Holiness! Part 2 “Hollywood’s light” vs. “THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD”

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But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.

If therefore the light that is in you is darkness,

how great is that darkness! (Matthew 6:23)

The greatest pleasures available to the human spirit are spiritual pleasures that come to us when God reveals God to our spirit. This exhilarates our spirit at the deepest levels. We are set free from the inferior pleasures of sin by experiencing the superior pleasures of the beauty and majesty of Jesus. And we discern to superior pleasure of God as the Holy Spirit brings revelation.

The Spirit discerns the deep things of the Father’s heart and mind, including the delight He feels for Jesus, the saints, and His kingdom. The Spirit helps us feel some of what the Father feels. Paul taught, “The Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God…12We have received…the Spirit…that we might know the things that have been freely given to us. (1 Cor. 2:10-12).

 

We are made to understand the knowledge of who God is and what He thinks and feels about us. However we can’t do this without the Holy Spirit’s help. Therefore we have to set our hearts to Encounter the Holy Spirit so that He can teach us all things and revel God to us.

The Spirit escorts us on a divine treasure hunt into the beauty of Jesus. He takes the things that Jesus is thinking and feeling and reveals them to us. This is divine entertainment at its highest—Hollywood can’t ever match this. Jesus, in speaking of the Holy Spirit said, “He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you” (Jn. 16:14).

God releases small “measures” of insight and inspiration from the Word of God, which tenderize our spirit for a few moments. These subtle “glimpses” of glory are to be a regular part of our relationship with God. Over time, these holy glimpses change us emotionally. This is the process of growing in holiness. We literally become what we behold.

The best way to overcome darkness is to turn on the light. No one seeks to remove the darkness in a room by opening a window to throw out buckets full of darkness. They simply turn on the light. The way for darkness to decrease in us is to focus on increasing the amount of light we enjoy. Jesus said. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it”. (Jn. 1:5, RSV)

In the same way, we will not overcome the darkness of immorality, bitterness, and pride by focusing on it. We do not decrease the darkness in us by focusing on darkness (thinking, talking, watching or reading about darkness is the quickest way to increase darkness in us). We change our focus to become preoccupied with gaining more of the light of the superior pleasure of revelation of God. Shouting, talking, and staring at darkness can not make it go away. Only the light of day brings and end to the night.

Movies can be a fun way to enjoy time with one another. However, Hollywood, no matter how hard they try to sell “Bible” movies will not bring more light into our lives. Watching movies that are “not really bad” will not increase the light in us. Searching through the internet for hours to “just keep up with what’s going on” will not increase the light in our lives. We must learn to open our bibles, shut off all electronics, and talk to the LIGHT of the World. This is what David did.

***stay tuned to next time (Part 3) when we look into the life of David and see how we call can walk after a lifestyle of holiness… 

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