September 9, 2019
Do You Recognize The Darkness?
We all have bright shiny days when everything goes well and we feel on top of the world. But what about the darker days? They’re a lot tougher to describe and identify. You might be thinking, “What is he talking about? I know the dark days and can identify them pretty easily.”
Well, dark days can also be ones that are “neutral.” Often they are the seeds of future dark days. They are times when nothing seems great, earth shattering, or even memorable. On days like these, Satan starts to play with our heads. We may start to think or believe we’re not special … that God doesn’t really love us … that God isn’t interested in our well-being … that God forgot about us because He has so many important things to take care of … that God is sitting on His throne with a scorecard, keeping track of our mistakes.
Why do we fall for Satan’s tricks? A major reason is that at our core, we are insecure beings. We feel inadequate and have a constant need to be liked and for approval. We need to feel important in this world or to someone. We want to be noticed and make our mark on each day. Neutral days highlight the fear that we aren’t important, that we’re not making a difference. They accelerate the negative-thought-merry-go-round we willingly jump on.
But you see, feelings are just feelings. They aren’t reality. In order for the Holy Spirit to work in us and awaken the Mind of Christ in us as believers, we need to take in Bible doctrine. That is, to know what the Bible says and haw it applies to life management. A big part are the basics of knowing God’s promises to us. His love, grace, forgiveness, and blessings of peace and joy are promised, but Bible principles residing in our mind are the raw materials the Holy Spirit will use to produce the fruit of the Spirit and the many other mental attitude healings we long for.
Growing in God’s grace is about trusting His promises above all else, especially when we find ourselves in the darkness. Always trust God, whether it’s a truly dark day, or “just” a neutral day that poises you on the slippery slope towards darkness. When you are in the dark, reach confidently for His hand. Turn to Him. Resist hollow earthly solutions and or knee-jerk addicting objects to soothe, escape, or self-medicate. Reaching for His hand in the dark is a display of magnificent trust. Moreover, it greatly weakens the spiritual forces of evil – the very forces that tricked you into pursuing the dark solutions. When your world is dark and you choose to trust God, His light will shine brightly through you for all to see … because His light shines brightest in the darkness.
Today, if you are in the dark and on the brink of giving up, cry out for His assistance. Just pray, “Help me, Holy Spirit.” Look for the hand that is reaching out for you. It is there. This brief prayer is a beautiful display of trust and a simple way to tap into His vast power. Learn to recognize the lies that take you from a neutral day to a dark day. Resist them and counter the lies with the truth and hope of God’s love, power, and sovereignty. Whether you recognize the subtle darkness infiltrating your day and reach out to God, or you get caught in Satan’s web and slide into darkness is your decision, so choose well. If you need treatment for depression, anxiety, or an addiction, call our Helpline, 844-Life-Change (844-543-3242) and let us find you Christian options to access God’s healing for your mind and spirit.
Dear Father, I am completely in the dark today. I’m scared and disoriented. I don’t know where to turn. Help me, God. Help me, Holy Spirit. You have designed me to seek light. I crave all kinds of light … sunlight and even artificial light … but especially the light of Your holy presence. I want to walk in Your light, Father. It is easy for me to trust You when there is plenty of light in my world. But trusting You in my dark times is another matter. I am desperate, Lord. I am reaching for You in the dark. I know that Your light shines brightest in the dark. I pray that Your light shining through me will be visible to those around me. I pray through Your Son Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
Believe God’s Promises
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 1:7
Even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. Psalm 139:10
Trust in the Lord your God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight you paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
And the lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8