By Matthew Hester

Note from Doug Fortune:
Matthew Hester is destined to become a true leader of a new generation, a new breed. Having rejected the voice of man's religion, he is pressing into the "real thing." I sincerely believe he is in the Kingdom for "such a time as this!"

I have known Matthew for several years and have witnessed his integrity, his character and his depth of revelation and understanding. In the following pages from his new book, I believe you will discover wisdom that goes beyond Matthew's natural years. Truly we are born to be Kings, and Matthew conveys the message so well.

Within the pages of his book is a clarion cry to wake up from the slumber and dream world of the carnal Adamic man and pursue the journey to become all we were created to be. It is time to shine forth as Light, to fulfill the Word that Father spoke into us from the foundation of the world, to possess the inheritance granted us.

We must come up to a higher understanding, and as the people of Zion, be willing to change our mindsets, to have our minds renewed to the Mind of Christ. As we do this, we become the fragrant aroma that releases the very Presence of God in the earth.

As you encounter the following writing, I pray that you too will be as edified and encouraged as I am in this "rare jewel" of a book. - Doug Fortune

Chapter One - In The Beginning…

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth (KJV)

Genesis 1:3-5
And God said, "let there be light", and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. (KJV)

Night Lights

Light. What a fantastic word! It rolls so easily off the tongue. Just saying the word gives you an automatic recognition of its presence. Since you are reading this it is only possible that a source of light is giving you the ability! When it comes down to it, light is one of the more important things in creation.

As a child I remember just how important light was to me. I guess most children are afraid of the darkness to some extent and I was no exception. Light in the middle of the night gave me a confidence to go to sleep. Light in and of itself could not protect me, but I responded to it as if it could. Yes, there is something attractive about illumination--it could be for more reasons than we think. Keep the lights burning.

God spoke light into existence at the very beginning of creation. This also shows its importance to Him. As a matter of fact, the "Father of lights" has been in the business for some time.

James 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights… (KJV)

The Father has always gotten what He has asked for, and the opening verses of His Word are no different!

God demanded light to exist, and without struggle, delay or argument it came into being. I imagine it must have been a beautiful light, the first creation had seen--the moment it was born it was separated apart from darkness. It is amazing that God calls this light to exist long before the sun is formed--a few days later actually (Gen 1:16). It's almost as if it is being described as a living thing instead of the residue of a light creating source. That's the point! God did not create the same light in two different places but rather two very different kinds of light at two very different points in time.

Matthew 5:14
Ye are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. (KJV)

Matthew 5:16
Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (KJV)

You Are The Light Of The World

In the previous verses there is something that is described for us plainly. We see that we (the children of the King) are the light of the world. We also see that we are to let our light shine before men. It is only when we understand the fullness of why the Father created us as well as the value that is held within each one of us does a beautiful picture begin to unfold. The light that God spoke into existence is very much alive and well--it is being groaned for at this very moment to be manifest. There is something in each one of us that is excited to hear these things. It is much more than just a temporary satisfaction--it is an awareness that eternal things are being stirred within us. Have you started hearing the verses in your head that you have heard so many times before? Do they sound a little different now? What fellowship does light have with darkness? (II Cor 6:14 ) Would you choose to return to the darkness from which you were separated? Yes, there is something that is beginning to grow!

I Peter 2:9b
that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (NIV) into; to the form, substance, or condition of (Webster's new world dictionary)

God has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light! Into may seem like such a small word, but it is extremely vital when we speak this phrase into the open. It reveals to us a sense of transformation; it speaks to us of a sense of coming forth. Think of the canvas in which God first had to paint (Gen 1:2). God spoke from the darkness and made the proclamation for light to exist! My friends from the beginning of time we have been called out of darkness into His marvelous light!

This is no small calling! God has created His people with a purpose only they can fulfill. The answer to all of the darkness that we see is not that Christ would split the eastern sky and smite His enemies in a holy war, but that He would have us show forth His light, His nature, His character! This is how a footstool is built (Psa 110:1, Matt 22:44). This is why the earth is waiting for us to be revealed in the fullness of stature!

Our pattern must always be Christ (Rom 8:29). Don't think for a minute that of your own strength you can make these things come about. The Father is still in control and what He demands from us is total submission to the desires of His heart. There will come a new level of accountability as this revelation grows in the hearts of the Saints. All of creation is hoping, wanting the lights to be manifest.

Romans 8:19
For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. (NKJV)

We now see that there is a certain foundation upon which we must build. We were never a second thought in the mind of the Father, but have always been the first. We were spoken into being before we were fashioned out of clay! We witnessed creation in all of its splendor! This is only the first brush stroke of a beautiful work of art. In a time when the value of mankind is so desperately under attack the Father is revealing yet another part of His grand affection for us. Saints...the Day is come! The Father is once again sending out the call for those spoken at the dawn of time to come into their rightful place!

Being The Light Of Christ Effectively

We have this powerful revelation of who we are as the light of the world in Christ Jesus. We must now understand how to be that light in our daily lives to all that we encounter. We must demonstrate the light everywhere that we live our lives.

To be the light of Christ is only possible coupled with true intimacy with Him. We can only represent our Lord to others by accepting His full presentation within us. It would make little sense to try to show others who Christ is when we do not know ourselves. Intimacy with the Lord cannot be taught, it can only be experienced and cultivated through relationship with Him. The birthplace of demonstration is found in the wedding chamber of true passion for our first love.

It is time for the Saints of God to take the mystery out of their approach to who God is and show it for its true simplicity to the world. How simple is the relationship we have with our Father? He wants to live His life through us and desires for us to get out of the way so that He may do so. Ultimately, God is wanting to replace each one of us with something else. He is wanting to replace us with Himself. There should be so much of Jesus emanating from within us that we are no longer recognized except as Christ to the peoples of the earth.

When I first met my wife I was not content just in meeting her. I wanted to know her likes and dislikes. I wanted to know what she held as important. I wanted to know here favorite colors, foods, hobbies and habits. I compiled an abundance of information through hours of phone calls and countless e-mails. All of these occurred before the marriage--before things got really serious. If I used this method concerning my wife, why would I use a different method concerning my relationship with the heavenly Father?

What pleases the heart of God is to find a people that search Him out the same way as we would anyone else. He wants us to be interested in knowing His likes and dislikes. We should know what He desires and wants for Himself. It should be our good pleasure to find out all that we can about the one we love through countless hours of intimacy, study and passion for His presence. When our spirit begins to line up with a true desire for who God is, then it will be time to get serious about what He wants us to do.

To really be the light of Christ to the world we must move from knowing about God into intimately knowing Him experientially. The world is not interested in half truths. The people want all or nothing. Be who God has called you to be where He has called you to be. Let the love relationship with the Father take over at His discretion. Do not be intimidated. Do not hold anything back. Your light is beginning to burn brighter.