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Lightened With His Glory

John Bradshaw

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Light is important for many of life’s basic functions. The Bible says Jesus is the “Light of the world,” but Jesus told His followers they were to be “the light of the world.” Discover His plan to use you to light up the world with a revelation of His character. 

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John Bradshaw

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  • July 10, 2018
    11:30 AM
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It's good to have the opportunity to open the Bible with you today let's pray as we begin our Father in heaven thank you for your wood for the light that shines from its pages and for Jesus the light of the world that your light shine into a hot now we pray and thank you god us by your Holy Spirit in Jesus name a main about 5 miles from Union College is the extreme light Laboratory at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln now recently scientists at U.N.L. succeeded in producing a big team of light 1000000000 times brighter than the surface of the sun. Now that flash of light only lost it for 30000000000 of a millionth of a 2nd but still there was some scientific utility arising from the experiment but it's hard to get away from the fact that at the end of the day they created a really really bright light now light as you are aware is important in multitudinous ways it materially affects our mood natural lighting as a calming effect poor lighting can trigger depression Sara Tonin levels plummet on Dot days and increased when there's plenty of light and therefore impact our happiness light affects productivity and creativity it affects sleep cycles our Even decision making and I'm sure you've seen impressive light displays or impressive lights the Eiffel Tower the London Eye the Statue of Liberty Niagara Falls all of them lit up with magnificent displays of light I'm sure you can think of others you've seen we filmed a little Christmas greeting for it is written in a neighborhood in Chattanooga way someone makes the local power company very very happy every Christmas is breathtaking Once we drove to make Haddonfield North Carolina when my children were just small and we marveled on several levels at the Christmas lights there and I remember taking the children out of town and we would drive on the way to the grandparents house and there's a big old house on a corner you could drive down the long driveway right past the front of the House and across the property to another road every year they would set up Christmas lights of all kinds and let you drive right through their place and Malvo at the very things that they had on display it seems that human beings are a little bit like moths in that we're attracted to light. In Kendis and light bulbs used to burn you would last them maybe 2000 which is not really very long balls are supposed to last much longer there is a light bulb burning in little more California that has been burning for 117 is the reason is it was engineered before the days of what is known as planned obsolescence light bulb manufacturers figured out that light bulbs that burned for 100 years do not make light bulb manufacturers a lot of money and so they gathered in Geneva Switzerland in 1924 and decided to make light bulbs that lasted considerably less long members of what was known as the thebus cocktail or actually find if they produce bulbs that burned for longer than a 1000 hours of course the Bible speaks of light opens with the woods that say in the beginning God created and the 1st thing God created during creation week was. Light he spoke it into existence God gave Israel a light during the plague of dogmas he sent with his people a pillar of fire to provide light a 7 branched stand in the sanctuary produced light which Gounod and reflected inside that beautiful and vitally important structure God's Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path David wrote that the entrance of God's Word gives light Jesus declared himself to be the light of the world John non those 5 says as long as I am in the world I am the light of the world that was Jesus speaking but the plot thickens when we had Jesus say in Matthew 5 in verse 14 you are the light of the world a city that is set on a hill cannot be hid Jesus tells us our purpose it's to give the light to shine light know this part of me that doesn't much like that because that selfish part of me that must be crucified daily wants time out time off the clock to not be on duty God's injunction does not contemplate al Being part time lights but full time lights. It's because we live in this day desperately Doc world how Doc is our world Doc I say a 60 verse to say is full behold the doctors shall cover the earth and grow stock in us the people but the Lord shall arise upon the and His Glory shall be seen on the Jesus goes on to say neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel but on a candle stick and give it a light on to all that are in the house let your light so shine before men that they may see good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven the world needs to see light a revelation of the character of God in a world where men shall be lovers of their own selves covetous unthankful unholy false accusers FIA's traitors lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God in that sort of world. Way Perhaps Paul is saying that sort of church because he speaks in 2nd Timothy 3 Verse 5 about people who have a form of godliness but deny the power of my goodness could that be. Denying the power there of the power of God's grace the power of God's forgiveness the power of God's presence in our lives the power of the Holy Spirit working in us both to will and to do for His good pleasure you'll notice. We're all guilty of that there is an incivility in society today and the danger is that that's going to bleed more and more into the church instead of the light there's too often Doc nice in the church Doc attitudes Doc disagreements Doc woods but that's not what's going to win the world to the love of God Isaiah 60 in verse 3 says and the Gentiles shall come to the light and kings to the brightness I rise in Isaiah 46 the Lord have called the in a righteous and will hold on hand and will keep the and give the for covenant of the people for a lie of the Gentiles Why was it that Jesus came into the world Luke one verse $79.00 tells us to give a light to them that sit in Doc in this and in the shadow of death and to guide our feet into the Way of Peace John one verse 4 in Him was life and the life was the light of man you know it can be easier to keep the Sabbath then to reflect the character of Jesus of course you go to say what you can do one without the other and you would be right bonus points for that it's easier to know the $2300.00 a prophecy or the right food or give an offering than it is to manifest the character of Christ observe the right day OK I'll do it sing in the choir yes you got