Overcoming Darkness

Most of us are talking about the disruptions of normal life, news, elections, Covid-19, and getting very fatigued by the hostility of the world around us. We are getting tired of not gathering, and some of us are gathering, and being judged by those who aren't. When you think you can isolate and ignore everything something happens right under your nose to keep the discouragement going.

We have recently had some very strange health situations come into our lives that have caused my husband and me to go Hummmmm? One of our health ordeals was caused by an allergic reaction to a medication that brought on the most terrible head to toe covering of hives. The other, a big diagnosis from some testing the doctor had done.  All of this fixable, but very discouraging when added to the world we are in right now.

How do we remain the light in this dark, discouraging environment we find ourselves in daily?

Over the next week of coping with the hives, in a moment of discouragement I heard the still small voice of Jesus ask me, "what do you believe?" I answered, "I believe You!" It then came to me to start saying out loud over my situation that, "what the enemy meant for evil, You will use for good."  (Gen.50:20) Then a song came to mind.  Waymaker.  I began to sing..."You are waymaker, miracle worker, promise keeper, light in the darkness, that is who You are, that is who You are, that is who You are," until I believed it!

Light was dispelling the darkness with the truth of who HE is!
I believe this nudge from Jesus to speak light into the darkness is how we are to rise above our present times.

Keep our eyes fixed on Him! (Heb.12:2)  Speak truth to what we are dealing with according to His Word! Jesus spoke over 70 times by saying " I tell you the truth" or "very truly I tell you"  The truth matters to Jesus!  He overcame darkness with truth.   Keep our minds washed by the water of the Word. (Eph.5:26)  Are we walking in that truth that brings peace, so that we might actually be a light to those who are lost and need Jesus "Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil." (Eph 5:15)
James puts it this way: "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)

Maybe this strange time we are going through is challenging our belief and control issues? Preparing us for a much larger battle?  Reminding us HE is in control!

Finally, be strong in the Lord  and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ehp.6:10-13)


Traci Miles

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