Light of Life Pt. 15: Walk in the Light

“Walk in the light…”

The word walk here doesn’t mean to just move one foot in front of the other and move forward.  It’s actually way cooler.  But you probably already knew that.  

Here’s what it means:  I conduct my life,  live;  behave,  conduct ourselves,  be occupied with.

And the word used for light here also has meanings such as divine truth, spiritual purity, and saving wisdom.

To “walk in the light” means we are to be filled with Yahweh’s divine truth, spiritual purity, and saving wisdom… and to live out that filling in our behavior.

Occupied with God’s Light.  Don’t you just love that?

Oswald Chambers said, The love of God working in me causes me to hate, with the Holy Spirit’s hatred for sin, anything that is not in keeping with God’s holiness. To ‘walk in the light’ means that everything that is of the darkness actually drives me closer to the center of the light.”

May we draw closer to the center of Christ’s light.

May we conduct our lives with divine truth and spiritual purity.

May we be occupied with God’s holiness and saving wisdom.

Light of Life Series Pt. 15

Light of Life Series Pt. 14: The Light of Dawn

When God makes His Light shine in our hearts (if you missed it, see Light with Purpose), something changes.  We are no longer walking in darkness, but in the Light of relationship with the Almighty!

Check out the verse for today.

Now let’s start with the word righteous.  The Hebrew word used here means “right standing with God, blameless, innocent.”

No matter where you’ve been in your life, if you are in Christ, you have “the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.”  (See Romans 3:22 and Philippians 3:9)  

Jesus, you take my breath away… how is it that we get to have the righteousness of God?!

(We need to use the Psalmist’s term Selah here… “pause and think of that.”)

Now check out the Hebrew word used for path.  It means way, path, course.  But the term also means “a well-trodden road.”  That phrase indicates a well-known, much traveled, abiding familiarity of that path.

Isn’t that beautiful?

The well-trodden path of those who walk with God is like the light of the sunrise, growing brighter and brighter until the fullness of day.

May our lights shine on those sitting in darkness and lead them to Christ, the Light of Life!

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Light of Life Series Pt. 13: Joyful Worship

I came a cross a beautiful verse today.

Psalm 89:15 in the ESV says this, “Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O LORD, in the light of Your face.”

GOD’S WORD Translation says, “Blessed are the people who know how to praise You.  They walk in the light of Your presence, O LORD.”

The VOICE translates it like this, “How happy are those who have learned how to praise You; those who journey through life by the light of Your face.”

In Hebrew, the word for happiness or blessedness is used in this verse as an interjection: how happy!

The word used for know also means acknowledge, experience, clearly understand, to know assuredly, well aware…

How happy are those who know and experience the shouts of praise for You, LORD!  How happy are those who journey through life in the Light of Yahweh’s presence!

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“You’re the joy, joy, joy lighting my soul…
In the shadows,
In the sorrows,
In the desert,
When the pain hits,
You are constant,
Ever-Present,
You’re the song of my heart…”

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Light of Life Series Pt. 12: The Great Day

“But for you who fear My Name, the sun of Righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings.  You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.”

It’s easy to like this verse.  It’s poetic– warm, healing sunlight; leaping about with joy and freedom like a calf out of its confinement.  It’s a happy scene.

But it’s more than a peaceful, happy scene.  It’s deep.  It’s prophetic.  It’s ours.

For the sake of those who may not be as excited about ancient word studies, I will move quickly through this one to get to my point.  I don’t want to lose anyone!

English word and Hebrew meaning (oh, please don’t skim through too quickly, I don’t want you to miss it!):

fear= reverence, fear (worshipful fear)

sun = to be brilliant; sun; daylight; a simile of splendor

Righteousness= of God

rise= to rise, come forth; irradiate (to shoot forth beams)

healing= with spiritual implication (specifically in this verse)

wings= extremity, covering, edges, wingspan; extremity of garment (corner, loose flowing end); overspreading; uttermost part

Let’s put it together:

But for you who revere and worship My Name, the brilliance and splendor of My Righteousness will come forth with healing– sometimes physical, always spiritual– and My Son Jesus is “able to save to the uttermost” those who come to Me through Him (see Hebrews 7:25).

