Light bearers

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Mathew 5:16)

For centuries Christians especially ministers were under the bondage of the enemy- we were told it was a sin to be prosperous. I remember vividly in the early 90s, how people destroyed their TV sets because they were told it could lead them to hell. Our people were lacking knowledge (light), hence they subscribed to irrational things.

When Jesus came on to the scene, he announced himself as the light of the world (John 8:12). When he left Nazareth and moved to Capernaum, the bible makes us understand, ‘the people living in darkness have seen a great light, on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.’ (Mathew 4:16)

However when Jesus was going to depart planet earth, he said something remarkable, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Mathew 5:14). We are the light of the world now- light dominates, gives direction and delivers.

Joseph delivered a nation from starvation by telling them what was to come and teaching the nation of Egypt how to prepare for it (Genesis 47:13-27). When Belshazzar defiled the things of God, a strange writing appeared on the wall in the palace, he was frightened and his legs became weak (Daniel 5:5-6). The king summoned the enchanters, astrologers and diviners. Then he said to these wise men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing and tells me what it means will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around his neck, and he will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom. Then all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or tell the king what it meant.” (Daniel 5:7, 8).

People panic when problems arise, however God doesn’t want us to because we’re raised as solution providers. When there is a recession, it’s an opportunity to buy more homes because they will be cheaper. It’s not the time for the believer to cry. There is a covenant of exemption on the believer in the midst of chaos.

See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the people, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. (Isaiah 60:2)

You must set the pace in your field, blaze the trail and be committed to excellence; this is the key to relevance in life. When the writing couldn’t be deciphered by the magicians; the queen came to the rescue.

“The queen, hearing the voices of the king and his nobles, came into the banquet hall. May the king live forever!” she said. “Don’t be alarmed! Don’t look so pale! There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the time of your father he was found to have insight and intelligence and wisdom like that of the gods. Your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, appointed him chief of the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners.” (Daniel 5:10, 11)

God expects us to be the light in our generation, we are the solution the world needs, where light is absent, life is absent. Daniel was summoned and he gave the interpretation. We often come in contact with people who are worried, battered, beaten, scattered and oppressed. There are people who seek solutions to their problems, there are destinies tied to your destiny, there are ministries that will not see the light of the day, if you don’t offer direction.

The barbaric killing of twins in Calabar was perpetuated for centuries due to darkness until God sent his servant Mary Slessor to put an end to it. I have found out the devil only has power where there is darkness.

… But this is your hour, and the power of darkness. (Luke 22:53)

Without darkness, the devil is impotent, hence the saying by the prophet,’ people perish for lack of knowledge’ (Hosea 4:6).

How do we access light?

Redemption: For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. (Psalm 36:9)

Jesus is the light of the world, hence to access light; you must have him in your life. Of course you can feed on crumbs from the masters table but the children have access to the bread. You don’t need to feed on crumbs any longer when you can partake of the meal itself. If you need Jesus in your life, say this short prayer, ‘Lord Jesus, come into my life, I believe you died for my sins and rose on the third day, thank you lord for having me.’ Celebrate your new nature in Christ. Hallelujah!

The word: In the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the LORD (Daniel 9:2). The word of God is the answer to the challenges of life; one word can handle 1000 oppositions and situations. The word of God is the life of God; you must study to know the word because your life depends on it.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).

Only worded people become solution providers, Jeremiah knew this mystery like no man’s business- hence, he devoted himself to the mystery and ministry of the word.

When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, LORD God Almighty. (Jeremiah 15:16).

When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. (Isaiah 59:19).

The standard is the word of God, when you face opposition, the Holy Spirit will give you a word of the abundance of the word you have read, studied, meditated upon in the same hour. When Jesus was in the boat and the storm came to consume them, the Holy Spirit released a word into his spirit in that same hour and he unleashed it to put the situation under control.

But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say (Mathew 10:19).

What will be released into your spirit when challenges come is what you’re familiar with, it is the word that you’ve processed over time and have a command and deep revelation of.