2014: The Year of Uncovering
Mark 4 : 21 – 25
Light Under a Basket
(reference Luke 8:16–18 )
21 Also He said to them, “Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand? 22 For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”
24 Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. 25 For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”
You Are God’s LAMPSTAND
- God has set us in HIGH Places
Ephesians 4 : 4 – 6
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
Psalm 18 : 31 – 34
31 For who is God, except the LORD?
And who is a rock, except our God?
32 It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect.
33 He makes my feet like the feet of deer, And sets me on my high places.
34 He teaches my hands to make war, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
- God has set us in SECURE Places
Psalm 40 : 1 – 3
1 I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry.
2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay,
And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.
3 He has put a new song in my mouth—
Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the LORD.
To SET HIS LIGHT SOURCE (Jesus Christ) upon us and in us to SHINE in the darkness of this World.
Mark 4 : 21
21 Also He said to them, “Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand?
A LAMP is not an ornament. It’s Purpose is not to Provide ENTERTAINMENT
A LAMP is a TOOL. It’s Purpose is to be a PROBLEM SOLVER.
What is the problem that is being solved?
The Consuming Presence of Darkness in the spirit.
Genesis 1 : 1 – 3 (v. 2)
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light
In nature, there is a BALANCE of Light and Darkness, preserving the cycle of life.
In the spirit, there is an ATTRACTION to Darkness but a NEED for Light.
John 3 : 19 – 21
19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
A. The World Can Not Hide
Mark chapter 4 verse 22
22 For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.
HIDDEN things will be REVEALED by the Light.
SECRET things will be MADE KNOWN by the Light.
B. The LIGHT Can Not Be Stopped
Mark chapter 4 verse 23
23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Hear: Greek word akouō (ä-kü'-ō) meaning “to attend to, consider what is or has been said”
The second word “hear": in the verse is in the imperative mood, meaning do it now –
HEAR NOW, LISTEN NOW, CONSIDER IT NOW.
It = The Word of God (The Gospel of Jesus Christ)
Transition: This year, 2014, is the Year of Uncovering. We can rejoice in what this means for the saints.
Mark 4 : 24 – 25
24 Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given.
25 For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”
Discern what the Lord is saying.
If you receive the message of God as being TRUE, you will be received.
If you reject the message of God as FALSE, then the fractional truth you do believe in will be lost through your unbelief.
The Faith and Confidence of those who are in right relationship with God WILL BE SEEN.
The Unbelief and Rejection of God's Truth in those who deny the Reality and Power of God in their lives WILL ALSO BE SEEN.