Isn’t that beautiful?

Now let’s take a look at what I see as prophetic foreshadowing in this verse.  Think about when the woman found healing by touching the fringe– the extremity of garment (corner, loose flowing end)– of Jesus’ garment.  See Luke 8:43-48 and Mark 5:24-34.  Isn’t that an amazing picture God connects with these verses?!

I also see an undeniable relationship between this verse talking about how the “sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings” and Jesus rising, or coming forth from the dead with spiritual healing for all mankind, for all time… saving to the uttermost!

So, go, dear ones.  Leap for joy, like calves released from their stall. 🙂

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Light of Life Series Pt. 11: Broad Daylight

You know one of the really amazing things about the Bible?

We can understand so much of what it says just by reading the words and taking them at face value.

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet
    and a light to my path.”

It doesn’t take much work to put it into context.  It’s simple.  We get it.  It’s a lovely metaphor of truth.

But then our Heavenly Father takes us on a treasure hunt and invites us to dig deeper, and the Holy Spirit illuminates truths we didn’t even know to look for!

I’ve had this verse memorized since I was a small child. It’s part of my heritage, my culture, my spiritual DNA.  We even sang a song about it.  A lot.

And this is how it was always described: life may be dark, the path dangerous, but if we carry God’s Word in our hearts, our lives, then just like a lamp or a flashlight will give light to the path in front of us, each step will be lit just enough for the next step after that.

I always thought of a primitive candle, or a flashlight at best, and imagined how very little of the path would be lit up.  Only enough for the step in front of me.  And the next.  And the next.  Nothing beyond that.  Not seeing anything around me.  Darkness everywhere but on the very path directly in front of my feet… just enough to keep me from stumbling.  Just enough to know where the next step should be.

But what if it means more than that?

Now I’m getting excited… are you ready?  Get your spiritual shovels, dear ones, you won’t want to miss this!

Let’s start with “Your word.”  The Hebrew term for this phrase comes from the transliteration dabar, which means speechword and has a long list of meanings relating to communication.  For the sake of time, I will focus on just these few: advice, commands, counsel, instruction, promise, speech, songs, thoughts, words, book, etc.  And when used in this verse, it refers to the Word of God, Divine communication.

“…a lamp to my feet…”

Lamp is just that, a light.  But the word for feet is another part of the treasure.  It comes from the Hebrew word regel which means feet, footsteps, journey, be able to endure.

“… and a light…”

Here we go, this is the most exhilarating part to me!  The word used here means: light, broad, dawn, daylight, lightening, sun, sunlight, sunshine.  It is also used to refer to: light of lamp, light of life, light of prosperity (see here), light of instruction, light of face (specifically, God’s face, His shining, enlightening, favoring face); light and salvation; light to guide; everlasting Light of Zion.  Also “luminary (in every sense, including lightning, happiness, etc (see here).”

Oh. My. Goodness.  Do you see it, too?

God’s Word, His communication with us, isn’t just a candle or even a flashlight.  It’s broad daylight!  Lighting up the darkness around us.  Clear as day.  He is our bright Light guiding us, saving us, and even bringing us happiness!

Next time you read Psalm 119:105, perhaps you will want to remember it like this:

Yahweh, Your advice and commands, Your counsel and instruction, Your promises to me and Your thoughts about me, the songs You sing over me, the words You speak into my heart and wrote in Your Book, these keep me going on my journey.  Because of You, my endurance is sure.  Your Divine communication to me is like broad daylight, bright as the sun, warm and inviting as the sunshine.  Or like lightening in the dark which lights up the sky as if it were day… electrical, transforming, spectacular, powerful.  You confirm Your Word of promise by doing all of this, and so much more.  And I am filled with irrepressible joy which comes from knowing Your favor and protection of my soul… to finish that which you began in me (see Philippians 1:6).

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Light of Life Series Pt. 10: Light of the LORD

“O house of Jacob,
    come, let us walk
    in the light of the LORD.”

