You Cannot Turn Off the Light

by | Jun 12, 2012 | Blogs, Prophetic Fire

Dualism remains a problem for many Christ followers. They
compartmentalize their lives and miss the presence and light of God in
every moment, breath, and context of life. Here are some scriptural
truths on the matter:

  • Matthew 5:14: “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.”
  • Proverbs 4:18: “The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day” (NIV).
  • John 8:12: “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he
    said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk
    in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”

Ministry by definition is the spiritual work or service of any Christian or a group of Christians. One of the greatest revelations we can ever embrace is that whatever we do in life, is ministry, because the light of God in us and through us never goes dim. Every job, every assignment, our family, our leisure and whatever pathway that the Holy Spirit may lead us, is ministry.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Col. 3:23-24).

Remember that you will get your reward from the Lord. He will give you what you should receive. You are working for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Everything We Do Can Serve the King
No matter what you are doing, you are to do it all for Him, serving Him
and His kingdom. If every believer can grasp the revelation that they
are carrying His presence wherever they go, it will transform them and
many around them. They will desire to walk in His nature, His love and
His purposes, while establishing the kingdom of God upon the earth
today.

When I first began falling deeper and deeper in love with God, I
thought that the natural progression for me would be to become a full-time
ecclesiastic, in the four walls type of organizational ministry. This
false impression came with a guise that I would be loving God more that
way. As I put myself more and more into the ecclesiastical pattern of
service, I seemed to be getting more and more restless. The Lord finally
had to hit me upside the head and say, “You’re going the wrong way.” I
finally got the message and understanding that God had a different plan
for me.

I finally understood that as I am in Him and He is in me, everything I
did in obedience was just as spiritual as being a pope, a pastor, a
prophet or any other title that religion might bestow upon any of us.
The Father seemed to say to me, “As you continue to hear my voice and
obey my words, I will continue to take pleasure in every part of your
life with me.”

As the Lord continues to conform us into His image, the world begins
to see Him work through us in all phases of life. We become His divine
stewards of our families, businesses and in the communities in which we
live. The stewardship of all that the Lord has for us becomes full-time
ministry for each of us, because we never stop representing Him.

We
are called to be full-time ministers throughout our business day as
well, regardless of what we do.  A bus driver’s ministry as the light of
Christ is just as valid as those who shine His light from behind a
pulpit. Mothers, you are full-time ministers to your family and
community, even if you never work outside of the home. Everything we do
is for the glory of God.

We become an act of worship to our Father in all that we do. In the
name of Jesus, we become a people of character and integrity that bring
salt and light to the world around us. In many ways and applications,
ecclesiastic ministry may never reach or be relevant to those that are
in the marketplace. But those in the marketplace who walk in the love
and power of God, can be transformational instruments for His purposes.

“For God, who said, ‘Let there be light in the darkness,’ has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that
is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. But this precious
treasure–this light and power that now shine within us–is held in
perishable containers, that is, in our weak bodies. So everyone can see that our glorious power is from God and is not our own” (2 Corinthians 4:6-7, NLT).

We Carry His Presence Wherever We Go
What an honor and joy it is to know that we bring His glory into every
jurisdiction, situation and application in life. Just His presence alone
can set people free. I have witnessed the presence of God transform
lives through the simplicity of conversation or a relational engagement.

There have been times when the people I am relating with feel amazingly
safe in sharing their deepest and darkest secrets with me. They will
often say, “I have never told that to anyone, but there is something
different about you; I trust you.” Well, we know what that difference
is and what it isn’t. It certainly is not you or me outside of God. It
is God in us, and it is His presence through us that will will allow the
blind to see and the lost to finally find their journey in God.

Knowing we are activating His ministry every moment of every day, we
must continue to be living epistles of grace and mercy to all we come in
contact with. This does not mean we will necessarily preach. It just
means we will be prepared to hear His voice, and give what He says we
are to give. Our lives will preach beyond words, because of His
presence.

When we try and wear our own spiritual clothes, it becomes a
fruitless occasion. He may want us to give a word fitly spoken without
chapter and verse, or just deliver some love, understanding and
encouragement. We must have an ear to hear; which only comes from
intimacy and time spent with the Father and His Word. With this
intimacy, we gain a sensitivity to hear what He has for another during
those opportune moments.

