Moving the Pieces into Place


rubiks cube

My son can solve a Rubik’s cube in under a minute. When I watch him solve the puzzle it looks like the squares are more mixed up than before, but he is actually moving pieces into a certain position to prepare to solve the puzzle. Specific pieces must be in a certain place before the puzzle can be solved.

I think that’s how it is with the way God works. He has to move different pieces of the solution around to solve the issue we are praying about. What we see as a mixed up mess may be the different components of the solution getting ready to come together. Does your particular issue seem to be getting worse? Perhaps the problem is just about to be solved.

I have been experiencing a particular difficulty for some time. 2014 has been extremely difficult. Many times I felt that God was just silent on the issue. But one day, in early December, the pieces began to fall into place. Looking back, some of the most difficult moments were when pieces of the puzzle were getting ready to be moved into the correct position to resolve the issue.

Our great God is not silent. Sometimes we don’t listen because we are expecting a specific answer so we ignore God’s voice. We must understand that our answer may not be the best one. First God must untangle our mess before He can help us with the problem. Perhaps we are the one delaying the resolution. When it comes to problems, be patient and wait on the Lord to guide you.

“The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

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A Glimpse of Heaven


Christmas eve

For me, the climax of the holiday season is not Christmas morning, it’s Christmas Eve. The birth of Christ is such a sacred event that I must be in worship to truly experience Christmas.

Last night’s Christmas Eve service was especially moving. It was not just the music, or the Scripture reading, or even the message, although each of those elements were critical to the experience. What was moving to me is the all the people gathered together to worship and celebrate the greatest gift of all.

In the final moments of the service, the candlelight passed to each person, and the sanctuary began to glow. We sang Silent Night and raised our candles high, worshiping the one who made it all possible. For those few moments I caught a glimpse of heaven.

“Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.” Revelation 19:6-7

 May you experience all the peace and blessings of this wonderful day.

Spreading Light Throughout Your World


be-a-light

Here is an excellent piece about believers holding the light of Christ. It’s the daily devotion for December 22, by InTouch Ministries.

Blessings to you all this holiday season!

http://www.intouch.org/magazine/content.aspx?topic=Spreading_Light_Throughout_Your_World_devotional#.&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=itmdevo

Light and Life


This time of year we re-read the Christmas stories (Matthew 1:18-2:12 and Luke 2:1-39) and celebrate the coming of our Lord and Savior, as we should. When the light of Jesus Christ penetrates our hearts, we see ourselves and our need for the Savior. We realize this gift is salivation and eternity with God, and we rejoice.

 John 1:1-5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Do we realize the light of Christ will do more than give us eternity? Jesus also gives us life in the present, and gives it abundantly (John 10:10, John 14:6). So what is abundant life?

The word abundant means “in great quantity, more than adequate, richly supplied.” This is the type of life our Lord wants us to have here and now. When we allow Jesus to light up our lives, the darkness is chased away. Then, Jesus will light the way for us to walk in His light all the days of our lives. Walking in his light will give us a rich, full, satisfying life.

Several years ago Debbie Boone recorded “You Light Up My Life.” The song was written as a romantic song, but if you listen to the lyrics you realize this is what Jesus does for us – He lights up our lives, and He is always with us.

 As you enjoy the Christmas lights this holiday season, remember how much more Jesus wants to light up your life, if you let Him.

 

Scripture: http://www.biblegateway.com

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The Season of Light


christmas-lights

I love Christmas lights. Putting lights on our trees and houses brings a special warmth into the season. Public light displays also add to the festive Spirit. One of our favorite traditions is going to look at the Christmas lights after Christmas Eve services. The history of Christmas lights is interesting; and the information is easy to find. But what is more important to my family is what those lights represent. Light is an expression of God’s love toward us.

Throughout Scripture, God uses various forms of light as a metaphor for His love, and to draw us to Himself.

 “Then God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness.” Genesis 1:3-4

 “Then Jesus spoke to them again: ‘I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.’”  John 8:12

 During this precious Christmas season, when we admire the lights, turn your attention to the creator of light and give Him your full admiration.

An excerpt from Follow The Light:

…Consult several Bible commentaries discussing the creation story and you will find the word light in Genesis 1:3 is the Hebrew word owr. There are eleven meanings of the word, including light of life and Jehovah as Israel’s light.[i] The MacArthur Bible Commentary explains light as meaning, “That which most clearly reveals and most closely approximates God’s glory.”[ii] Use that sentence in place of the word light in Genesis 1:3 and we learn, “And God said, ‘Let there be that which most clearly reveals and most closely approximates God’s glory,’ and there was that which most clearly reveals and most closely approximates God’s glory.” Remember this thought with the following word equation:

Light = That which most clearly reveals and most closely approximates God’s glory.

 What does glory mean? An excellent word picture is found in Exodus 40:34 (GNT). “Then the cloud covered the Tent and the dazzling light of the Lord’s presence filled it.” In this context, glory means “the weight or worthiness of something. It describes greatness and splendor, and it is sometimes translated as ‘honor.’”[iii] Our word equation looks like this:

 Glory = Worthiness, greatness, splendor, and honor.

 In the Strong’s Bible Dictionary, glory also means owr or light.[iv] Now our word equation looks like this:

 Glory = Light.

So in Genesis 1:3 when God said, “Let there be light,” He was providing His glory, or Himself, as the light! This makes sense because God created man to fellowship with Him. There was no reason for God to withhold His very best. We can rewrite our word equation as:

 Light = God.

 In John 8:12, Jesus tells us He is the light of the world. John 14:10 tells us God and Jesus are one. The author of Hebrews tells us, “God’s Son has all the brightness of God’s own glory and is like him in every way. By His own mighty word, He holds the universe together. After the Son had washed away our sins, He sat down at the right side of the glorious God in heaven.” Hebrews 1:3 (CEV)

The Greek word for glory is doxa. Doxa means “splendor, brightness, and a most glorious condition or exalted state. It also means “the glorious condition of blessedness into which is appointed and promised that Christians shall enter upon their Savior’s return from heaven.”[v]

 The Son is not just reflecting God’s glory; He is God and radiates His own essential glory.[vi] This glory is sent forth and promised to true Christians after Christ’s return.[vii]

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[i] Blue Letter Bible. “Dictionary and Word Search for ‘owr (Strong’s 216)“. Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2013. 27 Jul 2013. < http:// http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H216&t=KJV >

[ii] MacArthur, John, The MacArthur Bible Commentary (2005), Thomas Nelson Publishers, Inc., Nashville, TN, Page 8

[iii] Ibid, Page 926

[iv] Strong, James, The New Strong’s Complete Dictionary of Bible Words, 1996, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Inc., Nashville, TN, Page 112

[v] Blue Letter Bible. “Dictionary and Word Search for doxa (Strong’s 1391)“. Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2013. 27 Jul 2013. < http:// http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G1391&t=KJV >

[vi] MacArthur, John, The MacArthur Bible Commentary (2005), Thomas Nelson Publishers, Inc., Nashville, TN, Page 1836

[vii] Blue Letter Bible. “Dictionary and Word Search for doxa (Strong’s 1391)“. Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2013. 27 Jul 2013. < http:// http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G1391&t=KJV >

Scripture: http://www.biblegateway.com

Image: google images