We have been talking about glowing or making our lives shine for Jesus. Christian, once you decide to get up and glow for Jesus you will find that…
Glowing is not only necessary and possible, it is powerful!-
It is when God’s people take steps of faith that God meets them with miracles!
During the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya in 1960, missionaries Matt and Lora Higgens were returning one night to Nairobi through the heart of Mau Mau territory, where Kenyans and missionaries alike had been killed and dismembered. Seventeen miles outside of Nairobi their Land Rover stopped. Higgens tried to repair the car in the dark, but could not restart it. They spent the night in the car, but claimed Psalm 4:8: “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” In the morning they were able to repair the car.
A few weeks later the Higgenses returned to America on furlough. They reported that the night before they left Nairobi, a local pastor had visited them. He told how a member of the Mau Mau had confessed that he and three others had crept up to the car to kill the Higgenses, but when they saw the sixteen men surrounding the car, the Mau Mau left in fear.
“Sixteen men?” Higgens responded. “I don’t know what you mean!”
While they were on furlough, a friend Clay Brent asked the Higgenses if they have been in any danger recently. Higgens asked, “Why?”
Then Clay said that on March 23, God had placed a heavy prayer burden on his heart. He called the men of the church, and sixteen of them met together and prayed until the burden lifted. Did God send sixteen angels to represent those men and enforce their prayers? (excerpt from Touch the World Through Prayer)
Paul the Apostle was a man who had it all. Political power, education, respect of his peers. His life was on the fast track to success and then He met Jesus on the road to Damascus. Years later he wrote these words:
“though I myself have reasons for such confidence.
If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal,persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law,faultless.
7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ” Phil. 3:4-8 NIV
Christian, there is a cost but shining For Jesus is necessary. It is possible. It is powerful. Getting up for Jesus is necessary. It is possible. It is powerful! We must to decide to do it. It is time to give it all for Jesus.
Let’s pray: God I know you are a God of good news who will give me everything if I give You everything. Its time for me to get up and glow. It’s time for me to trade O.K. news for good news! So today I do that. God I allow You to come in and heal me so that I may at last rise up in every area of my life and move on. I allow You to shine Your light into the dark areas of my life so that I in turn might shine for You to lead others into Your healing presence. It’s time to get up and glow! In Jesus name A-men!
This series has been so moving, thank you, Pastor J. The first time in church was quite powerful but the second time the spirit is really stirring things up inside of me. I join you in this prayer, Pastor J. Lord, help me to shine for You that I might help others into Your healing presence, use me, Lord. Thank you, Jesus for speaking to our hearts at the right moment, Your timing is perfect. A-men!
Thank you for this compliment Deb! I am so glad I have been given the opportunity to minister!
I agree with Debby, Pastor J, that there is something powerful stirring in this series. “It’s time to trade okay news for good news.” I need this encouragement today, now, for this time in my life. Thank you for your faithfulness and God bless you!
Thank you Deb for being a faithful reader! I am glad these posts have urged you towards a place of strength and peace! We serve a God of good news!
>> “I allow You to shine Your light into the dark areas of my life so that I in turn might shine for You to lead others into Your healing presence” – AMEN!
A-men! Thanks for being up for the challenge Angela!