Isaiah 60:1 TPT - "Rise up in splendor and be radiant, for your light has dawned, and Yahweh's glory now streams from you!"
You’ve probably heard of the adage “tickled pink.” Well, did you know that the color of radiance, according to Webster’s, is a deep pink?
And just like a beautiful deep sunrise, we can experience a divine spiritual daybreak.
We have a lot to look forward to in 2020.
And we don’t have to look back, because you came to deeply understand Romans 13:12 TPT, which says, "Night’s darkness is dissolving away as a new day of destiny dawns. So we must once and for all strip away what is done in the shadows of darkness, removing it like filthy clothes. And once and for all we clothe ourselves with the radiance of light as our weapon."
Beloved bride, what does God have in store for you?
For what mission has He readied you?
What promises will He manifest?
You learned, during times of testing, that God’s radiant light is both internal and external.
And now you’re ready for more external.
His glorious Presence that you reached for in your time of tribulation brought you protection from that which tried to ensnare you. Holy Spirit gave you revelation when you didn’t understand, and revival of your soul when you felt like so much in you was dying.
God was your lifeline.
He went after the gold in you to forge you higher.
In character and purpose.
To become light.
To be the light of Christ in a dying world.
Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Glory, and the Spirit of Christ, who lives inside of His redeemed.
He is light as He is love.
He is omnipresent.
He is seated on His throne in Heaven, while He dwells in His redeemed through Holy Spirit.
Hebrews 1:3 TPT assures us that "The Son is the dazzling radiance of God’s splendor, the exact expression of God’s true nature—his mirror image! He holds the universe together and expands it by the mighty power of his spoken word."
Just like He expands our soul to know Him more.
To receive Him more.
His Glorious Presence.
To drive out darkness.
In us and beyond us.
1 John 1:5 TPT reveals God’s nature and character of light, saying, "…God is pure light. You will never find even a trace of darkness in him."
Daniel 2:22 AMP reveals His enlightenment to us, His omniscience, and His glorious indwelling Presence, saying, "It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, And the light dwells with Him."
God sustains us to do what He has called and assigned us to do.
So we don’t have to fear, but trust and follow the glory light of God (Love) to bring us into the new places He has for us, knowing that two of the qualities of His glorious light is protection and provision.
God is faithful.
Acts 17:28 TPT reminds us that "It is through him that we live and function and have our identity; just as your own poets have said, 'Our lineage comes from him.'"
Our Father is for us.
By His Spirit, as we abide in Him, in His radiant light and love, He will continue to lead us forward into greater abundance--spirit, soul, and body.
We are to release wrongdoings, forgive others and fan the flame forward.
As the New Year’s folksong goes, “Should auld acquaintance be forgot,” 1 John 2:9-10 reminds us to hold only love and light in our hearts toward others. It says:
Anyone who says, 'I am in the light,' while holding hatred in his heart toward a fellow believer is still in the darkness. But the one who truly loves a fellow believer lives in the light, and there is nothing in him that will cause someone else to stumble.
Now, just past the midnight hour, for the Glory of God and for His great Name’s sake (Ps. 109:21), let’s remain in the light of Christ. Let’s remember John 12:46 TPT and Isaiah 61:10 TPT, which say, "I have come as a light to shine in this dark world so that all who trust in me will no longer wander in darkness. I will sing and greatly rejoice in Yahweh! My whole being vibrates with shouts of joy in my God! For he has dressed me with salvation and wrapped me in the robe of his righteousness! I appear like a bridegroom on his wedding day, decked out with a beautiful sash, or like a radiant bride adorned with sparkling jewels."
Friends, I pray that God will continue to reveal his mysteries that have been “difficult to grasp and understand” (Job 12:22) and that He will expand your sanctuary like a tent through this year. I pray God will continue to light up your path as you walk with Him into your promises, so much so that kings will be blinded by your radiance (Is. 62:2). In Jesus’ Mighty Name, God bless you. Amen.
Margaret D. Mitchell is the Founder of God's Love at Work, a marketplace outreach purposed to share God's greatest power source - the love of Christ. This devotional was adapted from Margaret's forthcoming book, Enduring Grace. All rights reserved.