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The Light of God

The Light of God

Words of Faith 5-31-18

Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2018

Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL

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Luke 8

   [16] "No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.


     Jesus began His ministry by ushering in what might be called the great Capernaum revival. It was like nothing anyone had ever seen. Jesus preached with authority, healed the sick, drove out demons, cleansed leprosy, and even raised the dead. Religious people did not like it at all. There was a growing sense that some were "getting it" and others were not. Jesus tells us a little bit about why that is the case.

     As we look in on this leg of Jesus' ministry, we see it was an exciting time but also a confusing time. We sense that there were those in the crowd who thought that Jesus may be going a bit too far. He was disturbing the religious peace. Even His family would come in the next few verses and try and get Him to a safe place. But Jesus was not about to back off. He would retreat at certain times to commune with His Father, but backing down was not the nature of the Kingdom.

     Jesus shared several powerful principles of revival. These are truths about what happens when people come to God and the power of God is manifest in a nation or in an area. These help us understand.

     When there is a revival, a genuine work of God among people, we will see the light of God shine. The Bible talks a lot about this light. God had gone to a great deal of trouble to bring light into the world. Isaiah says of the coming of the Lord that the darkness has seen a great light. John says that in Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it (John 1:4-5).

     Jesus says you don't light a lamp and put it under a bed or hide it in a jar. In fact, you put it on a stand. You elevate it so that it will be at just the right place and light the whole room. Not too high above and not too low, but where it will take away all the shadows in a room.

     God has come to chase the darkness out of the world, out of the universe. If you have a problem with that agenda, you have a problem with God. But where does this start? It starts in your life and mine. God does not make a Godly people; God makes a Godly person. One at a time, God chases the darkness from our lives.

     Light is meant to shine. Light is meant to reveal. Light is meant to illumine. Light brings things out of the darkness that need the scrutiny of the light. The light of Christ brings forth things that have been hidden. The light of Christ reveals things that have been concealed.

       Henry Blackaby, in talking about the need for revival, commented on why it seems that the darkness is darker than ever these days. He said it is not that things are really any darker, but that the light is not being revealed enough through people.

     We are stewards of the light. Jesus said that we are the light of the world. He will elevate us. He will place us on the proper stand or humble us to a lower position to fit His purpose of bringing light into a dark world.

     Here is the question of the day. Is the Light of Jesus shining through you? He will place you in the right elevation. Are you letting His light be evident in the places you go? Is the illumination of God evident in your day to day conversations and life with people? It is your job to get out of the way and shine with the Light of Jesus.


      Father God, help me to shine with the Light of Jesus. May my life and actions and voice share Your light wherever I go. Give me the right words. Give me the right responses. In Jesus' name.