Summary: You are responsible to walk according to the light you have received from the Lord.

November 24, 2013

Morning Worship

Text: Psalm 89:15

Subject: Living according to the Word

Title: Walk In the Light You Have

I want to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. Isn’t it good to know the things that you have to be thankful for? But you know, our understanding of those things doesn’t just happen. Often we have to stop and consider the blessings we have received and also the One from whom we have received them. Your family, friends, your church family, your jobs… all gifts from God. There are often hidden gifts from the Lord that we don’t immediately recognize, but when we do see them we understand where they are from.

Today I want to begin a series about how you, as believers, are expected to walk in the light that you have. Each of us is at a different level spiritually speaking. Some study the word more than others. Some receive revelation. Others gain understanding at a faster rate than others. The reality is that regardless where you are in your relationship with the lord you are expected to walk according to the light you have received.

Back in 1967 a new sport came to St. Louis. It wasn’t a new sport as such, but it was new to me. The national Hockey League came to St. Louis as the St. Louis Blues. I loved sports of all kinds but I knew absolutely nothing about hockey. But I became very interested in the sport and began watching it on TV. And the more I watched the more I began to understand the rules. Then I started playing the game. And because I had become a student of the game I was now responsible for playing by the rules.

The same holds true in your Christian walk. You may not know all the rules yet but as you receive revelation and understanding from your study of the word or from the preaching of the word, you now become responsible for walking in the light you have.

In our series we will look at various aspects of light in the life of a Christian and see how those various aspects play out in your lives.

Psalm 89:15,

15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,

who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD.

I believe this is God's Word…

I believe it is for me…

I accept it as mine…

I appropriate it to my life today…

15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,

who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD.

1. We walk in the light of God’s presence by Revelation.

Do you know that your Christian walk involves a learning process? It is not something that just happens. As you grow in the Lord you can receive instruction from various sources. It can be by your own study of the word… the Holy Spirit that lives in you wants to do in your life the things that He alone can do. He wants to give you revelation of the word. When I talk about revelation I mean that when you read from the word, the instant you get that sense that you get it, that is your revelation moment and it is from the Holy Spirit. 1 John 2:27, 27As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him. You know, you can read the same passage over and over and suddenly it comes to you and you say, “Oh…oh, now I get it. I always wondered what that meant… Oh!” That doesn’t come from yourself. You see, there is somebody else besides you living in you and the Holy Spirit in you teaches. He gives you revelation. In your spirit man you just know that this or that scripture means something different than you ever saw before – that comes from the Holy Spirit – and then He also will bear witness with your spirit that it is so. How important is revelation to the believer? Proverbs 29:18, Where there is no vision, the people perish… Let’s look at some other translations. The NIV says, Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint… the NLT, When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild… Do you think you need revelation from the Lord? If there is no revelation in your life you’ll just go on doing what seems right and that opens up the door for the enemy to come in and start lying to you and telling you it’s all right if you do the same things you used to do or believe the way you used to believe… Ephesians 1:17, I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

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