Rev. Wayne Sanders
Arise, Shine: Part 2
August 12, 2020
Yesterday we talked about the word “arise,” and today I want to take a look at this word “shine.” In the Oxford Dictionary it says "shine" means: 1. To emit or reflect light be bright: glow; 2 (of the sun, a star, etc,) to be visible; 3 be brilliant; excel. Light; brightness.
This light should cause us to be filled with hope and to prevent us from stumbling in the dark. Psalm 119:105 says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
This is no ordinary light. No, it's supernatural, and it comes by being in the almighty presence of the Lord. Really it’s pretty impossible to stay hidden for very long once you have been born again. You reflect the image of God now, Mr. Christian or Sister Christian, because you are connected to the power source. When you take a stand and arise, you are activating that power of God in you.
Testimony: Back in my earlier days of my walk with the Lord, the motor in my truck burned up. So I had my twin brother take me around in his truck to help me finish some work, and hopefully get more jobs to help me replace the motor in my truck.
I was really down in my heart, and that makes it hard to make a sale with someone when trying to get new jobs. I was talking to a lady whose sign looked pretty bad, and asked her if I could give her a bid. She was very kind, but said her son was in the war and all her money went to help support him. I thanked her for her time, and started to leave.
Then she said something that I will never forget. She said “I know what makes you smile like that!” I was kind of taken by surprise because I didn’t feel like I was smiling since I was so disappointed with my situation. She then said, “It's the Man up stairs that makes you smile like that.” I walked away with the biggest smile on my face because even though circumstances didn’t look so good, still the Light of God's glory was shining in my darkest moments.
Thank You, Father, for Your faithfulness. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Blessings on the journey, and remember that the best is yet to come.