Your Two Personal Acquaintances

“We have a personal Savior (Ephesians 5:32, Philippians 3:10) and a personal Adversary (I Peter 5:8), who desires ― animosity, enmity, and hostility, but faith raises one up to the relationship our personal Savior who desires ― friendship, companionship, and fellowship, which far surpasses what the other acquaintance offers!” ~LMJ~

Let Your Light so Shine (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

One of the very first places that we Christians can inspire and bless other people is in our homes, and to recognize the spiritual light that is in one another in our own families. As an example: In my home, I am the Dad; however, my two children also know me as their brother, because God is our Father. This understanding alone has opened wonderful moments in our family’s relationship. Sometimes our conversation becomes so open and exciting that it causes me to be thrilled with complete thankfulness that we have allowed God, the light of His healing Word, and Jesus Christ into our lives.

My wife, my helper and companion is also my sister in God’s household, and this understanding has made it possible for us to become and stay the best of friends. I Peter 3:7 confirms to us that we are “heirs together of the grace of life,” in other words, we equally share in a “life of grace” ─ together, as one (Matthew 19:4-6). I would also like to point out that not every moment is like living in paradise, we are only human, and we certainly have our share of life’s trials, yet as we look to God’s Word, we always end up being more than conquerors as we let our light so shine forth for God and our Savior. Overall, I would not change anything, because we as a family have worked very hard to build our relationship with God, His Son, and with each other as we have seen the light of God’s love within each other.

One of the greatest gifts that God has ever given to men and women who believe is spiritual light. With this light, the eyes of our spiritual understanding begin opening to the life that Jesus called the more abundant life, for it is eternal life (I John 5:10-12).   Jesus Christ made this life available to us by sacrificing his own life. As we personally come to know and experience Jesus Christ who dwells in our hearts (Colossians 1:27), and who resides within every fiber of our beings (Colossians 3:4), the greater the experience of “the more abundant life” becomes. In John 10:10, Jesus said, “I am come that they {believers} might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” The word might in the Greek Text is the word for “may” and the meaning is that we have Jesus’ permission to enjoy the more abundant life. This is the very reason and purpose why Jesus Christ came in the first place, so that we may experience the abundant life, which is not just an abundant life, but ─ life ─ MORE ABUNDANTLY!

John 8:12:
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

The light of life is the necessary spiritual light needed to enjoy life more abundantly. Now, how can we get the words of Jesus off the pages of the Bible and begin applying them in practical living? By following Jesus, who is clearly perceived throughout the Scriptures as the light of the world. In Ephesians 2:10 we read, “For we are his {God’s} workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” The word should is an interesting word (a kin to the word “may” above), because God is not demanding that we practice works of any kind, rather this is a loving request from our heavenly Father, and it is only when we decide to walk in them will we turn the light on from within.

God designed the good works from the beginning. He, being the Creator of life, has given to us the blueprint for living life in the way He designed it, and the blueprint is His Word and His Word reveals Christ, and him we are instructed to follow. He loved his fellow man and encouraged us to do the same. God’s Word contains all things that pertain to life and godliness (II Peter 1:3-4). When and where we try to apply Scripture we will experience the true life and goodness that God placed in His healing Word for us to uncover, and to discover, and to treasure, and to enjoy as we effortlessly allow our light to shine from within our hearts.

Following Jesus is one of those good works that God ordained we observe; in fact, it is a wonderful work because in doing so we will recognize that we have access into the light of life. The guidance of Scripture is always requesting that we follow Jesus Christ, for he is the way, the truth, and the life to the Father (John 14:6, Hebrews 12:1-2).

Ephesians 5:14:
Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light {so that we may first see, and then enjoy God’s good works}.

Isaiah 60:1:
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.

When we became saved, we are spiritually awakened to a new life with (and in) Christ: this is the meaning of arise from the dead. In Matthew 5:16 Jesus said: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Jesus did not say to pray for more light, or to struggle through life trying to keep it burning. Rather he said let and the reason for this is that we already have light and we are encouraged to allow this light to shine by enjoying the good works, our proof that we have the light of life.

The Amplified Bible* translates good works from Ephesians 2:10 to read: “living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live” for living the good life with God in Christ in us is allowing our God-given light to shine. Enjoy a deLIGHTful life as you let your light so shine!

Ephesians 5:8:
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” ~Elizabeth Kubler-Ross~

* Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

That Is True!

“The more we discover Christ in the Scriptures the closer our walks with God will become and the further our understanding of God Himself will continue growing in our inner hearts. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him {God} that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ- I John 5:20, and if you are a Christian, then that is true!” ~LMJ~

There are One-Hundred and Fifty Individual Books (Not Chapters) in the Psalms

“There are 150 separate Books that some refer to as chapters that we today call The Book of Psalms. Many refer to the Psalms as The Psalms of David, which is somewhat misleading, because David did not write all of the Psalms. In the Psalms, we have seven named writers, and the books they wrote are listed below.

One: David with his name above seventy-three Psalms.
They are Psalm 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 68, 69, 70, 86, 101, 103, 108, 109, 110, 122, 124, 131, 133, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, and 145.

Two: Asaph with his name above twelve Psalms.
They are Psalm 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, and 83.

