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Chapter 6: Light Bearers: The Stars That Shine

This is another growing chapter so please come back and visit it often.

phōstēr; fō-stā’r:
1) that which gives light, an illuminator
a) of the stars, sun and moon

Light Bearers: The Stars That Shine

Philippians 2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.14 Do all things without complaining and disputing,15 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 (stars) in the world,16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.17 Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.18 For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.

The Light of Love

What is more powerful; the light, or the darkness?

Well, that all depends upon your perspective. As Christians our first response is to say “light” because it reminds us of the awesome power we associate with God our Father in Heaven. But is that actually true? Is light really more powerful than the ever-present darkness? Darkness is a constant, and it comes with no effort, but light only comes about by expending great amounts of energy. And once that energy is spent, then you are once again, left with nothing but darkness all around you!

Luke 8:16 “No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light.

Let’s look at a candle for an example. A candle burns only so long as there’s wax to feed the flame. Or an oil lamp will only burned so long as there is oil, and once that oil is burned away, that light goes out, and your whole house reverts back into darkness. So there is a constant need to replenish the oil.

Exodus 27:20 “And you shall command the children of Israel that they bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to cause the lamp to burn continually.

Light represents a masculine and active attribute of God in our lives. It’s like the Sun you see outside everyday. We tend to take it for granted, but the power of the Sun is truly incredible! From our perspective, the Sun looks like a very small ball of light and no bigger than the Moon in size. Even though in reality, 1.3 millions Earths can fit in the Sun, and the Moon is actually about a quarter of the size of the Earth. So looks can be deceiving!

1 Corinthians 15:41 There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.

Now, we know the Sun gives off heat. We know that if we stay in the sunlight for too long we get a sunburn. We also know that it makes the plants and flowers grow… but you never think about why or how it does this? Plants are actually store houses of energy and the energy that is in a plant goes into the thing that eats it, and also that same energy carries over to the thing that eats the thing, that ate the plant! That Sun energy goes an awful long way! The Sun is an amazing powerhouse of energy. In fact, there is so much energy expended from it, that less than the amount of sunlight that can fit in the palm of your hand, can start a fire! As a child, many of us, especially boys, used to take a magnifying lens and catch things on fire (Oh Lord, how many sacrifices of these poor tiny soul must be burned each year on the altar of “discovery”? Sorry, I just felt maybe someone should lament their sacrifice. Plus, I too was guilty of such dastardly acts at age 7) The thing is that there is no additional power source used for this process of burning with a lens. This is just the same light energy that touches your skin each time you go out in the Sun. In fact, if you take just 2 square meters of sunlight and concentrated it down into a single point, it could melt steel like it was butter! And all this from an object about 93000000 miles (150 million kilometers) away from Earth! THAT, my friend is a LOT of POWER!

John 5:35 He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light.

This power is like your life, you have so much energy inside you, wanting to be used up for a purpose and waiting to break free of being nothing useful! And sometimes, there is so much of this energy that it makes you feel restless inside, and you become a little stir-crazy. So we try to find busy activities to occupy our time with… but we don’t always know what activities are good and useful for us to do. So often, that energy gets spent on useless things that amount to almost nothing of any real meaning. Sometimes these energies seem like constructive things, but mostly they amount to very little. Or we become so involved with the goings on around us that we become consumed by other people’s business to the point of burning the people we love with too much friction. It almost has to make you wonder if all this wasted power and potential is part of some sinister intelligence trying to sap your effectiveness, and perpetuating a world of spiritual darkness… hmm, it makes you think.

Matthew 24:29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

But what if we could focus our energies into one single point, like that giant magnify lens? Imagine you are the star like the Sun and you have some energy to spend. You can shine all around and make people’s days brighter! Or you can focus all that energy into a single point and melt away any opposition set before you. The finer the point you concentrate your energies into, the more it can burn! So be careful which ants you burn on your path to self-discovery! Because, even though you may elevate your cause and we all look pretty small from up there, know that none of us are an ant. We are human souls with feelings. So make sure you focus your attentions on pure and noble things with love!

Matthew 17:2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.

The people that shine lightly (Expand), or those that focus that energy for a cause (Concentrate), are both instruments of God’s light. Neither choice is wrong, until you consider your purpose. If you are content just being as you are, being you, and shining happily and brightly, then you are using you light within you perfectly. Because you inspire and make the burdens of others feel less cumbersome. You make those around you feel lighter and the weight of the world is somewhat lifted a little by you. But not everyone is content to be light hearted. Some want more. Some want to right an injustice. Some want to turn awareness to a cause. Some want to accomplish some great goal, and these people that focus all their energies into this single task are a powerful force to reckon with.

Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Either way, you are sending an energy forth from you. It takes effort to be a beacon into a dark world, and as long as you are willing to shine, the world is a brighter place for having you in it.

This is another growing chapter so please come back and visit it often.

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15 thoughts on “Chapter 6: Light Bearers: The Stars That Shine”

  1. This is an awesome article!

    When I started digging through the bible, I noticed there was a consistent pattern of the divine order. Each pattern has a leader, teacher and student.

