A Lit Candle Curses the Darkness

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“The man who keeps My commandments, it is he who loves Me.” John 14:21
“If you are a candle, darkness runs from you.” MDJ
“Candles VS Darkness, not even a fight!” MDJ
 “Generate light, that is what generators do!” MDJ
“Gather candles and light them”.  MDJ
“Be a living Candle” MDJ
“Light Up”! MDJ

When Jesus left this earth, He placed it in the untested hands of His disciples and everyone who would come to believe on Him.  He realized He had given them all they would ever need to get the job of making disciples done (By the way, it is the only job He gave Believers).  On the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit arrived, the deal was settled.  Every promise is “yes and amen” (2nd Corinthians 1:20).  From that point on it was, “Take up your cross and follow Me”.

The “follow Me” challenge comes when a Believer realizes that the world he lives in is yet under the curse of Adam (Sin entered through his disobedience in Genesis Chapter 3).  It is this “darkness of sin” that swirls around every day and night of the universe.  So, darkness swirls.  What then is the antidote?  It is simple and so latent and intrinsic that it could go unnoticed.  It, however rises to consciousness because of the severity of the mission Jesus gave of “Go make disciples”. 

It is the redeeming power of Jesus Christ that lives inside every Believer that cries for the light of His love to engulf every human being.  We are the “light of the world”, the “salt of the earth”, “a city set on a hill”, “living epistles” (Matthew 5:14-16, 2nd Corinthians 3:2-3).  If we do what is right in God’s eyes, we dispel darkness by just being alive! 

We consciously and unconsciously send daily messages of Who lives inside of us to the world.  It is the “Light” who is in us that dispels every form and fashion of darkness around us.  The unconscious light we emanate is the quiet and peaceable life (1st Thessalonians 4:11) we live without saying a word.  This light of living under the authority of the Holy Spirit sends messages to all around us. The message is that Someone lives inside Who brings peace to our lives. 

The unconscious light in us challenges people around us to consciously ponder the grace of living we display.  This unconscious light curses the darkness by mere existence.  When Believers come on the scene, chaos dissipates, Jesus emanates, and darkness can find no place.

Then there is the conscious light within us.  This light sets out on a deliberate mission by keeping the commandments of Jesus (loving Him), loving others, interacting positively with others, displaying acts of kindness, being compassionate, giving, and denying self.

The simple fact is that darkness cannot hover when light comes on the scene.  Be a lit candle by the power of the Holy Spirit.  If you are a lit candle, darkness is a non-issue.  If you are engaged in “lighting candles”, you have taken on the Holy Spirit guided mission of Jesus which is “Go make disciples”.

By the way, are you cursing the darkness by “generating” light?
Are you “dispelling” darkness by your quiet, peaceable, and godly lifestyle?
Are you “making disciples”?        

Why "Hepzibah in Training?"

More than twenty five years ago I stood in a powerful praise and worship service. As I entered into worship weeping in the presence of the King, I heard the voice of Jesus in my spirit. He called me two names. The first name was Hephzibah and the second was Beulah. I was stunned and immediately sat down on the bench to ponder these two names. Neither of these names appeared flattering to me.

I left church and called my sister, a mighty warrior of God, and told her that God had called me two names. Her reply was “If God called me names; I needed to find out what they meant.” I searched scripture and found that the name Hephzibah means, “The Lord delights in her” and that Beulah meant, “Thy land is married (committed, spoken for, etc). Needless to say, I was delighted in the significance of these two names that my Savior has bestowed upon me. My goal and treasure in life is to fulfill the plan for my life on this side of Eternity and to train for the other side of Eternity.

I offer you the revelations, thoughts, and meditations that God imparts to me in this blog “Hepzibah In Training”.

I thank you for your comments.