We cannot shut out the light of God. It is in us, on us, and through
us at all times.  We need every false religious tendency to die in order
for us to flow in the life and experience of God. We must love
supernaturally in bringing forth the kingdom of God in powerful ways.
Father, give us wisdom and revelation as we serve in the marketplace and
impart your glory to the world in Jesus name … Amen.

About the author: Robert Ricciardelli and his wife,
Joyce, are the founders of  the Converging Zone Network, which desires
to connect people and provide a platform to share their unique passions,
experiences and purposes. Through their blogs,  newsletters and social
networking platforms, they
bring  collaboration to over 100,000 each week in various spheres of  society.

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

How Prophetic Evangelism Is Impacting Change in Today’s Culture

How Prophetic Evangelism Is Impacting Change in Today’s Culture

Dr. Candice Smithyman, host of Manifest His Presence on the Charisma Podcast Network, recently interviewed apostle Stacey Campbell, founder of Shiloh Global about how prophecy can impact today’s culture. Apostle Campbell is passionate about teaching young people and...

Joyce Meyer’s Daughter: ‘I Tried Until I Almost Died!’

Joyce Meyer’s Daughter: ‘I Tried Until I Almost Died!’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc14ip0XyOw Growing up as the daughter of Dave and Joyce Meyer, Sandra McCollom knew about God’s goodness and unconditional love. “At eight years old, I remember sitting on the floor as my mom shared her faith with me. That’s when I...

Prophet: 10 Essential Guardrails for Hearing God’s Voice

Prophet: 10 Essential Guardrails for Hearing God’s Voice

In the journey of hearing God's voice today effectively and accurately, you need the practical and personal work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus clearly told his followers that those who hear His words and put them into practice are wise! "Whoever hears these sayings of...

Prophetic Vision: Three Tables Are Set

Prophetic Vision: Three Tables Are Set

Recently as I was worshipping the Lord, I went into a vision where I could see I was in a dark and very deep valley. It was nighttime, and the valley was surrounded by tall mountains. On the top of each I could see the outlines of men and instinctively knew they were...

How Your Apostolic and Prophetic Worship Will Hurt the Enemy

How Your Apostolic and Prophetic Worship Will Hurt the Enemy

We are living in a time where it seems that dreams and visions are accelerating. The enemy fights against prophetic insight being poured out according to Joel 2:28-32. Numerous deliverance ministries have risen up to combat the ‘Pandora's box’ that was released in...

Is He a God of Wrath or a God of Love?

Is He a God of Wrath or a God of Love?

Do you think the God of the Old Testament is a God of wrath, and the God of the New Testament is a God of love? The truth is that God is the same throughout the entire Bible. His wrath and His love are revealed in both the Old and the New Testaments. So why, then, did...

How You Can Have a Perfect Heart

How You Can Have a Perfect Heart

Your heart is the most important part of you. It’s not only a physical organ that keeps your blood pumping, but when the Bible refers to the heart, it’s talking about who you really are. Each person has an inner and an outer life. There’s the person we show to...

RECENT ARTICLES

Cindy Jacobs Prophesies: The Lord Says, ‘Am I Not the Mender of Broken Hearts?’

I was just praying and asking the Lord, “How can I encourage you all today?” I know there are so many challenges out there, but this is what the Lord said to me. The Lord said, “There are some...
How the FBI Raid on Mar-a-Lago Is Spiritual Warfare

How the FBI Raid on Mar-a-Lago Is Spiritual Warfare

It's been a few days since the FBI raided President Donald Trump's home in Mar-a-Lago, and the Biden Administration has yet to explain to the American people why they did what's never been done in American history—the government raiding the home of a former president....

Why Partial Obedience to God is Disobedience

Why Partial Obedience to God is Disobedience

My husband had a saying for our children growing up. “Partial obedience is disobedience.” He wanted them to understand that doing half the plan would not get them the full reward. Another reminder we used to tell our kids was, “Don’t think about it, don’t hesitate,...

Pin It on Pinterest

[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]