Light through Works

Light though Works,    “Worth Considering”   9/21/21   by Ken Smith<><
Light is a word use 329 time in the AMP with 102 times in the New Testament.  In the Gospels it is used 49 times and most of the time it is use to note God’s Loving Truth in a world of darkness.  It is very interesting to me how Jesus use the word light in Matt.25:1-12.  that the 5 virgins without light were excluded   from the Kingdom.  Virgin would indicate forgiven?  But then without oil or light?   I had to ask a young lady to leave our farm all though she was a Christian she was not an example in her work of light.  It made it difficult for me to have others carry their responsibilities and her not.  So rather than part of the cure in light, she was part of the problem in her darkness.  So people really see more of Jesus through what we do than by what we say.   It was by seeing Jesus in Floyd in 1955 lit up in the Love of God that got me into the kingdom, rather than all the words.  Floyd was the custodian for a church on 5 acres of ground in Long Beach and I saw Jesus in Floyd by the way that he took on the responsibility for that Church.  So in what we do in our work, as unto the LORD, is really where the world watches Christians for the witness of God’s Truth & Light.  So how you approach your work, your attitude, your forgiveness, your separation from the world.  In my work in an engineering office in Long Beach, I never had to opportunity to talk much to the other men working there except on the projects.   But as they would pass nudes from desk to desk I made it a habit not to look at them.  That alone was a major witness in the office and at breaks got to talk about Jesus and find brothers in the LORD.  But later as I settled into be a church Christian I learned that it was OK not to be so much in the light and my light started to dim down.  And eventually could say Jesus was LORD but without Him being really lord most of the time.  It was like departing from the Biblical definition of what it was to be a Christian into making my own definition apart from the Bible.  So I settled into being, “generally” a Christian by my standards rather than by Jesus standards.

But after 13 years of up and down, trying to be a Christian and next day, not.   I learned about being baptized in the Holy Spirit and that experience totally changed the direction of my life.  If you will note the disciples received their salvation after the resurrection of Jesus in the “Upper Room” Matt.20:22 and then later they were empowered at Pentecost Acts 1:8.   Same thing happened to the believers in Samaria (Acts 8:14-17) and Paul (Acts 9:3-18.)   Salvation is much different than being filled with the Holy Spirit like Jesus taught in Luke 11:9-13.  Notice in 11:11 is a son doing the asking of the Father.  So like Paul asked the disciples of Apollos in Acts 19:2,   “…. Have you received the Holy Spirit since ye believed?”  Do you really have Holy Spirit oil like in Rev.3:18 (eye salve = Holy Spirit oil) Our Heavenly Father want to fill you with the oil of the Holy Spirit for power to BE a witness of Christ Jesus but must wait on your willingness to become truly obedient. Acts 5:32, 1 John 3:24, “All who keep His commandments [who obey His orders and follow His plan, live and continue to live, to stay and] abide in Him, and He in them. [They let Christ be a home to them and they are the home of Christ.] And by this we know and understand and have the proof that He [really] lives and makes His home in us: by the [Holy] Spirit Whom He has given us.”  So as we obey the LORD as per HIS commandments we can be filled with Holy Spirit Power to represent HIM on earth and do what HE did.   Jesus taught this in John 14:12, “I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father.”  No power where you go to church?   2 Tim. 3:5

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

During the feast of Tabernacles in Yeshua’s (Jesus’) day, the temple priests would set up four great lampstands with golden lampholders, which they would light with the aid of enormous ladders in the Temple courtyard. The lighting of these lamps began the celebration of the “Great Hosannah” (Hoshannah Rabbah, in Hebrew). The celebration went on in to the wee hours — with music and dancing and rejoicing, while the beautiful lights lit up the night. Jerusalem was a breathtaking, illuminated city on a hill.

The following morning the Jewish people would recite the prayer for the eighth day of the feast — “Be thou praised, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who makest light and causes darkness, who makest peace and createst all: the light of the world as the treasure of life…” Yeshua said, “I am the Light of the world.”.

God is Light, He loves light, He creates light, He sheds light, He desires light. Lamps with oil produce light, both for those who carry them and for those who see the light bearers. “You are the light of the world”, He said. So the Lord also expects light from and His people. The light of God in our lives comes from His Holy Spirit, and oil has always been associated with the Spirit’s ministry in the lives of believers. Burning oil produces light. If we are spiritual “virgins” because we are betrothed to one Heavenly Husband, we ought to bear His light in this dark world. Yet He has told us that some virgins will not have the wisdom to do it, so it is a warning to us; a warning not to quench the Spirit, but be filled with Him and be the light of the world.

Some of us, though virgins, have been walking in darkness. This could change. The choice to light our lamps belongs to us. The gift of the Holy Spirit has been given to all true virgins. The wise among us will “buy oil” and maintain our lamps thoroughly filled. To “buy oil” means to “spend time” with the One who supplies it, asking Him to fill us up, and to clean out the impurities in our “lamps”. You know what this means for you personally, and I know what it means for me.  We ought to think about the joy of the wedding, and prepare our hearts with His light… illuminated beautifully for all the world to see, and to be ready! At midnight, when the Bridegroom suddenly appears, our joy will be unspeakable.   Blessings,   George

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Israeli doctors: ‘3rd COVID shot requirement not medically justified, unreasonable’
After an FDA decision called into question the necessity of so-called “booster” shots, Israeli doctors and medical professionals wrote a letter condemning a new policy from the Ministry of Health which requires Israelis to be triple vaccinated in order to freely enter a number of public places.      The Biden administration has requested the Pentagon send the military to the southern border to help regain control after thousands of Haitian migrants swarmed over the Rio Grande into Texas.      A Christian missionary and former US Army Special Forces and Ranger officer has reported that the Taliban in Afghanistan appear to have carried out mass executions since the US withdrawal last month, the Christian Post (CP) reports.

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Been having a bit of pain around my heart,  Please add to your prayer list,   Ken<><

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