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THE GLOW OF SALVATION

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I. INTRODUCTION

A HINDU TRADER IN INDIA ONCE ASKED A MISSIONARY, WHAT DO YOU PUT ON YOUR FACE TO MAKE IT SHINE
WITH SURPRISE THE MAN OF GOD ANSWERED, “I DON’T PUT ANYTHING ON IT.”
THE INDIAN STARTED TO LOSE PATIENCE AND FORCEFULLY SAID, “YES YOU DO!”
ALL OF YOU WHO BELIEVE IN JESUS SEEM TO PAINT A GLOW ON THEIR FACE
I’VE SEEN IT IN THE CITIES OF SURAT, AGRA, AND MUMBAI
SUDDENLY THE CHRISTIAN UNDERSTOOD, AND HIS FACE GLOWED EVEN MORE AS HE SAID, “NOW I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN, AND I WILL TELL YOU THE SECRET. IT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WE PUT ON FROM THE OUTSIDE BUT SOMETHING THAT COMES FROM WITHIN. IT IS THE REFLECTION OF THE LIGHT OF CHRIST IN OUR HEARTS!”
FAR TOO MANY CHRISTIANS LACK THIS JOY ON THEIR FACES.
SO MANY CHRISTIANS SEEM THAT TO BE TRULY SPIRITUAL, ONE MUST WEAR A SAD FACE AND BE SERIUS ALL OF THE TIME
FOR SOME REASON WE THINK THAT MORE WE ARE SERIOUS THE MORE SPIRITUAL WE ARE
MANY SEEM TO ALLOW LIFE’S TROUBLES, OTHER PEOPLE’S INSENSITIVITY, AND PERSONAL MISUNDERSTANDING HINDER THEIR JOY
IT SEEMS LIKE SOME HAVE FORGOTTEN WHAT CHRIST HAS DONE IN THEIR LIFE
SINCE CHRIST HAS FREELY GIVEN US EVERYTHING, WE OUGHT TO BREAK FORTH INTO A NEW DAY
NOW THESE VERSES HAVE A PRIMARY INTERPRETATION TO THE NATION OF ISRAEL, WE CAN ALSO CLAIM THEM AND LIVE IN THEM
HERE, GOD IS PROMISING TO SUSTAIN THEM, DELIVER THEM FROM THEIR CAPTIVITY, AND CHANGE THE WAY HE HAS DEALT WITH THEM
THERE IS TREMENDOUS APPLICATION HERE FOR YOU AND ME
IN THESE VERSES, WE ENCOUNTER PROMISES THAT ARE DESIGNED TO CAUSE US TO LIVE IN A NEW DAY
YOU CAN LIVE IN A NEW AND WONDERFUL DAY BECAUSE YOU HAVE A PAST