it love your enemies war oh wait a minute. Rejoice and be exceeding glad when people persecute you and say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake whole hey hey that's not what I signed up for Hold on a minute yes it is that's what we call taking away the heart of stone and giving you of flesh Jesus is talking about working in us so powerfully that we aren't simply right but we are light even a broken clock is right twice a day Jesus wants us to reflect Him If all we have is a religion without having Christianity if all we have is the form of godliness but we deny the power there of if all we have is compliance if all we are is as centers then we don't have Jesus as a song we used to sing in the Catholic Church where I grew up it was called seek the Lord and the song troubled me I've never forgotten it there's a line in that song that says how can we love God above and not Al brother that was not a good one for me I hated my brother there were times I wished that I was adopted so I didn't have to be my brother's brother but I would hear that song it would tell me the Evidently I was to love him I was happy going to church happy trying to figure out how to go to heaven but I did not love my brother nor did I want to be happy to tell you that in the intervening years things have changed but I'm making a point here growth in your church doesn't prove you're a Christian your position whatever it may be doesn't prove that you're a Christian we can sing and we can shout We can preach and we can give and we can do outreach and run programs and attend conferences and none of that is the acid test people of the restaurant in China or did a meal of fried fish after the fish are being cooked and served. Often the fish had been cooked and it started twitching on the plate it looked like it was alive people in that restaurant was shocked and horrified worse you can find a video online of a squid served on a plate the plate of food comes out with a squid I don't know why anybody would want to eat that but people do so squid was right on top of it and when the diner the restaurant patron poured soya sauce on the squid it started moving like one of those kids who used to break dance on the street on a piece of God board it would look like I was going to walk right out of the bowl it was dead but it looked a live it was dead but it acted like it was alive we can't afford to have a church that's dead but looks alive Jesus spoke to that very church in Revelation chapter 3 and verse one he spoke to the church at saga and he said I know your works that thou hast a name that livest and did your name suggests you're alive but the truth is that you're dead alive is possessing the righteousness of Christ that doesn't mean we're beyond making mistakes it doesn't mean that we don't still grow but God wants to imbue us with life and that life is Christ in you the hope of glory we can't afford to be sleepwalking today with a name that we live while we're actually dead with a form of godliness but denying the power there of singing the right words but singing the wrong. We are in a great controversy here on planet Earth and the issue in the great controversy is the character of God We can talk about it until the cows come home but God calls us to demonstrate it in this great controversy we see the signs of Jesus' return and they indicate that he's not far away we want to be about how father's business. Now when I came into the church I was thrilled that I'd been led to the light of God's Would I was confident in the mission of the church and in God leading of the church I'm still confident we see God doing the most remarkable things I am still confident we see God working miracles of divine grace I'm still confident we see the church growing you Merrilee I am still confident we see the establishment of new universities and use centers of influence around the world I'm still confident we see missionaries offering themselves go to difficult places I am still confident we see the baptisms on I'm still confident we can point to once places that now shine brightly with the gospel of Jesus Christ I am still confident we are not finished we are not anywhere near finished but we know that. We might see things in the church that we don't like they're not hard to find all you have to do is look at your own hot and you'll see that God's Church is far from perfect but we don't need to be discouraged by that I was not even Beth ties but I was trying to figure out why I was seeing in the church things that I knew shouldn't be there I was puzzled by church members who were involved in things that I knew they shouldn't be involved in and I one did and I prayed I said a lot how can these things be led me this all seems to add up so why are these things happening that shouldn't be happening and God led me to Revelation 12 and 17 which says dragon was wroth with the woman and went to make war with the remnant of the seed which keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ and the light went on that. I explained it I said to myself No I know why I see things that I don't think I should be seeing we are in law we're embroiled in a great controversy Satan is angry with the woman the church of course he is and so like Paul who was bugged by the demon possessed woman we don't want to get angry with the people you remember that story at 160 a demon possessed woman following Paul around creating a scene. And getting on his nerves but Paul turned to her and the Bible says He spoke to the demon he didn't rebuke the Paul woman he recognised it was the devil that was behind all this and you know life happens to us life happens to the church that can be challenging at times we wonder why things are happening in our lives or why God is allowing this thing all that thing let me read to you something from a book I recommend to you it's a book called The desire of ages and if you to the page 231 of that book you read this God never leaves his children otherwise than they would choose to be led if they could see the end from the beginning and discern the glory of the purpose which they are fulfilling as co workers within. Now you might find that encouraging and so you should but you might find it challenging God will not lead you which means God is not leading you otherwise than you would choose to be led if you could see the end from the beginning and discern the glory of his purpose God is leading you God is leading us and even if we are not happy with it all right now we will look back one day and say that's the direction that the path I would have chosen if I was aware of all of my options that means we can afford not to sweat the small stuff that means we can afford not to be distracted by the small stuff and there is a lot of small stuff committees way you don't get your way small stuff budgets that you don't like small stuff disagreements in the church disagreements between you and somebody else some people want to go to war over that no no small stuff a lack of cooperation small dysfunction small Why because God has got it all figured out he