sauteed cabbage and chicken sausage in coconut oil, along with brown rice and "yumm! sauce" from cafe yumm!
As summer approaches, I have been thinking more and more about darkness and light in anticipation of the summer’s ability to lengthen days. What a miraculous thing – light – so persistent and beckoning, so warm and good. 1 John 1:5 says, “This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is LIGHT; in Him there is no darkness at all.”
None. Pure light. PURELY good. How incredible is this fact!!!
Biblically we know that God is light (without sin) and evil, Satan, and sin, are darkness. Compare these things to the physical and literal observation of light and darkness and you find something remarkable. When light and dark are placed in the same space, light always overcomes. It is impossible, based on the world’s definition of ‘possible’ and ‘impossible’, based on the world’s restrictions and laws, based on worldly physics and science, for dark to overcome light if both are in the same place. What a perfectly designed metaphor for God’s Reign over all things dark and sinful. If God is light, what can overcome Him? No darkness can do such a thing. In fact, the only times we EVER see light removed, allowing for darkness to fill a void, (notice the darkness does not REPLACE the light or overcome it, rather the light is removed) One example is found in Exodus when God strips Egypt of its sunlight. Not only is this an example of God’s ability to overcome worldly restrictions, but also a representation of God as the God of all gods. To clarify, the Egyptians worshiped many gods, one of whom was the god of the sun. By removing light only over Egypt and Egypt alone, God demonstrates His omnipotence and rule over all other gods, and His singular ability to remove light and replace it with darkness. A powerful God He is indeed – one of a kind.
As believers, we ask God into our hearts, and thus are seen as righteous and pure, cleansed by Jesus’ blood alone. If God is light, Jesus is God, and we are in Jesus, we are seen as light. Hebrews 1:3 says, “The son is the radiance of God’s glory and the EXACT REPRESENTATION of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word.” For example, if my physical body is Jesus and you are a cracker that I have just eaten, God sees you (the cracker) only through Jesus (my physical body) and no other way. You are no longer outside the body of Christ, but contained within Him. Jesus is perfect, and therefore when God views you (us), He sees us in Jesus alone. That is our one identity, and it is the highest calling on our life. Our identity is not found in the things we love, do, spend money on, spend time on, etc. While these things make us individuals, our sole identity is found in Christ alone.
Now, because we are seen in Jesus alone, we are seen as light, and not darkness. 2 Corinthians 6:14 says, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” While we are to pray for those who do not know Christ and are not saved, we ourselves must choose to live only in the light, not associating with activities of darkness. Darkness and light, physically, can have no fellowship. Where one is present the other is not. Thus, we are to live in the light, as it is impossible for us as we call ourselves believers to associate with darkness. Although it may feel at times like the dark has overpowered the light in our lives, if we have Christ alive inside of us, truly He will always triumph. 2 Samuel 22:29 says “You, LORD, are my lamp; the LORD turns my darkness into light.” Even from the beginning God has had control. In Genesis 1:4 we read, “God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness.” He is in control, and He is purely light. What more could we ask for in having one to guide us through life?
More than this, we cannot live in both light and darkness. Which, while a challenging and provocative truth is beautiful and freeing. Luke 16:13 says, “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” In Matthew 6:24 we find the same line, “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” We cannot live both in purity and in sin. Sound impossible? It is – but remember, we are washed by His blood alone, seen as pure. This fact alone gives us a reason to rejoice and live our lives as an act of worship! Our bodies as a living sacrifice for the one true God!
Another example from Scripture of the lack of fellowship between light and darkness is found in James 3:10, “Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”
Be encouraged – rid yourselves of all impurities and remember who it is who has saved you. It is beautiful, not designed for punishment but rather for the fullest kind of life.
If our God is so great, why wouldn’t everyone be a believer??? After all, John 12:46 says, “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” Isaiah 45:7a “I form the light and create darkness…”. If the Lord desires, He brings about darkness into one’s life by removing the light (Himself) and only God can do these things. God blindfolds those who do not believe. People are literally blindfolded from His light. 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 says, “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The God of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the LIGHT of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
Isaiah 42:16 “I will lead the blind by ways they have no known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.”
So friends, be encouraged. For “…you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” -1 Peter 2:9