“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” – Psalm 27:1 (KJV)
One of the more common fears in children is nyctophobia or the fear of the dark. While young children are expected to eventually grow out of this fear, studies have shown that this fear often continues into adulthood. Studies show that as many as 46% of people who report regular issues with insomnia also claim to be afraid of the dark. Their fear has physical consequences that park them in perpetual frustration and futility.
For the believer, there is no need to fear the threat of either physical or spiritual darkness, as long as we are plugged into the true Power Source, the Most High God. In last week’s blog, we discussed the truth that God is All Mighty and capable of all things. This week we will discuss how His power positions us to prosper in our actions of faith.
According to the Scriptures, the light of life comes from the ultimate Power Source, Jesus Christ. Through Him we are freed from spiritual darkness so that we can enjoy eternal life in His presence.
“In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” – John 1:4-5 (KJV)
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” – John 8:12 (KJV)
Jesus Christ is the Light! We must not follow the power of darkness but instead follow the true Light!
Not only does a connection with Jesus Christ free us from the eternal consequences of sin but it also empowers us for emboldened efforts to live victoriously. The Scriptures repeatedly tell us about this truth.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” – Ephesians 6:10 (KJV)
“Thou therefore, my son be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” - 2 Timothy 2:1 (KJV)
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” - Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)
Did you notice in reviewing these passages that these are essential and emphatic statements? The Most High God is not suggesting that His children walk in His power. It is imperative to walk in His power in order to initiate and implement His power. Embracing the power of Christ, hope of glory, is a conscious choice in challenging circumstances. This is why it is important to continuously refresh our minds with the clear truth of the Gospel: the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Christ that empowers us is the One who defeated death! Because of His victory, we too can enjoy stomping the devil into the disgrace of defeat.
This charge to change commanded by God also has another purpose. Not only does it enable us to walk in victory but it also enhances our witness to the Truth.
“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” – John 1:6-9 (KJV)
Once we have encountered the Light, our charge is the same as John’s: to testify of the Light.
Challenge: What about you? Are your words and actions testifying to the Truth of Jesus Christ? Do they tell others that there is a God who saves and offers power that perseveres in difficulty or has your testimony been diminished by discouragement?
I encourage you to renew your connection to the ultimate Power Source so that you too will enjoy a radical transformation that reflects the Light of Life!
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