You are light in Jesus so how should that change your life? “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8 NKJV). You were darkness, but now light so walk as children of light. The word walk is a present active imperative meaning to walk daily. Your walk is how you reveal Jesus in your daily life. Paul says you are a child of light so that should be revealed in how you live out your life. J
esus told His followers to believe in the light. “While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light” (John 12:36 NKJV). Sons of light is what Jesus called the New Covenant believer. It is what they could become after the Cross. The scripture reveals what a child of light looks like. The fruit of the Spirit is a good place to see what fruit is manifest in a believer’s life. A child of light is like His Father. See Jesus, see the Father. It always comes back to Jesus.
Jesus was light everywhere He went. Is the Jesus light in you shining through?
For the believer there is a before and an after—a BC and an AD. “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8 NKJV). You were darkness but now light. We are speaking of spiritual darkness–no revelation, no understanding, and no relationship with God. Maybe you remember those days. You had no purpose, no hope, and no prospect of things ever getting better. That’s the state of the unbeliever—darkness and death. Then—Jesus.
“The people who sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up” (Matthew 4:16). The light came and you rejoiced. The light bulb flashed on and all of a sudden so did hope, love, faith, purpose, and salvation. We are light in the Lord. Jesus is the light. We are in Him. Therefore, we are light in the Him. Darkness no longer fills our life but light. Once we were blind but now we see. Darkness is simply the absence of light. Light overcomes darkness. In any source of light, darkness disappears. Jesus is the source of light and darkness disappears in His presence.
Has Jesus manifested Himself to you? “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” (John 14:21 NKJV). I got sidetracked a couple of days ago when we looked at this verse. Let’s look at the phrase “I will…manifest Myself to him.” According to Strong’s concordance, to manifest means to exhibit or disclose (by words), appear, declare (plainly), inform, (will) manifest, show, and signify. Look at how the Amplified Bible translates this part of the verse. “And I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.]”
I see many on social media who are trying to be good and are struggling. It’s obvious to me they really don’t know Jesus. He said He would make Himself real. That means you know Jesus as well as any friend even though you haven’t seen Him. You sit down with Him each time you open the Word. You see Him at work in every situation. You know His love is real and unconditional. You know you are God’s special child. It’s not religion but a wonderful relationship.
Do you have Jesus’ commandments? Are you keeping them? “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” (John 14:21 NKJV). We usually bog down in the first part of this verse and say you have to keep all the commandments of Jesus if you love Him. Jesus has only one commandment for the New Covenant Christian. “This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you” (John 15:12). It’s because we love Jesus that we keep His commandment—to love.
For God so loved us so that we might love others. “We love him, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). His love for us doesn’t change based on our ability to love back. That’s law. We live under grace where love shed abroad in our heart comes forth as love to Him, not duty, or obedience driven, but love driven. Jesus is not teaching conditional love—you love me then I will love you. He loves us unconditionally through the Cross and even provides the love for us to return to Him.
Joyce Meyers said, “The Bible never promised us a life without problems, but Christ has overcome the world for us and through Him we have victory!” “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34 NKJV). We don’t live in a trouble-free environment. We live in an age of all kinds of technological gadgets that help us each day, (such as the computer I’m typing on) but they can be trouble. Mechanical things such as cars, appliances, etc., can be helpful but also trouble. We live is a sinful world where bad things happen. That doesn’t sound too good.
However, as Jesus said, “Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world: (John 16:33). Things happen and we can’t stop them, but we don’t have to let these things devastate us. Jesus overcame. We are in Christ, so we can overcome also. Too many times we let things overcome us, when we should be overcomers. “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4 NKJV).
Did you know your heavenly Father gives good things? Jesus said so in Matthew 7:11. “Even though you’re evil, you know how to give good gifts to your children. So how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him?” (GW). Jesus made this statement as He spoke to the multitudes sitting on the hillside. It began with the Beatitudes and covered many topics. He told them that even though they were evil. Remember, no one was born again yet, and Jesus taught under the law.
Therefore, when He called them evil, he was comparing it to good. In other words even though they were bad and did harm to another, they still knew how to give good gifts. How much more? It’s not a question but a statement saying just think how much more God gives good things. God does not give bad things. God isn’t doing bad things to you. He’s ready to give abundantly to those who ask. He just doesn’t back His gift truck up to your door and unload. He gives you the choice. Do you want some good things in your life? Then ask Him for them.
Don’t use passive voice when writing. Active is doing the action. Passive is the action is done to you. Good grammar says use active voice. However, grace is done to you as underserved, unmerited, and unearned favor of God. We just receive. We are the beneficiaries of God’s action to us and Jesus finished work on the Cross. “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Be born again—passive. It happens to you. You had nothing to do with your natural birth nor can you do anything in your spiritual birth—except believe.
The nice thing about living the kingdom life is that resting in God’s grace is enough. Andrew Womack says, “When you truly get a hold of the grace of God, I guarantee you, it sets you free from sin, not free to sin. You’ll wind up living holier accidentally than you ever have on purpose.” It just happens to you as you allow grace to do His work in you. Grace came when Jesus came. Sometimes it’s okay to use a passive verb.
Sometimes we are so in to end time prophecy and trying to timeline everything out in detail, we overlook some important things. Look at this verse in Daniel. “Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place” (Daniel 9:24, NIV2011). I’m not going to talk about timeline, but point out what is to happen.
First, finish transgression. Second, put an end to sin. Third, atone for wickedness. Fourth, bring in everlasting righteousness. Most theologians see this as the time of Jesus. This, in fact, is exactly what Jesus did on the Cross. Daniel prophesied an end to sin. He didn’t say sin would end on the earth, but that we are no longer under the burden of sin. Sin is a done deal through the finished work of Jesus. Jesus replaced the sin nature with the righteous nature for believers.
We are new creations—the righteousness of God in Christ. Daniel saw it. Jesus did it. Moreover, that’s just grace.