Many believers really don’t know the spiritual tools they have received. They got the ‘fire insurance package’ but that may be all they think they have. There is more available on our spiritual tool belts. As a believer, you also have the tools of SALT and LIGHT. Matthew 5:13 and 14 (ESV) says, “You are the salt of the earth”, and “You are the light of the world.” Be sure you carry a salt shaker and a flashlight in your tool belt.
Being the salt of the earth is being a believer who goes about his life sprinkling the goodness and love of Jesus to those they meet. Salt enhances the flavor of our foods. Jesus enhances the flavor of our lives. You have the flavor additive that someone else needs. You also carry His light as you lovingly point to Jesus. When the way is dark for some, you carry the light of the revelation of His love, forgiveness, and grace. They won’t stay in the dark when you’ve given them light that will last forever.
These spiritual tools are necessary in life. Be sure they’re stored in your tool belt for easy access and distribution.
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?
Does it seem like your spiritual tool belt is becoming heavy? Just remember, Jesus carries the load, and all you need to do is to receive what is already yours and your load will be easy. Be sure you are familiar with the tool of forgiveness. Not only forgiving others, but understanding that you are already forgiven. Someone questioned a pastor saying they weren’t sure they could believe their future sins were actually forgiven because Jesus lived so long ago. The pastor shared that the sins Jesus bore on the Cross were all future sins to which the person rejoiced when they received that revelation. Past, present, and future sins washed away in the blood of Jesus, forgiven.
Don’t ever consider that God won’t forgive you. He already did in and through Jesus. Realize that you’re not only forgiven but He does not condemn you—ever. The ordinances which were against you were wiped away because of God’s forgiveness. Jesus told the woman caught in adultery to go and sin no more. He knew who she was, but offered her forgiveness and love. She was no longer who she had been. She was a new woman, forgiven, loved by God, and no longer condemned. Let these tools continue establishing you daily in God’s great grace.
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.
We’re refocusing on the truths of our spiritual tools and what we need daily to carry in our spiritual tool belts. So many believers feel they can’t be holy because of their sin but this isn’t the message of the Gospel of Grace through the finished work of Jesus. You are holy because you are IN Christ Jesus. Your holiness doesn’t depend on you. It is totally wrapped up in Jesus. And, as His child, you share in this inheritance. You’re not a rotten sinner trying to become holy. You already are holy because Jesus resides in you.
The Apostles shared the same picture for believers as a spiritual household of God, a holy nation, a holy Temple in the Lord (1 Peter 2:5, 9; Ephesians 2:20-21). You are also righteous as a child of God. You may not feel righteous, or in right standing when you only focus on your past sin and not on His provision. You ARE the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21), and it doesn’t matter what anyone else says. God says you’re righteousness is because of Jesus and He’s in you.
The more you confess that you ARE who God says you are, the stronger and more victorious in Jesus you’ll be. You’ve got to keep these spiritual tools handy.
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.
It always bears repeating that you are complete in Jesus Christ, yet many believers don’t know they are and keep trying to find their identity in Him. Paul makes it pretty clear to the Corinthian believers when he says ““For in him you have been enriched in every way….God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you…Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift” (1 Corinthians 1:5-7 (NIV). Most of the time we fail to truly know and understand who we are in Christ Jesus. We’ve either not been given our spiritual tool belt and understand what it is that we have or we’re not wearing it. Let’s refocus the truths of our spiritual tools.
First is your identity is in Christ, a beloved child made righteous because of His finished work on the Cross. Your righteousness is not based on your performance but solely on what Jesus did at the Cross. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NASB) clearly says, “He made Him [Christ] who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him [Christ Jesus].” Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise or that your salvation is dependent on your works. Keep this truth readily available in your tool belt because it’s all about Jesus, and in Him you are righteous.
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.