stir up the people of God into action - faith action - action that takes risks. You've all seen the spelling of "Faith" haven't you - it's spelt "R I S K!". So be careful with your words, do they build up and reveal Jesus or are they simply tearing down and filling brother and sister's heart with fear?
To those who are prophesying impending judgement upon the lands of the earth. I ask, how has this affected your praying? What are you praying for? Are you repenting of our unbelief and asking God to stir his people. And to make it more personal - are you asking him to stir you into action, are you repenting of your fear and unbelief and asking God to stir your heart to walk out there into the darkness and let your light shine before men? Are you aware that you are part of the answer to those prayers? And remember it is only 'your light', because it is his light, and he is in You. DOES HE NOT SAY : He that is in YOU is greater than he that is in the world? What therefore have you to fear?
So I call you out of fear and unbelief and into his glorious light. Come walk in it and see how marvellous and wonderful he is. I call you to come walk in the darkness, knowing you are not of it ( 1Th 5:5), but you are in it still, not of this world, but in it. Let the love of the anointed one be shed abroad amidst your community - let your light shine before men. Act as those who have been transferred into the kingdom of his dear son and walk as ones who have been transferred out of darkness into his marvellous light. We are instruments of light. We are God's light bearers! Grab hold of your wondrous inheritance in him and start giving it away - for freely you have received, now freely give.
I look forward to hearing what the Lord will do through you in the next coming days, weeks and months as you step out into him. And I too, shall share my adventures of faith with you.
May the God of all peace guard your hearts and minds in the anointed one Jesus.
P S. For those of you who are wondering why I keep writing the translation of CHRIST each time, it is to remind us that he is "the anointed one" and and as "CHRIST-ians" - we are too.
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|Carriers Of His Light
||From: David Boucher
||17 Oct 2015 (22:20)
|I've made a few changes to hopefully make this read more easily.
As an update on my ventures, so far I've propehesied and prayed with a friend in a pub and seen them lifted from a place of wanting to give up - to a place of renewed hope and vision in their job as a teacher.
And have started a 'bus stop friendship' with a young man who is in desperate need of changes in his life, before it is ruined by futher criminal inclinations within his heart. I'm not perfect in this, but the process is started and Jesus has been mentioned, next time I pray I will be bold and ask to pray for him there and then that God's presence will touch him and help him make the changes he needs to on the inside.
Your brother in Christ Jesus