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In the Dark - A Devotion

In the Dark
In the Dark
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John 1:1-5 (AMP)
In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. He was present originally with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being. In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men. And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it].

What a difference a day makes! Woke up this morning to find us walking in the darkness that is the shadow of death as our son’s counts go crashing down to almost zero. Deep breath. One more. Come on Holy Spirit kick in and get this weight off my chest. While he sleeps before me blissfully unaware, the chemotherapy is working and doing its job. His new bone marrow is circulating through his system looking for their landing site. In a few days maybe a week, his immune system should fire back up. But until then, we wait in the dark. I know God’s Word for my son’s life. I know that he will live and not die. I have faith in the One who loves me most. What He says goes. How do you convince your heart of that when the world becomes a dark and lonely place? I am surrounded by people but they are not his mom. I am comforted by loved ones who send words of encouragement and pray for us without ceasing but at times it is still not enough to ease the painful separation from others and the imposed isolation of this treatment regime. God knows exactly what is going on in our son’s body. He is instructing each cell and every fiber of his being according to His Will. I am the weak and wondering one. I do not know what is next. Groping in the dark, the Lord begins to speak. You are not alone. You are never alone. Sometimes you can’t see what I am doing, but be confident that I AM doing something good. I believe sometimes I believe God turns off natural “lights” so we can see Him glowing in the darkest times of our life.

In the beginning was the Word. The Word is Jesus Christ. The Word was God. The Word was with God. The Word is an original partner of the Trinity. All things are made through Him and exist in Him. Jesus is life. Jesus is Light to all mankind. Light shines in the darkness. But darkness never overpowers the light! Think about it. If you turn on a light in your house, darkness flees immediately. The stronger the light the farther the darkness. The weaker the light the closer the darkness. There are some things to know about the Light of the world and the darkness in it. First, darkness can never put out the Light. Oh, it tried. Jesus walked right into hell and snatched the keys to death and the grave right out of his hand. The Light does not absorb darkness it banishes it completely. The Light does not appropriate or belong to or take to or own darkness of any kind. The Light is unreceptive to the dark. It does not allow it to permeate its boundaries. Jesus came so that we could be the Light of the world, too. Restoring to right standing with the Father it is our birthright to live as shining examples of Jesus Christ, His Sacrifice and the Kingdom of God.

Psalm 107:13-15 (AMP)
Then they cried 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 apart the bonds that held them. Oh, that men would praise [and confess to] the Lord for His goodness and loving-kindness and His wonderful works to the children of men!

When we cry out in distress calling on the Name of Jesus Christ to save us, He fills us with the Light of His Amazing Love. Though we are fragile vessels, He chooses to pour all of His Love into us right then and there. We are rescued from darkness and death immediately. Problem is sin entices people to live on the edge of darkness and light precariously balanced between two opposing forces one bent on our destruction while the other is trying to help us break free. Darkness will never put out the Light that God has entrusted to us. We put out the Light by choose to remain in the darkness rather than embracing our new positon as Children of the Light. When will we decide that living in the Light is worth the effort? When we decide that the Light of His Love is worth having and maintaining in our life and purpose to make a total separation from the darkness of this world. “For God Who said, Let light shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts so as [to beam forth] the Light for the illumination of the knowledge of the majesty and glory of God [as it is manifest in the Person and is revealed] in the face of Jesus Christ (the Messiah). However, we possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves.” (2 Corinthians 4:6-7)

Psalm 91:5-6 (AMP)
You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday.

We are Children of God who have the ability and privilege of living in His Presence. (I John 1:5-7) The Light of His Love illuminates the darkness and causes it to flee far away from us. That is if we decide to live apart from the darkness of this world. There are a whole lot of “Johnny-Cash” Christians who walk the line. When you try to live in this world and as a Child of God, many people attempt dual citizenship. Surely grace would cover that, right? Not really. Grace are for those who choose to put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ which means allegiance to the Light. We must put the darkness behind us and live in an armor of light. (Romans 13:11-12) Jesus knows the difference between those who strive to live in the Light and be the Light versus those who really prefer darkness. Light and dark is all the same to Him. (Psalm 139:11-12) He is looking through it all at one thing – your heart.

I Corinthians 4:4-5 (AMP)
I am not conscious of anything against myself, and I feel blameless; but I am not vindicated and acquitted before God on that account. It is the Lord [Himself] Who examines and judges me. So do not make any hasty or premature judgments before the time when the Lord comes [again], for He will both bring to light the secret things that are [now hidden] in darkness and disclose and expose the [secret] aims (motives and purposes) of hearts. Then every man will receive his [due] commendation from God.

We must learn to separate our life from the darkness of this world. We must work to eliminate it from our heart and mind. Sin is sometimes difficult to distinguish because it is such a natural occurrence. We are born with it. It is part of who we are. We must assume our new identity in Jesus Christ and learn to not only distinguish between light and dark but permanently remove darkness from our life. God is looking at your heart. Is it given to the darker things in life? Are there things hidden in there that you don’t think anyone even the Lord knows about? We must not appropriate, portion out, give over, take to or own any darkness or sin in our life. It should be our life’s mission to become as far detached from the things of this world as possible and totally immersed in the Light of His Love. We struggle with passages about being unequally yoked making them all about people. (2 Corinthians 6:14) When it is not about leaving people behind but stepping out of the darkness into the Light. If they can handle it, they will come too. If not, you must keep going righty dividing your life with the Word of God to secure your place in right standing with God by faith in Jesus Christ. We are to be yoked to Jesus Christ. He does not go into the dark because when He is around darkness flees. See the dilemma? You cannot be yoked to Jesus Christ and remain in the darkness. What are you yoked to today?

Ephesians 5:8-11 (AMP)
For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of Light [lead the lives of those native-born to the Light]. For the fruit (the effect, the product) of the Light or the Spirit [consists] in every form of kindly goodness, uprightness of heart, and trueness of life. And try to learn [in your experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him]. Take no part in and have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness, but instead [let your lives be so in contrast as to] expose and reprove and convict them.

When the Light of His Love or the Spirit take over our life we begin to reproduce spiritual fruit that would never have grown in darkness. Love, joy, peace and more come from the faith allowed to flourish in the Light. (Galatians 5:23) The darkness is the realm of the adversary (Ephesians 6:12) who wants to steal, kill and destroy everything and anything good in our life. (John 10:10) God has called us out of the darkness into the Light. (I Peter 2:9) We live in the Presence of God. His Light lives inside of us. The Light shines in the darkness for the godly and shows us the way. (Psalm 112:1-4) You are never completely in the dark even though sometimes it may feel like that. What do you do when you cannot see what God is doing? How until His Light will burst forth in your life? I don’t know. I do know this. It will. His Light is in you looking for a way out of you. You just have to walk in the Light of His Love, live in His Light, and strive to be one with His Love. God’s Love is amazing. It is for me. He shows me the way. Jesus is the Word for my life that came to this world to light the way! He wants to show me the way to His Goodness and Promises. It is up to me to walk in the Light!

John 8:12 (AMP)
Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the Light which is Life.