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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

As a “missionary kid” who grew up in a Christian home and church, Nate Stevens has enjoyed a 30-year banking career in a variety of leadership roles. He is the author of Matched 4 Marriage – Meant 4 Life and a contributing author of Divine Appointments, Christmas Moments, and Spoken Moments. He writes online devotionals for Christian Devotions, www.SingleMatters.com, www.ChooseNOW.org as well as articles for several other publications. Information about his books, devotionals, and articles is available at www.natestevens.net. He is available for speaking engagements at conferences, seminars, and Bible study groups for singles, young adults, young marrieds, and youth. Nate currently lives near Charlotte, North Carolina, is a newlywed to his beautiful wife Karen, and is an active dad with his two awesome kids, Melissa and Mitchell.