Bible Bytes

May. 8, 2021

Glow in the dark
Matthew 5:16
Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
TPT So don’t hide your light! Let it shine brightly before others, so that your commendable works will shine as light upon them, and then they will give their praise to your Father in heaven.

John 8:12
Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the Light which is Life.

As we listen to the evening news we see that we are living in a dark world. Riots, murders, crime,  sickness and violence are all hallmarks of satan. Satan is also known as prince of the power of the air and sure enough his handiwork is advertised on the air. However we are not to be overcome by the darkness around us and Jesus calls us to glow in the dark. We are to shine the light of Christ by reflecting His love on the earth. His love can build a bridge between those in darkness and those in the light. John 12:35 At this, Jesus said to them, “You have the light with you only a little while longer. Go on while the light is good, before the darkness come down upon you. For the man who walks in the dark has no idea where he is going. You must believe in the light while you have the light, that you may become the sons of light.”  The Bible says that we were transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of God.  God spoke light into being at creation and created order out of chaos. God's light has the power to dispel the darkness and to establish order out of chaos. God wants us to be "glow in the dark" Christians. We let our light shine.  Our good works bring glory to God.  Let us dear friends dispel the darkness around us and illuminate our surroundings with the light of Christ. Stand against the darkness. 1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal Priesthood, an holy nation, a people set at liberty, that ye should show forth the virtues of him that hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light, Ephesians 5:11 Have nothing to do with the worthless things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light. Another version:  It is even possible (after all, it happened to you!) for light to turn the thing it shines upon into light also. Thus God speaks through the scriptures: “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” Amen. 

May. 3, 2021

Being Rapture Ready
Hebrews 12:1
As for us, we have this large crowd of witnesses around us. So then, let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly, and let us run with determination the race that lies before us.
1Thessalonians  4::17
Then we, the living ones who remain [on the earth], shall simultaneously be caught up along with [the resurrected dead] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so always (through the eternity of the eternities) we shall be with the Lord!
Acts 1:11
Who said, Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing into heaven? This same Jesus, Who was caught away and lifted up from among you into heaven, will return in [just] the same way in which you saw Him go into heaven.

The word Rapture is used to describe the Lord taking  out His own prior to judgment being applied to the world. The bible describes that in the last days,  God's judgment will be poured out on this earth,  in order to make people repent of their sins and turn to Him. Instead of subjecting His Church to the judgement, He removes all believers in what we call the rapture.  However,  not everyone who says Lord, Lord will be raptured.  Only those who have repented of their sins and are following Christ will be part of this second exodus from the world. Theres is a parallel in the old testament when Israel left Egypt.  Judgment,  in the form of the plagues of Egypt, were poured out over Egypt,  however Goshen, where the Israelites resided,  was spared from the plagues,. I have previously written  an excerpt entitled, Stay in Goshen, in other words in God's Church, in order to escape the judgment that is poured out in the world. We need to as believers, take our  spiritual pulse. We need to do a self evaluation to ensure that we are walking in the Light while still living in a hostile, dark world.  The world pressures us to conform to their standards,  however,  if we  call ourselves Christians, we need to follow Christ's standards. As Jesus said, walk in the Light.  The enemy has blinded the eyes of many in the world from experiencing the liberty of Christ.  We  as believers, need to intercede for the lost among us. Many of us have family members who need deliverance from darkness and friends as well. We pray for them so that they experience the love of God in Christ.  The whole world needs to be plucked out of the clutches of satan. The Bible says that satan has blinded the people so that they do not perceive the light of the gospel. A blind person does not know the light. However Jesus came to give sight to the blind and to set free those who are captives of the enemy.  All things are possible to them who believe.  In closing, Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Be  Rapture ready. When Christ who is our life appears then we also will appear with Him in glory. Amen. 

Apr. 30, 2021

Anna the prophetess
Luke 2:36-38

A prophetess named Anna was also in the temple court that day. She was from the tribe of Asher and the daughter of Phanuel.[a] Anna was an aged widow who had been married only seven years before her husband passed away. After he died she chose to worship God in the temple continually. For the past eighty-four years[b] she had been serving God with night-and-day prayer and fasting.

38 While Simeon was prophesying over Mary and Joseph and the baby, Anna walked up to them and burst forth with a great chorus of praise to God for the child. From that day forward she told everyone in Jerusalem who was waiting for their redemption that the anticipated Messiah had come.
Phillips: There was also present, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel of the tribe of Asher, who was a prophetess. She was a very old woman, having had seven years’ married life and was now a widow of eighty-four. She spent her whole life in the Temple and worshipped God night and day with fastings and prayers. She came up at this very moment, praised God and spoke about Jesus to all those in Jerusalem who were expecting redemption.

