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THE LORD SHINES ON

Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. Luke 1:78-79.

The effect and influence of light is instant, penetrating and permanent. Darkness is man’s greatest enemy, light is the cure for every effect of darkness. Christ was born to bring light to the world, a permanent end to darkness is he. Unlike the bulbs that have an on and off button, the light of Christ comes on once and for all. The light comes on for specific purposes, it’s not for general application. The light at the beginning was for creation and recreation. The light of Christ is for the lives of men; a saviour is born.

“And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them:and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not:for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:9-11.

Darkness was the norm before Christ, light has come to become the norm. The light of Christ brings salvation to the world, it does not blink, it shines on. The Light of Christ gives meaning to living, it’s a shining light. One of the proofs of receiving the light is great joy.

The good news of the light of Christ releases joy to the world. This kind of joy is palpable and permanent. It’s the joy of salvation, an experience of the light of Christ. The light of Christ sets men free from darkness and releases joy without measure. There is joy in the city, happiness is not synonymous with joy. The birth of Christ in you has the same effect and influence; joy unspeakable full of glory. The light shines on!

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.”Isaiah 60:1-2.

Prayer:

Thank you father for the light that make the lives of men bright and shining. The birth of Christ marks the birth of great joy in the world by the light of salvation. The same light has overcome darkness for a shining life in Jesus name.

LIGHTED LIVES

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Isaiah 60:1-3.

One of the dangers of being in darkness for too long is the risk of accommodation. One becomes so accustomed to darkness that is seems normal. This is the state of the world before the coming of Christ.

Christ was born as the light of the Light of the world to lighten lives. Light has come for all, unfortunately, only some have seen the light. When the light is seen everything and everyone shines in life. The light of Christ radiates, penetrates and permeates everywhere. The birth of Christ is not just for celebration but illumination, to see and be seen.

Light has no substitute, when light appears lives arise.

“And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them:and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not:for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of  David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:9-11

The light of Christ gives life a meaning. Darkness is living without meaning or a saviour in the world. Heaven announced the birth of Christ as a testament to all by light. Glory is the light of heaven, Christ is the intrusion of heaven into the earth. Whatever is in heaven is now accessible on earth through Christ.

The glory of God lightens up the lives of men. Salvation or redemption is enrollment into the essence of life or living with meaning. Christ was not born to give us a holiday but a life.

Everyone that receives the good tidings of Christ the saviour is lighted up with Joy; arise and shine.

“They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.” Psalms 34:5-6.

Prayer: 

Dear father of light and father of our saviour, thank you for penetrating our lives with the light of life. It has indeed lighted us with joy. By his birth we have meaning for living by the same Jesus Christ.

Festival of Light 

Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. Luke 1:78-79.

One of the common themes during Christmas celebration is lights. Everything is tastefully decorated with small lights that blink. The lights come in different forms, shapes and sizes; lights around. From buildings to Christmas trees to cars, there’s light everywhere. Some have claimed that electricity bills are highest in this season. The aerial view of some cities, towns and villages are unbelievably lit. 

The coming of Christ was announced by lights, the celebration is not going to be different. Light is the emblem of Christ, not just bulbs but light. Light is the master key to life, Christ is the light of life. The birth of Christ is the celebration of light visitation.

“And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them:and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not:for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”Luke 2:9-11.

Light is the emblem of divine presence and the appearance of Christ. The glory of the lord is the light of Christ. The birth of Christ translates the light of God to men. The glory of God, the heavenly light is now with man; that’s the good tidings. Christ came to bring light into the world, not just bulbs.

Darkness is man’s greatest enemy, light has come for brighter life. The good news of light invasion come with great joy into the lives of men. Christmas is the festival of lights as one has humorously said; good tidings,great joy. When light comes,  everyone and everything rises and shine. No one should be stranded in darkness, light has come; Christ is born.

It’s a festival of light, arise and shine in life.

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.”Isaiah 60:1-2.

Prayer:

Thank you father for the gift of Christ,the light of the world and the light of life.   We celebrate the light you give and the life it brings in Jesus name.

And God said,

And God said, Let there be light:and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good:and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.  Genesis 1:3-5.

