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Your Light is a Spotlight, Not a Tiny Flame
December 21, 2016
The Lord gave me a vision of people who were stepping out in obedience to the prompting of the Holy Spirit into the assignments the Lord had for them. As they stepped out I saw the light within them burst into their surrounding like a spotlight. Their light was so powerful and bright. It was like an explosion of light into their area. The light could be seen for a vast distance. I saw that they were surprised by how impacting their light was in their region. They had expected to see their light as bright as a small candle flame but it was like a stadium spotlight, powerful and far reaching.
The Lord was showing me that as people understood their position and identity as children of God they were stepping out in authority. As they stepped out in faith and obedience God was meeting them at their point of action and was supplying them and equipping them with all they needed. As they stepped out truly knowing their identity and walking in that identity, they were taking enemy territory, impacting the lives of others and advancing the Kingdom of God.
They lived to give glory to the Lord and they were a vessel for Him. Many people were drawn to their light. They impacted others with the love of Jesus, the power of the Gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit. The presence of God shone through them with power. The more they stepped out, the more their area of influence and impact was expanding.
The Lord also showed me that these people were igniting the light in others which was causing a cascade of light to sweep across regions. This was occurring as others understood their identity in Christ and stepped out in obedience to the Holy Spirit. They were operating in the power of the Holy Spirit and the authority of the name of Jesus and they lived to give glory to Him.
Our True Identity
Our true identity comes from our position as children of God. As children of God we inherit everything that Jesus has as we are co-heirs with Him. The idea of spiritual adoption is presented in John 1:12 (TPT): "But those who embraced him and took hold of his name were given authority to become the children of God."
Galatians 4:6-7 (TPT): "So that we would know for sure that we are His true children, God released the Spirit of Sonship into our hearts – moving us to cry out immediately, 'My Father! You're our true Father' Now we're no longer living like slaves under the law, but we enjoy being God's very own sons and daughters! And because we're His, we can access everything our Father has – for we are one with Jesus the Anointed One!"
The Lord wants us to become mature children, and grow in our walk with Him. In Romans 8:14-15 (TPT) we read: "The mature children of God are only those who are moved by the impulses of the Holy Spirit. And you did not receive the 'spirit of religious duty' leading you back into fear of never being good enough. But you have received the 'Spirit of Full Acceptance', enfolding you into the family of God. And you will never feel orphaned, for as He rises up within us, our spirits join Him in saying the words of tender affection, 'Beloved Father!'"
The Lord wants us to live and breathe what it means to be a child of God.
As we abide in Him and yield to Him, we continue to be transformed into the image of Jesus and are witnesses unto Him. If we fully embrace the Scripture in Galatians 2:20 that Christ lives in us, this transforms our thinking as we realize that if Christ lives in us, we are to display Christ to others.
When others encounter us they should see Christ. We are to display the fruit of the Spirit and we are to walk in authority (John 14:12-14 says we will do even greater works than Christ did). We are seated in heavenly places with Christ (Ephesians 2:6). Our seating and reigning with Christ is a position of authority and triumph. The more we understand our identity, the more we will impact our world. More than ever, now is the time to awaken to our position as co-heirs with Christ and to understand our true identity and authority as children of God.
Authority and Power
We have been commissioned to impact our world in the name of Jesus for His glory. This is possible as we understand our Kingdom authority and position and walk in that. The Lord is using everyday people who have surrendered all to Him and who are humble, passionate in their love for Him and obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit. He is adorning them with power from on high and they are impacting their area of influence and bringing glory to His name.
The Lord has given us authority to operate in His name. In Matthew 28:18-19 (TPT) we read, "Jesus came close to them and said, 'All the authority of the universe has been given to Me. Now go in My authority and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.'"
Jesus also says in Mark 16:17, "These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."
Jesus baptizes with Holy Spirit and with fire (Luke 3:16). The Word of God tells us that the Kingdom realm of God comes with power (1 Corinthians 4:20). Scripture gives us many examples of miracles that were done in the name of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. In Acts 3:6 (TPT) we read about Peter healing a crippled man. Then Peter said, "I don't have money, but I'll give you this – by the power of the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk!" In Acts 6:8 (TPT) we read, "Stephen, who was a man full of grace and supernatural power, performed many astonishing signs and wonders and mighty miracles among the people."
In Luke 10:17 (TPT) we read, "When the seventy missionaries returned to Jesus, they were ecstatic with joy telling Him, 'Lord even the demons obeyed us when we commanded them in Your name!" We too are to win others to Christ and to move in signs and wonders to display the power of God.
We, as children of the Lord, (children of light – Ephesians 5:8) are to be a light to the world and dispel the darkness. We are able to expose and come against the lies of the enemy and the forces of darkness as we have been given authority in Christ. We need to align ourselves with Christ and not agree with the lies of the enemy that we are discounted, not qualified, or have nothing to offer. The same Spirit of God who raised Jesus from the dead lives in us (Romans 8:11). We can all be used by the Lord if we are willing.
As we allow Christ within us to shine and use the gifts we have been given in Christ, we affect those around us. As we step into the plans and purposes God has for us, our light affects regions. In Isaiah 42:6 we are described as being "a light for the nations." The more we become a channel and allow Christ to flow through us, the more we will see the power of Christ working in and through us and therefore the more impact we will have in this world.
We need to step out in faith on the leading of the Holy Spirit. The Lord will equip us and provide all we need for the assignment He has for us. The Lord wants us to partner with Him in bringing to pass His plans and purposes. As we understand our identity and authority in Christ, we will step out and see our light is a powerful spotlight. We will ignite the light in others causing a cascade effect where our whole region will be lit up for God!
Bring the Fire Ministries
Katie Barker is the co-founder of Bring the Fire Ministries along with her husband Aaron. They live on the Tweed Coast of Australia with their four children. Bring the Fire Ministries is about bringing revival fire to the nations. It is about ministering to others through the power of the Word of God and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Katie has a heart to encourage Believers into a deeper relationship with the Lord and see them walk in the fullness of their identity and inheritance in Christ. Her desire is to see believers understand their kingdom authority and position, use the spiritual gifts they have been given and impact their areas of influence for the Kingdom of God. She also has a heart for revival and to see the Body of Christ united and awakened.