    God, Jesus, Humanity
    Father, Son, Holy Spirit.
    Faith, Hope, Love BUT the greatest of these is love, so the order would actually be Love, Hope and Faith (God is love, Son brings hope, Holy Spirit fuels our faith.
    Sun, Moon, Stars. (God, Jesus, Humanity) God/Sun provides LIFE, Moon provides light when its dark, the stars provide oxygen.
    Christ, Husband, Wife
    Husband, Wife, children.

    I believe many clues lie in the solar system. If you ever Google the human eye, it clearly look just like a nebula and Jesus said “The eyes are the windows to the soul”. I often wonder if that is where our soul travels from and goes to before and after we leave the physical world. Could you imagine being a star? That would be so peaceful and beautiful. No physical pain, no physical difference. Just being a bright, shining light for ALL.

    There is also a large dark black galaxy that puzzles astrologists. It is so large and massive and is devouring STARS faster than they can keep up. That it just EATS the stars FOREVER separating them from the SUN. (Forever separating souls from the love of God?) Could that be Satan? Hmmm…The solar system even orbits and operates like an Atom.

    I’m rambling. But like you say, the bible gives us so many clues. If you seek with all of your heart, you’ll find it.

    1. I am going to be honest, and I think you started off on the right track, but then took a left turn at the Milky Way… Let’s reign it back in a little and we can get you focused on the issues at hand. Yes you are close with the Sun, Moon and Stars representing the family and also God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit mirror us, or rather we mirror them in in Mind, Body, Spirit.

      Leader/Thought/Mind/God-Father/Male/Father/Sun
      Teacher/Feelings/Spirit/Holy Spirit/Female/Mother/Moon
      Student/Actions/Body/Jesus-Son/Child/Child/Stars

      Faith, Hope, Love also sounds fairly close.

      The Bible does not say that the eyes are the window to the soul.

      Matthew 6:22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.

      We are compared to stars just as the angels are compared to the stars. And we are being made like the angels. But that is a spiritual truth and not necessarily a physical truth. It is easy to get lost in that metaphor and try to create a reality that can be highly misleading. But we need to be careful as shepherds of a flock, so be mindful where you lead your flock. If it is a theory you can not test, then it may be one that is better left unsaid to those that are impressionable to the things you say.

      Also Astrologers are those that read signs, not Astronomers who actually study stars. There is a significant difference in between the two. One is highly frowned on in the scriptures and the other is a science.

      Isaiah 47:13 You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels; Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, And the monthly prognosticators Stand up and save you From what shall come upon you. 14 Behold, they shall be as stubble, The fire shall burn them; They shall not deliver themselves From the power of the flame; It shall not be a coal to be warmed by, Nor a fire to sit before!

      But I think maybe you might be ready for some more truth that might mellow out and focus that beautiful energy in you into a focus that can change more lives with clarity. Would you be interested in some private tutorship?

  2. Very well written. I enjoyed it, and I love how you tied in nature to scripture. My Dad used to do that all the time. It is sad that so many people do not realize how relevant scripture is to our lives. My Dad is gone now, but when he ran his business an employee asked him what John 3:16 meant. She didn’t even know that it was a scripture. We take it for granted or I have at times that the simple things are understood. Sorry this is so long. Keep up the good work.

  3. :smile: Amen. The light we shine into the world must be helpful and uplifting, meant to do no harm. Those around us are the offspring of the Lord with souls and feelings of their own, so we must indeed make certain we focus our attention on pure and noble things with love. Continue marching ever on in the Father’s blessings

  4. Bravo Daniel another thought provoking article!!!! It makes me wonder if the flame of a candle could be compared to the LIGHT within each of us: At the base of the flame is intense heat, fire a blue colored combination of gases…then the flame changes to an orange and eventually to a light yellowish white….Hmmm: Perhaps God is the center the “blue” intense heat, darkening some around the wick; ourselves perhaps, then the tip rising heavenward in a yellowish white “LIGHT” swaying and dancing with the current of the air waves or perhaps standing tall and totally still when a breeze or draft of wind is not present; indicating we can reach heaven with absolute stillness and silence and let the “blue” flame within launch us upward toward the heavens with our practices of focus and meditation. What do you think? Make any sense?

    1. Maybe… But my vote is that it’s just a candle flame.

      But symbolic of the light you carry within you. I think maybe you might be going REALLY deep on this one. But hey, if it works for you, I say go with it! But Biblically speaking, maybe not so much.

      But I like you enthusiasm Marty!

      1. Thank you Daniel for the sorta compliment.

        That is why I read your posts, you are teaching me biblically…speaking and thinking.
        .
        Up to almost 200 following and 20 followers on Twitter….not too bad. Since my time has been limited this week. Most of the time I have available is on weekends and will continue to blog and post your site with a question to ask whomever to follow us. Thank you for the inspiration and awareness this site brings to my Christian walk and heart.

        Going ok today?

        Hope God is blessing you with more and more insights to share with all of us lost and found sheep.

        Blessings to you and to all who follow you,

        Marty

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