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::Devotional:: ‘Out Of The Darkness’

July 7, 2009

darknessThere is just something scary about the dark.  Almost everyone has been scared of the dark at some point or another don’t you think?  I remember hearing as a kid that “what was there in the light is there in the dark; and what wasn’t there in the light isn’t there in the dark”, but yet that never seemed to comfort me.  As a child, the dark was never a place that I felt safe and now as a Christian, spiritual darkness is not a place I feel safe either; I believe the Bible can help us see why.

This is the message we have heard from him [Jesus] and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son, purifies us from all sin.  1 John 1:5-7 NIV

The darkness John makes mention of here is spiritual darkness and it has to do with how we live our lives as believers.  The Bible claims that darkness is home to weeping, gnashing of teeth, evil deeds, unfruitful works and death.  There is no doubting that darkness poses a threat to every believer, but how specifically?  I’v e identified at least three ways darkness is dangerous for every Christian.

Darkness Conceals

John says that if we claim to be living in the light, meaning we proclaim to be Christians, and yet we habitually try to hide things we know to be sin away in the dark, we are liars and we are not living by the truth.  John’s not telling us to offer our deepest and darkness secrets to our church or our pastor, but I do believe he is instructing us to constantly offer them up to God and admit to them.  Admittance is the very heart of confessing our sins to God and that is the catalyst to his forgiveness.  God’s the only one trustworthy enough to handle that information and to help us.  God is able to see our hearts and our minds and there is nothing we are able to conceal from him.  But what makes it dangerous?   The danger is that we are being deceived by Satan into believing that we can fool God.  A few verses after this passage John says “If we claim we have not sinned, we make him [God] out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.”  1 John 1:10

Darkness Confuses

Another danger of spiritual darkness is the confusion it creates in a believer.  Even a person with perfect 20/20 vision can become disoriented in the dark and a Christian in spiritual darkness is no different.  Jesus told his disciples “…he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going.” John 12:35.  I recently read a quote from Henry Blackaby’s Experiencing God study that said, “Christianity is a personal, practical, and progressive relationship with Almighty God.”  Progressive implies that there is a clearly defined goal to progress towards; for a Christian it is to become more like Christ.  When we become involved in the darkness of sin, we begin to become distracted and lose focus of our covenant with Jesus as a believer.  Suddenly our desire to seek God is overwhelmed by our desire to run from God because we are ashamed.  If our shame leads us to confession we step out of the darkness and into the light, but often times our shame leads us further into darkness as Satan uses it to deceive us into believing that God wants nothing to do with us.  It is a confusing state to be in as a Christian and not very conducive to spiritual growth.

Darkness Condemns

In his Gospel account, John wrote “this is the verdict:  Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.”  John 3:19-20 NIV  Those who run from the light fearing their deeds will be exposed are going to face the music one day.  God will eventually rid his creation of sin and darkness permanently.  One of the most difficult things I’ve had to realize in my own life is that not all those who claim to be Christians actually are.  Jesus said “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord, ‘ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21 NIV  Apparently there are going to be those who appeared to be walking in the light but in reality they were actually walking in darkness.  John takes this a step further and says that those who claim to be Christians but refuse to walk in the light, were in fact not Christians to begin with.

The Bible says:

  • If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness…we do not live by the truth
  • If we claim to be without sin…the truth is not in us
  • If we claim we have not sinned…his word has no place in our lives

This passage of scripture has been difficult for me to understand during my Christian walk but I believe the Lord has been gracious and revealed the truth of his word.  God will expose sin in  our life and when he does we must run to him in admittance and request forgiveness.  It is a process by which he continually purifies us.  See, John’s message here is a warning, but it is not a warning without hope.  Just as there is danger in the darkness, there is safety in the light – praise God!

Tomorrow we will look at what the word has to say about stepping out of the dangers of this darkness ‘And Into The Light’.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

 

This devotional is the 1st part of a two part devotional:
Part 1:  ‘Out Of The Darkness’
Part 2:  ‘And Into The Light’
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