One of the recurring theme in the story of creation is the word of God. Creation is the expression of the word of God; and God said! Light is the manifestation of the same word; let there be light! 

“God said, God saw” was repeated severally in the same chapter. Everything he said, he also saw; light is first, it opens the chapters of life. It’s amazing to note that the first chapter is the revelation of Christ Jesus. The word of God is the light of God; all in one. The light is not a thing but a person.

Light open the chapters of your life. God was not just speaking, he also saw what he said. This is the light principle and life order; flying is by light, not by sight.

” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”John 1:1-5.

The assignment of light is to terminate darkness all round. That assignment began but has not ended yet. The word of God gives the light of God, an order set from the beginning.  When the heart connects with his word, light shines in your world.

Light from the word of God is the ticket to a shining life. Shining is not by chance but by light from whatever God said. Illumination is the path of life out of obscurity or darkness. Christ is the word of God, light is the emblem of his appearance. Everyone justified by him shines in life, every appearance of his word illuminates life. The high places of life are for the justified who are illuminated by the word from God. See what God is saying

“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.”Proverbs 4:18-19.

Prayer:

Father, I see that your word is the ticket to a shinning life. Thank you for your word from the beginning, it’s still potent and active. It’s my turn for the high life by the shining light by the same Christ Jesus.

OBSCURITY TO CELEBRITY

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light:and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good:and God divided the light from the darkness. Genesis 1:2-4.

Driving in the dark can be fun when the roads are good and security is assured. It used to be a my usual experience traveling for long distances by road. The brightness of the headlamps determines the speed, smoothness and safety in transit. Those with brighter lights see better, move faster and lead the way. It is common practice to follow if the road is good and duck for cover if the they’re behind.

Light is the guide to life, Christ is the light of life. Light is the sign to start, it determines the pace, speed and course of life. The intensity of light is the determinant of the quality of life and living. Light grants status and standing in life; no one goes ahead of the light.

“The people which 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.

Light is for you to see and be seen! When light appears many persons are guided and directed. Darkness has a life span or expiry date; light invasion ends the siege of darkness. Your light might be presently darkened but Christ is the giver of light out of darkness. 

Receiving Christ is obtaining the light of life for life. He lightens and livens your life for prominence and excellence. The great light is for great life, following this light is your sure access to right. The path of life is not bumpy or filled with ups and downs, brighter light guides to the better and greater life. 

From obscurity, prominence or celebrities are made by the light of life. It’s your turn to escape from obscurity now!

“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.”Proverbs 4:18-19.

Prayer:

Thank you my father for the essence of light and the path of life. What darkness has obscured is unveiled by the following the light of Christ. I am delivered from obscurity to celebrity in Jesus name.

Brighter Day and Year

But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. Proverbs 4:18-19.

One of the inspiring words that I hear repeatedly from my father, Bishop David Oyedepo is “you will never have a better yesterday, and a better last year“. This may sound ordinary to some but a reminder of the effect and influence of light for life.

Darkness is helpless in the presence of light. The intensity of darkness cannot withstand the entrance of light. The light commandment and the covenant from the beginning has continued till date. The light out of darkness covenant is a bright and shining more and more. Everyday is an improvement on the previous day, the light for today is brighter than yesterday. The brighter light is for the brighter and better life.

I say also as my father has said, you shall never have a better yesterday neither a better last year!

“The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”John 1:2-5.

Light did not shine once and for all but more and more. Darkness has no answer to the light of life, neither is Hell able to cope with light invasion. Many that predicted the decline in the light of Christ have become victims of light invasion.

Light from heaven turned the persecutor and prosecutor Saul to apostle Paul, the same light is for your turnaround. The light shines in darkness with more intensity and brightness resulting in better living, daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. A better day is not a wish, neither a better year unusual; light connection ensures a better and brighter future. 

Your better and perfect days lies ahead!

“For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalms 16:10-11.

Prayer:

Thank your dear Father for the franchise of better and brighter days and years ahead. No more good old days, better and brighter days lie ahead for me by the light of Christ Jesus 

A Shining Star

For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalms 16:10-11.

