Let the Light Consume You
- Date: December 12, 2012
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)
- From Children Of Light
We are looking at the general truth of the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness, and how children of light and children of truth will naturally gravitate to, covet, and long for the light. How many of you want to see more of yourself that needs to change so that God can be glorified? "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 5:16).
How many of you want, as the song goes, "more of Him, less of me"? Makes a nice little song, doesn't it? The way to have less of you is to move more into that light. It is a consuming fire. It will burn self up. It will reveal self, and it will kill it if you'll hold it there. But the tendency, He says, is the evil man runs from the light. You know, we're all like vampires. The light starts to come out, and we run and hide somewhere. And most of us hide in our Bibles. We run from the light into our Bibles to find an excuse, to justify our flesh, to try to prove the person wrong who is bringing me light and who loves me. Most of us will hide from the light by turning on others and trying to judge them for caring for us.
Are we children of light? How comfortable are you when somebody comes with no darkness at all? How about the young believer that has no guile and just comes up and vomits the Word on you, and it's the truth? You're like, "Yeah, you think that now, but wait till you get experienced and crusted over like me. Wait till you've had as many failures as I have. Wait till you've had people betray you like I have, and you won't think that love and forgiveness stuff really works." "...God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." Are you keeping anything back? Anything uncomfortable? Is there anything that you can't put up on the table? "Pastor, are you saying that we should make every detail of our lives public?" No, because most of us don't want to know all that. But if God wants to reveal it for the deliverance of somebody else, for the good of somebody else, for the deliverance of yourself, for the purifying of the body of Christ, the preparation of the bride, are you ready to have it brought into the light? Are you comfortable with the light?
And when things that are brought to the light, don't think that everything is evil. He also talks about coming to the light so that the good things can be seen. Are you ready to have the good things that you do brought to the light? There is nothing wrong if God brings something to the light to see that your works are wrought in God. So you're not taking any credit for it or any glory. When it's brought to the light, you say, "Praise God! It's the mercy of God, it's the grace of God, it's a gift of God that's done this." "Why look on us, as though by our own power, our own holiness, we made this man whole? You need to know something, man. It's the name of Jesus" (Acts 3:12).
How open are you? Are you willing to start with your spouse? How many of you get ticked off when your spouse turns the flashlight on you? "Yeah, you always think you are holier-than-thou! You think you're so spiritual!" A lot of us think that, and some of us say it. All I'm asking is, Are you afraid of the light? "Well, you know, God would never--God doesn't reveal stuff about us to other people. That's not how God works." Really? Ask David! Ask Peter. Ask Moses. And every one of those things was brought to the light for our edification. Are you willing to have the ugly stuff of your life put up so somebody else could be edified?