Praise the Lord, Grace & Peace great people of our “Great God”…JESUS!
As I look at this dark and dismal world due to the lack of a desire for real spiritual knowledge in Jesus Christ, my heart yearns to have more impact on this great harvest! But I do understand that we are to do our part individually with the hope that others who are in Christ Jesus will do it collaboratively.
Many of us in our walk with Christ, have allowed our light to dim! As I evaluate further there are an abundant of scriptures which prove that there is a definite separation between light and darkness, e.g. Gen 1:3-4 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. Joh 1:4-5 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
I ask the Lord every day for Wisdom! Many of us are losing the opportunity to win souls and encourage souls in Christ because to do not walk in the wisdom of God. Now by definition according to scripture, Jesus is the Wisdom of God! 1Co. 1:23-24 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”
Hence for this (REVISED) version of this previous Golden Nugget, I would like to expound on the excerpt “God, Please Help ME to Walk in TRUE Wisdom So I Can SHINE Through You” My premise scriptures to provoke further gospel provocation are as follows:
Jas. 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Mat 5:14-15 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Dan 12:1-3 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
In the Epistle of James 1:5 it states If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. This was the testimony of an old man and prophet, by the name of Daniel,who had the richest and deepest experience of any man living on the face of the earth during his time; which started when he was taken to Babylon as a young man; some Bible theologians calculate that Daniel was not more than twenty years of age during the exile of Judah. But even in exile this young Hebrew man had the hand of God upon him while in captivity, and eventually he being a slave, (A light that shined in darkness) outranked all the mighty men in Babylon of that day!
My brothers and sisters for 500 hundred years no man whose life is recorded in history shined as bright as this man. He out shined Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, Cyrus, Darius, and all the princes and mighty monarchs of his day.
We are not told when he obtained his knowledge of the true God, but through my studies chronologically I have good reason to believe that he had been influenced by the teachings of Jeremiah the prophet; who taught him how he was to serve God. It is obvious that this earnest godly man, and not a secular intellect, had made a deep impression upon him. Hence someone who had taught him how he was to serve God.
Saints we hear people nowadays talking about how hard it is in the delegated field where they have been called to labor; they emphasize that where they are laboring in the gospel, is intense and arduous. But just think of the environment in which Daniel had to minister. He was not only a slave, but he was held captive by a nation that detested the Hebrews. The Chaldean language was not known to him. He was among idolaters; yet he commenced at once to shine. He took his stand for God from the very start, and perpetuated his stance in God. He gave the dew of his youth to God, and he continued faithfully right until his pilgrimage journey ended.
Please note my brothers and sisters that those who have made a deep impression on this world, and have shined brightly, have been men and women who have suffered through test and trials during dark times. Look at Joseph; he was sold as a slave into Egypt by the Ishmaelite; yet he took his God with him into captivity, just as Daniel did. And he remained true to the end; Daniel did not give up his faith because he had been taken away from home and placed among idolaters. He stood firm, and God stood by him.
Look at Moses who turned his back upon the beautiful palaces of Egypt, and identified himself with his despised and down-trodden nation. If a man ever had a difficult environment to minister in, it was Moses; yet he shined brightly, and proved to be intentional and faithful to God.
My brothers and sister, the prophet Elijah lived in a dark day just as we do today. The whole nation was going over to idolatry. Ahab and Jezebel, and all the royal court were throwing their influence against the worship of the true God. Yet Elijah stood firm, and shined brightly in that dark and evil day. It is because of his stand that his name stands out on the pages of biblical history!
Saints look at John the Baptist; when I first got saved I used to think I would like to have lived in the days of the prophets; but since then I have given up that idea. You may be sure that when a prophet appeared on the scene back then, everything was dark, and the professing church of God in the wilderness had given over to serve the god of this world, Satan! So it was also, when John the Baptist made his appearance. See how his name shines out today! The twenty first century is upon us now, and yet the fame of that wilderness preacher shines brighter than ever. John the Baptist was looked down upon in his day and generation, but he has outlived all his enemies as a light; his name will be revered and his work remembered as long as the Church is on this earth. For Jesus said, Matt. 11:11 “Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”
Talk about your environment being a hard one! Have you read how Paul shined for God as he went out, the first missionary to the heathen, telling them of the God whom he served, and who had sent His Son to die a cruel death in order to save the world. Men reviled him and his teachings; they laughed him to scorn when he spoke of the crucified One. But he went on preaching the Gospel of the Son of God. He was regarded as a poor tent maker by the prominent, elite, and mighty ones of his day; but no one can now tell the name of any of his persecutors, or of those who lived at that time, unless their names happen to be associated with his, or were brought into contact with him.