Light is one of the emblems of God. Light announces God’s appearance, an evidence of his presence. Light is not for a show off but for a showdown. It’s the mark of sudden change of status for everyone in the light. Light is for rescue and direction. The path of light terminates the shadow of death, hell and all it’s effects.

Light is the right to be a partaker of the portion and purposes of God. Watch out for light encounters, watch out for your turning points. Everyone is entitled to his moment of light for sudden turnaround. Hell gives up on you when light comes on, darkness is dissolved at the instance of light.

“At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.” Acts 26:13-14.

Daylight is not the same as the light of Christ, neither is darkness a synonym of night. Paul saw the light brighter than the midday sun shining. Light announced the presence of God, his word gives light to his heart. That was the turning point for Saul whoa was turned to Paul.

Light encounters is the ticket to a shining song brighter life. At the instance of light, darkness lacks options but to flee and fade. There’s no contest between darkness and light. Light up your life and take a ride on the high places of life. Every light bearer end up as a shining star in life.

“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.”Proverbs 4:18-19.

Prayer

Dear father and God, thank you for the light that shines brighter than the midday sun, it’s the light of life. The path of life is evident, a shining life is inevitable in the name of Jesus.

Quality and Quantity Life

For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalms 16:10-11.

Hell is a place, geographic location and a system. When hell is mentioned, the idea that go through the mind is suffering, corruption, shame, darkness and wickedness. That is the essence of dankness, there’s nothing enjoyable in hell, it’s an endurance system where even the strong do not survive. 

The verse above found in the psalms is about resurrection of Jesus in prophecy,  his soul was not abandoned in hell, not yours either. The light of Christ exempts from hell in all it’s ramification. He saw hell on our behalf, you don’t have to taste hell again. The pain, pangs, shame, suffering and destruction of hell is terminated by the light of Christ. Hell is the shortcut to death, Christ is the way to the path of life. Hell has no right to continue when the light of Christ appears.

“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.” Isaiah 9:2.

Hell cannot be enjoyed, those that see the light escape form hell. The path of life is not accessible until the light of Christ is seen. No one knows the path of life, the light of Christ reveals the path of life. The end product of light is greatness in life.

Pleasures for evermore for pressures is not a wish, it’s manifest with a change of status. Death, decay, dying and delays end with the entrant of the light of Christ. Life everlasting is the proof of escape form hell. The path of life is manifest with good quality and quantity life. When hell is excluded, life takes a new turn; pleasures for evermore. It’s your turn not to see hell, it’s effect and influence by the light of Christ.

“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.” Proverbs 4:18-19.

Prayer

Thank you dear father bringing us to the path of life from the hell and the shadow of death by the light of Christ. Quality and quantity  life is my heritage pleasure for evermore my portion in Jesus name.

Sight is right

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. Isaiah 9:2.

One of the common habits in darkness is guesswork. For lack of sight, other senses are heightened to become operative; but none can replace the sight. It’s like the case of the blind men that “saw”the elephant.  Everyone had an opinion of what the elephant felt like, none had a complete or composite picture of the elephant. Their guess was as good as the body part of the elephant that they felt. Feelings became their sight, the sense of touch replaced the sight of life. Living is not a guess, life is not a game of chance or feelings.

Trusting your opinion or taking your hunches, intuition for a fact maybe the recipe for disaster. Those that dwell in the dark trust their senses, in the light sight is right.

“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.”Proverbs 4:18-19.

Walking by the senses is the cause of stumbling, light makes sight possible. It’s impossible to stumble over what you see nor tumble over known obstacles. 

The great light of Christ grants all round vision of life. After being accustomed to tunnel vision in darkness, telescopic sight is granted in the light. Light grants the ability to see both far and near, guesswork is not needed. In the light everything becomes visible even things that were hitherto invisible. Peep and mutter no more, guesses are not needed, light has come.

The highways of light is your sure path to the expected end. Your guesses end when the light of Christ appears.Your path of life is shown in the light; light is the ticket to be right in life.

“For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”Psalms 16:10-11.

Prayer

Thank you father for the undeniable effect of light in life. Guesses are terminated by direction, confusion by instruction by the light of Christ. My thanks know no bound in Jesus name.

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