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EBULLIENCE AND RADIANCE

GOLDEN NEWS ARTICLE


SATURDAY 10 JUNE 2023


Ebullience is the quality of being cheerful and full of energy; exuberance. To be ebullient is to be cheerful and it is characterized by euphoric sense of delight.


On the other hand, radiance is the light or heat as emitted or reflected by something. To be radiant is to send out light; to shine or glow brightly.

Reference: Psalm 19:8 Berean Standard Bible (BSB) "The precepts of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart; the commandments of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes."


Scriptures that denote the quality of being cheerful and exuberant are:


A. Proverbs 15:3 (NIV)

"A happy heart makes a cheerful face, but heartache crushes the spirit."


B. Proverbs 17:22 (NIV) "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."


C. 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV) "Each one must give as He has decided in His heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."


Scriptures that denote the quality of being radiant are:


A. Psalm 34:5 (NIV-UK) "Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame."


B. Psalm 18:12 (CSB) "From radiance of His presence, flaming coals were ignited."


C. Psalm 50:2 (CSB) "From Zion, the perfection of beauty, God appears in radiance."


In your free time, you can study other Scriptures that denote God's quality of being radiant, such as Ezekiel 1:28; Habakkuk 3:11; Hebrews 1:3 ; 1 Peter 4:13; Revelation 15:8; Revelation 21:11; Revelation 21:23. You can rest assured that they will uplift your spirit.


In his prayer, Habakkuk noted, "I see God moving across the deserts from Edom, the Holy One coming from Mount Paran. His brilliant splendor fills the heavens, and the earth is filled with his praise. His radiance was like the sunlight; rays flashed from His hand, where His power is hidden."


Beloved, our face and pathway will constantly brighten, not because of any radiance we produce by ourselves, but because we are in sync with God's will and our eyes are fixed on Him, the fountain of radiance. For indeed, those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.


As born again Christians, we are known as children of light (see Ephesians 5:8 NLT), because God is our true light and we shine by reflecting His light. Therefore, the more we look to Him, the more we become radiant. To that effect, the Psalmist proclaimed, "The LORD is my light..." (Psalm 27:1 NLT).


Being ebullient is as a result of the joy we derive from being secured by the direction of divine thoughts we gain from the Word, and the faith and trust we exercise in God.


While being radiant is a result of valuing and sustaining His presence in our lives from the standpoint of our place of intimacy with the Lord, which entails our fellowship, continual prayer and alacritous cogitation on the Word, bearing in mind that His active presence represents light beaming forth from His glory, and as we look to Him with high-yielding focus, we behold His glory.


As we reflect the glory of His presence, we become radiant, such that the Lord - who is the Spirit - makes us more and more like Him, thereby transforming us into His glorious image - even to higher realms of His glory (see 2 Corinthians 3:18 KJV).


Beloved, ensure that you form the habit of looking unto Jesus, so that the exact impress or imprint of His perfect image will continually be produced in your life by the stamp or seal of the Holy Spirit. And these ebullience and radiance we experience as a result of perpetuating His presence denotes that we are indeed, the partakers of His divine nature. Shalom!


Scripture Reading - Psalm 118:24; Isaiah 60:1; Jeremiah 31:12; Ezekiel 1:28; Luke 9:29.


Exuberant Declaration: The goodness of God is a full proof of the expression and manifestation of His presence in my life. For this reason, I testify that I'm cheerful and full of joy because the effulgence of God's glory is all over me and His brilliant splendour shines forth like a shield, surrounding me. Hallelujah!





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