We see in the above verses some of the first people to recognize the Messiah. Besides the shepherds and the wise men,  Simeon and Anna were at the temple during the dedication of Jesus on the eighth day after His birth. Anna was a widow most of her life and she dedicated her life to serve God with prayer and fasting. She was rewarded for her dedication by being one of the first to recognize the Christ. Anna is a good inspiration to women everywhere. Regardless of being advanced in age and widowed most of her life, she was able to recognize the move of God. Many times women  consider themselves second class citizens in the kingdom of God, however Anna proves them wrong. God has used women in His kingdom work. Many modern day intercessors are women. We don't always have to be loud and boisterous to make a difference in God's kingdom. We can silently pull down strongholds by fervent prayer and intercession. As we see the world around us we recognize the need to pull down strongholds. The Bible says, the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. We need to fervently wrestle the principalities of wickedness and tear down the opposition to the law of God.  We need to establish kingdom principles in out lives, families and our nations. The Word says blessed is the land whose God is the Lord.  We need to decree Christ's lordship over our nations. We need to enforce the victory Christ won for us. Christ has triumphed over the kingdom of darkness. We as ambassadors of Christ, need to establish kingdom principles in our lives, families and in our land. Spiritual laws always supercede natural laws. Although many laws of the land contradict God's laws, in the final analysis, God's laws will be upheld. We need to be as Anna and Simeon, interceding for the return of the Messiah. Eventually Christ will return and establish His kingdom on earth. We need to occupy until then and be enforcers of God's laws in our lives and families and our nations.  Sometimes we see the chaos around us and we can get overwhelmed. However the Bible says in Genesis 1:1 Darkness was on the face of the deep...the Spirit hovered over the chaos and God spoke light into being. God uses us  to speak light into darkness. We reflect the light of Christ and God can create an amazing world out of the chaotic void. We intercede for the world around us and anticipate the return of our Messiah and beloved Bridegroom. Even so come Lord Jesus come. Amen. 

Apr. 2, 2021

Baptism of fire
Luke 3:16
John the Baptist: I baptize you with water, but One is coming—One far more powerful than I, One whose sandals I am not worthy to untie—who will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
Acts 2:2-4
Then when the actual day of Pentecost came they were all assembled together. Suddenly there was a sound from heaven like the rushing of a violent wind, and it filled the whole house where they were seated. Before their eyes appeared tongues like flames which separated off and settled above the head of each one of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages as the Spirit gave them power to proclaim his message.

The first verse above indicates that John the Baptist proclaims that Jesus will baptize us with the Holy Spirit and fire. The verses in the book of acts illustrates that this did indeed happen.  The message version of Luke 3:16 But John intervened: “I’m baptizing you here in the river. The main character in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will ignite the kingdom life, a fire, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out." The whole purpose of the baptism is to change us from the inside out. To transform us from what we used to be to the image of His Son. The Holy Spirit is also there to enable us to proclaim the gospel with power and efficiency.  The disciples in the Gospels fled and hid for their lives in fear of the Jewish and Roman authorities. However we see that in the book of acts they were baptized with the fire of the holy Spirit and since that experience they boldly proclaimed the gospel in a hostile world. The early church paved the way for Christianity to flourish in a hostile environment. The true church was watered by the blood of the martyrs.  In a way the church in this day is also trying to proclaim the truth in a hostile environment. We are living in a world which is hostile to the gospel of Christ. If the early church needed to wait for tongues of fire to empower them, how much more do we need the ongoing infilling of the Holy Spirit to function and be effective in this world which is hostile to Christianity.  People need to hear the good news of the gospel. We need the continual infilling of the Holy Spirit in order to be effective. In closing, this resurrection weekend let us continually seek the resurrection life and the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Have a blessed resurrection weekend. Amen.

Mar. 14, 2021

Overcoming objections (satan's objections)

The Word of God is full of promises made to God's people. Promises for healing: I am the God who healeth thee.  Promises for provision: I am Jehovah Jireh your provider. Promises for salvation of our loved ones: Believe on the Lord Jesus and you and your family shall be saved. Promises to supply our every need. Promises to take care of our future: Take no thought for tomorrow.  Promises for peace of mind: Be anxious for nothing.  Promise to bless the work of our hands: whatever you do shall prosper. The list goes on.  We as God's people are to claim these promises for our lives and live victoriously.  However we do face an enemy who challenges every promise we claim and raises an objection to us enjoying the blessings of our heavenly Father. We need to overcome these objections of satan in order for us to enjoy life giving blessings in our lives. John 10:10 states The thief comes to steal kill and destroy, but I have come to give you abundant life.  Notice that the thief cannot steal what you don't have. For example, I do not own a car so no one can steal my car. What that implies is that if the thief is trying to steal your health, finances, peace of mind, joy, or any other blessing, you already possess it. The enemy cannot steal what you don't already have. In order to live the abundant life that Jesus gives us we need to overcome the objections of satan and stand firm on the promise of God. We believe that the God who created the universe is well able to care for His own. We believe that all the promises in the Bible are ours. We claim our blessings and establish them in our lives. The bible says The kingdom of God endures violent assaults and the violent take it by force. We need to establish God's kingdom principles on this earth and need to take our blessing back by force. We need to occupy till Christ returns. We do not battle people rather our battle is with spiritual wickedness in high places. We tear down the stronghold of spiritual seduction and establish God's kingdom principles on earth. In closing, let us pray: Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. As we know there is no sickness,  poverty or crime in heaven and that has to be established on earth. Overcome the objections of satan and live the abundant life Christ purchased for us. Amen