“And we have the prophetic word (made) firmer still.You will do well to pay close attention to it as to a lamp shining in a dismal (squalid and dark) place, until the day breaks through (the gloom) and the Morning Star rises (comes into being) in your hearts.” 2 Peter 1:9
My point of focus today will be on the Word of God described as a “lamp shining in a dismal.” The Greek word for dismal is ‘auchmeros’ meaning a filthy, dirty and obscure place. It came to my mind one of those scenes from the movies ‘Indiana Jones’ in which the actor would be walking inside an underground, secret passage, in pitch darkness and all he can here are squeaks and crackling underneath his feat and when he manages to get some illumination, he realises that he is in the middle of thousands of roaches and rats.
It is an extreme analogy, which most probably (hopefully) we will never encounter in life, however the picture is very similar when we look with our spiritual ‘eyes’. We are living in a world infested with demons, evil spirit and their fruit. A spiritual realm full of filth causing all sorts of oppression in the form of addictions, relationships problems, depressions and other conditions inducing people to oppressive slavery int he natural realm. The Bible is that only source of light, which will help us understand the filth as we start seeing it exposed in our lives and all around us, it will not only help us see it but will give us the knowledge to use the power made available to us by the Holy Spirit through Jesus to remove the entanglement we have been into practically since the day we were born.
What today is our light which will direct our paths, will be the measuring stick by which we will be judged when we come in front of the throne of judgement. Eternity is a loooong time for us to be wrong about it. What you sow today, you will reap tomorrow.
“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgement.” (Jesus – John 7:24)
Many including Christians judge by appearance and most of the time it is not based on a personal encounter but on a third party’s opinion. In this scripture Jesus was addressing the pharasees but is also addressing us the church.
A word less about someone else is better than a extra word. Once words come out of the mouth, they are like a dandelion in the wind. It will spread fast and it would be impossible to collect it back.
So let us all focus on the motives and make sure that whatever we speak, it has only one aim, that is to build up one an other.
It is all about the Kingdom of God and not about our personal agenda.
Time for some self-examination, using the Bible as the light to expose all blemishes and allowing the Holy spirit to restore and mend all cracks in our life to seal away any chance the enemy to penetrate our lives and set a stronghold.
“Behold, you have become well; do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse happens to you.” (Jesus – John 5:14)
Once we have surrendered our lives to Jesus and asked for forgiveness, God is faithful in cleansing us from all sins and made us a new creation. Here Jesus is warning us that the moment we are tempted to go back to the world, back to our sinful life, we will be far worse than we were before.
From my personal experience, I can say that nothing can match a life in Christ, making everything the world has to offer dim. So there is no reason to go back to our own ‘vomit’.
A life in Christ is an all inclusive life, bringing blessings in every area of life, a life not based on the circumstance but based on everlasting promises made by a faithful God.
One cannot play with God. When He chooses someone and places His mantle over him, the person cannot be touched without his adversaries suffering consequences. (See 1 Chronicles 16:22). David honoured this principle, and that is why he spared King Saul’s life, even though Saul sought to kill him. (See, for example, 1 Sam 26:6-9)
This warning is not for the world but for the church. Many within the church will be judged for this. So let us self examine ourselves and make sure we do not mess up our eternity for being a brother accuser rather than a brother keeper.
Ever wondered why there is no mighty move of the Holy Spirit in your church or why is your church just an aquarium for a few fish rather than a harbour for lost souls? This can well be one of the reasons. So remove this stumbling block from your midst, repent and allow the Holy Spirit to restore you and you will certainly experience a revival like never before.
May God touch the heart of all those who are reading this.
“But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
How many times I asked, why there is no move of God in our midst? What’s hindering the flow of the Holy Spirit? Months and months seeking God and asking why? Never did I give up on HIM as I know that He is faithful to His Word and He promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Deut 31:6).
So holding strong in faith to the hope of my salvation, that is Jesus, I discovered that love always prevails. He brought us into new pastures where I re-discovered the joy of living in HIS love. That kind of love which allows the Holy Spirit to move forth with power. All this is part of the oasis the Lord brought me into and I praise HIM for this.
Great times are ahead and with such times, great opposition will arise, but we will hold strong to our Rock Jesus, that Rock, which not even the gates of hell will prevail against (Mat 16:18).
Heavenly Father, refine us by the power of the Holy Spirit so that we will come forth as pure as gold, set apart for the service of the Most High. Knowing that the Kingdom of the Lord is at hand as we fulfil the great commission to go and make disciples of all nations, all for Your glory and honour and by your power. in Jesus Name