As a pastor I have observed, and know, that it is a fact that all men and women like to shine! Come on my brothers and sisters we may as well acknowledge it at once. Go into business circles, and see how men struggle to get into the front rank. Everyone wants to outshine his neighbor and to stand at the head of his profession. Go into the political world, and see how there is competition concerning who will be the greatest. If you go into a school, you find that there is a rivalry among the boys and girls. Many want to be at the top of their class.
When a child reaches this position and outranks the rest, the father and mother are very proud of it. They will make an assertive effort to tell all the neighbors and friends how their child has achieved. Go into the military and you will find the same thing, many trying to outstrip the other; everyone is very anxious to shine and rise above their comrades. Go among the young men and women in their games, and see how anxious the one is to outdo the other. So we all have those desires in us; we like to outshine our fellowman.
Last but not least, look at the members in the church of the living God. People want to shine for good and bad fruit, not knowing that if it is against God’s will, their glimmering shine will become dull, null, and void! This is why it is imperative that you watch them that labor among you that spread seeds of discord (to render works of the flesh) I thank God that he has given me the gift of discernment through the Holy Spirit to know who really glimmers and who does not! Glory!
That being said, please understand that there are very few who can really shine in the world. Once in a while a person will out shine all his competitors. We experience this every four years, a struggle goes on throughout our country as to who will be the President of the United States, and this battle rages from six months to a year. Yet only one person can obtain this position. There are many who struggle to get to this place, and many are disappointed, but only one can obtain this coveted position. But thanks be to Jesus Christ, that in the kingdom of God the very least and the very weakest may shine if they desire to do His will. Not only can one obtain the prize, but all can have it if they strive lawfully.
It does not say in Daniel 12:3 that the statesmen are going to shine as the brightness of the firmament. The statesmen of Babylon are gone; their very names are forgotten. It does not say that the nobility are going to shine. Earth’s nobility are soon forgotten. My father in the gospel Claude Allen Sr. outlived the whole crowd of those who were of nobility in his day. They lived for self, and their memory is blotted out. He lived for God and for souls, and his name is as fragrant now as it ever it was in my life and the lives of others!
We are not told that the merchants are going to shine. Who can tell the name of any of the millionaires of Daniel’s day? They were all buried in oblivion a few years after their death. Who were the mighty conquerors of that day? Only a few can tell. It is true that we hear of Nebuchadnezzar, but we probably would not have known very much about him, if it had not been for his relationship with the prophet Daniel.
How different it was with this faithful prophet of the Lord! Centuries have passed away, and his name still shines on, and on, and on, brighter and brighter. And it is going to shine while the Church of God exists. “They that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever.”
Saints, please observe this despised and hated Hebrew prophet. They wanted to put him into the lion’s den because he was too sanctimonious and too religious due to his prayer life; yet see how alive the memory of Daniel is today! How his name is loved and honored because of his faithfulness toward God.
In Pro.11:30 we read “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” If any man, woman, or child by a Godly life and example, can win one soul to God, their life will not have been a failure. They will have out shined all the mighty men of their day, because they set a stream in motion, that will flow on and on forever and ever. As I always say, “What is it to live in this life and not have IMPACT!” Stop dwelling on your perceived negative situations and circumstances through a socratic mindset; and look to God to give you wisdom to help someone and not detour them! GOLDEN NUGGET!
God left us down here to shine. We are not JUST here to buy, sell, and get gain, nor to accumulate wealth, and worldly position. This earth, if we are Saints, is not our home; it is above! God has sent us into the world to shine as lights in this dark world. Christ came to be the Light of the world, but men strived to put out that light. They took Him to Calvary, and God blew it out for a moment, but prior to Jesus Christ ascension He said to His disciples: “Ye are the light of the world. Ye are my witnesses. Go forth and carry the Gospel to the perishing nations of the earth.”
