2 Corinthians 4:7 says, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” Have you ever thought about the truth that we cannot MAKE our light shine? We can’t fake light. Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
There is a huge difference between making and letting. Letting His light shine out of us is synonymous with the fruit of the Spirit. We do not produce the fruit of the Spirit. We bear it as we submit our will to the Holy Spirit’s work. Galatians 5:16 says, “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”
1 John 2:16 helps us understand this truth. It says, “For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–is not of the Father but is of the world.” Building emotional walls could be categorized as the pride of life. The emotional walls are self-protective measures rooted in pride.
We have the audacity to even think that we can control anyone or anything. John 15:5 clearly indicates our state. It says, “…for without Me you can do nothing.” Isaiah 64:6 is a great reminder of our own efforts. It says, “But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf.”
In the tree’s dormant season, the leaves all wither and fall to the ground. It is God’s process for new growth in the springtime. Psalm 1:3 was the description of one who meditated in God’s word day and night. It says, “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth the fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”
Do you see the difference? Our way of doing things will fade as a leaf. God’s work IN us, through our submission to the Holy Spirit, will never wither. It is a spiritual work with eternal roots. Colossians 2:7 says, “Rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”
The word ‘taught’ means that there is a teacher. Solomon taught his son wisdom that the Lord gave him. Proverbs 2:1 says, “My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you.” The Holy Spirit is our Teacher. 1 John 2:27 says, “But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.”
It is when we abide in Christ, that our light shines the brightest. Our emotional walls have to come down, otherwise we block the brightness of a shining testimony. Here is the key: we follow the Holy Spirit INTO the light that He is leading us into. He works in light that dispels all darkness. If we try to take down our walls in our own strength we will fail. The walls will come down through our submitted heart: one wall at a time until the strongholds are demolished.