I. YOU HAVE A PAST

MOST OF US HAVE A PAST WE WOULD RATHER FORGET
I KNOW I WISH I COULD UNDO SOME THINGS IN MY PAST
THEY ARE REALLY NOTHING TO BRAG ABOUT
THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT WE COULD CHANGE ABOUT THE PAST THAT WOULD MAKE OUR PRESENT WONDERFUL
THE ISRAELITES RECENT PAST WASN’T SO GREAT
THEY HAD LOST EVERYTHING: THEIR LAND, THEIR HOMES, THEIR LIVELIHOOD, THEIR FAMILIES, AND THE MANIFEST PRESENCE OF GOD
THEY WERE LIVING OUTSIDE OF THE PROMISES OF GOD
BUT NOW, NOT TOMORROW, NOT TWO WEEKS, MONTHS, YEARS, BUT NOW, GOD SAYS THINGS ARE GOING TO CHANGE
FEAR NOT
GOD SAYS YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE CONCERNED, WORRY, OR BE ANXIOUS ABOUT YOUR SITUATION, BECAUSE I STILL HAVEN’T LEFT YOU
DON’T FEAR THE EXAMINE, TESTING AND TRIALS, DON’T FEAR WHAT YOU LOST BECAUSE YOU ARE ABOUT READY TO RECOVER
DON’T FEAR YOUR HEALTH, BECAUSE BY HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED.
DON’T WORRY ABOUT YOUR BANK ACCOUNT, HE SHALL SUPPLY ALL OF YOUR NEEDS
DON’T FEAR WHAT THE DEVIL IS COMING AGAINST YOU WITH, BECAUSE GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN YOU.....
GOD IS GOING TO OPEN YOUR EYES LIKE HE DID TO THE PROPHET’S SERVANT AND HE SAW THE ARMY OF THE LORD SURROUND THE ARMY OF THE ENEMY.
I KNOW THAT YOUR WIFE LEFT YOU WHEN YOU LOST THE HOUSE, BUT I HAVEN’T LEFT YOU
THE HOLINESS OF GOD, WHOSE FIREY PRESENCE ONCE CALLED FORTH FEAR
Isaiah 42:25 KJV 1900
Therefore he hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: And it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; And it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart.
THE HOLINESS OF GOD, WHOSE FIREY PRESENCE ONCE CALLED FORTH FEAR
Isaiah 6:5 KJV 1900
Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.
NOW SERVES AS A SHIELD ON THE WAY
YOU MAY HAVE A HORRIBLE PAST BUT GOD WANTS YOU TO FOCUS ON HIS PAST
LOOK AT 3 THINGS THAT GOD HAS DONE FOR EVERY BELIEVER IN HIS PAST
1. HE REDEEMED US-WE ARE SAVED BECAUSE AROUND 2,000 YEARS AGO, BEFORE WE WERE EVEN BORN, THE LORD JESUS WILLINGLY DIED TO SAVE OUR SOULS.
AND WHEN WECAME TO HIM BY FAITH GRACE FORGAVE AND SAVED US
2. WHEN GOD SAID THAT HE CALLED THEM BY NAME, HE KNEW WHO THEY WERE AND WHO THEY ARE. WHEN THEY BECAME HIS, HE CHANGED THEIR NAME BECAUSE HE CHANGED THEIR CHARACTER=>JACOB-DECEIVER TO PRINCE WITH GOD. ABRAM=>HIGH FATHER TO ABRAHAM FATHER OF A MULTITUDE. WHEN WE CAME TO JESUS IN OUR PAST, HE DID THE SAME THING=>WE WERE CALLED LOST, SINNERS, CHILDREN OF WRATH. NOW WE ARE CALLED CHILDREN OF GOD, SAINTS, CITIZENS OF HEAVEN. WHEN WE THINK OF WHAT WE WERE AND WHAT JESUS HAS MADE US, IT OUGHT TO MAKE US PRAISE THE LORD
3. RECEPTION -GOD REMINDS THE ISRAELITES THAT HE HAS TAKEN POSSESSION OF THEM AND THAT THEY ARE HIS ALONE. CHRIST TOOK POSSESSION OF OUR LIVES AND WE BELONG TO HIM.
1 Corinthians 6:20 KJV 1900
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
AND NOTHING CAN EVER CHANGE THAT STATUS.
2 Timothy 2:13 KJV 1900
If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
WE NEED TO TAKE A MOMENT AND LOOK BACK AND SEE WHERE HE BROUGHT US FROM. WE SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO WORSHIP AND PRAISE HIM REGARDLESS OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED. WE MAY FEEL LIKE WE ARE IN EXILE FROM OUR PROMISES. LIVING FAR FROM THEM BUT NOW GOD WANTS YOU TO REMEMBER THE IMPOSSIBILITIES THAT HE BROUGHT YOU THROUGH AND BELIEVE THAT HIS PAST WILL OVERRIDE YOUR PAST AND YOU WILL COME OUT VICTORIOUS.