Did you know…

The word translated here as house is a Hebrew word that means both the household as well as descendants.  Through Christ, we are also the house of Jacob– descendants of Jacob– adopted into the family of Abraham.

Galatians 3:29 says this, “And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham.  You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.”

Jesus Himself, the Light of Life, stepped into our darkness and gave His life for ours so that we might walk in His light!

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Light of Life Series Pt 9: In the Same Way

Today is a dreary Monday morning.  I look out my window and see rain.  I look at the forecast and see more rain.  Today.  Tomorrow.  The next day.  The day after that…

I am running behind– way behind– on my list of things to do, and I can’t seem to pull it together.  It’s like I’m running in slow motion while the world spins past me.  And the longer I’m awake, the more I wish I could go back to bed and start my morning over.  And I’m cold.

It’s one of those days.

But into this dreariness God shines this incredible, amazing truth:

“You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  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 5:14-16 ESV).”

We– you and I– are little pieces of Yahweh’s Light in this world!  We are Divinely infused with the Light of Life in order that our lives might reveal Christ to a world in darkness.  We are meant to stand out and give light to all who live around us.

Why?

“So that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Let’s look a little deeper into this part of the verse.

The word used to describe our works, our good deeds and noble actions, is the Greek word kalos.  Kalos means “beautiful by reason of purity of heart and life, and hence praiseworthy; morally good, noble.”

Clothed in Christ, our actions flow from a pure heart and life.  And that, my friends, is “attractively goodgood that inspires (motivates) others to embrace what is lovely (beautiful, praiseworthy).”

When we live our lives in this way, when our lights shine in this way, do you see the result?

People will see God.  They will experience the reality of God.  And they will “recognize, celebrate, and praise” Him for who He really is.  What better purpose in life than to point others to the Father who loves them?

So, go, dear ones.  Let your lights shine!

No matter what kind of day it is… 🙂

(Suddenly, just as I finished this, a huge burst of sunlight broke though the clouds and warmed the side of my face.  Oh yes, Father.  I saw that!)

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Light of Life Series Pt. 7: Unapproachable Light

The verse on my heart for today is one that fills me with awe.  And honestly, the more our Sovereign God reveals Himself to me on my journey, the more often I am awestruck.  Here is one of those many reasons:

Yahweh lives in unapproachable Light.

Ok.  So we’ve been talking about God being Light, sharing His Light with us, using His Light to draw us to Himself, etc.  (If you have missed the other posts in my Light of Life series, see here.)

Either way, whether you have been following my posts or not, if you are a believer, it is likely unsurprising that God lives in Light.  But look what kind of light it is: unapproachable.

That may be awe inspiring, but how can it be hopeful or comforting?

Oh, I can’t wait to tell you!

First, let’s look at what the words lives or dwells mean.  (Hold on, I think you’ll love it!)  It means to “inhabit, dwell, indwell.”  Do you know what word it is from?

Oikos.  It means “a house, dwelling, habitation” – properly, to make a home; living “at home” (i.e. comfortably) because it is one’s residence; “to be at home.” I love it!

The Sovereign, Eternal, Self-Existing Yahweh is at home and “comfortable” residing in Light so supremely pure , so entirely bright, so perfectly majestic that no human can approach it!

That concept alone should bring us to our knees in reverent worship, even holy fear.  But lest you be faint of heart, read on…

Because of Jesus (see Hebrews 4:14-16), we can “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”  

Wait.  What can we do?

Approach!  We can approach God’s throne of grace!

We can approach the unapproachable?  How?  Fearfully?  Trembling?  In dread?  Without Christ, I would imagine those would only begin to describe the appropriate response to such magnificent holiness.

But in Jesus Christ, the Light of Life, who “is able to save to the uttermost (completely, at all times) those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them (Hebrews 7:25 ESV),”  we can approach, draw near to, the unapproachable Yahweh’s throne of grace.

With confidence.

Do you see that, dear ones?  With confidence!  Freedom.  Openness.  Boldness.

And what do we get from Him when we approach His throne?

Mercy.  Grace.  Help in our time of need.

Oh, Yahweh, Light of Life, I stand in awe of You!

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