There are so many traps these days as to where we can put our “feet” – in a spiritual sense of course. How many appreciated the “light” they were seeing in the words of John and Jesus? They all stumbled and fell. By his grace, those with genuine hearts were pulled to their feet again. May we have genuine hearts and clearly see the light, only then can we “serve him without fear”.
“Serve him without fear”
These words are taken from the inspired speech of Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist. Because he did not believe the angel who appeared to him in the Temple he had been made dumb, then when the child is born and there is pressure to call him Zechariah, the father’s “tongue is loosed and he spoke blessing God. And fear came upon all their neighbours” (Luke 1:65). The sense of ‘fear’ does not mean being scared or afraid, but to be in awe.
Today’s chapter then tells us
“Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied …” (verse 67).
It is a prophecy about the coming task of his new-born son
“who will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways” (verse 76).
Compared to human expectations God’s time frame for action is exceedingly slow: it had been some 400 years since God had sent the last prophet (Malachi) to his nation, but, as Zechariah now says,
“the Lord God … spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us …” (verses 70,71).
Because they rejected his Son, God delayed the fulfilment of this – to our days – but “time” from God’s perspective is so different; but isn’t it remarkable the deliverance that the re-born nation of Israel has experienced since 1948 in being “saved … from the hand of all who hate (them)”!
Deliverance needs to be assessed from several perspectives; there is deliverance from fear of evil men and deliverance from sin and death John and then Jesus came to “give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace” (verse 79).
How clearly are we seeing the “light” and letting it “guide our feet”? There are so many traps these days as to where we can put our “feet” – in a spiritual sense of course. How many appreciated the “light” they were seeing in the words of John and Jesus? They all stumbled and fell. By his grace, those with genuine hearts were pulled to their feet again. May we have genuine hearts and clearly see the light, only then can we “serve him without fear”.
– Thought of the day by the Christadelphian
Preceding article: Searching, light, fear and deliverance
- I have not hidden …
- Being sure of their deliverance
- Faithful to the listening ear
- Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #14 Prayer #12 The other name
- Remember the day
- Deliverance and establishement of a theocracy
- Heed of the Saviour
- God is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him
- You do not belong to yourselves,for you were bought with a price
- A Servant’s heart does sometimes break… (audacityandsupposition.com)
I have long sought a Servant’s Heart and as God begins to grant me understanding of its meaning I find instead of great joy and happiness I carry a heart that has become heavy. I am beginning to see clearly God’s kind of Love does substantially broaden one’s scope of things to become far more inclusive than I could have known before His favor. The expansiveness of your awareness grows to bring new thought to an ever increasing broad range of subject matter and issues that goes without boundaries.
- The Army of the Resurrection (tithebarn.wordpress.com)
In John 14-17, Jesus repeatedly states that he is leaving and the Holy Spirit is coming. And here’s the crossover point. Jesus has risen from the dead and now appears to his disciples. It’s as if the resurrection has released the Holy Spirit. Now clearly, the Spirit has been at work in creation, in prophecy and acts of power throughout the long history of man, but this is something specific and new. The Holy Spirit is being released to enable these people to become witnesses of the resurrection. Jesus commissions them to a task, but then also gives them the means and the power to do it.
- Lenten Sharing (jessicahof.wordpress.com)
Zeffirelli puts these words in the mouth of John the Baptist (played by Michael York), who cries out in a loud voice, urging people to repent. The loud and charismatic way in which this verse is delivered in the film, placed in a context or repentance, served as a reminder for me of how distant one’s way of thinking can be from the Lord’s. An obvious example of this is salvation – in our darkened state, we cannot admit to ourselves that we are sinners in need of a saviour.
- Living Water (train4life.typepad.com)
Help us, Father, to wait on You as Your first disciples did. Help us to better hear Your still small voice through the inward witness of the Holy Spirit. Thank You for enabling us to move with You as You give us power to do the works Jesus did.
- Growing in Discernment (curlychristians.com)
Jesus lived His life by discernment. His discernment was not based on the superficial senses of His flesh, it was the result of His intimate communion and relationship with His Father God.This same gift of discernment is available to you and me through our relationship with God.
- Day 8 – Jesus is Here Devotional Guide (pastorericdykstra.com)
Jesus is like a nightlight when I get fearful or insecure. Remember as a kid when you felt afraid of the dark, and your parents would give you a night light? That is what Jesus is to you and me.Jesus is the light in the darkness. When our circumstances seem scary, His Word lights up our soul and gives us comfort. His Word lights my path when I sit in the darkness of confusion. He shows me the way when I can’t seem to know what to do or where to go.
- Let Your Light Shine! (pureglory.net)
When it is dark around you, let your light shine. Jesus shines out of you and lives change. Light casts out darkness and draws others. Don’t curse the darkness, Shine!
- Reflective Moment ‘Compromise’ (mylordmyfriend.com)
Jesus has commissioned His followers to be the lights in dark places, by spreading His light. Are we still the light of the world or have our ways become compromised.
Do we need to make a new commitment and have a new passion for evangelism and mission, because someone brought Christ Jesus into the midst of our spiritual darkness .
- Light of Christ (franciscanflowers.wordpress.com)
ight my busy, hectic path.
–Be ever-near, never far.
–Lead me into greater awareness of You.
–Illumine my heart to see Your face in all that makes up my life.
- Rock Wreck (wheatsaltwineoil.wordpress.com)
But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him