INCANDESCENT

MERRY MONDAY ADVENT SEASON by Parris

 

“The people that is sitting in darkness saw a great light, and to those sitting in a region and shadow of death — light arose to them.” Matt. 4:16

Did you ever wonder why the scripture said “those that sit in darkness”? Makes one think it’s saying “to those that habitually make it their lifestyle”. It was 46 years ago on my Christmas break in my sophomore year that the light of Christ began to dispel the darkness that I was sitting in. How great was that darkness! Nine months later I found myself born again, married and off to bible school! Christ comes small in our lives like the babe in the manger born in a obscure village but little do we realize how big he gets in us! The star is still speaking to so many today that there is hope for you, freedom for you and forgiveness. Advent is upon us beckoning us to draw near-for he always comes. John Calvin said every human being is “formed to be a spectator of the created world and given eyes that he might be led to its author …. to cast our eyes upon the very beautiful fabric of the world in which God wishes to be seen by us. When those, who lay in darkness, are said to have seen a great light, a change so sudden and remarkable is intended to enlarge our views of the greatness of the divine salvation.”

Expositor Bible says; “Heavenly light, heavenly power, heavenly healing-these are the weapons of the new warfare: these the regalia of the new kingdom. No stinting now of the heavenly power; it flows in streams of blessing. It is daybreak on the shores of Galilee. The Sun of Righteousness has risen with healing in His wings.”

Take this advent season all in! Christ comes he always comes!

 

 

 

INCANDESCENT

 

The people that sat in darkness saw a great light-Resplendent!

 

In the vivid lifeless damp night came lustrous hope dancing-Effulgent!

 

Stretching through eternity flaming prophecy became ripe for beholding-Forceful!

 

Incandescent splendor overcame the ache erupting- Divine intervention!

 

They saw, they felt, they were changed- Bedazzled!

 

Shining Ears awakened to the song, glowing eyes reflecting the shine -Splendid!

 

Blazing Bethlehem star hangs in the sky pointing-Radiant!

 

Wherever the beam shone that night the shepherds saw a new world-Florescent!

 

Wise men ardent in their journey looked for another -Glowing!

 

Incandescent from the manger is a child found – SON OF GOD!

 

parris bailey

IT IS WRITTEN

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY BY PARRIS BAILEY-
IT IS WRITTEN MATT. 4:4

I grew up in a time where TV watching didn’t happen much. First of all, it was in black and white and my dad had first dibs. When I wasn’t outside exploring in the woods, I loved to sit down and read a good book. Maybe one of the very few “gifts” I feel I have, is the ability to read well and I thank God for the gift that was given me. I have fond memories of Little Women, Green Dolphin Street and Black Beauty among a few. Only because each of these books were given to me by special people in my life. So when I became born again, the passion for reading the Bible ramped up even more. I feel it was the one thing in my life that would remain constant. The stories in the Old Testament intrigued me and the New Testament especially Paul challenged me. Being a Christian without staying in the Word of God, is like leaving the compass behind on a trip. You will get lost, period.

I couldn’t agree with Spurgeon more when he said, “I look not upon the Scriptures as a harp that once was played by skillful fingers and is now hung up as a memorial upon the wall. No, they are an instrument of ten strings still in the minstrel’s hand, still filling the temple of the Lord with divine music, which those who have ears to hear delight to listen to. Holy Scripture is an Aeolian Harp, through which the blessed wind of the Spirit is always sweeping and creating mystic music such as no man’s ears shall hear elsewhere, nor hear even there indeed, unless they have been opened by the healing touch of the Great Physician. The Holy Spirit is the word, and the word is, therefore, living truth. Be assured of this, and because of it, take the word as your chosen weapon of war.”

We can babble all day with our own beliefs in this or that, argue about the next person being voted into office and howl at the moon. Haha – but at the end of the day, stay in the Word. It will guide you to the end-Christ Himself.

Even Christ when he was faced with a bunch of lies from Satan himself, immediately said “it is written”. Jesus even knew that his own theories or empty speeches wouldn’t get the devil off his back. And did Jesus even know the scripture? He saturated himself in it —it was his daily food and the compass that set him on the right course. I pray my friends that you too would fall in love with what He has to say!

TABLE IN THE WILDERNESS

Man does not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
MATTHEW 4:4

One of the greatest of all miracles in the Bible is the feeding of the multitudes. This miracle took place at least two times and is recorded in all four gospels. There are many, many lessons hidden away in this great demonstration of God’s love and power. One of these is Christ as the true bread from heaven as today’s scripture teaches us, “Man does not live on bread alone”. The miracle of the multiplying of the fish and the loaves points to a greater miracle and a greater need. Christ is the bread that comes down from heaven and we need to feast on Him everyday. How is this done? We feast on God as we feed on the written word and fellowship with Him in prayer. This is our spiritual food and without it we will quickly perish. Here are some observations by Andrew Murray on today’s verse.

