You Are A Star!

In the darkness before the dawn, by Your Spirit You use us to light the way to You for others. Humbled, unworthy, listening and wanting to obey, we bow in awe.

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2011   www.holyspiritpress.org   www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

You are a star!  Yes, you!  Did you know it?  More important than any celebrity (the colloquial use of the word, ‘star’), you are a star for God.  At least, that is the way He desires to use you.

Everything in the natural gives us a picture of how things work in the invisible spiritual realm because God is constant.  The stars God created light up our night sky. For centuries they have been used by humanity for effective navigation, helping people to find their way.

To us our lives appear filled with natural light during the day and man-made light at night, thus illuminating the various ways we could go and enabling us to see possibilities and paths.  We think we have clear and complete vision.  But this is a deception.  What we can see with our physical vision only gives us a glimpse of the natural.  The supernatural, invisible spiritual realm exists concurrently with the natural realm which is most familiar to us because of our dependence upon our five natural senses.  In the spiritual realm there is darkness and light as well and there are different paths which lead in different directions.  Only one leads to God.

Jesus is described as the Light of the world.  John 1 describes Him beautifully: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  (John 1:1-5 NIV)

Jesus is the only One who comes into the spiritual darkness in which we find ourselves without Him and illuminates the Way we are to go because He is the Truth and thus the only Way to eternity with God.  He is the Life and in Him and through Him only is there life for us.  When we choose to see the Light He shines, showing the way to God, and we begin to follow where He leads, we become as lampposts shining His Light along the way for others.  He lives in us by His Spirit; we walk out the Truth of His way of living now and into eternity.  Others see His Way through His Light at work in our lives.  And because the world by nature is spiritually dark, but for the pinpoints of Light to be seen from those of use who shine Him, we become His stars.  When our focus is on following Him, His Light shines through us as navigational points to others who are looking for His hope, truth and how to follow.

Yes, we are stars every day wherever life takes us.  When we allow Him to use us in this way because we have chosen to follow Him and trust in Him at all costs, worshipping even when it doesn’t make sense, He is uses us for eternal effect.  (What glorious purpose!)

12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed – not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence – continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good.14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life… (Philippians 2:12-16a NIV)

Selah! [Pause, and calmly think of that!]

END

PLEASE remember to view the new song, “ONE NATION UNDER GOD” on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d593RguxQI8&feature=share  SHARE the link!  Let’s let everyone know that the USA is and remains one nation under God and be encouraged in how God values every individual.

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org   Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

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