Walking in the light

lanterns-111003_640John 8:12: Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, I am the Light of the world. The one following Me will in no way walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.

To recognise Jesus as light is our get out-of-jail-free card from darkness. The bible says that the world lies in the power of evil (1John 5:9), meaning it is under the power of darkness. But among the bound, you can be free, as Jesus gives you freedom (John 8:36).

When God introduced himself in the bible, it is as the giver of light (Genesis 1:1-3). The first words we heard from him was: Let there be light.

So if there is one thing that God revealed that he is associated with, it is to light, therefore the enemy has been associated with darkness.

God dwells in light unapproachable (1Timothy 6:16), and in the world to come, there will be no need for the light of the sun because the Lord himself will be light (Revelation 22:5).

Light vanquishes darkness. What should that do to your self-concept, to your confidence in Christ, as you view the enemy? It impresses it on you that the enemy is nothing, just as darkness is nothing before light. There is no other conclusion you can come to. Jesus said: I saw Satan fall like lightning (Luke 10:18). Jesus definitely did not paint the picture of an all powerful devil to the disciples, but one who was nothing. If Satan falls like lightning and you have been raised up to seat with Jesus, then you gain an elevated view of yourself.

When David confronted Goliath. What did he come with? Yes, he came with some stones, but what he came with really is the light to vanquish the darkness that Goliath stood for (1Samuel 17). At the end of the encounter, you found out that there was actually no encounter. There was no contest, there was no battle.

In the end of time, the bible says that the enemy, Satan will come and deceive the nation and they will mount a battle against the Lord, and he will anguish them in a moment (Revelation 20:7-10). There will be no context. They will only be overwhelmed.

Did you notice that Goliath had a big mouth? He was raging against Israel for 40 days and no one could have imagined that he will fall down so easily, after his show of self-confidence, after many days of acting like God.  But it took a teenager to shut him up permanently.

Goliath is the symbol of your fear. When all is said as done, your fears, that thing that looms large in your heart, is no more than darkness before the light, no more than Goliath before David, but you need to realise that you are David, that you are light (Matthew 5:14).

The bible says that the enemy roars like a lion looking for whom to devour, but we are to resist him steadfast in our faith (1Peter 5:8-9). When we approach Goliath we should do that as light, with an assured faith.

If we have not learnt to live in faith, then when faced with fearful things, we would only act as the army of Israel before Goliath. None of then turned on their faith gas to release fire to burn out the enemy, they were emptied of it.

But David had practiced turning his faith on. Slaughtering the bear and the lion in the hidden places, he came overdosed on faith and cannot tolerate the devil in Goliath, when he heard him taunting Israel.

Goliath was not directly threatening to David, and he was not being asked to do anything about the Goliath-threat. But when light shows up, it does not need permission to vanquish darkness, but does so by his mere presence.

Realise that you have been given power to overcome all the powers of the enemy (Luke 10:19). You do not just bear light, you are light. Our very presence and manifestation is as light, as deliverers. The bible says that deliverers will come forth from Zion and you are one of them (Obadiah 1:21).

But walking in the light is beyond just being a deliverer, it is also about walking in the deliverance that you have got through Jesus. It is walking, living in the light of the word of God. If the word says it then you can step into it, you walk in the reality of the presence of Jesus. You are not afraid of the enemy, you are actively expressing Christ in your life, walking in his holiness.

Walking in the light is also about following divine direction. The psalmist says to God: your word is lamp to my feet and light to my path (Psalm 119:105). A man living with full complement of divine guidance in every area of his life is walking in the light.

It is not just enough to obey the moral outlines of the written word of God, you need to also live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. That is the way to success, amazing success. You have to have incline your ears, so that you can hear him say to you: this is the way walk in it (Isaiah 2:5), the way of prosperity (Psalm 35:27).

God told Joshua: this book of the law shall not depart from your mouth but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you can make your way prosperous and have good success (Joshua 1:8).

From the foundation of moral light (2Timothy 2:19), there should the construction of all other aspects of your life with the light of the word of God, following his direction, following where the Holy Spirit leads (Romans 8:14), and making course correction as at when do.

Walking in the light is following Jesus.  That is what discipleship is all about, a life under the transforming influence of the word of Christ as we move from glory to glory (2Corinthians 3:14-18).

We not only receive help from Christ but we become the help for others; we receive guidance and we give the same; we receive comfort and we give the same.

Paul said that the God of all comfort has comforted him in all things and with the comfort he had received, he comfort others (2Corinthians 1:3-7). With the light we have received we helped others to see the way, make the right choices, be the right persons, so the light spreads, and with your fire you light other people’s fire.

While light has to do with the faith, hope and love (1Corinthians 13:13), darkness has to do with fear, worry and corruption. And we are called to walk away from darkness and into light, experiencing it and leading others in the same direction.

Worry is counterfeit hope, fear is counterfeit faith while corruption is counterfeit love, generated not from the love of the father but from the love of the world. Fear is “faith” in what the devil can do, but when we have faith in God, we can please him, walk with him, walking in the light. Worry is counterfeit hope, but putting your hope in God, letting his words colour your expectation is all that matters.

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