II. A PROVIDER

GOD REMINDS THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL HOW HE PROVIDED FOR THEIR NEEDS
HE TELLS THEM HOW HE INTERVENED ON THEIR BEHALF AND IS THEIR PROVIDER
I PROVIDED A WAY WHERE THERE WAS NO WAY THROUGH THE RED SEA
NO ONE WAS CARRIED AWAY WITH THE CURRENT WHEN YOU WALKED THROUGH THE JORDAN RIVER
THE 4TH MAN IN THE FIRE WITH SHADRACH, MESHACH, AND ABEDNEGO THAT WAS ME
AND HE HAS NOT CHANGED, HE IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER
THERE IS NOT AN AREA IN YOUR LIFE IN WHICH GOD IS NOT WORKING TO FULFILL HIS PROMISES IN YOUR LIFE
YOU WILL SAIL THROUGH STORMS, WALK THROUGH VALLEYS, WEEP DURING THE DARK NIGHTS OF LIFE
BUT WEEPING MAY ENDURE FOR A NIGHT BUT JOY COMES IN THE MORNING
THE STORM MAY RAGE AND RISE BUT IT WILL OBEY THE VOICE OF CHRIST AND WHEN HE SPEAKS A SERMON ON PEACE THE WINDS AND WATERS WILL HUMBLE THEMSELVES
THE VALLEY MAY MAKE YU WANT TO DIE BUT JUST A FEW MORE STEPS BECAUSE HE HAS A TABLE PREPARED FOR YOU IN THE PRESENCE OF YOUR ENEMIES
HE IS ABLE TO DO EXCEEDING ABUNDANTLY ABOVE ALL...
ISRAEL’S CLOTHES DIDN’T GROW OLD IN THE WILDERNESS
Deuteronomy 29:5 KJV 1900
And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot.
HE RAINED BREAD FROM HEAVEN
WAS A PILLAR OF FIRE TO KEEP THEM WARM
WAS A CLOUD BY DAY TO KEEP THEM COOL
HE FED 5,000 MEN WITH 5 PIECES OF BREAD AND 2 FISH
HEALED LEPROSY
RAISED THE DEAD
WHATEVER YOU NEED, GOD IS READY TO MEET THAT NEED
HE IS READY TO TAKE CARE OF THE SITUATION
CAST YOUR CARES ON HIM, BECAUSE HE CARES FOR YOU
YOU CAN SMILE AT THE RED SEA, YOU CAN LAUGH WHILE YOU ARE IN THE FIRE AND YOU CAN DANCE ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE JORDAN RIVER

III. A PROMISE

IN THESE VERSE GOD REMINDS HIS PEOPLE THAT THEY HAVE A GREAT FUTURE
HE PROMISES TO GATHER THEM TOGETHER AND BRING THEM BACK TO THEIR PROMISED LAND.
ONE DAY, CHRIST WILL RETURN, NOT AS A LAMB BUT AS A LION
READY TO ROAR AGAINST THE NATIONS AND THOSE WHO HAVE REJECTED HIM
HE IS COMING TO RECEIVE THOSE WHO HAVE RECEIVED HIM
HE SAYS I WILL EXCHANGE NATIONS FOR YOU
BECAUSE YOU ARE PRECIOUS IN HIS EYES AND HE LOVES YOU
HE WILL DO WHAT IT TAKES TO GIVE YOU A NEW LIFE
I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT IT IS TIME FOR A NEW LIFE.
THAT’S WHY WE NEED TO BE:
BE READY
Matthew 24:44 KJV 1900
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
2. BE LOOKING
Luke 12:37 KJV 1900
Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
3. BE PURE
1 John 3:3 KJV 1900
And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
4. BE TELLING
Mark 16:15 KJV 1900
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
GOD SAYS, EVERYONE CALLED BY MY NAME, WHOM I CREATED FOR MY GLORY
THE PURPOSE OF YOUR CREATION AND REDEMPTION IS TO BRING GLORY TO GOD
ONE OF THE GREATEST WAYS TO BRING GLORY TO GOD IS BY WORSHIPING HIM
CHRIST TAKES OUR BROKEN LIVES
HE TAKES OUR UNWORTHY PRAYERS AND SANCTIFIES THEM, OFFERS THEM WITHOUT SPOT OR WRINKLE TO THE FATER, AND GIVES THEM BACK TO US, THAT WE MIGHT FEED UPON THE TRUE BREAD FROM HEAVEN IN THANKSGIVING. THIS IN WHAT THE OLDER GENERATION CALLED THE WONDERFUL EXCHANGE
OUR WORSHIP IS, THEREFORE OUR PARTICIPATION THROUGH THE SPIRIT IN THE SON’S COMMUNION WITH THE FATHER, IN HIS SUBSTITUTION LIFE OF WORSHIP AND INTERCESSION
IT IS OUR RESPONSE TO OUR HEAVENLY FATHER FOR ALL THAT HE HAS DONE FOR US IN CHRIST.
ARE YOU READY FOR YOUR NEW LIFE TO BECOME A REALITY?

CONCLUSION

LET’S THINK ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE HEARD
GOD HAS SAVED OUR PAST
HE HAS PROVIDED FOR OUR PRESENT
AND HE HAS A WONDERFUL PLAN FOR THE FUTURE
SO, TAKE THE SORROW OFF OF YOUR FACE AND SMILE, BECAUSE YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO BE JOYFUL ABOUT AND LET ME SAY THE JOY OF THE LORD SHOULD BE OUR STRENGTH.
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