Bend Toward the LIGHT~
by the Watchman Dana G Smith
keywords: light, God, Father, Jesus Christ, Y’Shua Ha Massiach, saved, darkness
I saw a new plant today, one I planted from the seeds of an apple. It had grown and was on the shelf. As I saw it, in the beginning of the day it was straight as I had just put it in the sunlight. Later on in the day after a portion of the days sun shining on it, it was bending toward the sun, the light!
Through the day the sun continued to shine on this small plant, it was growing and pointing about 45 degrees towards the sun where the rays of light came from through the window. As night came, I moved the plant onto the counter as it was small I tucked it gently near a corner. The morning came as usual and I saw the small green plant. It was still green and fresh, standing tall as ever. But it was standing straight up. Even with the kitchen light on, the plant never moved toward these rays of light. The Florescent light did not cause the plant to bend towards its light either.
As I write this today and think of our small plant that came from the seeds of an apple, I also enjoy the coming season. It is not the winter of ‘discontent’ but the summer of ‘content’. This is time for animals around here to take a breather from the harsh realities of winter. It is tough make it through the months of bitter cold and snow. When spring and then summer arrives, the animals especially since we have so much moisture, seem to romp, play, and act as if relieved of the goodness that surrounds them. But even summer is short lived in this area. So is, life in general. Life is short. Daily I am amazed at how just fragile, short, and precious life can be. You see, as humans, we too, bend towards the light. And that light can come from various sources. But there is only One True light. This light, lightens the entire world!
Job 24:12 Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them.
13 ¶They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.
14 The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.
15 The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face.
16 In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light.
As humans we have forthrightness of thought, or so we think. God as some may acknowledge him, has given to man rational thought. Others think a bit of goo just appeared and we became rational and the masters of our own destiny. While even others know full well who the true Living GOD is and wilfully reject his love. These follow even other thoughts and motivations. For these following the ‘lightbearer’ or Lucifer is their main goal. It is this light which rejects the ‘love of the Father’, Jesus Christ his son, and salvation as the Gospel is given. In this light comes all forms of religions, idols, Gods, meditations, astrology, new age, and other attractions. All of them are rebellion against the ONE True God, Yahweh.
Furthermore, this God, even the True God Yahweh, Adonai, I AM that I AM, even our Father, has reached out to mankind. The battle is on today to lessen that which God has done. Lies from the ‘false lights’ go out. But the true light, which lighteth everyone is before us today. It is that light which will cause us to grow as green plants, before the LORD. It is that light which will cause us to hunger and thirst for His Truth, for behind this Truth is a great LOVE that no man can fathom. A Love which will cause all those who are planted in the LORD God through Y’Shua Ha Massiach, Jesus Christ to bend towards him. These small plants look tenderly to their Father, and his light causes them to bend towards him. In heart, mind, soul, and body.
Psalms 4:6 ¶There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.
Psalms 18:28 For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.
Psalms 27:1 ¶<> The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalms 112:4 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
The Light of which we follow today must be the ‘true light’. The LORD Jesus Christ came into the world because of the truth of LOVE, which the Father and the Son both possessed. They loved each other, and loved mankind! The Son came so we might believe on him and be saved from death. He was, is, and always has been the ‘true light’.
2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
It was in Jesus that life was poured out. Both on the cross for our sins and for the Father who sent Him. It was that life which can be poured into our lives, His life giving Spirit in our Lives, forever. It was also not just to the Jews as a promise, but to the Gentiles. Isaiah 42:6 says “I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles.” It is given to man to understand this, the Choice is yours! It is God who is light and as in 2 Corinthians 4:6 “who commanded the light to shine out of darkness”, and it is God as well which says in the same verse that God “hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” It is time, my friends, to point your little plant towards the light of God and let it grow. Be sure, you are Bending towards the TRUE LIGHT!
