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Daily Reading: Haggai 1:1-2:23 ESV, Revelation 11:1-19 ESV, Psalm 139:1-24 ESV, Proverbs 30:15-16 ESV

Daily Verse: “These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.” (Revelation 11:4 ESV)

LUCHNIA (3087): “This is the stand (“the stick”) upon which a portable light sits (is stuck); not the candle (the light producer).”[1]

Portable light.

People who study Revelation believe the lampstands mentioned in today’s verse refer to witnesses who served God by telling them about God.  Sharing how the Lord works in our lives with others makes us a witness to the Lord.  We become portable lights to the world with His light shining through us.

Wherever we go, we can shine God’s light brightly.  Whether serving meals to the homeless, visiting sick friends, or celebrating a new birth, we can witness God’s goodness to the world around us.

However, we must let Him fill our lampstands to impact the world for Christ.  In our backyard, we have several tiki torches.  Once or twice a summer, I must refill the bottles so their lights will continue to shine.  In the same way, we must let Christ pour into us so we can continue to pour out to others.

Refuel regularly.

Becoming a bright light for Christ takes regular refueling.  Each morning you connect with God by spending time with Him; He fills you up.  Laying your burdens at Christ’s feet empties you and gives God room to fill you with His grace. 

On days when I can barely drag myself from bed, God begins to work when my knees hit the floor.  As I pour out my sorrows and miseries, His life-giving Spirit renews me.

“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 ESV)

When weariness sets into your bones and your lampstand begin to flicker, fall to your knees and ask God for help.  Wait on the Lord to fill your soul and give you strength to carry on the battle.  As the spiritual battle rages around you, God’s divine power will make your flame burn ever bright.

Let your light shine to the world around you by refueling daily with God.  Relish in His gift of grace and mercy, then share it with the world.

[1] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 154) Thomas Nelson

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