Proverbs 4:18-19 “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.”
in the beginning, God created the earth and all that we see. One thing He did NOT create was darkness. Darkness existed as a void. Void of God and void of light.
Genesis 1:1-2 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”
God created light, and it pierced the darkness and dispelled it. Shadows disappeared. What was hidden, became visible.
When Adam sinned, darkness entered into the heart of man. When God confronted Adam and Eve over their sin, He promised a Deliverer from that very sin. One who would dispel the darkness and bring only light.
We talked earlier this week that we, who are children of the Living God, are light because we have the Light of Life within us.
Matthew 5:14 “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.”
We have the choice between living in the light, or remaining in darkness. God’s children have a new nature, one that can discern between right and wrong. More specifically, we have the Holy Spirit living within us. He guides us into all truth.
John 16:13 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
In this day and age, it may seem like the darkness is overtaking the light. It is as gradual as the setting of the sun.
Proverbs 7:9 “In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:”
Twilight is where there are equal amounts of light and dark. The evening is where there is more dark than light. The night is where darkness has overcome the light. It happens physically every day.
But it can also happen spiritually in our hearts.
A strange woman enticed the young man in Proverbs 7. Her speech lured him away. The lesson to take from this proverb is that he was in a place where he should not have been. God’s children should not have a ‘nightlife.’
We are children of light and need to walk, talk, and act like it. Yes, it is contrary to the world today. Yes, we will stand out. Because we have the answer to the darkness in man, we must live as light in this dark, dark world.
There is much more calamity coming. One about which this world has only heard. Soon, God’s children will be caught away, and the rest of the world will believe a lie. There will rise a one-world leader to unite everyone. He will seem like the answer to all the world’s ills.
Yet, it will only take three and a half years for his plan to be known truly. He will be revealed as Antichrist. New believers during this time will be persecuted, hunted, and martyred for their faith.
While we are here today, let us live in the Light. Let us be the light we are called to be and lead those seeking the light to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Today, we celebrate Independence Day here in the United States of America. That freedom was purchased with the blood of those who sought release from the tyranny of an oppressive monarchy and religious persecution.
Sin is a cruel taskmaster. It brings darkness into our hearts. Only the blood of Jesus Christ can dispel and banish that darkness. It is our choice as children of God whether we live in the light or allow the darkness to overtake us.
May our hearts be pricked with the desire once again to want light more than dark. We may be in bondage to some sin, but God has the power to set us free.
Independence is a beautiful thing. But without a humble submission to the Almighty, that independence will be soon become bondage as pride and selfishness take root. May we live to see the wonderful liberty we have as children of God.