doesn't ask us to figure it out he asks us to allow him to work through us while he figures it out let's take this is step further problems at home small to the God who brought down the walls of Jericho. Worries with your children white God opened up the Red Sea This is God We are talking about money is tight Come on God owns the cattle on a 1000 hills and you know that it's true problems in your heart defects in your character Dr Nissen you are so small stuff to God for He has promised you a way of escape it was God who said I will do a new thing just 2 verses later Isaiah 4321 God says this People have I formed for myself that they shall show forth my prey's Yes they will yes we will because God will do it in our lives the question for you where do you see yourself in the Bible here's what I mean by that you see yourself in Revelation chapter 20 inside the New Jerusalem looking through those clear walls you see what I'm saying to me ask you again where do you see yourself if the Bible was a picture where would you be in the picture you would be in 1st this alone in chapter 4 the resurrection happens and then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air yes you see yourself in Revelation 14 verse 12 now your humble and so you don't want to seem like you're bragging but you see yourself there keeping the commandments of God and having the faith of Jesus many poles right there that's a false humility. If I were to say to. Church members is that you in Revelation 14 keeping the commandments of God in the faith of Jesus I have a sense based on my experience talking with people that most people would say. I want to know listen that's God's people and if you want to God's people then that's huge A Yes in Jesus I'm confident by faith I can say Revelation 1412 by the grace of God I mean that passage right there and do you know when God sees you in the Bible you know where he sees you in all of those places as well as in Revelation 18 in verse one want to read it to you Revelation 18 and verse one I shall tune you might choose to as well revelation 181 after these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven having great power and the earth was lightened with his glory the planet lit up. Illuminated lightened with God's glory that's God shining out of you that's God working in you so that you are the light of the world not just for mood and productivity and create Tiffani and sleep cycles in your eyes all decision making not some good in light like that one up the road from Union College Hey U.N.L. if you want to see bright drive 5 miles down the road and see the light of Jesus working in a person's life Jesus said that we're going to shine forth as a son in the kingdom of our Father and on this side of the piracy a God's people are going to shine because we have told them that we must and we've told them that we cannot without him he'll do it he'll do the work he must we've got a message to get out if you want to get your message out let me put it this way. If you want to send a text message from wherever you are right now to someone in China let's say what you do is you take out your device and you type it into a device Chris Sandow whatever it is it goes off to the nearest cell phone tower where it's received that electromagnetic wave is converted to a line. And it goes to the nearest central office where it's combined with millions of other text messages a lot of those signals will terminate along the way but yours needs to go into a fiber a little strand of glass the width of a human hair that goes across or at least under the Pacific the signal reaches China your text messages is identified been the reverse process happens until it reaches your friend in China that all takes 120th of a 2nd because that's how long it takes light to travel let's say 6000 miles and that's just you know a little message and it's being carried across the globe by a fiber optic network you can see that's what. It does if you want your message to get out use light listen to this. Speech produced by sunlight I've heard a ray of the sun lie and cough and sing Alexander Graham Bell said that Bell believed that what the telephone accomplished with the aid of a wire the photo phone would accomplish with the aid of a sunbeam with light this was the beginning of the idea of using the light for communication Bill died almost 100 years ago his dream is a reality now now let's think of that in the context of the church millions of members and that number is growing and we have a message to share however we've been sharing the message imagine how effective how concentrated how potent it's going to be when it goes forth as a light God Soul that. Revelation 18 verse one the earth lightened with his glory the message being transmitted more effectively than ever because it goes out as a light not just as sound not just as noise light not white noise but a message that goes forth as light with power that's where God sees you University of Nebraska Lincoln you thought that was bright a 1000000000 times brighter than the surface of the sun you aren't seen nothing yet soon you will see light like never before Jesus is going to shine out of God's people he will light up the earth with the manifestation of the character of God Himself. Lightened with His glory that's where God sees his church that's where God sees you that's God's plan for you the God to take your hot your mind your life and make it shine with the. Righteousness of Jesus himself with the bright presence of Jesus in your high remember that good working in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure that's what God wants to do it's what God can do to take the individual components of the church bring them together in him and work through them so powerfully that they are a light in a sin doc and willed that the world will be lightened with His glory that's what God wants for you it's how God sees you you know how that can happen when God takes you hot and makes it is dwelling place it's always bright with Jesus is there's no doc ness with Jesus does he have you hot. As you have this congregation you have your church and you have your family. You open up your heart to Jesus today you'll do something in it that you've never seen him do. All that dot nasa dot us that exists between us at times it will go. About we pray now. Until God that we expect him to do in us the likes of which no one's ever seen and. When he has us he can use us he can use his church in a powerful way let's pray a Father in heaven we thank you for your plan for us we thank you for your goodness your power your Would we thank you that you would bring to light and that Jesus is light and that you would have us as the light of the world so please drive out the dogmas. Lord let us be bigger than to allow paid he things to pitch waiting to happen and develop drive out the DOT this in us fill us with your presence. And use your people so that this will be lightened with your glory we pray and we thank you in Jesus' name. Amen God bless you today.

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