August 09, 2010

Arise and Shine

Isaiah 60:1,2 “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.”

If we want to experience the glory of the Lord we must first arise ourselves and shine. We cannot sit around in the darkness feeling faint and sorry for ourselves and expect the Lord to bless us. Nor can we sit back and wait for a more opportune time. Isaiah said that darkness will cover the earth, which means it’s going to get worse.

Use What You Have

The Bible teaches us that faith moves the hand of God. If we want the Lord to come and shine His glory on us, we must first step out in faith and begin to use the light that we already have. I believe light here represents the truths we know and have embraced into our lives. In other words, we’re not going to receive anymore from the Lord until we start using what we’ve got.

His Glory and Anointing

When we set ourselves to again be the witness the Lord has called us to be, it will release a great new fresh anointing to come from the Lord. Isaiah said that when we arise then the Lord and His glory will come on us. It is through the Lord we find our authority. When the Lord arises upon us He releases His authority and power into our lives. The glory is the weighty presence of the Holy Spirit. So when we stir ourselves to rise up in the midst of the darkness and by faith begin to do what we know to do, then will the Lord release His authority, power and anointing upon our lives.

According to Isaiah, this glory and anointing will be so strong the people will be able to see it upon us. Now that gets me excited! It is time for the world to see the true sons and daughters of God walking in the manifest power of God.

The Key

Once again, what is the key to this coming to pass? We must initiate it by stirring ourselves up and letting our light shine. We must quit letting the world and circumstances determine who we are and what we do.

II Chronicles 16:9 says, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him.”

It is time to stir our hearts and press toward the Lord. We must let our light shine and look to the Lord to come and bring His glory upon us. The world will not be convinced by our programs and good deeds only. We must have His glory upon us.

I encourage every believer as we head into the late summer and fall season to stir yourself and let your life shine as a light to the world of what Jesus has done in and for you. As we arise and shine for the Lord, I believe that He will arise on us and release His glory in and upon our lives so that the Church will once again experience the miraculous power of the Lord.