Exodus 37:19 A Flowering Light

Three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms were on one branch, three on the next branch and the same for all six branches extending from the lampstand. Exodus 37:19

Lampstands have been made for thousands of years to hold lights ranging from candles and oil to electricity. Their purpose is shine forth the light into an area to illuminate it removing all darkness.

Every type of design imaginable has been used to make the lampstands. Most are done with just appearance in mind, while a few have actual purpose and meaning behind the design.

The lampstands to be used in the tabernacle had almond flowers with buds and blossoms on each branch of it. This occurred on all six branches of the stand.

Flower buds are the seeds of a flower. It is a sign that there can be life available if planted and watered correctly. When the bud is planted in the right type of soil there will come a day when it sprouts out and a flower blossom appears bringing joy to the one who planted it.

Light is something that expels all darkness and illuminates what is real.

Several thousand years after Moses had the lampstand made, Jesus told believers that they would be a light in this world. Believers are now a lampstand that shines forth the light of Jesus.

This light starts out as a bud, a little seed planted in the hearts and minds of people about the life Jesus offers them. Others water the seed and nourish it. Over time it begins to grow in the hearts and minds of the people, and many choose to believe in Jesus. They have a new life that blossoms as a beautiful flower into eternity.

Believers need to be a lampstand carrying the light and the bud and being a blossom in this dark world.

At some point someone planted a seed about Jesus into your life. Trusting it has grown and matured into a blossom today to shine the light of Jesus to this world, you now carry a new bud to plant into the life of someone else.

Do not smother out the light or hide the bud, but be willing to plant it and allow it to reproduce. You are a lampstand for Jesus to shine forth His light and make disciples of all men and women around the world.

Is your lamp shining and the bud blossoming?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will shine the light of Jesus in this world; that you will plant new seeds of Jesus in the hearts and minds of others; and that you will be a bright blossom of God’s love to this world.

Exodus 4:1 Being Reluctant

Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?” Exodus 4:1

In order for many people to believe a person they want to see his credentials. People want to know what gives a person the authority to say or do what he is saying or doing. They desire to see some great big title behind the name.

As people doubt so much, many people are unwilling to step up and speak or do something when they don’t have the title to match it.

Moses had been told by God to go back to Egypt and tell the people that He was releasing them. Moses questioned it and asked what to do if they don’t believe him or listen to him.

Fearing that someone will be unwilling to listen is common among believers. It is common that many feel as if they do not have any authority to speak up or tell others about Jesus without having some bible degree or leadership title. They are reluctant to step out in faith and do what God has called them to do.

God loves to use the simple to astound the complex. He works in ways that will amaze people, but it has to be done in faith. It starts with being willing to step out and speak up with what one knows and can do. As soon as that step is taken, God steps in and does the supernatural by bring signs and wonders to confirm the words and actions.

Very few will ever have to lead a nation out of another nation, but every believer is called to lead someone out of the grips of sin and death. All it takes is being willing to go up to someone and tell them about Jesus.

There are people that you will come across that God has placed there for you to be a witness to. You may or may not have a bible degree, but you do have a testimony of what God has done in your life and how He has saved you.

Do not hold back your testimony out of fear that they will not listen or believe you. Some will not listen or believe you, but most will listen. Allow God to work miracles through you and change their hearts.

Are you being reluctant to do and say what God wants you to do and say?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God wants you to say and do; that you will be willing to obey God’s call on your life; that you will give your testimony to all God puts in your path; and that God will confirm His authority in you through you.

2 Corinthians 2:14 Are You Allowing God To Use You?

But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 2 Corinthians 2:14

The majority of people around the world do not really like to be led by someone else. People like to consider themselves free and be able to go where they want to, as they want to. Some of those actually like to be the leaders of others.

On top of this, no one likes to be led around as a captive. Being a captive means one is a prisoner and has no rights.

Paul gives thanks to God that he, and others with him, are being led around like a captive by God and being used to spread knowledge of Jesus everywhere.

At the moment a person chooses to follow Jesus, he gives up his personal rights before God. All authority and power is handed over to God to do as He pleases. He is now captive to God.

As God is given that position of authority over one’s life, He begins to lead that person around as needed. The believers life is changed to where it no longer looks or smells like that of the world, but something different. It has the look and smell of Jesus.