It was our LORD who said that in the World, he was indeed the ‘light of the world.’ [John 9:5] It also is a fact that Jesus said in John 12:46 “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.” This is the LIGHT, plain, simple, and a God fact. You can debate it, ignore it, deny it, fabricate lies about it, follow ‘Lucifer’ the light bearer and his false lights of prophets, or you can believe the truth. The TRUTH, is as Jesus said, “I AM, the WAY, The TRUTH, and the LIFE.” [John 14:6] NO matter what you do or others around you, it won’t change eternity or the Word of God, or the LORD himself. He cannot deny who he is! HE is LIGHT, and there is no darkness in HIM! God has given you a choice! YOU can abide in Jesus today, who brings us to the Father. It is in Him that we can be ‘light’, ‘salt’, and ‘not be in darkness’! John the Baptist testified of the Son of God, the Lamb of God, who was the light of the world. Johns Gospel said of Jesus “In him was life; and the life was the light of men. ¶And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” [John 1:4-5]
James 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
In eternity right now, there is the Word of God. The bible which we have contains our copy of that Word. Jesus was the Word incarnate. For he was in the beginning with God, and he himself was God, and there was not anything made, that was made, that was not made by him. [John 1] It is a God fact, a God truth, and reveals the active breathing completion and supernatural power of the ‘Word of God.’ God gave his commandments, in Proverbs 6:23 it says “For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.” It was through the law that we came to know what sin was. It was and is through this same Law that we understand how Holy God is. Jesus said in Matthew 5:17 ; “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” Jesus also say that the Word of God is Truth. He said specifically in John 17:17 while speaking to the Father, praying for the disciples; saying “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” The truth is, Jesus Christ, he was and is, and always will be the Word. God gave his word to man! We can trust his word. This is the difference between the false prophets, that are false lights, and the ‘true light which lights every mans heart’ who seeks him in ‘Spirit and truth’. From the False lights come lawlessness and rebellion. From the LORD of Truth comes ‘Truth, Light, and law’. Jesus fulfilled that law, while at the same time giving us commandments. The Apostles taught these commandments and even went so far as to say in 1 John 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”
John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
As his lights, we are to walk in His love, this itself is a commandment, to follow mercy, to worship only our God and none else which is a commandment. These are only examples, but think on this, if you think you are a light of God and openly worship another God, are you following his will? No! Think on this awhile, we are to walk in the Spirit, have the fruits of the Spirit in our lives, and love one another. This is the True God, True Light, and True follower who knows his LORD and does those things which he commands. [John 15:10] Many will come to him on that day and say LORD, LORD, but he will say to them, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” [Matt 7:23] Jesus then gives a parable to illustrate what he means by saying that “whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house: and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.” [Matt 7:24-25] In these days and the age of the endtime, we will face many things, and the question is, “do you want your house to stand or fall?” If you want to make it through and stand before the LORD as a faithful servant, then follow the ‘True LIGHT and do those things he commands us to do!’ For those who do not do this shall be likened unto a fool!
Matthew 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
It is that which you must decide today! Follow a fools folly and do as many christians, churches, and even unbelievers do, i.e. ‘follow their own will and thinking’ or truly be a Disciple of the LORD and be in His LIGHT! In America Christians and those in Churches have created a great religiosity! A great religion with great edifices, and very wealthy. The time is coming and it is short, in which, the fire of Gods burning will burn all that is not founded upon the Rock, Jesus Christ. Not just founded in name, but in discipleship and true veracity in obedience. There will be no escape for those who wallow in America and in her churches thinking this alone will provide safety. For I tell you, every brick of such will be torn down. Only those in the LORD will stand.
Proverbs 13:9 ¶The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Matthew 6:23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
The Sad reality today is the world is in chaotic blindness towards the True light. The God of this world, the Apostle Paul says in 2 Cor 4:4 has “blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” All nations today are feverishly working to create a man made utopia on earth. One where the full potential of mans ability, knowledge, and moral awareness is found. The trouble is, man does not have any moral awareness! Man has religion, but that will send him directly to Hades! Man cannot create such a haven or heaven on earth. Man is the resident renter on this planet. The current landowner, or so he thinks, the devil, will be cast off soon. All those who follow him will be destroyed. Mans ways will be erased from this planet. The earth, the heavens, and all that is therein, will be renewed in God.
The battle is heating up and many who are Gods ‘lights’ in the world have always been the martyr and found death in HIM, who died for each of these on Calvary’s cross. It is a battle where the world, its leaders, and the people who have rejected Gods truth of Love [love illustrated-John 3:16; love rejected 2 Thess 2] will find another light, one they will follow. This one will lead a mass portion of the population down the rat hole of destruction. It is time, my friends, find the true light, seek Him today, let your plant grow in him. Your plant, i.e. ‘your body, mind, soul, spirit’, all you have dedicated to the LORD God and his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, Y’Shua Ha Massiach. It is in Him we must be, for he must be both Savior and LORD today!
There will be a time, my friends, when all this is gone, vanished. Into thin air, with the rebellion, sin, iniquity, hatred, and virulence towards God! It will be those, the nations of them, ‘Which are saved that shall walk in the light of Gods heavenly kingdom.’ Make sure your one of those, Seek HIM today! Plant yourself towards the LORD God and his purpose. Let yourself be watered by his ‘righteousness’ and ‘goodness’ today! For in a World that is sick, full of sin, with only sinful men to lead them out, there is no hope in that scenario my friends. Make sure, you know the Light, of which, you are following and bending towards today!
Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
Revelation 21:24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
Revelation 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.