Lighting Up the Darkness

Written November 2016

It’s Not About Politics. Honest!

I ran across a funny meme on Facebook the other day. It read: “I don’t think America should elect any president in 2016. We need to be single for a few years and find ourselves.”

Let me establish this fact upfront: I’m not very political and I’m not writing about politics. But with the election looming on the horizon, many of us here in America are very tuned into the state of our world. There’s a lot of outrage at the forced normalizing of non-biblical lifestyles as well as frustration and resentment toward the ongoing social engineering being mandated by the government. Confusion is running at an all-time high as ferocious mind games target our perception of good, calling it evil, and evil, calling it good. Add in terrorism. Add in the sanctioned attacks on Christians who refuse to abandon their consciences and conform to the current coercive social agenda. So, in a nutshell, the world is a hot mess. (Hot mess defined: a person or thing that is spectacularly unsuccessful or disordered).

So we have a reality: the world is NOT getting better. If anything sin-fruit has gone rotten on the vine. Hey?! Did you know that the most popular name for baby boys is Noah? Is that prophetic?

For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. Matthew 24:37

So we are living in a natural/social/cultural/political world and must be honest about the reality of that world. At the same time, we are living within a spiritual atmosphere lorded over by “the prince of the power of the air” who is Satan (Ephesians 2:2). In this writing, I am less concerned about the natural world and more concerned about overcoming “this present darkness” mentioned in Ephesians 6:12. (And, as some of you know, This Present Darkness is the title of a Frank Peretti book. It’s a good book.)

Does it seem to you that the darkness covering the earth is growing deeper and more smothering as the days pass? It does to me. It is so easy to slide into discouragement over circumstances and personal pain. Easier than ever before. The pressure to sink into despair and hopelessness has never been as strong. Everywhere I look I see pain, suffering, ignorance, poverty, lawlessness, rage, hatred, violence, and deception. (Let’s also toss in how filthy the entertainment industry has become and how pushy it is about its social agenda). Scripture addresses the state of the world in the last days.

Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” 2 Peter 3:3-4

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. 2 Timothy 3:1-5

So what can we do to navigate these last days? How can we light up the darkness? First, recognize that the darkness we are perceiving is both real AND it is being amplified or exaggerated. Our world is a hot mess BUT the enemy is also exaggerating the spiritual darkness to the point that many of us despair of seeing God in the midst of the world’s troubles and our own personal problems.

As an inner healing and deliverance minister let me be the first to point to the heart as the storehouse of our beliefs. Check your heart! What does it believe that gives the enemy a handle to manipulate you with? (Buy my book Healing from the Inside Out and learn how heart-based belief systems are built and how to dismantle them!) Or find some other resource that equips you with effective tools to cleanse and heal your heart. Check out Jim Richards’ website www.heartphysics.com. Get your heart healed! The issues of life flow from it (Proverbs 4:23). I realize heart healing is a long-term project, so better get started now!

Meanwhile, beautiful children of the Lord, recognize that this present darkness is being exaggerated and amplified by the enemy who is taking advantage of our messed up world and our messed up hearts. He needs our fear and despair; rage and resentment, because he is dependent upon the energy we produce when we are so miserable.

Although we live in a dark world, remember that “you, brethren, are not in darkness … for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness” (1 Thessalonians 5:4-5). “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are” (1 John 3:1). Let’s purpose in our hearts and minds to remember that God is not intimidated or overwhelmed by this present darkness. Hold on to Him. Hug the cross to your heart. You are His beloved, regardless of how you feel about that.

Let me pray for you.

Creator God, the Father of Light in whom there is no shifting shadows, open our hearts and minds, open our eyes and our understanding so that we see and perceive Your hands and heart at work on our behalf. Cause us to experience in a tangible way the reality of Your presence in the midst of this darkness. For You have said, “Light shall shine out of darkness.” You have “shone in our hearts, giving us the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6). Help us lift up our voices in worship even in the midst of the deepest darkness. It is in worship, lifting our fears and problems to You, focusing our hearts and minds on You that we find freedom and comfort. In the name of our beloved Savior, Jesus Christ, I pray.

If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,

And the light around me will be night,”

Even the darkness is not dark to You,

And the night is as bright as the day.

Darkness and light are alike to You.

A Psalm of David (139:11-12)

Hugs!

Susan

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