LET THE LIGHT OF JESUS SHINE OUT THE DARKNESS – JESUS WILL OVERWHELM YOUR NEEDS

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LET THE LIGHT OF JESUS SHINE OUT THE DARKNESS – JESUS WILL OVERWHELM YOUR NEEDS

In Part One, we looked at how the light of Jesus blots out our sins, making us righteous before God. In part two, we will look at how if we allow His light to shine into our situation, will make our cares seem minuscule. Let us return to the context from which we started.

1922, Helen H Lemmel wrote these words,

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.”

When we look at our problems through Jesus, it all gets put into perspective. Beloved child of God, we who have been made right with God, have been qualified by God to enjoy the following blessings;

“And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:
Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.
Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds; the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.
Then all the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you.
And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you.
The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand.
You shall lend to many nations and not borrow.
And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.” Deuteronomy 28:1-14

And Jesus confirms this when He tells us,

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:25-34

Beloved child of God, our Heavenly Father has already made the ultimate sacrifice for our sakes by sending Jesus to die for us on the cross so that we do not have to pay the price for our sins. Do you honestly think that there is anything else He will withhold from you? For the apostle Paul tells us that,

“He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him, also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32

Given this knowledge then, what is it that you are facing that you think God cannot and/or will not supply? Just because the supply has not yet come, that does not mean that it is not on the way. God works even though we cannot see it. Perhaps, like a sapling, you are still yet immature, out of season, not ready to bear fruit, regardless, always remember that Jesus is the comprehensive ecosystem.

He is the light of the world. John 8:12

He gives us living water. John 4:10

He is the bread of life. John 6:35

He is the nutrition, He is the solvent that dissolves the nutrients and allows the plant to receive its nutrients, He is the light that catalyzes growth in the plant, and He is the root of the plant itself. And all we are called to do is just to hang on. And when the time comes and we are fully mature, the prophet Isaiah says that we will not cease from yielding fruit. What an awesome God. What a loving Father.

And more than that, that which is of most importance, our eternal life, has already been secured through our believing on Jesus. Of how much less importance is the things of this world, which is here today and gone tomorrow.

Yet take heart because God is not impractical. He has just told us that our Father knows we need the things of the world and all we need to do is ask.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:7-11

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witness, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2

Let us indeed put our trust in Jesus and wait on Him to complete the work in us and bring us to the fruition of His will and purpose.

“For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” Romans 10:11

Amen.

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