Light Part 2
Continuing what we discussed last week...
The scripture that God enlightened me with that day is found in John 1:4-5. It states, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” See, in Christ, in God, and in the Holy Spirit there is no darkness. If someone tells you that God put a sickness on them to teach them something, it’s not true. In 1 John 1:5 the word states, “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness.” (There should be a trumpet sound after this verse!)
Therefore, sickness and poverty are darkness. God only resides in the light. God created it that way. He wants us to walk in the light everyday, but it is impossible for us to walk in darkness and light at the same time. In the natural sense, once you turn the light on, there is no more darkness in the room. It’s the same in our walk with God daily. If we choose to stay in the light of God’s Word, the darkness of situations that come our way will have to flee.
Going back to John 1:4-5, we see that verse ending with, “and the darkness did not comprehend it.” This word comprehend is an interesting word. You would think that we are talking about understanding something or remembering something, but the actual Greek meaning of this word is to seize, to pull down, to conquer, or to hold under one’s power. Therefore, this definition should really read like this: “And darkness does not have the ability to suppress or to hold the light under its power or dominion.” Praise God! So, no matter what darkness Satan is trying to bring into your life, that darkness has no power to remain there. You may feel like you are at rock bottom, knocked down and unable to get up again; BUT that power of darkness does not have the ability to keep you there, suppress you down, or take you out. Darkness does not have the ability to overcome God’s light. So, when you are dealing with a “bad attitude” like I was, run to the light of God’s word.
Run to this verse when you feel the pressure of life! Second Corinthians 4:9 tells us, “We occasionally get knocked down, but never get knocked out.” We, as Christians, have been given an ability, through God, to keep going even when darkness tries to overtake our lives. Remember, God is light and in Him there is no darkness. The only way darkness can reside in your life is if you allow it. But, we overcome if we allow the light of God’s word to shine in the darkness. The only time we are down and out is when we stay right where we are not fighting for the light. See, that day when I was upset about the loss of my favorite team I was not in the light. I could have continued to be in anger, effecting everyone around me with a bad attitude, but I chose to do something about it. I went in that office (not happy), fought my flesh, and got in the Word of God. Instantly, my attitude began to change because the light of His word was over taking the darkness. The next thing I knew, the Holy Spirit was prompting me to pray for the kicker that missed the field goal. I began praying for the referee and for people around me. I had chosen light over darkness, and God was able to use me to pray for others.
God needs us working with Him to bring His light to hurting world.