Rejoicing In Another’s Light

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Rejoicing in Another's Light

By Mark Casto

02 August 2018

Standing among the family at Hope Chapel, I’m always overwhelmed by the Presence of God. But in His Presence, I can’t help but be moved by what I see happening in my brothers and sisters. Those two things are what causes the tears to flow almost every time we come together.

A few Sundays ago, the Family introduced a brand new song, “Flame of Longing.” Part of the song goes like this:

“I want to burn, like a bright and shining lamp,
Let my life be your flame,
Hotter and higher, longer and brighter,
Let me burn while I wait.”

While these words poured over the family, I heard the Lord say, “Are you ready to inherit the next degree of no more seasons?” If there are no more seasons for those in proximity to Jesus (Psalm 1:3, the never-ending encounter), then you should not expect to have seasonal relationships.

Then Yahweh reminded me of Jesus’ statement to the religious concerning John the Baptist in John 5:35, “He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.” Although John was not intended to be the focal point, Jesus was making it clear that people are willing to rejoice in another’s light, but for a season.

A fragmented, systemic church taught us that people come and go, mostly because of our lack of commitment to the Kingdom way of living. We become members of a church instead of being joined to a family. I have even heard the term and unfortunately experienced “fair-weather” friends that will be with you as long as everything is going well.

I felt the Lord saying to me that morning, “I am removing the language of seasons not only in the lifestyle of proximity to Jesus but also in the relationships that are being joined from our commitment to this lifestyle.” I want to learn how to honor the Light I see among the family for the rest of my days. Whether it’s Apostle Damon’s revelation, Rudy’s horn, Paige’s voice, or anything the Lord uses in the family, I commit to my Kingdom family to always rejoice in your light.

I love the way God uses each of you. It blesses me. It moves my heart, and there is not one ounce of someone’s light that is not necessary for this lampstand in the wilderness. May we all rejoice in the light we get to behold in one another with no sign of seasons. It should brighten our days!

P.S. You can listen to “Flame of Longing” from the podcast “Sounds From the Family” by clicking here.

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