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BRIGHT STARS

 

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Philippians 2:14-16 ” Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like the stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life–in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.”

The Scene: Stars in the heavens, shining above the earth–a representation of the children of God, emulating Jesus as the Light of the world.

We have been called out of darkness–we are to exalt Jesus, who in fact is God–He came to earth as a baby (human).   He became a man, obeyed God and became a servant, allowing Himself to die on the cross for us who receive His atoning sacrifice & resurrection on the third day as the only propitiation for our sins. (See 1 John 2:2 KJV)

Philippians 2:6-8 “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross!”

Therefore we are to exalt Him above every name–King Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

As children of God we are to be like the stars in the heavens, shining out into a darkened world, rejoicing and being glad at who we are in Him, King Jesus! Amen!

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FACE OF THE MASTER

FACE OF THE MASTER

FACE OF THE MASTER

Matthew 17:2  “There he was transfigured before them. His face shown like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.”

The Scene: A bright, full yellow and  white sun, representing the face of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Up on the high mountain Jesus was transfigured,* made white as light, (the glorified Christ.)

Luke 9:29 “As he was praying, the appearance of his (Jesus’) face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.”

*transfigured:  His external aspect was changed, His face gleaming like the sun, and His raiment (clothing) being so white that it shone like light. (Unger’s Bible Dictionary)

As Christians watch for Jesus’ return,” And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed** into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”(2 Corinthians 3:18)

** transformed: “In theology, to change the natural disposition and temper of man from a state of enmity to God and his law, into the image of God, or into a disposition and temper conformed to the will of God. (American Dictionary of the English Language Noah Webster 1828)

Acts 6:15 ” All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.”  A disciple of Jesus, Stephen, a man the apostles said  was full of the Spirit and wisdom, experienced a similar transformation.

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PRUNED FOR GOD

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PRUNED FOR GOD

John 15:1-4 ” I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.  Remain in me, and I will remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”

The Scene: Pine trees with pruned branches lying on the ground.

The Holy Spirit quickened His Word, “Like these trees, My people allow Father God to prune them, as they remain in Him. For we know that the pruning is for our own good and will help make us more fruitful (ready for service to do the work God has planned for us.)

Pruning by God is the removal of our sinful nature.  That leads to spiritual maturity, thus making us available to serve our God and King, Jesus Christ.

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FIVE LOAVES & TWO FISHES

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FIVE LOAVES & TWO FISH

John 6:5-13 (Read)

“Why do you worry about the times in which you live? Am I not well able to meet your needs & the needs of all My people?” said the Lord.

The Scene: five* loaves of bread and two* fish in two straw baskets. The bread is symbolic of Jesus as the Bread of Life, nourishment for body, soul & spirit. He is our strength and our salvation. John 6:35 “Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life.  He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.’   v.58 This is the bread that came down from heaven.  Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.'”

Jesus said to His disciples, ” I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19). The fish symbol was common in Jesus’ day (for Christians) and seen in the Greek word ICHTHUS, which was comprised of  Jesus Christ God’s Son Savior (Ref. Augsburg Fortreas copyright 1990- Mark Bangert) Symbols of the Church.

*Bible number 5=grace; 2=union, Jesus

The point: The Holy Spirit impresses God’s people that He is in control and that He ultimately will determine the fate of  the USA & every other nation, and that God’s children are His and He will take care of His own.

He is our provider, Jehovah Rapha.

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ONE WHO SERVES

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ONE WHO SERVES

Philippians 2:6-8  “Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death–even death on a cross!”

The Scene: The act of a servant washing the feet of another person.

John 13:3-17 (Read) Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. Their feet came in contact with the earth (the earth representing the world, a dirty, dusty place, sinful). Therefore, washing the feet means to clean up oneself and be separate from the world system and values, i.e., man’s values vs. God’s.

The feet represent ministry. Isaiah 52:7 “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!'”

The bigger picture is one of ministry to others. We are called daily to put on the whole armor of God which includes putting on the shoes/sandals of the gospel. See Ephesians 6:14-18.

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TREE OF LIFE

TREE OF LIFETREE OF LIFE

Proverbs 3:13,17 ” Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding…Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.”

The Scene: Symbolic tree of life, looking like a cross.

Revelation 2:7 ” He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.”

Revelation 22:3 “On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing  twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.”

Jesus’ cross, on which  he was sacrificed in obedience to His heavenly Father, was a tree of death to many.  But to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the cross is the tree of life for all  eternity, for all humanity who will accept Jesus’ atoning death and resurrection:  John 3:15  “That everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

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IN THE SHADOW OF THE ALMIGHTY

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IN THE SHADOW OF THE ALMIGHTY

Psalm 91:1,4 ” He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”

God will not fail those who love Him and are called unto His purpose. (Romans 8:28). God keeps His word.

The Scene: The Cross and Holy Spirit’s winged shadow, extending from the cross arms.

God’s people have God’s favor.

Psalm 90:17 “May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us–yes, establish the work of our hands.”

Psalm 36:7 “How priceless is your unfailing love!  Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.”

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