FRIDAY JANUARY 11, 2019
THEME: IT IS TIME TO SHINE
TEXT: ISAIAH 60:1-9
JERUSALEM, The City of God, had been at a low ebb and in darkness. Everything failed and in disarray. No life. No joy. No prosperity. Yet, it was sworn by God as His holy City, City of Peace. The Lord, by covenant, promised to set His light on Israel, upon Zion, the Holy City, the Mount Zion. The Prophet (Isaiah) now tell the people to “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you” (Isaiah 60:1). It is imagined that they were so weakened to realize that the blessing and grace of God have been released to them.
Prophet Isaiah gave a shout to the people of Judah to arise, and shine. As they shine the light of God, great things will happen, ‘Then you will look and be radiant; your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come” (Isaiah 60:5 NIV). Since the restoration of the State of Israel in 1948 in fulfillment of the prophecy of God in Ezekiel 37:1-14, they continued to wit ness outstanding number of tourists each year, with a record of 3.6million in 2017. Israel has been the best hi-tech, the best military and intelligence in the world and exports millions of tons of food produce in spite of the fact that it is situated in a desert and depend on irrigation.
Christ Jesus is the personification of the Light of God as He confirmed in John 8:12 that, ‘I am the Light of the World. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’. It is possible for people to be asleep and unaware that there is light. As long as you are asleep, even when there is light, you cannot know. This is a wake-up call on you to embrace the Light of God.
Spiritually, why allow sin and dishonesty to wreck you? Why should satan continue to oppress you and make you miserable when the name of Jesus Christ is above all names? Friend, this 2019 is your time to shine. Wake up! Wake up!
HYMN EMHB 931
1: AWAKE, my soul, and with the sun
Thy daily stage of duty run;
Shake off dull sloth, and joyful rise
To pay thy morning sacrifice.
2: Redeem Thy misspent moments past,
And live this day as if thy last;
Improve thy talent with due care;
For the great day thyself prepare.
3: Let all Thy converse be sincere,
Thy conscience as the noonday clear;
For God’s all seeing eye surveys
Thy secret thoughts, thy words and ways.
4: Wake, and lift up thyself, my heart,
And with the angels bear thy part,
Who all night long unwearied sing
High praise to the eternal King.
5: All praise to thee, who safe hast kept,
And hast refreshed me whilst I slept.
Grant, Lord, when I from death shall wake,
I may of endless life partake.
6: Lord, I my vows to thee renew;
Disperse my sins as morning dew;
Guard my first springs of thought and will,
And with thyself my spirit fill.
7: Direct, control, suggest, this day,
All I design or do or say;
That all my powers, with all their might,
In thy sole glory may unite.
8: Praise God, from whom all blessings flow,
Praise him, all creatures here below,
Praise him above, angelic host,
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
Eph. 5:14 “For it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: ‘Wake up, o sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you’”
PRAYER: Lord, enter into my life, Thou Light of God, and let me shine like the Stars in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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