Meditations in the Word: Life & Light



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“But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” says the Lord, “I will put My law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they will be My people. And each man will no longer teach his neighbor and his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me [through personal experience], from the least of them to the greatest,” says the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness, and I will no longer remember their sin.” Jeremiah 31:33-34

My people are destroyed because they don’t know me, and it is all your fault, you priests, for you yourselves refuse to know me; therefore, I refuse to recognize you as my priests. Hosea 4:6

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But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9

For the time is coming when they will no longer listen and respond to the healing words of truth because they will become selfish and proud. They will seek out teachers with soothing words that line up with their desires, saying just what they want to hear. 2 Timothy 4:3

Beloved, we must have a real honest interaction with the Lord. We must seek to have our very own hearts cleansed from all that is not of or from Him. We must allow Him to have His way in us. This will be costly, indeed. But His Body is perishing from the lack of their personal knowledge of Him. By in large we are a people who have one foot in the old covenant and one in the new. We believe that we can only know Him by way of the preachers and the teachers. But what are they preaching? And what are they teaching? The well-known, the well-accepted and the highly educated. What are these “guides” guiding us to?  Are they politically influential? Are they followed by millions on social media? If they have a special building are they packed to the brim each weekend? Who has the focus of our heart? Who is influencing us? What do we think the “issue” is presently? Abortion? Gay marriage? Gun laws? Mental health? Are we taking the moral high ground, using the Scripture as our foundation? Do not misunderstand. This is not for or against any one thing in particular. What do our conversations involve? Whether they be on social media, over the fence with our neighbor, or privately within the walls of our own homes? Are we proudly displaying our disgust with what we are disgusted with? Are we dragging those we hate through the mud and taking Jesus along with us? Or are we setting forth the wonderful deeds and displaying the virtues and perfections of Him Who called us out of the darkness and into His marvelous light?

The issue is timeless. The issue is that there is nothing new under the sun, we just place different labels on it. The issue is hard hearts of unbelief and rebellion towards our Father in heaven, whether we are professing Christians or not.

The answer is timeless. The answer is that there is nothing new under the sun, for in the beginning He was, and all things were made and came into existence through Him. The answer is found in surrender to Jesus Christ, the One in Whom Life is found and that Life is the Light of all mankind; this Lifelight shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it]. the answer is in counting as a combined loss all the former things we may have counted as gains unto ourselves (this is usually a plethora of self-righteous pride in believing that we ourselves are or what we believe makes us something better than the next person. Forgive me for being so frank). The answer is counting them as a loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege of knowing Christ Jesus our Lord, and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly].

Beloved, we are not to be conformed to this world, but we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds afresh, not with our opinions and traditions of men, but with Christ Jesus.

Beloved, we do not fight against flesh and blood, but against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere. Our enemy is not those who change abortion laws, perform abortions or even receive them; our enemy is not our gay child or sibling or neighbor; our enemy is not the one with the gun or the many guns. But if today that is the only way you are able to view it, remember Jesus’s words that we are to love our enemy. This is only possible when we choose that it is no longer I, but Christ who lives in me. Our flesh is incapable of expressing God’s love, we have plenty of evidence to that fact in our own lives.

Remember, it is Christ in Whom the Life is found and this Life is the Light of all mankind. This Lifelight shines on in the darknesshow does it shine on in the darkness? Beloved it shines on in the born-from-above-one’s, the crucified-one’s representing Him, not religion or human wisdom, but representing God in Christfor the darknessno matter how dark or evil it may appear to our human eyes or our human fearHAS NEVER OVERPOWERED IT!

Father, to the fearful, reveal Your perfecting love; to the weak, reveal Your strength; to the sinner, reveal Your grace; to the proud, reveal Your humbling hand; to the blind, reveal Your seeing eyes; to the deaf, reveal Your hearing ears; to the dying, reveal Your resurrection Life. We thank You, amen.

“I do not ask that you take them out of the world,
but that you keep them from the evil one.”
John 17:15 ESV

This prayer of Jesus is answered when we embrace the Cross. The Cross renders us dead to the world so that we can bring Life to others who are in the world and not worry that we may become contaminated or polluted by the things we encounter. Jesus was not afraid of being around sinners. He affected them for good, and they were powerless to affect Him for evil. This same Jesus lives within us, and He is greater than anything we may encounter in the world.

So if we are to follow His example then we must be as dead to the things of the world as He was. How is this accomplished? God’s solution is for us to embrace the Cross so that we can be truly “dead” to the world’s temptations and “alive” to Him. God desires a crucified people who can represent Him in the earth and be faithful to Him even in the midst of a dark, rebellious world.

Source: “Embrace the Cross” by Chip Brogden

{References: Philippians 3:8; John 1:1-5; Romans 12:2; Ephesians 6:12; Matthew 5:44}