ARISE, SHINEArise, Shine;
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is
risen upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth.
And deep darkness the people;
But the Lord will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.
Sometimes I have dreams where God gives me specific instructions for paintings, in this instance He directed me to these verses. I procrastinated for a long time before I finally settled on how I might visually represent the meaning. He desires a relationship with us; sometimes the answers are easily forthcoming and other times I know He's laughing and saying: "well, let's see what she can do with this one!"
When we become Christians, God sends the Holy Spirit to live within us. His light shines through us. No matter how dark the circumstances, the light within us will become more and more bright.
In Ezekiel 36:26-27, the Lord says, “I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in my ways.”
Paul Keith Davis says there are two groups of people on the Earth — people consumed by darkness and people consumed by light. One can put a thousand to flight, two can put ten-thousand to flight, and we've got these dynamics at work that can shift the nations.
You were ordained to live in this hour. A Spirit of illumination will awaken everything in you. You have the anointing to soar as an eagle whose wings have been spread to go above the cares of this world and see things from God’s point of view .http://www.elijahlist.com July 10, 2012
"For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth":
You see, God's plan is that here on earth, in us, the glory of the Lord will be revealed. The luminous, radiant light of His Presence, as it shone from Moses' face and flooded Solomon's temple at its dedication, as it radiated from Jesus and bathed His disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration—that light of God's Presence shall arise from within us at the end of the age! This same divine glory shall, in ever-increasing degrees of brightness, appear upon us in the years prior to the Lord's actual second coming.
In truth, this great work of grace has already begun. We are part of the Holy Spirit's expansive preparation. God is gathering together His people. We are learning to humble ourselves in repentance and prayer; we are finding friendship and unity with other Christians. Indeed, our reconciliation across denominational and ethnic barriers has an immeasurable reward attached to it. As valleys are "lifted up, and every mountain and hill... made low... then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all flesh will see it together" (Isaiah 40:4–5).
God is qualifying us to receive His splendor! Nations shall come to His light and kings to the brightness of His rising!
If you are having dreams and visions, write them down in a notebook. Keep the notebook next to your bed to record your dreams, and write down as much detail as you can remember about the location, any symbols, colors, how you felt in the dream. It's amazing how quickly we will forget even the most memorable dreams, if we don't record them. The following ministries have resources and training available for dream interpretation: