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Pastor Rev. Stephen Coates


THIS NEW YEAR 2010 LET CHRIST IN YOU

BE THE LIGHT OF INFLUENCE

 

·       This Advent season 2009 - we have learned more about “Christ in you, the hope of glory”

Colossians 1:27 (English Standard Version)

27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

 

·       Now as we enter 2010 - we want to release the One who is the Light of influence!

Matthew 5:14-16 (English Standard Version)

 14 "You are the LIGHT of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people LIGHT a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives LIGHT to all in the house. 16In the same way, let your LIGHT shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
 

·       THIS NEW YEAR - Christ within is a River and a Rock.

·       THIS NEW YEAR - Christ is also the LIGHT that shines forth, influencing every one and every thing in our lives.

·       Synonyms for “INFLUENCE” are: authority, pressure, sway, weight, effect, inspiration, impact, and encouragement.

2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (English Standard Version)

3And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. 4In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the LIGHT of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

·       Jesus Himself is the LIGHT of the world

John 8:12 (English Standard Version)

I Am the Light of the World

 12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the LIGHT of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the LIGHT of life."

 

·       Jesus is God

John 1:1 (English Standard Version)

John 1

The Word Became Flesh

 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 

·       God is LIGHT; in Him is no darkness at all

1 John 1:5 (English Standard Version)

Walking in the Light

 5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is LIGHT, and in him is no darkness at all.

 

·       THIS NEW YEAR - We are His followers and disciples.

·       THIS NEW YEAR - We, too, are LIGHT in the Lord, and are to walk or live as sons of LIGHT, and or - sons of the day.

Ephesians 5:8 (English Standard Version)

8for at one time you were darkness, but now you are LIGHT in the Lord.  Walk as children of LIGHT

 1 Thessalonians 5:5 (English Standard Version)

5For you are all children of LIGHT, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.
 

·        So James calls our heavenly Father …

 James 1:17 (English Standard Version)

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of LIGHTS with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
 
REFLECTIONS FOR 2010:

·       Did you know that the Apostle Paul sat in a darkened Roman prison, but his natural bonds were no limitation to his worldwide spiritual influence?

·       Did you know that he boldly admonished us all to be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom (we) SHINE AS LIGHTS in the world?

·       Did you know that the dark cave of Adullam did not hinder the power of the Song of the Lord within David?

·       Did you know that David running for his life from angry King Saul, his influence never waned as he continued to sing?

Psalm 27:1 (English Standard Version)

Psalm 27

The LORD Is My LIGHT and My Salvation
Of David.

 1The LORD is my LIGHT and my salvation;
    whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life;
   of whom shall I be afraid?

 

·       Did you know that the City that John saw in Revelation 21 was the Lamb's wife?

·       Did you know that this end-time Church has global influence, for the nations shall walk in the “light” of it?

Revelation 21:24 (English Standard Version)

24By its LIGHT will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it,

Isaiah 9:2 (English Standard Version)
 2 The people who walked in darkness
   have seen a great LIGHT;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
   on them has LIGHT shined.

·       THIS NEW YEAR - Do you know God?

·       THIS NEW YEAR - Has He lit your LAMP?

Proverbs 20:27 (English Standard Version)

27 The spirit of man is the LAMP of the LORD,
    searching all his innermost parts.

 John 1:9 (English Standard Version)

 9 The true LIGHT, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

·       THIS NEW YEAR - He will bring you out of darkness and death into His marvelous LIGHT?

1 Peter 2:9 (English Standard Version)

 9But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous LIGHT.
 

·        THIS NEW YEAR - Whose lives—in your family, your neighborhood, or our church—will you impact for Christ?

·       THIS NEW YEAR - What dark corner will you enlighten?

·       THIS NEW YEAR - What is the measure of your influence?

·       THIS NEW YEAR – SING AND LEARN THE VALUE OF YOUR INFLUENCE:

 

Give me oil in my LAMP keep me burning,

Give me oil in my LAMP I pray,

Give me oil in my LAMP keep me burning,

Keep me burning until the break of day,

Sing Hosanna, Sing Hosanna,

Sing Hosanna to the KING of KINGS,

Sing Hosanna, Sing Hosanna,

Sing Hosanna to the KING!

 

CONCLUSION:

·       In 2010 – Who will you reflect in this story?

Matthew 25 (English Standard Version)

Matthew 25

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

 1"Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their LAMPS and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3For when the foolish took their LAMPS, they took no oil with them, 4but the wise took flasks of oil with their LAMPS. 5As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. 6But at midnight there was a cry, 'Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' 7Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their LAMPS. 8And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our LAMPS are going out.' 9But the wise answered, saying, 'Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.' 10And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, lord, open to us.' 12 But he answered, 'Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.' 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

 

·       During 2010 – Pray for more oil from heaven!

·       During 2010 – Be a brilliant LIGHT in a dark place!

·       During 2010 – Let Christ be that LIGHT in you the hope of Glory!

·       During 2010 – Keep your LAMPS lit!

·       During 2010 – Influence others for Christ!

 

Compiled By:

Pastor Rev. Stephen Coates 

www.churchonthego.ca

 

References:

www.biblegateway.com

www.kelleyvarner.org



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