Power play between Light and Darkness . . .
Have you noticed that we generally spend a lot of time talking about darkness? Sometimes it’s that the electricity operators have withdrawn power, plunging large areas in darkness. Other times, we are staring atrocities and feeling their horror and darkness.
By simple comparison, the other day, Our Father gave me a deeper understanding of this power play, and what the “real” problem is. Reading the first chapter of the gospel according to John, the author writes that darkness has many limitations while light has absolutely none. Darkness can’t overcome light, can’t absorb light, can’t appropriate light and is unreceptive towards light. On the other hand, if you enter a room, and carry a candle in or flick the light switch on, the light overcomes the darkness. Light always absorbs darkness. Darkness always has to give way to light. Light is always attractive. Insects are attracted to light. Light is powerful, but does it always seem like that?
In the beginning when God created the heaven and the earth, we are told there was darkness all around, and the earth was without form (Genesis 1:2-4). God then showed us the most impactful, important and powerful thing to create, which was light. He spoke light into being, and we see the impact that has had through the ages. The fall of man then allowed sin to enter the garden and darkness to pretend it held powerful again. But God sent His only begotten Son to be the Light of the world that gives light to every man. (John 1:9). God desires that we learn from Jesus to walk in a way that overcomes darkness.
From this we see that the “real” problem is not darkness overwhelming the world, but rather the lack of light. Light ought to counter, absorb or overcome darkness. And guess who is the light? Jesus says ‘we’ are the Light of the world (Matthew 5:14-16) and when light is brought in, it should not be hidden, but put on display to illuminate its surroundings and give of itself. We have read to the back of the book, so we see that Light wins. However, we should still war effectively and consistently on the side of light.
When you want more light, all you do is increase the intensity or bring another light source alongside in an effort to brighten and consume a room with light. Our inability to increase our light has made us appear powerless and allowed fear into enter hearts. Fear has taken the place of faith, weighing us down in hopelessness. Our habit of dwelling on or speaking about darkness, rather than extolling the mighty works our Lord is doing, dims our brightness. But the work of the enemy can only affect our light when we focus on it.
Isaiah 60:1-3 prophesying about the glory of Zion, called Israel to arise and shine as God’s light had come upon them in spite of the thick darkness that covered the earth. He declared that it is this light that would attract nations to come to them. We seem to be in a similar situation where darkness is trying to cover the earth, so we are called to arise in the light of Jesus that has been made available for us, and to shine bright for His Kingdom.
If any of the above has impacted you and you would like to shine brighter, I encourage you to go to Father God and do this short exercise with Him.
What areas in life have I allowed darkness to take hold of?
What lies have I believed about my light that prevent me shining as brightly as I should?
Ask for forgiveness for believing these lies, and renounce them
Ask Father God for the truth about His Light, Jesus.
Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you up with His love and to help you be Light
Pray that we all arise and allow the light of God inside us to shine bright and overtake darkness in our lives.
Pray that we take responsibility for spreading the fullness of light that we carry to all those we influence around us.
In conclusion, we can now begin to address the “real” problem because we are the solution. We are the light and will only overcome darkness as we shine brighter. We shine brighter as we press into God through Jesus, in the power of the Holy Spirit. We whom the Spirit lights, let us give light to the world. The world is waiting to see the power of Light through us.
God bless you,