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     Prophetic Voice Newletter Issue 17
     Heart of God Ministries International (HGMI)

Disciples of the Light

  The Lord Jesus Christ likens His disciples to "light."
   He is the Light to the World. 
   He abides in us by the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit. 
   And moreover, as a disciple we are called "the light of the world."

   Matthew 5:14  

    You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

We are also exhorted in Philippians 2:15-16 NKJV: that you may become blameless
   and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse
   generation, among whom
you shine as lights in the world,
  The Scriptures challenge us to examine ourselves. Here is a serious question to consider.
   As a professing Christian are you "radiaitng the Light to the world" or are you reflecting the
   light of
the world in a darkness of worldliness and spiritual shallowness?

   Want to experience some enlightenment and also taste of some illumination of the
characteristics which disciples as light are to manifest?  Here are three:
1.  Position
   2.  Nature
   3.  Purpose

   The principle of rule that is given to us in the scriptures... is the rule of first's and first
   1 Corinthians 15:46 
    But it is not the spiritual life which came first, but the physical and then the spiritual.

    So, let us begin with the first of these 3 characteristic applications...

      The position of disciples of the Light...
     Matthew 5:14   AMP
     You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
     Luke 11:33
     No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or crypt or under a bushel measure, but on a
     lampstand, that those who are coming in may see the light.
     You can see that Position is central to the plan of God. 
     His plan provides for His glory to fill the earth.  (In both the physical and spiritual realms)
     Luke 11:34-36
     Your eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye ( your conscience) is sound and fulfilling
     its office, your whole body is full of light; but when it is not sound and is not fulfilling its office,
     your body is full of darkness.
     35 Be careful, therefore, that the light that is in you is not darkness.
     36 If then your entire body is illuminated, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright
     [with light], as when a lamp with its bright rays gives you light.

     Look at the three divine positions whereby your light is to be placed.
     1.  Upon a hill for all to see.
     2.  Upon a lampstand for all to see.
     3.  Your whole body for all to see.

     The purpose of Position is so that the world will know
     1.  who we are,
     2.  what we are,
     3.  where we are.

     The Church has been called to be a lighthouse set upon a hill, but has mainly
      little more than one of the world's lights, reflecting the same interests, using the
      same methods and trying to achieve the same goals.  The 21st century Church has lost
      its way because it has positioned itself at distance to the Gospel which was entrusted
      to the 1st century apostles of the Lamb who gathered the remnant of believers of Israel
      and the 1st century ascension-gift of men (5-fold ministries) who evangelized the Gentile
      In large, today's Church has become involved in social and humanitarian interests,
      welfare projects,
political strife and community activities all in the name of religion. 
      Christ did place His calling on the Church to be another organization in the community.
      It was called to be an apostolic organism (God Sent) endued with Holy Ghost power
      to do the commissioned works of the Kingdom of Heaven! 

     The Church does not even know its divine calling for it has locked the doors on the very
     source of divine power, the Person of the Holy ghost!  Since it has lost its way, and its
     power, it also has lost its desire to be as a light set over against darkness in cities and
     nations in which it stands to reveal sin and corruption.  It has become as Jonah was of
     heart and mind when God called him to go to Nineveh and preach repentance.
     He procrastinated and ran from the assignment until God released a life changing storm
     in his path!  God's ways are not our ways!  He is a chastising God in the lives of those
     He has received as His sons and daughters!  Repentance is still the way to God's grace!
     The church has lost its heart to stand as a beacon revealing the way of righteousness
     and to draw the lost and wandering into the safe waters in the Holy Spirit where
     righteousness, peace and joy abound!
     Shamelessly, the 21st century church has lost its distinctive character, its testimony
     of the Light of Truth, Life and Spirit and thus has lost it influence in this dark, liberal
     and corrupt world.   Yet, there is HOPE!

The nature of disciples of the Light...
      The LIght has purpose to separate from darkness.
      Genesis 1:3-4 
      Then God said,"Let there be light"; and there was light.
      4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.

      Light by its very nature will always penetrate the darkness and reveal what there is to see.
      It uncovers the shield of the dark.
      Darkness can never dispel the light.  The light shines! It illuminates! 
      John 1:5 
      And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
     As a disciple of Light, we are to dispel the darkness in the world.  How?
     Matthew 4:4 
     "... by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God."

    Wherever a disciple of the Light goes, wherever we work, wherever we live, the light of
    our life will penetrate the darkness and glorify God whenever we walk after the Spirit
    and we open our mouths to speak God's Word of Life. 
    Matthew 5:16 
    Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your
    praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your
    Father Who is in heaven.
    Ephesains 5:8-12 
    For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
    9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),
   10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.
   11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

    Too many have hidden their light under a bushel.  Doing so results in failure to mature
    spiritually.  The Holy Ghost is the Teacher of the Light; Jesus Christ.
    Denying the Teacher to have access to ones life denies the power of the Gospel of the
    Kingdom...   How?
     1. Neglecting to tell of God's divine provisions and blessings of His saving grace.
     2. Neglecting to pray for the sick by the power of the Name of Jesus, by His blood and
         by the anointing presence of the Holy Spirit in His power.
     3. Neglecting nor fearing the consequence of concealed doubt and unbelief resuting
         in rejecting the baptism and infilling of the Holy Spirit to be equipped to exercise
         Spiritual Gifts.

      What is the Light's purpose?  The Lord Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:16, saying,
      Matthew 5:16 
      Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your
      praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify
      your Father Who is in heaven.

      Our lights... the Light of Truth, Light of Life, and Light of the Spirit are to shine that
      the people of the world may see the righteous works of spiritual gifts, released through
      love and devotion to Christ.   In these ways, we glorify God. 

      The world cares little for what we say when our actions are not in harmony with
      our words. The enemy of spiritual darkness, the devil and his demons, are readily
      working to accuse and deceive.  How often have you heard the comment, "I am not
      interested in going around a bunch of hypocrites?" 
      Where does this comment originate?
      Perhaps, the individual has a neighbor who says one thing and does another
      or has been "stung" by a professing Christian co-worker on the job. 
      Although one is active in the church, as a neighbor, one may be living little differently
      from the world about being shallow in ones spiritual faith, interests, and ethical practices.

     We conclude our study.  As "disciples of the Light" shall we let our lights shine"
     engaging in fellowship as that which was entrusted to the 1st century Eye Witness
     apostles and Ascension-gifts of the five-fold ministries?  You are encouraged to seek
     fellowship with us in wholesome relationships?
     May God our Father, Son and Holy Ghost extend mercy and grace as we fellowship
     together in them, give to prayer, fasting and the study of the Word of God.  

     We invite you to dig out the Wells of the "old debris" of Orthodox and Contemporary
     teaching which Excludes the magnificent and Glorious PERSON of the Holy Spirit...
     The Apostolic Spirit of God in earth today. 

     He was sent on the Day of Pentecost as the Promise of God in fulfillment of the work
     of Jesus Christ's first Advent to earth!
     He is present to administrate the Order of heaven's eternal ruling King, Jesus Christ
     in the Body.  The Lord Jesus has entered into His rest in all authority and power
at the right-hand of the Father.  The Holy Spirit is here to lead and guide the Building
     the the Lord's Church
of the the New Creation, teaching and demonstrating the full
     message of the Kingdom of God!

      Join us in the digging and let us freely take of the water (washing of the Word,)
      the spirit (demonstration of His Presence) and the blood (the resurrection life in the
      Kingdom of Heaven on earth).   Have you received of the free gifts?
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