Hanukkah Day 8

“For anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:14 ESV

Oh Wait! It’s Hanukkah – let me grab the original back in the Old Testament:
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” Isaiah 60:1 ESV  

Dear Heavenly Father –Please wake us up and speak to us today. Help us to hear what you are saying. Please open our eyes to see your light and open our understanding that we may know you. Please continue to pour out your grace upon us! All we want is more of you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

It is the final night of Hanukkah – today we light the last candle and it will be as bright as we can make it. Which by the way, isn’t very bright.  I will not be turning off the lights and using it to light my house or even a small room because I will not be able to see where I am going. But…

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 ESV
The word of God is a lamp that is bright enough to show me the way – to light the dark paths – to lead me. 

“For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” Ephesians 5:8 ESV
We were in darkness – sometimes it does feel like we are still in darkness. But the light, it is inside of us – we walk in light because it is within us and we still live in a dark world, so when it feels like that it is because the world is still utter darkness.  The light within us, will shine out of us.

“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 cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7 ESV

Oh how can anyone enjoy the light of Hanukkah without the full knowledge of who the light is?! We must show them!

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 ESV

All for the glory of God!!!!! It is a miracle we shine, a miracle into the darkness! Just like when I turn on a light in a dark room and the light ALWAYS overcomes the darkness – so does it in the spirit.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5 ESV

But it is a battle – It is not always easy. But shine the light – Shine Jesus!

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 ESV

Light of life – in the middle of a pandemic with many dying and many ill; yes! We shall live and not die and we shall be healed – by His light!!! In the midst of the enemy wandering the world turning off more and more lights; yes, we will shine – we must shine!!! It is a matter of life or death!

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1 ESV

Who shall we fear? Well, fear God – because the spirit of fear has blanketed the entire earth and now it is critical we shine the light of abundant life into the face of fear and hold it back while people are drawn to the light!

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9 ESV

I am who He says I am – You are who He says you are! We are chosen, royal, priesthood (priests were the only ones who could have a kinda personal relationship with God – Now WE are that priesthood and we can have that relationship). We are a Holy Nation (not the USA, not South Africa, not India, not even Israel – the nation He speaks of here should be the Body of Christ or the Kingdom of God!) I can not only proclaim how amazing it is to be pulled out of the darkness into the light – BUT I can show you the change in me – I can show you the way!

“Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.” Isaiah 58:8 ESV

Glory to God! Read that again!

“Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.” Isaiah 58:8 NIV

Oh! That is SO GOOD!!!
Christian these days are wandering around with a dimly lit menorah – shining a little light – but they cannot see well!  They have a form of Godliness and deny the power thereof! It is true. I cannot find one bursting with the light and I hunger to see it. I cannot find one to lay hands on me to deliver and heal me – Not one. And I could really use something going before me and behind me – as I rush foolhardy straight ahead, zealous for my Lord.

Now is the time – today is the day of salvation and we were made for such a time as this!!! So let’s read it again – OUT LOUD! And let the sword swing – overcoming the darkness in our lives!

“Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward. Isaiah 58:8 KJV

Whoosh! Swing that sword (even wrote it in the King James Version because it always seem so much more formal and powerful – gives me the image in my mind of me being a medieval knight slaying a dragon.

John said Jesus is the Word, Paul said the word is the sword, and in Geneses and Revelations the enemy is referred to as a dragon or serpent – So when we speak this verse out loud – in the spirit we really are a knight fighting a dragon!

God is about the fill us overflowing with the light! It shall spring forth! It shall shoot out our eyes and ears and mouths – out our fingertips and hands. Healing and deliverance will start with us and we will be able to pour it out over others as the light of God will spring out of us!!!

All these lessons on righteousness – how it is a gift, how we cannot achieve it yet we are to live in it through grace! Yes these lessons of keeping our focus on God and nothing else. Oh all these things –  they shall go before us!

And behind us we shall leave a trail that is glowing in the light – glowing in the glory of the Lord. Behind us shall be all the people healed by God’s light – all the people transformed by God’s light – all the people filled also with God’s light!!!

It is coming – the time is now – Soon we shall see the signs and wonders! Dig in deeper. Spend more time in prayer. Sit with God and listen! He is coming! Hallelujah! 

If you don’t already, and today you would like to have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**

Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
Be healthy and blessed ~ I love you and love one another
Watch and Pray ~ Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!      

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