God is Light

The first message already covered the matter of the condition of our heart when coming to the law, the Word, the Lord. Message three just burned it into my being. Matthew 5:8  states: Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. Well, this matter of having a pure heart, a heart fully, wholly, solely focused on God Himself, is of utmost importance. It determines everything. You see, the blessing is that the pure in heart shall SEE God. The nature of God’s expression is light! That means having a pure heart determines whether we receive, have, and walk in God as light.

When we have a pure heart and have our entire being in the realm of light, we have the shining of the divine light. The shining of the divine light makes old things new. This shining becomes truth. Without the shining of the divine light, all things are vain, unreal, insubstantial, and inaccessible. When we come to the Word of God, if we do not come with a proper heart, a pure heart, then the Word will not be light to us, rather it will just be the killing letter. To receive light from God’s Word requires that our heart be pure, our eye single, and that we be open to receiving the light. Do not resist the light! This is God’s operation in us, this is God’s move in us. We need to be a people who welcome God’s light and God’s shining in us.

I must confess that too often I shy away from God’s light. Too often, I am like those spoken of in Isaiah 50:10-11. These ones kindle their own fire and walk by the light of their own firebrands. These firebrands, this human kindled fire are simply light that comes from our own feelings, thoughts, concepts, introspection, etc. This is not genuine light and the end is worse than the beginning for in the end Isaiah states they will “lie down in torment.” Oh Lord! Have mercy on us that we would not be those manufacturing our own spiritual light. Instead grant us the patience that we would be those who trust in Jehovah because it is only in His light that we see light.

If we are loving seekers and have the proper attitude and condition in our heart, than the Word of God becomes a realm of light to us. This means that we not only receive light when we come to the word but we live within an atmosphere of light. This is the difference between having a lamp in a darkened room and living under the sun and an open sky. We should desire and aspire to be those living in the realm of light and not be content with merely receiving light periodically.

So what is the proper attitude and condition with which we must come to the Word in order to live in this realm? We must be of a contrite and trembling spirit. We must be those who can humble ourselves before God having no confidence in ourselves. We need to seek the Lord with all of our heart. We must not allow any hinderances or frustrations to crowd out the Word in our hearts. We must remove the rocks: hidden sins, personal desires, self-seeking, and self-pity. Our eye must be single, having our treasure in one place and with our sight focused on only one thing. And finally, we come full circle, we must have a pure heart, a heart with one single purpose and one single goal that of accomplishing God’s will for God’s glory.

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David and His Mighty Men

David and Christ are one. David’s kingdom fell in 606 BC with Nebuchadnezzar’s destruction of Jerusalem, but “Sing we the King who is coming to reign!” Christ will return to set up the restored tabernacle of David! Between Christ’s first and second comings, however, a commission has been given to the representative of Christ’s kingdom today. This representative is the Church. In the age of grace, the Church is the kingdom, it is the bridge that will bring us fully into the manifestation of the kingdom, the restored tabernacle of David in the millennium.

The church has failed. It has lost its commission.

So, the Lord is sending out a battle cry to those who would be the called, the chosen, the faithful. Those who would be the disciples of the greater, real David, to those who would be the mighty men of David. Those who would risk their lives to draw water from the well at Bethlehem, to satisfy David’s thirst. Those who would stand guard at the bedposts so that David might find rest.

Who would be such ones?

Revelation 3:7 shows us to whom this call is given:

And to the messenger of the church in Philadelphia write: These things says the Holy One, the true One, the One who has the key of David, the One who opens and no one will shut, and shuts and no one opens

It is to Philadelphia, the recovered church, to whom the key of David is revealed. The key of David is the key to the kingdom. It is the overcomers of the recovered church that the commission that should have belonged to the whole church lies, they now have the responsibility to spread forth the kingdom.

Saints, in the local churches we must restore, recover the reality of the kingdom of God. For this we need to know and experience Christ as the real David, the One who has the key of David. We need to be one with the King!

And then, how do we exercise this authority? How do we fulfill this responsibility?

We must fight the spiritual warfare through prayer. We must fight to open doors, to release prisoners. Fight to bring in the kingdom. And we must fight to close the gates of Hades and of Death.

Teach us to pray that we may cause The enemy to flee, That we his evil pow’r may bind, His prisoners to free. Teach us to pray and firmly stand Upon the battleground, To fight and break the stronghold down, The enemy confound. Teach us to pray and use Thy rod In strong, prevailing prayer, Beneath Thy blood to shake the earth And powers of the air. By prayer and faith, O may we learn To labor, Lord, with Thee, To know the victory is ours And Thine authority.

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