A deep darkness

We had a power cut most of yesterday. Our shop still functions because we have gas and a generator. The reason for the power failure was apparently a giraffe that had been struck by lightning and had then fallen onto the power lines. This is quite an unusual situation but if you live in Africa anything is possible. The town looks strange without street lights, there are lights here and there. Mostly just darkness.

Genesis 1:2-3, The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

Psalm 107:10-14, Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, Bound in affliction and irons – because they rebelled against the words of God, and despised the counsel of the Most High, therefore He brought down their heart with labour; they fell down and there was none to help.

Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness, and the shadow of death, and broke their chains in pieces.

Isaiah 60:2, “For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people, but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.

Ephesians 5:8, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.

Whenever the bible speaks of darkness, it is overcome by light. There is no darkness that can’t be overcome by light. Darkness cannot exist where there is light. If there is a candle burning in a room the only way that room can become dark is if the candle is extinguished. If a room is dark it immediately becomes light if a candle is lit. Darkness is only the absence of light. Darkness isn’t a thing by itself. It’s more of an abstract concept. You can’t make darkness like you make light.

Now spiritual darkness cannot continue to exist if there is light. If the light of Jesus comes into a dark situation it must change. Wherever there is darkness and God comes into the darkness, it dissipates.

John 3:19, “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world , and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

Ephesians 5:11-14, And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says: “Awake you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”

First of all we need to be wide awake so that we don’t miss a single opportunity to spread the Gospel and secondly we need to be there when people to awake out of their slumber and need guidance and discipleship. That is what we were born for.

Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

We have to be the light in the darkness. We cannot allow the enemy to deceive us into thinking that people will be offended if we speak about Jesus and the bible. We have been commanded to bring light into the darkness. We can’t listen to the world anymore when they say the way to get ahead it to only associate with positive people and to be around people who are in the positions we would like to be in. These are New Age ideas that have spread into everyday life and into the vocabulary’s of Christians.

We do not have to do what the world says. We have to do what Jesus is telling us to do and He is telling us to be the light in a dark, dark world.

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