Just a perfume permeates a room that a lady walks into, so does the smell of Jesus permeate anywhere a believer walks into.

The purpose of this aroma is to spread the gospel message of Jesus to everyone in this dying world. It is to let people know that there is a hope and a life that they can have as a gift from God that will last for eternity.

A believer, who understands this great gift, will be thankful to God that he is being led and used by God to touch lives.

If you have chosen to believe in Jesus, allow God to lead you around to spread the message of Jesus. Everywhere you go people should be able to notice the smell that you are a follower of Jesus. There should never be any doubt in their minds.

Now as God is leading you, give thanks to Him that He is using you. Do not see it as a chore or a drudgery, but as a great honor. As He uses you, lives are being changed and saved.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be led by God; that you will be used by God to spread the gospel message; that those around you will know that you believe in Jesus; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

John 4:8 Reaching The Unwanted

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) John 4:8

Most groups of people have other groups that they do not like to be around. Some are full ethnic groups that hate other ethnic groups. The majority are not against ethnicity, but against people who are undesirable or different.

Often the ones being shunned are the mentally disabled, handicapped, gang members, drug addicts, murderers, criminals and other such people. Sometimes they are people of a different social class or position.

Jesus began to talk to a Samaritan woman at a well. She asked Him why He was talking to her, because Jews had nothing to do with them.

Church members are often seen to do what the Samaritan woman expected, to not talk to or approach certain people. Some believe that there is no hope for them at all. Others do it because they want to remain pure and do not want to be contaminated by sin.

There is hope for everyone. No one is beyond redemption by Jesus. All they need is someone to reach out and tell them there is hope.

While it is true that one should not be contaminated by the sins of others, people still need to be reached with the gospel message. One can speak with a sinner and not pick up their sin, nor just condemn their sin, but needs to love them and point them to the need for Jesus and to turn from sin.

During the time of Jesus, the Israelites would have nothing to do with any Samaritan. They were considered an outcast in society. Along with that, men did not talk to women. Jesus did both these taboo things and the woman and many in her town were saved.

There are most likely some people that you know of that are of a very different social status than you. They live in sinful ways that you do not want to be a part of.

Instead of avoiding them, go to them and bring the gospel message to them. Love them enough to point them to their need for Jesus. Allow God to strengthen you to resist the temptation to participate in their sin, but just like Jesus, to be a witness.

Who needs you to talk to them today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will go boldly to those who need to hear the gospel message; that you will love those Jesus loves; that you will boldly talk to the undesirable people about Jesus; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

Matthew 24:9 It Will Get Worse First

Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. Matthew 24:9

Very few people actually like to be hated. They will do whatever they can to keep from being hated. It is for this reason that many people fall for peer pressure to do something that they normally would never do.

A few people will do what is right, regardless of who likes it or not. During the process of doing right, many hate it and come against the person, both socially and physically.

As Jesus was talking about the end times, He promised that they would be persecuted, killed and hated because of Him.

Often when believers are talking about their life as a believer, they do not talk about persecution or being hated. The talk is about God’s love, mercy and forgiveness. While these things are good and true, Jesus also promised persecution, death and hatred.

The majority of the world does not like a strong, true believer because he is for Jesus, who is against their ways of living. A standard of living is higher than the world desires to be and the world hates it.

If someone claims to be a believer, and no one that is not a believer does not like him, there is a question of who or what he is following. Jesus was hated, persecuted and killed. His followers are to be just like Him.

Instead of backing down and being quiet, timid little believers, every believer must be bold in their faith and witnessing as they follow Jesus. There was power promised to those who walk in faith in Jesus. The world will hate that power and will fight back, but the end result is eternal life for the believer.

Ask yourself who hates you and why they hate you. If the world is not angry with your walk with God, then check yourself to see if you are really following and being like Jesus or not.

The world hated Jesus and will hate His followers. The world will do what it can to stop you from following Jesus the more closer to Him you get.

Do not give up under the pressure of hatred, persecution and threat of death. Be like Jesus and go all the way. Go for the goal of eternal life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that the world will know you believe in and follow Jesus; that God will give you strength to endure hatred and persecution; and that God will draw more people to Jesus through your testimony.