“Is Your Lamp Dimly or Divinely Lit ??” 9/16/2020 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”

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Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”  @ www.Godsmanforever.com  

 

“Is Your Lamp Dimly or Divinely Lit ??”

 

Proverbs 20:27…  The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, Searching all the inner depths of his heart.  (NKJV)

 

My friends, as I was reading Proverbs chapter 20 the other day, in my daily quiet time reading…this verse jumped out at me…  If our spiritual lamp is not lit, then we are in darkness…  I believe this God given spirit is our conscience, and the lamp that God lights in every human being…  We are to use this “lamp of the Lord”, (though dimly lit)…to give us understanding of right and wrong…

 

Imagine a world, where no one has a conscience to help guide them in the right direction…  You think the world is going downhill now !!  Without a conscience in any of us…it would be a world with no signs of good…  Evil would prevail in every human being…  Without a conscience, we wouldn’t know we were guilty of sinning…

 

It is sin, that will diminish the lamp the Lord has given us…  At out best, because the heart is deceitful above all things (Jeremiah17:9), without God’s intervention…we will die in our sins, and not be heaven bound when we die…  Jesus tells us this Himself, in…

 

John 8:24…  “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”  (NKJV)

 

Throughout the Bible, Jesus is referred to as the Light…  [see Reference number 1. Below for a link with 34 verses about the light of Christ] 

 

Here is one my favorites…

 

John 8:12…  Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”  (NKJV)

 

This light of life is the Divine Light of Christ, which indwells the heart of every “born again” believer…  Without the light of Christ within our heart, we will never be able to live a life that will be pleasing to God…  We won’t have the Holy Spirit living within us, to guide and direct us as our live-in, lifelong Helper… 

 

King David knew that he needed God’s help to guide him safely through life’s most difficult struggles…  We see David’s plea for God to search his heart, and reveal the hidden sins we are all capable of harboring, in this scripture…   (David wrote half of the Book of Psalms)

 

Psalm 139:23-24…  Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.  (NKJV)

 

We see King David’s son Solomon, who wrote half of the Book of Proverbs, give us wise instructions, in this scripture…

 

Proverbs 3:5-7…  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
  (NKJV)

 

Since Solomon was the wisest man there ever was (1 Kings 4:29-30), we would do well to heed these words of wisdom…

 

So how does one Trust in the Lord with all your heart ??  God gives us the “good news” gospel message that our sins can be forgiven…  But we must hear (or read about), understand, and then respond by obeying this message of the cross with godly sorrow, and a repentant heart…seeking the Lord Jesus Christ to become our personal Lord and Savior…   Seek the Lord, while He may still be foundIsaiah 55:6-7…  And take your dimly lit lamp of the Lord, and light it up with the “Divine Light of Christ” !!   [See P.S. below, for a gospel presentation]

 

And once you’re “born again” as a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17-18), keep your focus on the Lord Jesus Christ, and never lose the fire God has indwelt you with…  I equate this fire to the presence of the Holy Spirit, which like God in the burning bush that Moses observed in Exodus 3:1-17, was burning bright by God’s presence, but not being consuming by the fire…   

 

I wrote perhaps the most important post in my 10 years of writing, that I have titled… “Are You a Christian in God’s Eyes, and  ON FIREfor the Lord, or not ??”, that you can read in Reference number 2. Below…  I urge every reader to open and read this most important post…  If you ARE ON FIREfor the Lord…then share the link with someone who isn’t…  The unsaved are all around us, my friends !!  Do as Jesus commanded us in His last spoken words, before ascending into heaven…

 

Matthew 28:19-20  “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.  (NKJV)

 

When you are filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18-20), and are then Walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16), God will be free to bless you beyond belief, with the spiritual fruit that the Apostle Paul pens in…

 

Galatians 5:22-23…  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.  (NKJV)

 

I don’t know about you…but I wouldn’t be able to get through the day, without the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit urging me to do what is right in God’s eyes…  It really gives you a sense of peace, knowing that God is sovereign, and in control of all that you say and do…  You just have to humble yourself, and let God do what He does best !!  You WILL find rest for your soul…  (Matthew 11:28-30)

 

Gracious God and heavenly Father…I thank You and praise You for Your life changing presence in my life…  I pray Father, that You would urge any reader not ON FIRE for You…to open and read this most important, perhaps life changing post in Reference number 2. Below…  I pray Father, that You would not let any reader rest…until they seek Your face, and come to You with godly sorrow and a repentant heart…  It is only by Your grace, that they will find rest for their souls…  I pray for all lives to be changed by You, with hearts set ON FIRE by the power of the Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

 

 

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

 

 

References:

  1. 34 verses about Jesus is light –  https://www.openbible.info/topics/light_of_christ

  2. Are you “ON FIRE” for the Lord ??- https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

 

P.S.  When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

 

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I present posts about God's Word, with a personal focus on how God's grace is received through saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ... Sinners must understand and obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ... See this link for more... https://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/
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