“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
We experience life and therefore, as students of life, we are in relationship with the world, part of it. We don’t just witness darkness we know it because we are present in the event and it is not second hand it is in evidence.
In the natural there is great hope in the truth that light overcomes darkness. Where there is light it is not dark nor can it be dark in that illuminated place.
In the spiritual there is great hope in the truth that Jesus uncovers and illuminates what is in the depths as sin or darkness.
“He uncovers the deeps out of darkness and brings deep darkness to light.”
We can speak to Him and ask Him to reveal the wrongs that are within us as an individual, corporately, nationally, globally.
It is illuminating to hear the astute identification to what we have vague awareness of sometimes. To be given the label of what we have not yet defined in our minds as the core of the problem.
The point of need or of action prayed for or in humility handed over to Him looses its sting or danger when exposed.
God now desires us to detect our darknesses. To give Him permission to dwell in that place eradicates the darkness because the darkness cannot overcome His light.
God only wants to build on truth not lies. Exposure is exposing. Liberating and resulting in freedom. Just as was the case of the woman at the well.
Jesus exposed the truth of her past and in His knowing of that without condemnation she was emptied of its darkness and freed to be filled with light, living water, truth, belief and all that He gives.
“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.””
We can have much bottled up inside which has caused our hope to be lost, courage to flee and for our disappointment or shame to have made our progress darker. Light comes when recognise our place according to how it should be, we submit it to God.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Sharing our reality of weakness honestly, along with our testimony of light, with others we trust disciples more in truth because we connect with hearts more than just our intellectualising or being taught.
However, our strategy for warfare against the darkness comes from us knowing the word of God .
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
Therefore gathering together and going to war together gives us opportunities to gather light into our hearts and then corporately, together we form one giant lamp to overcome darkness.
By consistency in gathering we are consistent reminders for one another and others.
We are called to participate and to move and cast. To burn and to inflame.
Light has to overcome darkness.
The illustration shows the light of the world overcoming darkness. Light emanating to push back the darkness.
Five Scriptures that come to mind:
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5 ESV
“He uncovers the deeps out of darkness and brings deep darkness to light.” Job 12:22 ESV
“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24 ESV
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 ESV
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 ESV
The song Let The Light In. Tim Hughes