UNDER A BUSHEL
Preacher James Tyson
sermon is about christians having a testimony that the world can
recognize as being different! Jesus said in Matthew 5:14- "Ye
are the light of the world". If the
lost world doesn't see
Christ in us; they will never get the message!
Luke 11:33- "No man, when he hath
candle, putteth it in a
secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they
which come in may see the light."
5:15- "Neither do men
candle, and put
it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all
that are in the house."
Matthew 5:16- "Let
your light so shine before men,
they may see
your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
1- DIMMING YOUR LIGHT
COMMISSION OF SIN.
Christian people are
supposed to be Gods
planet earth in order to reveal the blessed hope of salvation to those
who do not know Him. lt saddens me however to see how careless so many
professing Christians live their lives. Lost people who see their
lifestyle on a day by day basis are not impressed with Christianity and
I have heard many say, "If this is what a Christian is supposed to be
like; I want nothing to do with it". Worldly Christians bring reproach
upon the name of Christ. You can't be a soul winner if you live just
like the world and that is what God's word commands his children to be
different from. The sin of commission is when you continually practice
doing something that is wrong!
SEPARATION IGNORED MAKES YOUR LIGHT DIM.
Keep your light from being dim by Separation from worldiness.
out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not
the unclean thing; and I will receive you."
SPEECH UNCHECKED MAKES YOUR LIGHT DIM.
Christians who use profanity make people wonder what
God saved you from.
Colossians 4:6- "Let your speech
always with grace seasoned with salt".
SANCTIFICATION ABANDONED MAKES YOUR LIGHT DIM.
Sanctification means being set apart. Christians who dress
in scarcely clad bodies advertise that they
are just like the rest of the
world. Romans 12:2- "present your
bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto the Lord which is your
reasonable service And be not conformed to this world: but be ye
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is
that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God".
(A)- Christians who smoke
tobacco, chew tobacco or dip tobacco make
their association with other
people known as one who didn't make many
life style changes after they were saved when they were supposed to be
walking in newness of life. 2 Cor. 5:17- "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he
is a new creature, old
things are passed away, behold, all things are become new".
Christians who sit in front of the TV and watch a ball game
with a beer in hand, had just as well confess
that their testimony has no meaning and they
could care less. I want to say at
this point that if
you are born again; you are in line for the chastening hand of God if
you do these things.
God expects christians to act like christians.
Hebrews 6:9- "But, beloved, we
are persuaded better
things of you, and things that accompany salvation".
(4)- SIN PRACTICED MAKES YOUR
God chastens dim lighted christians who disobey
Hebrews 12:6- "For
whom the Lord loveth he
every son whom he receiveth."
wonder why the Lord
never seems to bless
can not put
his stamp of approval on sin and the blessings will never come until
their lives are cleaned up.
2- DESTROYING YOUR LIGHT BY THE SIN OF
The word Omission means
something one leaves
off. Something you should have
done but you didn't. You
say, Preacher where
or when did God say it was a sin to leave off doing good? 1 am glad
that you asked because I am going to tell you.
Matthew 5:14- "Ye are the light of the world, a city
that is set on a hill cannot be hid".
4:17- "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it
not, to him it is sin."
Failure to witness.
How many times has the Holy Spirit impressed you to witness to someone
about God's saving grace and
you were too embarrassed to tell them?
impressed you to help someone with some small
aspect of your ability and you didn't seem to have the time?
Failure to visit.
simple visit to an elderly person who is lonely and shut in could be
one of the greatest gifts you could give.
(4)- Failure to minister.
A visit to
a hospital room where someone is suffering could be that thing that
could make an everlasting difference in that person's life, not to
mention the relatives who might be present, could see that your love
for God is real.
Failure to provide.
A basket of
could be the thing that opens a person's heart to the
Lord. Small things often are that which is needed to make others know
who you are as a child of God. A word of prayer could be the most
effective thing you could do to bring a person to a relationship with
the Lord or make them know God still has people who really care.
YOUR LIGHT DELIVERS SINNERS FROM THE BONDAGE OF SIN.
summarize the message; Let us
lights shining so others
can see Christ through us and
not hide it under a bushel. God will
blessings many times over on our behalf if we do this.
Philippians 2:15- "That ye may be
harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked
and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world".
brings souls to
Daniel 12:3- "And they that be wise shall
brightness of the
firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for
ever and ever."
(1)- If you have never been saved yourself;
you need to
Jesus with a
repentant heart, asking Him to forgive you and to come into your heart
to be your personal
If you are saved but out of fellowship with the Lord,
you need to place
the altar and follow Christ.
I John 1:7- "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the
light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus
Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin". If you know
for certain that you are a born again believer;
you need to sanctify your life and clean up the mess you have made of
it and determine to serve the Lord from this day forward ! So, Keep
your lights shining and the Gospel fires burning in your heart; so that
others might see your good works and glorify your father in heaven.
BY JAMES T.Tyson Sr.