Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Shine Brightly

           As the sun shines brightly in the physical world so shall you, child of God, let the Son shine brightly inside your heart.

Cliché’, yes or no?  Do you agree in heart but wonder about the application of His light into your world? Do you see others and see a glow on their face or joy in their eyes and think wow, they must have it together, look at how happy they are? Do you think that you are singled out to have pain in each day of your life and sense you are alone in what you feel?

If you wonder how to let the Son shine brightly upon yourself and therefore on others I want to lead you to the color red: after all, the sun burns one to red if abused and the Son gives us red to avoid abuse……

Clear as Mud???

The red letters are spoken words of Christ recorded for each person to apply to their own life. They are there to teach us about the One we love, we worship and we cause pain to.

As we look at the children that we raise and the hurts that they cause us, can’t we apply that same look from Christ raising each one of us and the hurts that each one of us has caused Him. He will raise us up to a new height in belief and faith when we change our perspective…

Let us have a perspective that goes beyond the acceptable status of society in today’s world. Let us have the perspective of Christ in each action that we do and since actions are a reflection of thought, therein lay the answer to how to receive the joy in our eyes and the glow on our face...

As you concentrate your thoughts upon our Lord and turn to Him to fulfill all your needs, physical, emotional, financial and spiritual, you will naturally acquire a glow upon your face as Moses did after being in the presence of Christ for days on end……It will be so subtle that people you know will begin to notice a difference while you have not…

And the amazing part of this is that the circumstances that surround your life may not change – not for the better, not for the worse - but it is your perspective about life, love and the pursuit of happiness that has changed. As for those who you may think someone else has it all together, think again:

(NAS) 1 Peter 4:12-14
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

(MSG) I Peter 4:12
Friends, when life gets really difficult, don't jump to the conclusion that God isn't on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.

(MSG) John 16:31
Jesus answered them, "Do you finally believe? In fact, you're about to make a run for it—saving your own skins and abandoning me. But I'm not abandoned. The Father is with me. I've told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I've conquered the world."

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