City On A Hill

Matthew 5:14-"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid."

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Lord Is My Light-Psalm 27:1-7

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
2. When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
3. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
4. One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.
5. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion; in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
6. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me; therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.
7. Hear; O Lord, when I cry with my voice; have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Living Word

Have you ever been around people whose words bring you down emotionally?  Whenever you are around this person they seem to say the wrong thing.  They are just that way with everyone, in every situation and all the time.  They start to speak negatively and they love to come alive when there's some type of gossip in the air.  Did you know that misery loves company?

This person who loves gossip or loves to be negative or speaks negatively about others most of the time; they need a good dose of Scripture.  They need the Word.

The Word is powerful.  It's life changing and brings life.  Do you know that the words that you speak brings life?  I know this is soooo hard to believe.  So put it to the test and start to speak positively about your own life and about those who you love.  Let your kind, positive, life nurturing words--build you and watch it uplift others.

Remember we are all responsible for our own actions.  We cannot disrupt another person's free will but we can be positive and have a positive outlook about their life and speak good words about them.  Then we will see God move and somehow the universe responds.  It will take their free will to change but our powerful, positive, life giving and life fulfilling words will help.

Scripture to study: (ESV)

Ephesians 4:29:  Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Matthew 15:18: But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and defiles a person.

Proverbs 16:24: Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

Colossians 3:8:  But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Today's Lesson-Arise

Scripture:  Ephesians 5:14-"Wherefore He saith, awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light."  
Arise means to become apparent, to appear, stand up, to come to light.  Arise means to come into being.


Do you have a dream and for many years it has been a mere thought in your mind?  It's something you envision mentally but you haven't done much to reach for your dream except to talk about it once or twice. You need a push or some valued, encouraging word; something that will move you.  You feel as if you had been asleep.  You are spiritually dead and discouraged because you have no idea what direction to move towards because you feel so lost.

You do not want your dream to die!  The Bible says that without a vision the people perish. (Proverbs 29:18).  They die spiritually.  How much discouragement, pain and discomfort can one hold until they break? Arise!  The Word says awake from sleep.  The Bible says in Ephesians that Christ will give us light.  When you get this light you will have a vision and power to go forth with that vision which comes from God.

Scripture to study:  Proverbs 29:18-"Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."

Bible Study Tools:

Jesus Gives Living Waters

In Scripture Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit together in the Trinity.  Jesus says to the Samaritan woman in John that if she knew the gift of God and who was asking her for a drink she would have instead asked Him and He would have given her living water.

He gives us life everlasting.  He gives us Himself.  Those who want to draw to the Lord will want to draw the water from the well in their spirit.  John 7:38 says, "He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water."  How refreshing is the water!  The living waters of the Word.

Scripture Study:

Daniel 2:22-He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him.

Ephesians 5:11-Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

Shine Your Light

How can we be a light that penetrates darkness? Is there a sure way to walk in the fruit of the Word of the Lord?  Certainly there is and we know that when we seek the things of God we can bear fruit.  We must walk in love and in the things of the Spirit.

Remember the Apostle Paul talked to the people of Galatia pertaining to keeping their path straight and their eye on Jesus.  He said that those who walk in the Spirit will show love.  The Holy Spirit that lives in the believer will empower them to live for the Lord in doing the will of God.

1 John 5:12 says, "Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life."




Under A Bowl Or On A Table:

I absolutely love eating healthy cereal and sometimes I anxiously reach for the prettiest bowl to put my cereal in from the kitchen cabinets.  If you take that bowl and flip it upside down you could actually visualize it as a type of cover.  A bowl can be used to cover left over food on a small dish when there's nothing else that will fit the dish.

Imagine lighting a small candle and setting a bowl over it.  What do you think will happen? The candle will go out or at least be hidden and it's light will not be visible.  In a dark room with no electricity in the times of a storm, this bowl on top of a candle would serve no purpose.

Very much like that bowl over a candle fire you sometimes allow the world, your situation and others to put your light out.

You should never allow anyone to put the light inside of you out.  You should never let others make you miserable.  You can look to the Light who is Jesus, to keep you.  He is our truth and He will light your dark days.

Will you give Him a chance today?  He is our strong light.

Shine like a beautiful candle on a table.


The Message

Matthew 5:14-16 (King James Version)

14. Ye are the light of the world.  A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candle stick, and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16.Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Other Translations: The Message (MSG)

Here's another way to put it; you're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.  God is not a secret to be kept.  We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill.  If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you?  I'm putting you on a light stand.  Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand-shine!  Keep open house; be generous with your lives.  By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

New International Version (NIV)-Matthew 5:14-16:
You are the light of the world.  A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  15. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on it's stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  16. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Jesus Is The Light-Bible Studies

Jesus Is The Light-Bible Studies

The Light

Jesus is the light.  "Ye are the light of the world.  A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid."  (Matthew 5:14). He is our life and our light.  When His glorious light shines through us and within us we cannot hide it. It permeates from inside and goes out to others.  The Lord sets our feet upon solid ground and He sets us upon a rock.

I cried out to Him and He heard my cry.  In the midst of my pain that was so unique from everyone else's I reached out to Him who is the Creator.  Our Father created us and He created perfection but because of the sin of the first man and woman we became flawed. He sent Jesus to take our place and to bear our burdens.  He died for us so that we can be drawn back to Him.

Is your pain like no one else's?  Is it protruding from within and you feel that you are filthy and that others may see you that way?  Call on the name above all names.  Jesus is our Light that will shine in the dark areas of our soul.

In His Word we read in Ephesians 5:14, "Wherefore He saith, awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light."  Are you sleeping?  Do you feel spiritually dead?  So much going on deep within your soul that you need to cry out to someone.  You've tried to explain yourself but no one hears you.

Jesus hears you.  He died for you; He lived for you, He was humiliated for you.  Psalm 27:1 says, "The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?  the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"  He saves us and not only that He shines His light within us.

If He is our light and life why are we afraid?  His Word says that we should not be afraid. He is our strength and He makes us able to be resilient and His power lies within us.  He lifts us up.

Psalm 119:11 says, "Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." Have you studied His Word?  Have you received Him?  Let His Light shine in you and stand in His presence.  When you walk in Christ you will not want to sin against Him.

Psalm 119:105 says; "Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."  Let Jesus lead the way in you.  Amen.

Scriptures to study:  Matthew 5:14, Ephesians 5:14, Psalm 27:1, Psalm 119:11, Psalm 119:105.