“This illustration, where the Word of God is compared to our daily bread, is most instructive.
Bread is indispensable to life. However strong a person may be, if he takes no nourishment, he will grow weaker and die. It is the same with the Word of God: It contains a heavenly principle and works powerfully in those who believe. Bread must be eaten. I may know everything about bread. I may even give it to others. I may have more than enough in my house and on my table. But if I do not eat, I will die. So the mere knowledge of God’s Word, and even the preaching of it, will be of no use to me. Just thinking about it is not enough. I must feed on His Word and absorb it into my life and heart. I have to apply God’s Word to my life and allow it to possess my heart. Then it is the gospel of life. Bread needs to be eaten daily. This holds true for God’s Word as well. The psalmist said, “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long” (Psalm 119:97). For a vibrant spiritual life, the Word of God is a daily necessity. If you seek fellowship with God, you will find Him in His Word.”

Have you had a good spiritual meal today? Sometimes you are not even aware of your hunger until you begin to eat. Maybe you can take some extra time to feed on the scripture today. After that, spend some time in worship, maybe put on some worship music in your home or in your car on the way to your daily activities. Don’t be surprised when you discover His table spread for you, even in the wilderness.

GONE FISHIN’

GONE FISHIN’

Matt. 4:19 And He *said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

The day after Parris and I came to Christ, of all things, we went fishing. We went out to the Rigolets (we didn’t have a boat) and just fished off the bank. We had no idea what we were doing, it’s not like we are fishermen, but we were about to have a strange, prophetic experience. Every time we threw the line into the water that day we caught another fish. There were people fishing in boats just off shore catching nothing. They would move a little closer, still no luck. We caught fish until we filled up our ice chest. What did we do? Of course, we cleaned the fish and took them to our new preacher fiend, Rick Phillips. This was our first offering, we were beginning our great spiritual adventure. Looking back at this scene over the years, it has given me a few laughs. It seems like Jesus loves to stand on the shore with His new disciples. I can almost hear Him say, “Throw your line over here”. That event was a prophetic picture of the calling on Parris and my life, He has called us to be fishers of men. Matthew Henry spoke of this calling, listen carefully to His words.

“What Christ intended them for; I will make you fishers of men; this alludes to their former calling. Let them be not proud of the new honour designed them, they are still but fishers; let them not be afraid of the new work cut out for them, for they have been used to fishing, and fishers they are still. It was usual with Christ to speak of spiritual and heavenly things under such allusions, and in such expressions, as took rise from common things that offered themselves to his view. David was called from feeding sheep to feed God’s Israel; and when he is a king, he is a shepherd. Ministers are fishers of men, not to destroy them, but to save them, by bringing them into another element. They must fish, not for wealth, honour, and preferment, to gain them to themselves, but for souls, to gain them to Christ. They watch for your souls, and seek not yours, but you. It is Jesus Christ that makes them so; I will make you fishers of men. It is he that qualifies men for this work, calls them to it, authorizes them in it, gives them commission to fish for souls, and wisdom to win them. Those ministers are likely to have comfort in their work, who are thus made by Jesus Christ.”

Matthew Henry spoke of ministers as fishers of men, I believe He calls all of His followers to this joyful work. Don’t get me wrong, fishing is tough work. Looking at all the guys that spend every free moment they can fishing, there must be some joy involved in it also. This is how it is in the soul-fishing business, plenty of hard work, but also, plenty of enjoyment and reward. I think we are entering into a new “fishing season” for the body of Christ. The fish may not be ‘running’ every where, but with some direction from the ‘Great Fisher of Men’, you will always catch some fish. So if anyone is looking for you, just tell them you are ‘GONE FISHIN’.

THE LIGHT HAS COME

THE LIGHT HAS COME

The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,
And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death
Light has dawned.
Matt.4:16

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.
Lk.2:8,9

The shining out of the Glory of God the night the angels sang was the beginning of a brand new day on earth. The darkness on earth that reigned from the earliest of time was giving way to the outbreak of the marvelous Glory of the Lord. The people who sat in darkness had seen a great light, the time of the gospel of Christ was beginning.
When Jesus began His ministry some 33 years later, He began by announcing the effect of the light of the Glory of God as it began to penetrate human lives. He announced that the Spirit of the Lord was upon Him to bring good news to the poor. Poverty was more than not having provision for our lives, poverty was part of the vain and worthless lives people live without Christ. His light brings value and purpose to our lives, He preaches good news to the poor. He also came to heal the broken hearted, all of us have tasted the frustration that comes from sinful behavior that always leads to broken lives and dreams. Jesus came to heal and restore the broken lives, those lives who had been all but destroyed by our lifestyles rooted in darkness. Jesus also announced deliverance to the captives, sin leads to destructive habits and practices. The Lord breaks the chains of addiction and sets the captives free. Everywhere He went, He fulfilled the scripture that spoke of “healing in His wings”. Today Christ has not changed, He still brings His healing power to the sick, recovery from the blindness in our souls. Jesus also brings forgiveness and restoration to those whose lives have been crushed or bruised by the problems in this world. He set at liberty those that are bruised.
Today, we live in the season of revelation, the light has come and has penetrated our hearts. As we celebrate this Christmas, our hearts are filled with gratitude, we remember the darkness that imprisoned our souls and we are thankful to be alive in the glorious liberty of sons and daughters of God.