Devotion from Pastor Gary


[Numbers 6:24-27; Ephesians 1:3]

This request is part of the well-known Mosaic Benediction for the children of Israel.  The first occurrence of the word is the verb form of the word “SHINE” is in this verse, although in noun form, translated as “LIGHT,” it appears in the third verse of the Bible, [Genesis 1:3].

True light comes only from GOD, (1 John 1:5).  As our own beautiful world depends on light for its physical beauty, so we continually must receive the SON’S shining in our hearts to sustain our spiritual life.  Thus, it is very noteworthy (Psalms 80:3, 7, 19; Ps. 119:135; Daniel 9:17.)

Since GOD, in HIS Omnipotence dwells “IN THE LIGHT WHICH NO MAN CAN APPROACH UNTO…” [1 Timothy 3:16], HE shines on us for Salvation, spiritual illumination, and daily guidance only through HIS only begotten Son, JESUS, [John 1:4]; [2 Corinthians 4:6].

Given our high position in CHRIST, it follows that GOD, the Father would provide whatever is necessary to accomplish HIS Purposes in and for us. The Beatitudes of JESUS found listed in the Book of Matthew 5:3-12, provide a great illustration.  Each serve as a blessing and are designed to meet a need or fulfill a desire of GOD’S chosen, [Ephesians 1;4].  

The Poor, Meek, and Persecuted, are given ownership in the Kingdom of GOD.  The Mournful are given GOD’S special comfort.  Those who Hunger for Righteousness sake are filled. The Merciful will obtain mercy, the Pure in heart will see GOD, and the Peacemakers are identified as GOD’S Children.  The longing of our souls and characters are all met by GOD, the Father.  In v.8, we see that the practical needs of “Wisdom & Prudence” are met as well.

Wisdom is knowledge focused on useful application; Prudence is the ability to develop successful activities based on Wisdom.  Our source for wisdom is the Word of GOD, [Deuteronomy 4:1-6; Proverbs 1:1-6].  And is by inspired GOD, [2 Timothy 3:16-17]

Furthermore, “GOD HAS MADE KNOWN THE MYSTERY…” [Ephesians 1:9; Romans 16:25-26; Ephesians 3:10; 1 Corinthians 12:7.]

As we stay the course in prayer, let us not waste these resources like a wicked and slothful servant in the parable of the Talents and pounds, [Matthew 25:26; Luke 19:22].  This is why it is so important to stay in the Word of GOD.

We see in the Word, [John 2:5],  which shows emphatically, that we are saved entirely by GOD’S Grace through faith in JESUS, [Ephesians 1:4; 2:8].  And in the grand purpose of being chosen, key words are used with Ephesians 1:4…The first is the word “HOLY” {Greek word ‘Hagios’.}  This is a word which stresses ‘DEDICATION’.  A holy person is distinctively GOD’S.  They are set apart by GOD.  This is for HIS use.

Which means that this particular person is not involved in the worldly secular process, and all who are chosen are chosen to be holy.  Which means we must mortify the physical appetites, [Colossians 3:5-12]; Romans 12:1-2].  The character of Holiness will become the cause of a lifestyle of blamelessness. [Philippians 2:15]; [Ephesians 1:6-10].

And this is a magnificent thought.   The purpose for which as HIS child, we are chosen to fulfill HIS predestined plan for the Body of CHRIST.  We are redeemed and forgiven, holy in character and blameless in reputation, so that when GOD gathers us all together in CHRIST JESUS, we will be the praise of the glorious grace of GOD!  Thank you HEAVENLY FATHER for shining Your Face upon us.  Rejoice, and blessings, Church!


Pastor Gary


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Pastors, Gary and Martha Bennett

December 8, 2021