THIS IS THE VERDICT: LIGHT HAS COME INTO THE WORLD, BUT MEN LOVED DARKNESS INSTEAD OF LIGHT
For some reason, it is hard for us to choose Light. Sometimes, we walk in circles for days or weeks to avoid the Light. We focus on the other person’s darkness, knowing very well that the darkness that fills our own hearts is far worse. We reason that if we could stay focused on the other person’s darkness, our own darkness could stay hidden just a little longer. But, darkness is like quicksand—it pulls you in slowly…until you suffocate and drown.
SO LET US PUT ASIDE THE DEEDS OF DARKNESS AND PUT ON THE ARMOR OF LIGHT
Precious Child, you need to know that your enemy, the father-of-lies, will try to persuade you to stay in darkness, because from this painful place of abandonment, condemnation, rejection, and shame he can manipulate you…control you…manage you. However, these negative, destructive beliefs will become irritants in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they will harass you, wherever you are, whatever you do. Therefore, put aside the deeds of darkness and put on My Armor of Light. This will put ME in control of your heart and life…and drive the darkness out.
BUT IF YOU DO NOT DRIVE OUT THE INHABITANTS OF THE LAND FROM BEFORE YOU, THEN IT SHALL BE THAT THOSE WHOM YOU LET REMAIN SHALL BE IRRITANTS IN YOUR EYES AND THORNS IN YOUR SIDES, AND THEY SHALL HARASS YOU IN THE LAND WHERE YOU DWELL
This is how you might put aside your deeds of darkness and put on the Armor of Light:
Stop playing mind games. Be honest with yourself by looking at your own heart and calling a spade a spade. Why are you really so upset? Is it because you feel betrayed? Is it because you feel overlooked? Is it because you feel unloved? Invite the Lord Jesus into the perturbing perceptions that comprise your darkness, and allow Him to show you His Perspective. His Light will drive your darkness out.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank you that You have come so I may see. I invite You to shine Your Light into the dark beliefs of abandonment, shame, rejection, and condemnation that dwell in my heart. Break through the darkness, Lord, and bring me clarity, as I expose these beliefs to you. Clothe me with Your Armor of Light, so You may be in control of my heart and life.
Maintain an Awareness
Discipline, the training to enter God’s Holiness, cannot be exercised AFTER we have already entered a route of escape to resort to a sinful solution.