So God has called us to shine, just as much as Daniel was sent into Babylon to shine. Let no man or woman say that they cannot shine because they feel that don’t have the same influence as some others may have. What God wants you to do is to use the influence you have. Daniel probably did not have much influence down in Babylon at first, but God soon gave him more, because he was faithful to God, and hence used what he had. Remember a small light will do a good deal when it is in a very dark place. Put one little tallow candle in the middle of a dark large hall, and it will give an amazing amount of light.
I remember hearing a story of a man at sea who was very seasick. If there is a time when a man feels that he cannot do any work for the Lord it is then in my opinion. While this man was sick, he heard that someone had fallen overboard. He was wondering if he could do anything to help to save the man. He laid hold of a light, and held it up to the port side of the boat (the left side). The drowning man was saved. When this man got over his attack of sickness, he went on deck one day and was talking with the man who was rescued. The saved man gave this testimony. He said he had gone down the second time, and was just going down again for the last time, when he put out his hand. Just then, he said, someone held a light on the port side of the boat, and the light fell on where he was. At that time a sailor caught him by the hand and pulled him into the lifeboat.
It seemed a small thing to do to hold up the light; yet it saved the man’s life. If you cannot do some great thing you can hold the light for some poor, perishing sinner, who may be won to Christ and delivered from destruction. Let us take the torch of salvation and go into the dark places, and hold up Christ to the people as the Savior of the world. If the perishing masses are to be reached, we must lay our lives right alongside theirs, and pray with them and labor for them. I would not give much for a person’s salvation if they are saved and they are not willing to try and assist in the salvation of others. It seems to me that this would be a serious ingratitude not reach out our hands to others who are down in the same pit from which we have been drawn out of! GOLDEN NUGGET!
My brothers and sisters please get this down in your spirit, when one person reads the Bible, a hundred read you and me. That is what Paul meant in 2 Co. 3:1-2 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you? Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men. I would not give much for all that may come from a preached sermon or Bible Class, if we do not preach Christ by THE LIVES WE LIVE! If we do not commend the Gospel to people by our holy walk and conversation, we cannot win them to Christ. That’s why small acts of kindness will perhaps do more to influence many, than any number of long sermons. GOLDEN NUGGET!
Let us embrace this warning. God keeps the upper lights burning as brightly as ever, but He has left us down here to keep the lower lights burning. We are to represent Him here, as Christ represents us as our High Priest in the third heaven. I sometimes think if we had as poor a representative in the court above as God has down here on earth, we would have a pretty poor chance of making to heaven. Let us have our loins girded and our lights brightly burning, so that others may see the way, and not walk in darkness.
I believe this is TRUE WISDOM and gratitude, because this is what God wants us to do. If He has rescued us and brought us up out of the horrible pit, let us always look to see if there is someone else whom we can help save.
Let us keep our lights in the proper place, so that the world may see that the Doctrine of Jesus Christ is not a sham, but a reality. It is said that in the Grecian sports they had one game where the men ran with lights. They lit a torch at the altar, and ran a certain distance; sometimes they were on horseback. If a man came in with his light still burning, he received a prize; if his light had gone out, he lost the prize.
How many are they, who in their seasoned walk in the Lord, have lost their light and their joy! They were once burning and shining lights in the family, and various areas in ministry in the church, i.e., Christian Education, Outreach, Deacon Board, Foreign Missions, Trustee Board, Choir, etc.; have allowed something to come in between them and God, that being the world or self which caused their light to go out. My brother and sister, if you are one who has had this experience, may God help you to come back to the altar of the savior’s love and light your torch again. So that you can go out into this society and let the light of this glorious gospel shine in dark places.
Hence my brothers and sisters please understand some simple rules of multiplication, which is basically this… if you turn one to Christ, that one may turn a hundred; they may turn a thousand, and so that stream, which was small at first, perpetually broadens and deepens as it rolls toward eternity.
I end this Golden Nugget quoting the book of Rev.14:13 “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” My brothers and sisters let us continue to focus on main thing that we have been chose for, SOULS and keeping a fervent testimony; while perpetually inquiring “God, Please Help ME to Walk in TRUE Wisdom So I Can SHINE Through You” Have a “Jesus Day“