“Shinning is not automatic”
Matt. 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 “Nor do men light a lamp, and put it under the peck-measure, but on the lampstand; and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
SHINING IS NOT AUTOMATIC, IT’S A DECISION.
Prov. 4:18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day. 19 The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know over what they stumble.
Everyday you are establishing a path, a destination, a course, a way for others to follow that may be watching you.
shining means decision making.
Shining brighter takes discipline.
when you got born again you received the nature of God.
Light – has a two fold meaning.
1. Revelation-illumination means revealed knowledge
Ex. Ps 119:130
2. Nature of God, John 1:4 – In Him was life and the life was the light of men.
let your light shine… “let your nature be so evident in you that others can tell you’re different”.
Q. How do we kick that nature in gear?
the nature of God is in You and you have to work it out.
Eph 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the lord, that ye no longer walk as the gentiles also walk, in the vanity of their mind,18 being darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of god, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their heart; 19 who being past feeling gave themselves up to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20 But ye did not so learn Christ; 21 if so be that ye heard him, and were taught in him, even as truth is in Jesus: 22 that ye put away, as concerning your former manner of life, the old man, that waxeth corrupt after the lusts of deceit; 23 and that ye be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new man, that after god hath been created in righteousness and holiness of truth.
IF OUR MINDS WERE OK, THEY WOULD NOT HAVE TO BE RENEWED
When you got born again your spirit was made new but your mind was untouched… Your mind did not get saved.
Once you know who you are in your spirit, it becomes your responsibility, your task, your work, to take what’s in your heart and renew your mind with it.
Ex. THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS ABOUT WHO YOU ARE BECOMING FOR THE SAKE OF OTHERS.