ALOHA SAINTS, FAMILY & FRIENDS,  Beloved of Jesus and me,   John 3:16


Today’s Scripture                 (Across my desk this morning from a church in Texas.)
“Don’t hide your light! Let it shine for all; let your good deeds glow for all to see, so that they will praise your heavenly Father.”  (Matthew 5:16, TLB)
Let Your Light Shine
There are times when God will allow us to go through a painful season so He can birth something new on the inside. If you go through something you don’t understand, God allowed this to happen because He trusts you. He knows He can count on you to take the same comfort, the same healing, the same encouragement that helped you overcome this trouble and share it with others.  Can God trust you with pain? Or will you get caught up wondering, I don’t understand why this is happening to me? I say this respectfully: it’s not all about you. What if God has allowed this difficulty so three years down the road you can help somebody else move forward? Can He trust you? God is counting on you to let your light shine through the dark places. What you’ve been through will help somebody else get through it. Be on the lookout for others you can encourage.
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You want to use me to help others who are struggling in the same areas where I have struggled. Thank You that I am uniquely qualified to comfort those who are going through what I’ve gone through. Help me to shine my light brightly. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Ken’s Comments:
Seems more likely to me that the junk and pain that I go through are mostly the results of my own sowing and reaping.  2 Pet.2:19, AMP, “ They promise them liberty, when they themselves are the slaves of depravity and defilement—for by whatever anyone is made inferior or worse or is overcome, to that [person or thing] he is enslaved.”      So my knots and scars, for me, seem mostly self made through ignorance or pride or rebellion.  And if ignorance it is only because I did not try to find out the truth.  Paul in Gal. 6:8, K J “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” “ For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit put to death the deeds of the body, ye shall have God’s life.  Rom.8:13

So, my understanding is that God may openly test us so we can see where we are but basically HE already know where we are.   With Abraham and Issac and the sacrifice, God was showing Abraham his heart of obedience.  God had already had a ram caught in a thicket for the sacrifice.  But then God does use our sins and mistakes to try to help others.  There is nothing like getting hit by a truck to want to try to help other by telling them to watch out for trucks.  Joel in 2:24 mentions this, when in obedience and bless able.  “24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.  25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the canker worm, and the caterpillar, and the palmer worm, my great army which I sent among you.  26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.

Now why did God send that great army, because of pride and rebellion. and why did he restore?  Because of repentance & obedience.  God will allow the sowing and reaping to occur as it teaches us about staying out of destructive temptations of the lusts of the flesh, lusts of the eyes and pride of life.  And James writes a lot about this in James 1:12-16: “12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.  13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:  14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.  16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.  Might read James through a few times a month to help keep on the straight and narrow.  James has some real TRUTH as also does his brother Jude.  And they both grew up with Jesus as the sons of Mary and Joseph.  As Jesus was the oldest in the same family.  That must have been extremely interesting to sit down to table with Jesus prior to HIS Holy Spirit anointing for HIS ministry by John the Baptist.  Jesus as growing up being a Holy Man in a family OF 9 till age 30 must have been way out there!!!!  So Jesus as a man under the anointing of the Holy Spirit did many marvelous things.  And HE mentioned: “11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.  12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.  13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John 14:11-13…  As for me,   I am still working on that one to get it right.   If interested in working on this with me, let me know.  So far: Truth, Faith, Love and Unity seem deeply embedded.  As we are collectively anointed to do what Jesus did and perhaps more. John 17:20-24.  My experience is enough to know that it is true but still incomplete.

Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful Grace and Mercy,   Ken<><
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