Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Seasons of Weariness

There are times in our lives where we feel tired and weary, where we feel like we just can't go on and we don't have the strength to. In these seasons of weariness, we must remember that His strength is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). It is in these times, that we learn to lean on God rather than on ourselves and we realize that we can do nothing without Him. We can't do anything in our own strength.

This weariness is only for a time and a season in your life. To every thing in life, there is a season (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Though it may seem as though it is going to last forever, it will not. These are the times where God is molding and shaping us to the person He wants us to be and into the character of Jesus Christ. It is where we are forced to say "God, I can't do it without You!" and we begin to trust God and believe in His Word because everything is working for our good.

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary and the young men shall utterly fall but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:28-31 (NKJV)

God is the all powerful One who does not faint neither does He get weary. He is the Almighty One who is able to give us the strength that we need. In the verses above, it says that He will give power to the weak and to those who have no might, He increases strength. God is a merciful God who will help us in times of need. He will not abandon us but He will be our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalms 46:1).

Those who wait upon the Lord, their strength shall be renewed. You will be strengthened to do what the Lord has called you to do. We will mount up with wings as eagles, we will run and not be weary and we will walk and not faint. When God is our strength, when we lean on Him, we would not get weary.

The joy of the Lord is our strength. When we have the joy of Christ, we are strengthened. The Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17). In His presence, there is fullness of joy (Psalms 16:11). Let the joy of the Lord be upon your life.

So in those times where you feel weary, remember that God is the One who can strengthen you and you can't do it by yourself. His joy is our strength!!

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Let Your Light Shine

We are the light of the world. We are the light in the mist of the darkness in this present world. The light that brings revelation, the light that stands out above all others, the light that does not conform to the world, the light that draws all men to Christ. As Jesus showed His light to others so are we to do the same in order to bring glory to God. 

"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lampstand and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven". Matthew 5:14-16 (NKJV)

We are the light in the darkness (Philippians 2:15). When light comes into a room, darkness cease to exist. Light overpowers the darkness and gives life to the room. As we are children of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ, we carry the presence of God wherever we go. Christ is in us and whatever we do or say should portray who He is.

A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Our light cannot be hidden. We cannot try to be like everyone else. We weren't made to conform to the world but to be a light in it that stands out from the norm. We are a peculiar people, a people set apart to God (Deuteronomy 7:6). We are called to be different even as Jesus was different. Our light is to be seen, not for our glory but for God's.

Why do we hide our light? Why then do we want to be like everyone else? God has given each of us characteristics that are unique to us. Each of us are different. Our light was made to shine. What is our light? Our light is the characteristics of Jesus Christ, the fruit of the Spirit, the gifts and the talents that God has given to us. Don't hide your gifts any longer but use them (1 Timothy 4:14). We don't want to be like the man with the one talent who buried it and who never to showed forth its light (Matthew 25:14-30).

Our light brings glory and honour unto God. Our light is not for our fame. Everything that we do, should glorify God. Through our light, men would be drawn to Christ as they would see the love of God and they will see something that is powerful and life changing.

Where can you let your light shine? Let it shine in your school, your workplace, your home and the supermarket. It is not to be hidden. It is to shine that men may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Heavenly Father, help us to let our lights shine. I pray that we would not hide them any longer, we would not be afraid of what others may say or think about us but we will let our lights shine, giving glory and honour to You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.