Three: The sons of Korah with nine Psalms.
They are Psalm 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 84, 85, and 87.

Four: For Solomon, with his name above two Psalms.
They are Psalm 72 and 127.

Five: Moses with his name above one Psalm.
Psalm 90.

Six: Hemon the Ezrahite with his name above one Psalm.
Psalm 88.

Seven: Ethon the Ezrahite with his name above one Psalm.
Psalm 89.

Totaling up the above seven names and their Books, we have one-hundred-one Psalms identified by the pen and hand of Prophets. The remaining other forty-nine Psalms are unnamed, such as Psalms 137, yet they are all God’s Word and are inspired by Him (II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:21). King David had a large part in the forming of the Psalms, writing more than any other.” ~LMJ~

The Vine and the Branches

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Today in God’s grace, we Christians who endeavor to receive the five crowns*, which will be given out when Christ returns, are bearing fruit in Christ. We have been grafted together with Christ in God’s grace to produce spiritual fruit. We have been given the nature of Christ, his love, and his peace.

Jesus said: “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will {want}, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7). We have been given wonderful power to simply ask our God for the desires of our hearts, and those desires can be fulfilled to the point that we recognize from whence they came, and that we can thoroughly enjoy them today.

Romans 8:16:
The Spirit itself {God} beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

Jesus Christ is the Son of God (Matthew 3:17), and the Bible further states that we are the children of God, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God” (I John 3:2). Could we be in better company? God is Spirit. We are encouraged to walk in the spirit, for when and where we do, we will walk into the fullness of God and begin enjoying the “fellowship of the Spirit” (Philippians 2:1), bearing “fruit unto holiness” (Romans 6:22), blossoming with the “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23), and “that we should bring forth {this} fruit unto God” (Romans 7:4). Hebrews 13:15 encourages, “By him {By Jesus Christ} therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Our heavenly Father immensely enjoys this spiritual fruit we bear (John 15:1-5) and offer to Him as we continue walking with Him in the spirit. In other words, ― we can share with Him a fruitful, spiritual banquet consisting of the spiritual qualities of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance!

John 15:1-5:
-1: I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman {or the farmer}.
-2: Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
-3: Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
-4: Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
-5: I am the vine, ye are the branches: He {you and I} that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. {But with him “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” Philippians 4:13.}

God is the husbandman in the sense that He is the one Who cultivates and nurtures the vine and the branches that produce the fruit. And being God, He provides the sunshine as well (and the Son to shine within us). Why does a farmer work the ground and care for the crop? To partake of the abundance that his work will produce, and as we see in the above verses, we will bear the spiritual fruit that the husbandman, our heavenly Father will inevitably enjoy with us. Now the circle has been completed because our Father is the farmer or husandman Who has supplied Christ ─ the true vine, who supplies us ─ every branch, in order that we may now produce fruit unto our Father the husbandman.

This is why today we are the fruit bearing-part of Christ, for we are the branches, and Christ is the vine that connects us directly to the God of creation, infusing and uplifting us with Christ’s strength (Philippians 4:13), planted in the fertile ground of God’s healing Word. “For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ” (II Corinthians 2:15), and God being the cultivator of the garden of His delights, that is specifically – you and I (I Corinthians 3:9), He also enjoys the fruit and fragrance that we produce (John 15:1-5).

Anyone who will endeavor to nurture their Christian life is working towards receiving the five crowns* and will be daily producing the spiritual fruit revealed to us in Galatians 5:22-23.

John 15:8-9:
-8: Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
-9: As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

What an enjoyment it is for us to know with understanding that God loves us, and that Jesus Christ also loves us. This is the environment in which believers spiritually grow, and therein we can bear much fruit. This is why we are the fruit-bearing part of Christ, and the greatest fruit of all is that we can lovingly work toward the receiving of five spiritual crowns* for our future rewards.

The crown incorruptible is received by having self-control over our lives, being Word conditioned rather than world conditioned. If we by our free wills control our finances, appetites, and sensual desires; and wear comfortable shoes, sleep in a bed that is comfortable, and feel comfortable in our clothes, then our self-control can be balanced in this life.

The crown of glory is received for being respectful to our fellowman, especially towards other believers whether they are in a leadership position or not.

The crown of life is received by our believing in the truth that God does not tempt us, and this can be thoroughly understood by studying God’s approval of us in the Scriptures.

The crown of righteousness is received by our loving the return of Christ for us, for by loving the truth that he is coming back for us is a godly perspective.

The crown of rejoicing is received by our bringing a lost soul back to Christ, by sharing and witnessing about Christ’s loving example of giving his life for us ─ others need to know they are now holy and acceptable before our heavenly Father, and their acceptance is based on the completed work of Jesus Christ. Jesus said: “blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29).

Even though today we cannot literally see the five glorious crowns that can be awarded to us, the crowns are confirmed in God’s healing Word. Today as we continue believing on the confirmed realities from the Scriptures we are indeed blessed, for we are believers bearing spiritual fruit.

Colossians 3:2 – Set your affection {your thinking and your believing} on things above, not on things on the earth.

II Corinthians 4:18 – While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

*See our Bible Bytes, titled:

Many Crowns, The Crown Incorruptible, The Crown of Glory, The Crown of Life, The Crown of Righteousness, and The Crown of Rejoicing.