I was brought back to “5:16” AM, for today…

5:16 AM  Wake up Call

As a powerful gust of wind(?) blew open the front door of the house this morning, my sleep came to a screeching halt.  The clock read “5:16” am.  My state of consciousness stood at attention.  Exactly one day prior, I was awakened by the cries of the dog seeking the outdoor facilities, to read “5:16” am.

Many times over the past few years, my sleep state has been altered, and sometimes abruptly, in the middle of the night.  Perhaps a dream that I knew to be set apart from the rest, or the sound of a phone ringing that wasn’t, or a child’s cry that didn’t, or to a familiar voice of whom I didn’t know, or to a vision I thought was a dream.  In all such cases, I knew the Lord wanted my attention… my obedience to prayer no matter when, my submission to HIS will no matter what, my passion for HIS cause no matter where, my desire to serve HIM no matter who, a faith to follow no matter how.

So… “5:16”.  As my first thoughts of the day usually start with Jesus… so it was the case for today.  I knew 5:16 referenced a Scripture, but which one?  And as quickly as I knew it was God calling, I knew my answer lied in Matthew…

Matthew 5:16 NKJV “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:16 is a resoundingly familiar Scripture for me.  I have quoted it many times, including a Mary Martha Ministry service, where I highlighted this Scripture (February 14, 2010).

So why today?  Is it a clue to, or foreshadowing of, an assignment yet to come?  Is it an Earthly reward for service completed?  Or is it confirmation of what I desperately aspire to every minute of every day?  Yes, Lord… YOU are my Inspiration!  May I always aspire to More of You… in and through me… today!

O my God lead me? I want to go where You go, be where You are, say what You’d say, do what You’d do and do it Your way. O my God, lead me in the path of YOU. My spirit cries out… Show me the door I must pass through, the chamber I must enter unannounced, a leader to impress You upon, a people to discern over righteously, a battle to fight in Your honor, a prayer my heart may speak, a meeting to intrude… that I may Sit at Your feet, Carry Your oil, Spread Your Word, Shine light Your WAY, Seek Your TRUTH, Honor Your LIFE? Praise JESUS!

As I hunger and thirst for more of Him, I took a stroll through the New Testament of
5:16’s.  And here is the message (I) received, this day…

Mark 5:16 NKJV 16 And those who saw it told them how it happened to him who had been demon-possessed, and about the swine.   (Be a testimony of LIFE.)

Luke 5:16 NKJV 16 So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.  (Pray through the storms)

John 5:16-17 WEB 16 For this cause the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He did these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father is still working, so I am working, too.”  (Where and when you “GO”, go to serve, as HE served.)

Acts 5:16 NKJV 16 Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.  (BELIEVE, HAVE FAITH… in a revival of miracles.)

Romans 5:16 NKJV 16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification.  (Romans 8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.)

2 Corinthians 5:16 MKJV 16 So as we now know no one according to flesh, but even if we have known Christ according to flesh, yet now we no longer know Him so(Jesus no longer resides on a cross, but sits at the right hand of The Father, where HE makes intercession for us.)

Galatians 5:16 NKJV 16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  (1 John 1:6 -7 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.)

Ephesians 5:16 RSV 16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil.  (I stand and proclaim… Matthew 24:24, 33… “24 “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect..”  33 “So you also, when you see all these things, know that it {the end} is near–at the doors!”)

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  (In all things, give THANKS!  PRAISE!  WORSHIP!)

1 Timothy 5:16 NKJV 16 If any believing man or woman has widows, let them relieve them, and do not let the church be burdened, that it may relieve those who are really widows.  (Rise up saints; Obey, Serve, and Love all… like it’s for Jesus!  Mt 25:40 “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’)

James 5:16 NKJV 16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.  (Matthew 7:7-10 NKJV 7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.)

1 John 5:16 NKJV 16 If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that.  (Rev. 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.  1 John 1:8-9 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.)

“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you [and me] will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;”  (Phil. 1:6) 

In the meantime…  [I will do my best to] Let my light so shine before men [mankind], that all may see good works and glorify my [AWESOME] Father in heaven.  AMEN!

… jams4JESUS


About jam4JESUS

I... 'will seek [First] the LORD my God, and I will find Him if I seek Him with all my heart and with all my soul.' Deut. 4:29 I... 'shall love the LORD my God with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my strength.' Deut. 6:5 I... 'Trust in the LORD with all my heart, And lean not on my own understanding; In all ways... acknowledge Him, And He shall make my path straight.' Proverbs 3:5-6 I... 'remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you' 2Tim. 1:6 I... 'thank God, whom I serve... without ceasing... I... remember YOU in my prayers night and day,' 2Tim. 1:3 I... am to 'Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let my requests be made known to God' Phil. 4:6 I... KNOW: 'I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.' Phil.4:13 'My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.' Phil. 4:19 'My GOD will never leave me, nor forsake me.' Heb. 13:5 JESUS so loves me, this I... KNOW
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