Jordan For Jesus #001 "Shine For Jesus" (Thursday Series) by Jordan Elizabeth on 2014-02-19 18:36:14
How are you letting your light shine before God? Are you shining for the world, or are you shining your own light? Actually, God alone is light! Apart from God or without God we cannot truly shine, because it is God that dwells within us that is our light. God's light is what makes us shine! In John 15:5 in the Bible, Jesus said, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing."
As believers and followers of Christ we do not shine but God shines in us. It is only because of God that we are able to shine! When looking at followers of Jesus Christ, the brightness seen is because we proclaim the light of God. The world has a light that isn't eternal that shines to glorify self, but the light of the body of Christ glorifies God, because the light we shine is the Eternal God. We don't shine so that the world will see us! Jesus shines through us so that the world will see Him.
Christ shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome His light. The light of God, that dwells within us, cannot ever be taken away or stolen from us. Ever since the day we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, He entered into our hearts and lives there eternally. Nothing can ever separate us from Jesus the light of the world! When we shine for Jesus, we are letting our good deeds shine out for others to see Him which glorifies God in heaven! This is how we walk as children of the light. We are the light of the world, because Jesus who lives in us is the light of the world! We are a city that is set on a hill that cannot be hidden. We don't hide our light; but instead, we put it on a stand and let it shine for all to see the light of Jesus in us. Unashamed, we shine for Christ!
Jesus died for us in public, so we shouldn't shine His light in private. So put aside deeds of darkness and put on the shining armor of right living. Put on the armor of light! Have nothing to do with fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them! Don't shine your own light. It fades! Don't shine the world's light. It glorifies self! Shine all for Jesus by shining the eternal light of the most high God, because it brings God glory. It's how we reach those who also need His light to inhabit their hearts and lives. Jesus is the light and life of all humanity! Shine Jesus!!
"Let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)
"Arise and shine for you light has come and the glory of the Lord rises upon you." (Isaiah 60:1)
"Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (John 8:12)
"For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God's glory displayed in the face of Christ." (2 Corinthians 4:6)
"Therefore have nothing to do with unfruitful works of darkness but rather expose them." (Ephesians 5:11)
"The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light." (Romans 13:12)
"Live as children of light." (Ephesians 5:8)
"You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness." (1 Thessalonians 5:5)
"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin."(1 John 1:7)
"The light shines in the darkness but the darkness has not overcome it." (John 1:5)
"This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you, 'God is light and there is no darkness in Him at all.'" (1 John 1:5)
“You are the light of the world. A town built 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." (Matthew 5:14-15)
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