Pastor Toyin Olugbemi

Many things can make one not to be a shining star. A star may be prevented or obstructed from shining. It may not be allowed to shine effectively or not to shine at all! For example, a light bulb may be switched off, disconnected or broken, thus rendering it unable to shine. Similarly, a person’s source of light can be removed, quenched or cut off if care is not taken to ensure constant connectivity to the source. Why? The enemy, the thief, who is the devil or the man of sin, is always looking to cut you off from shining.

May you never be cut off from your source of light in Jesus name.

Sin is a reproach. It represents darkness, and it cuts one off from the light, or it can completely destroy one’s link with glory, if persistent or covered up (Proverbs 14:34). An unrepented sinner covers himself with darkness and a thick blanket of reproach (Proverbs 14:34, 28:13).

Sin scatters and destroys destiny. The power of sin aborts glory and truncates a destiny. Sin always makes an individual to experience a light-out and be ever short of glory, unless there is a genuine repentance and a complete turn away from sin to righteousness. So, run from sin and every unrighteousness or any appearance of evil, if you want your light to shine and not be put out (Revelation 2:5).

Your candlestick will never be removed from its place in Jesus name. You will never be disconnected or cut off from Jesus, the light of the world, in Jesus name. It is dangerous and disastrous to allow your light to be put out by sin at any time.

Effects of light out when your candlestick is removed

  1. You lose your power to shine when you’re being cut off from the light or disconnected from the power source.
  2. Your light is switched off by sin. Every unrighteousness is sin. God is too holy to behold iniquity (Habakkuk 1:13a).
  3. Foolishness or lack of wisdom will be the portion of the one whose light has been put off. You cannot be God-fearing and take delight in sin. In other words, you cannot be an unrepentant sinner if you fear God. The Bible says that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10). It follows therefore that wilful or unrepentant sinners are not God fearing; they are foolish and lack wisdom.
  4. Carnality overrides such a persons’ life. Carnality is looking at things only from the physical or fleshly perspective and not being spiritual. It is very dangerous and portrays a total lack of godly wisdom and discernment. The word of God says that to be so minded is deadly (Romans 8:6).
  5. Attack by satanic hosts and diverse demonic forces: Many are destined to shine but for lack of knowledge and wisdom, spiritual fervency and power, they have wasted their precious lives and destinies. They have unwisely yielded to the destructive antics and devices of the devil and have thereby become pawns in the hands of Satan and his evil agents, who may even be members of their own households. When you are not in the light, the covering enjoyed in Christ the Light is lost or removed and you become open to the darts and arrows of the enemy. It is very dangerous to lose the protective covering of the blood of Jesus by not abiding in the light (1 John 5:18).
  6. Discouragement, Laziness, and Slothfulness: These are sure effects of one being cut off from the light, the vine that graciously supplies the required nourishment for diligence, zeal and vibrancy (Proverbs 24:30-34).
  7. Prayerlessness and lack of commitment to the spread of the gospel of Christ. Your light will not shine brighter until you prayerfully arise and do the work for which the Lord has taken hold of you. God has not given you His Spirit to be yoked with the yoke of slumber and laziness. You are baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit to be a committed witness to Jesus Christ by preaching the gospel for the redemption of mankind. Watchfulness and prayerfulness are indispensable qualities for you to shine, and you must be Sprit-filled. (Luke 21:36, Ephesians 6:18, Colossians 4:2).

Let no one deceive you. The pathway to shining like stars is hazardous and laid with mines by the enemy. Prayer is most fundamental. That is why the Lord charged us to always pray (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Above all, there is nothing one can do without the power of God. The Lord has made this clear, that apart from Him we can do nothing (John 15:5), and that’s why He commanded us to await the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8).

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