She cautiously opened the envelope while pondering, why not an email? With great hesitancy, she drew a deep breath, sighed and began to read. And then she knew. This was not just any letter. Through the tears caused by the bitter words she still knew this was a desperate cry for love, but how could she get past the pain they were stirring up? Again! The words on the page shot like arrows through her heart just like the words spoken and written multiple times before. As though warning of an approaching storm, the fog of despair began rolling in. The letter writer had repeatedly committed storm-inducing acts that caused great turmoil and left a wake of emotional pain during her childhood. And now this letter! “Why?” her mind screamed within her. Then, becoming acutely aware of the fog, “Why do I have to keep fighting off this darkness?”
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Have you found yourself in a fog? Are you or someone you love looking for a way out of the darkness you find yourselves in? Perhaps you’re depressed, have lost direction in life, the enjoyment of life has faded, you were just diagnosed with cancer, or have lost a loved one. Any of these circumstances, and many others not listed, can bring you to a place where life seems devoid of color, where emotions seem flat and dull and your body feels heavily burdened.
Today we’re starting out on a detour from the previous series of posts because recently I’ve come under spiritual attack and I believe this is an experience God wants me to share with you. Now trust me, I’m not going to get into the specifics of the who and what! What I would like to do is give you just a tiny bit of generalized background.
When I’m attacked emotionally, the weapons the enemy uses on me most often are anger and despair.
I have had several bouts with major depression throughout my nearly 60 years in this life and have endured the agony of hopeless despair. I’ve personally experienced the dark pit, that miry clay, and I’ve found the best way to fight back is with the sword of the Spirit. In fact, it’s the only way I’ve found to be victorious over the darkness.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:17, NASB).
The best Biblical illustration I have found is Jesus using scripture against the enemy when he was tempted in the desert. I’d like to highlight that He said, “It is written” three different times in Matthew chapter 4, verses 4, 7 and 10. Since we know Jesus didn’t succumb to the tempter, He set the example of using it as a successful weapon!
The apostle John tells us about the Word in his gospel, beginning in the first verse:
In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
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.
So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. (John 1:1-5 & 14, NLT)
The passage above shows us that Jesus is the Word. We could write this using the mathematical formula:
Jesus = Word.
Now I know math might not be your thing, but I find it interesting God has had us learning in the last few posts about sitting at Jesus’ feet and spending time in the Word!
In the passage above (specifically verse 5) we are also given a wonderful promise that darkness will never extinguish light!
Then, a little later in John’s gospel, we are told by Jesus Himself that He is the light of the world.
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (John 8:12, NLT)
To write this using another mathematical equation would look like this:
Jesus = Light.
The Bible also tells us in John 14:6,
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (NLT)
In other words, Jesus is the way to God and eternal life. A third mathematical formula is:
Jesus = Way.
Putting all these equations together we get:
Way = Light = Word = Jesus.
Since Way = Light = Word = Jesus, we can see that the way through the darkness into the light is Jesus, the Word of God.
Sometimes God will remove us from dark circumstances, but more often than not, He leads us “through the valley of the shadow of death” (from Psalm 23:4, NKJV, emphasis mine).
I’d like to pause just a moment to say that if you haven’t told Jesus you need Him and His forgiveness and that you want Him to be Lord over your life, I urge you to do that now. He’s been lovingly waiting for you.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. (Revelation 3:20, NASB)
Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah), the Son of God, is our way out of the darkness. I believe that God intends for us to take a journey in the light of His Word through these stages:
Week 1 – Feeding on Faithfulness
Week 2 – Seeking the Light
Week 3 – Hoping in Trustworthiness
Week 4 – Casting Cares
Week 5 – Waiting in the Word
Week 6 – Delighting Daily
Week 7 – Serving Unselfishly
If you know anyone who is walking in a fog, fighting off the darkness or if God places someone on your heart to share this with, please share! And then join me as we head out of the darkness and into His marvelous light in my upcoming 49-day devotional series, “The Way Through The Darkness!”
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9, NKJV)
Until next time,
~ Just keep shining, Cindyeliora
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. (Eph. 1:18-19, NASB)
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.
New King James Version (NKJV) Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
New Living Translation (NLT) Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.