Time To Shine (Isaiah 60:1-3)
“Arise, shine for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people, but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”
The glory of the Lord is upon you. His light and Truth are shining forth through His Bride more than ever before. Although there may be darkness and difficulty, and challenges on every side, the Holy Spirit is reminding us today that there is something greater within us and for us. It is a light that is meant to shine. It is “our” light, the light of the presence of God, the light of Jesus Christ, the light of the world. It is His love and mercy that will break through the darkness and win the day. Romans 5:20 tells us that “where sin abounded, grace abounded much more”; the more we see decay and darkness, the more we can count on the grace of God to overcome. However bad things may appear to be, His grace and goodness is greater and more real. His glory is coming upon the earth like never before, rising up through His people, the sons and daughters of the King of kings. We are called to be agents of transformation and truth, and it is time to rise and shine the living Light.
The prophet Isaiah writes “Arise, shine” because it has to be our conscious decision to rise up from feelings of defeat, victimization and helplessness. We have to choose to turn our will away from fear and hopelessness, and to embrace the light. There is more power available to us in Jesus than we have ever known. The more we draw on His goodness, the more we can receive. The more we choose to trust Him, the greater will be the manifestation of His glory in our midst. There is a new day dawning dear friend, a day to rise and shine. Darkness has gained so much ground because we, (the Body of Christ), have been sleeping, but it is never too late to shake off the deceptions which shackled us and to jump up in the power of God. It is time to appropriate what is ours. It is time to be the manifested sons and daughters who redeem the earth. Weeping remained for a night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5). We have come to a new day where the people of God step into their calling and stand up to be His priests and prophets. Arise and prophecy His heart for the nations! Arise and shine the light and love of Jesus for all to see! For too long the Body of Christ has been a light hidden under a bushel, when it is meant to be a city set on a hill, dazzlingly beautiful and glorious for all to see. Arise and know that today is your day. This is the hour of God’s power. His light has come! God’s glory is already upon His church! His amazing grace is completely sufficient for us (2 Corinthians 12:9)! God is pouring out His Spirit upon His church like never before, but we are being called to arise from discouragement, despair and desperation, and to shine. God is not promising His light for a future time. This heavenly light filled with His revelation, guidance, leading, and the brightness of His presence is available to us now. We can step into it in faith when we choose to arise and shine.
Command every spirit of fear and anxiety to go, and embrace the Spirit of the Lord, the spirit of faith. God promised to be with you always, and He has not changed His mind! He has been by your side even through the darkest moments you have ever faced, and He is bringing you through the Red Sea, safely to the other side. He is glorious and mighty to save. He is called “Faithful and True” and He sits upon a magnificent white horse, sweeping across the nations of the world to bring justice and righteousness. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on His head He wears many crowns. (Revelations 19: 11-12). Jesus has already won! There is always hope for the people of God, so arise and shine for your light has come!
Minoli Haththotuwa, 5 May 2019
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