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The Powerlessness of Darkness

Walk as children of light. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. All things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.  Ephesians 5:8, 11, 13 NKJV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.When we walk in darkness, we bump into things we would normally avoid in the light.

As I got ready for work in the pre-dawn darkness, I stumbled around the bedroom, not wanting to turn on any lights to disturb my sleeping wife. I bumped into the dresser, felt for the doorway, and then brushed my feet along the carpet in search of the stairs. I knew their locations, but the darkness disoriented me. God then whispered about the importance of walking in His light.

Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12). His Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105). As His followers, who walk according to His Word, we walk in the light as children of His light (Ephesians 5:8), letting His light shine through us (Matthew 5:16). His light has no fellowship (intimate compatibility) with darkness (1 John 1:5-6) because light and darkness cannot coexist simultaneously.

Darkness frightens us with the unknown and unseen, but we walk by faith, not by sight. Darkness threatens, yet we must leave the presence of light. Darkness fears light because light illuminates, exposes, liberates, brightens, and encourages stumbling feet to step forward confidently. Even death is but a shadow fleeing from the glorious light of Christ’s resurrection.

We were never meant for darkness. If we dim or cover our light with doubt, fear, or sinful habits, our flame flickers and darkness hovers. Darkness doesn’t respect our light, but when we don't shine darkness exists. If we grow dim, shadows creep in. Then, in our self-made darkness, we stumble and bump into avoidable things, places, and people.

Where light shines, darkness flees. It isn't defeated; it simply lurks in the shadows waiting for the lights to dim. But it cannot overpower light. We shine our light to dispel the darkness. Where we go, the world should be a brighter place.

Turn on the light of God’s Word. Keep your candle burning, so it will shine everywhere you go. Fuel your lamp, and saturate your world with heavenly light.

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Nate Stevens

A lifelong student of Scripture, Nate Stevens has also enjoyed a forty-year banking career in a variety of leadership roles. He is the author of: Matched 4 Life (book and workbook), Deck Time with JesusTransformed: Until Christ is Formed in YouConformed: Into the Likeness of ChristInformed: Living by God’s Absolute Truth, and God’s Secret Place. He is also a contributing author on several of the Moments Books series (Billy Graham Moments, Romantic Moments, Divine Moments, Spoken Moments, Christmas Moments, Stupid Moments, and Broken Moments). He writes online articles for ChristianDevotions.us and KingdomWinds.com, as well as several other ministries. Additionally, he co-founded and leads Fusion, a Christian singles ministry. A popular speaker and teacher at conferences, seminars, and Bible study groups, he speaks on a wide variety of topics. Nate has two adult children. He and his wife, Karen, live near Charlotte, North Carolina. Follow Nate and find more resources at: www.natestevens.net