This Is It

As a child, I was afraid of the dark. When I was a teenager, I would have a night light. Then when I would travel in the music industry, I would sleep with the bathroom light on at motels. My home had lights on in every room and still does. It is not that I thought a boogy man would get me, I just do not like the dark. There is always a contrast of darkness and light. But I never understood what darkness is before.

Darkness in scripture is tied to a lack of knowledge, ignorance or wrong thinking. By definition darkness is defined as the adsence of light. The state of intellectually clouded, can’t think straight. The state which renders anything difficult to be understood. And darkness is Satan’s Empire Colossians 1:13 KJV  “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:”

When someone says the word darkness we often think night time or no lights but by definition the word means a lack of knowledge, ignorance, wrong thinking. And Satan lives in and dwells in that realm. So how does this work in our life?

Think back to what you were taught about life, about God and about heaven when you were a child. These first teachings are like first truths to you. Another words, these teachings were first taught to you as a child and you believed them as truths. So if you grow up in a family that teaches certain religious teachings, these teachings are your first truths. And these first truths are the most difficult to get rid of if they are not based in scripture.

If the religious teaching is not in scripture, but you believe the religious teaching, you are in darkness according to God’s word, on that issue. Another words, for that issue you lack knowledge, or you are ignorant, or you have the wrong information. Remember when Paul said 1 Timothy 1:13 KJV
” Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.” Paul was saying he was in darkness when he was persecuting believers. So yes, ignorance is darkness. That means if ignorant about something your understanding is clouded and you don’t see the matter or issue God’s way. And when you are in darkness on a matter, you are in Satan’s empire on that matter because you lack the knowledge of God on that matter. Scripture says, Hosea 4:6 KJV
  “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”

So when God is trying to tell you something and you turn God off or don’t listen, you are rejecting a clear understanding and knowledge about the matter. And when you do not listen, you start to deteriorate in that area. Need an example? You listen to God about faith, about prayer, about good business practices but when the pastor teaches on finances, you turn him off. You do not look up the scriptures on money and you dismiss the teaching of God. You later find your life okay, you are a great person, you are a forgiving person, you have faith and a prayer life but you are broke.

Whatever area you refuse to listen to God in will start to die because of your lack of knowledge in God’s word and God’s teachings. And God’s people are destroyed because of a lack of knowledge.

Darkness don’t forget is defined as a lack of knowledge. It is not understanding or being able to understand a matter. And remember, Satan rebelled against God and one third of the angels went with Satan. That means Satan was able to get one third of the angels in heaven to think like Satan thinks. So Jude 1:6 KJV
  “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” Notice they are under darkness?

And notice where believers battles are in Ephesians? Ephesians 6:12 KJV
  “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places .”

These powers and rulers are over the darkness of this world. What is darkness again? Intellectually clouded state, they can not think straight. The state which renders anything hard to be understood. Plainly, the rulers of wickedness, including Satan, deliberately cloud your thinking. They make things difficult to understand and their kingdom is darkness, confusion, lack of understanding, lack of true knowledge.

So Satan trafficks in what you do not know and what you do not understand. And he tries to confuse you. Remember,  1 Corinthians 14:33 KJV  “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”

So if Satan trafficks in what you do not know, what you do not understand or what you have wrongly learned, then as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7 KJV  “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.”

The enemy can not overcome you, he can not hurt you and he can not have dominion over you if you are a truly saved believer. All the enemy can do is try to convince you to agree with the way he thinks, keeping you in darkness on that issue.

You overcome the enemy with the truth, with light. You see Jesus is Light.
John 1:4-9 KJV  “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
[5] And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
[6] There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
[7] The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
[8] He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
[9] That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”

And God tells us, John 1:1 KJV
  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

And what lights our path and gives us light so we are not in ignorance, in darkness? Psalm 119:105 KJV
  “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

When you have a question about something in life or about death, you have to go to God’s word and speak God’s word because that is truth. Satan will try to confuse you and keep you in darkness over the matter but fight back with God’s word and faith and you will see God deliver you from the darkness on that issue into his marvellous light. It may take a day, a week, a year but keep fighting back with God’s word. What do you think “battle” means? It is a fight.  And friends, we have to hide the word of God in our heart.

Proverbs 2:1-6 KJV  “My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
[2] So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
[3] Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
[4] If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
[5] Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord , and find the knowledge of God.
[6] For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.”

This is it, your answer to all your problems in life. Look the matter up in God’s word using a concordance. Write the verses down on paper. Pray over the matter and start quoting out loud God’s word, every day, believing deep in your heart what God says. And watch God help you. It may take a day, a week, a year but fight the good fight of faith.

Until next time.

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