Christians, it is that time of year again. If you drive around town you will see carved pumpkins, ghosts and goblins, witches and black cats, and ultimately “that house” where they take it to the extreme. There is a house in our town that from the outside would rival some professional scare attractions. Now this is not a commentary on Halloween on who should or shouldn’t take part in it, if you remember my post Personal Convictions are Personal, people have different personal convictions about this day. This post is an observation of a correlation between the darkness and being scared.
As I was driving by this HIGHLY decorated house this time of year, it was in the afternoon and the sun was bright and shining. I was thinking how the house did not look so much “scary” as “silly” in the light. In that moment, God gave me the revelation that it is the same way with our adversary. The enemy is only “scary” in the darkness we allow in our lives. If we would look at the enemy in the light of Jesus Christ, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, he loses his creepiness, evilness, ugliness, his tactics are more silly than scary.
When I was backslidden in college, living in darkness, the enemy had the advantage over me because I allowed darkness and sin to rule in my life. I did not read my Bible, I did not go to Church, I did not shine the Light of God anywhere in my life. I lived a double life, hiding my drinking and partying from my family (or at least I thought I was). In this darkness, there was fear. Fear of getting caught, fear of shame, disappointment, fear of dying, fear of getting arrested, fear of being exposed as liar. When I finally brought my issues to God and exposed them to His light, I looked at things that once held me in fear, and now I could laugh at the idea of being bound by them.
As a child of God, I now live in the light. It does not mean I am perfect, it means I am progressing and being perfected. Anytime I find the enemy trying to drag my thoughts into darkness, the unknown, where fear and worry rule, I drag my thoughts back to the light. I bring those thoughts to the feet of Jesus and God. In their presence there is NO darkness. It is funny, how many times I had previously been bound by fear, and now I find freedom in Faith, in the light. This is not something I take for granted, it is an active purpose in my life, to remain in the light.
As Christians, we all have the option to bring areas of our life to God. He will not impose in our lives, He gave us free will, and He respects that. So many times we can find ourselves struggling in certain areas of fear, sadness, depression, worry, and angst because we have not brought all areas of our life to the light. Sometimes it’s hidden sin, sometimes it’s ignorance to God’s word, sometimes it’s our own stubbornness because we know if we expose something to God, to others, then we will have to deal with it and be held accountable. I encourage us all, to bring all of our issues to the Light, to let Him shine in our lives so we can be free from bondage and sin. Allow God to expose the enemy for who he is, and discover he is a defeated foe. When we finally see the enemy for who he is, then we can finally feel empowered to live victoriously in the Spirit.
The next time you find yourself feeling attacked by the enemy, the next time you feel the enemy lurking around, trying to drag your mind into darkness, take complete authority. Below I will list some “light shining” verses that will illuminate the truth and dispel the darkness. I pray they bless you and that you find yourself more and more in the light, and further away from the grip of the devil. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Then Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world: he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” John 1:8 (NASB)
This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out 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, His Son, purifies us from all sin. I John 1:5-7 (NLT)
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness,righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:8-14 (NLT)
No darkness in eternity: The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the Glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. Revelation 21:23 (NIV)
Light Shining Verses
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105 (NASB)
The Lord is my Light and my Salvation-whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1 (AMP)
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a Holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. I Peter 2:9 (NIV)
written and posted by Daniel Poggensee | 2016