Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Psalm 37:5-6
Most people like to be seen as a good person. They strive to show how much they have done that is good, or show how bad someone else is compared to them.
Those in the world, show how they have physically or materially helped people in need. They get together with others to get support for some philanthropic task trying to help build other people up and meet their needs. They urge government changes in order to help others.
In the church, many speak grand words from the bible and talk about how much they read the Bible or pray. Others constantly talk about how much they do in and for the church, often bringing up tithes and offerings.
None of these things are necessarily bad, but they do not make a person truly shine. The shine they have is the dull shine of this world.
Focusing your eyes on God and His ways, and then trusting Him will bring about the desired results of shining.
When you have a heart that is sold out (committed) to Him and you are fully trusting that God will guide you in the best way possible, that is when you will begin to shine. You have to be willing to do what God wants and want what He wants in your life. As you do that while trusting Him, God will be able to do great things in and through you.
God will then be able to raise you up and make your righteousness shine like the sun. It will be clear to everyone that you have been forgiven of all sins and belong to Him.
The noonday sun is very bright and cannot be hidden. Your life will be the same as you commit yourself to God’s ways. Your life will stand out as different.
Have you committed all of your ways to God?
Are you trusting Him with all of your life?
Try Him and see what He can and will do in you and with you today.
I pray today that you will be committed to God’s ways; that God will reveal His ways to you; that you will trust God for everything; and that God will make you shine His light in this world.
“Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” John 3:6
Nicodemus, one of the leading Pharisees, came to Jesus to ask Him some questions. He noticed that there was something different about Jesus and that God must be working in and through Him. Jesus then tells him about the need to be born again. As anyone would be, Nicodemus was confused and asked how that could happen. Jesus talked about the need to be born of the Spirit.
Every human mother has always given birth to another human. No human has ever given birth to anyone different or anything different. It is the natural way of things.
Along with the birth of humans, every person on the earth has given birth to worldly pleasures in their own life. The world does not know how to give birth to real life.
The life the world looks at and thinks is life, is in reality death. It is a slow death that will last for eternity. The pleasures of this world only last a short time and then are over.
Men and women have searched for meaning and pleasure in life. No matter what is found it has always been an empty meaning and pleasure. All the good words, self-help books, and good moral teachings will leave a person short of real life. Only in Jesus can there be found any meaning or real pleasure.
Many churches have even bought into this type of thinking. They try to make the church look fun and good to the world rather than pointing people to Jesus. It is the sinner-friendly church. There is no real spiritual change in their lives. Only Jesus can bring about real life.
God is Spirit. Only He can give life to the spirit of a person. When God gives this new life to a person through belief in Jesus, that person is truly living life and knows true meaning and purpose in this life.
Are you born of the Spirit? Or are you just born of the flesh? Are you telling others about being born of the Spirit? Or are you just speaking the ways of this world?
I pray today that you will know true spiritual birth in Jesus; that you will be spiritually alive; that you will turn from all sinful ways; and that you will turn from sinful fleshly desires.