Be Strong In The Lord

30th October

A Final Word: Be strong in the Lord and His mighty power. Put on all of God’s armour so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities in the un-seen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the Heavenly places.

Ephesians 6:10-12

Have you ever lit a match in a dark room? Isn’t it interesting that just a small flame can bring light to a whole room. Even in the darkest of places (spiritually) our light can shine so bright that the darkness will have to flee! It is the light in us that comes from God the Father!!

Today’s verse contains so much theology and truth yet there is one things that stands out above it all… We can and must stand firm in the power of God’s might against the war that is waged against us, followers of Jesus. Yet this battle cannot be fought with swords and guns, but rather by the power of the believer, secure in Christ and armed with pure minds, secure in our identity in Christ, armed with truth (about God and how He sees us) and the Word of God to fight for us!

It is imperative that we start each day in submission to Jesus and filled with the Holy Spirit. Let us not take for granted the battle we face in our daily lives. More importantly let us remember the victory that we live in; The victory won by Jesus for our sakes. It is in His Name that demons flee. We are in Christ and He is in us. That means we are on the winning side… always!

God is light, and there is no darkness in Him at all!”

1 John 1:5b

The Light Shines In The Darkness

29th October

For once you were full of of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For the light within you produces only what is good and right and true.

Ephesians 5:8-9

The Halloween season always seems like a spiritually dark time of year. Not only do many dress up in scary costumes and play trick or treat, but underneath it all, it is a night that is celebrated by many in the realm of darkness. Sometimes you can even sense the darkness in the atmosphere. However…. There is no need to fear.

Paul strongly writes that once (before Christ) we were also part of that darkness, yet now we are alive in Christ, we are full of God’s light that breaks through darkness and exposes the darkness. The light that is in us is the Spirit of God and the victory of Jesus. We can walk boldly in that light, not fearing death and darkness, nor any power of the enemy. Jesus has overcome all things and because He lives in us, that means that we too can enjoy the blessings of Christ’s power and LIGHT!

Let us change our approach to the Halloween season, from fear to victory, and from darkness to light. We have the victory in Jesus. There is nothing to fear. Moreover, let us change the spiritual atmosphere in our neighbourhoods by letting our light shine so brightly, that it exposes the darkness and the darkness will have to flee. After all, as John also mentions in His gospel….

The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness can NEVER extinguish it.”

John 1:4-5