Darkness

    1. God sends a darkness on Egypt that can be felt. It was paralyzing. No one got up from where they were for three days. It was so dark that they couldn’t see another person right in front of them.
    2. God’s people had light.
    3. Do you live in the light? To live in the light is to abide in Christ, to live in God’s presence. God is light (1 John 1:5), and Jesus said if we follow Him we will never walk in darkness (John 8:12) but will have the light of life.
    4. We are supposed to be the light of the world. Wherever we are, there should be no darkness. The very nature of light is that it dispels darkness. They can’t be in the same place.
    5. That’s why in 1 John we’re told that we’re deceiving ourselves if we say that we are in fellowship with Christ while walking in darkness. Even to fellowship with other believers it says we need to walk in the light as Jesus is in the light.
    6. Yes, the blood of Jesus cleanses us from our sin, but we have to walk in our freedom from sin. It’s not our freedom TO sin because we’re forgiven; it’s our freedom FROM sin. It no longer holds us. We can say no and walk away. We can walk in the light.
    7. There shouldn’t be something called Christian fellowship where people sit around talking about their brokenness and sin, as if it is normal for us to keep living that way and we can’t do anything about it.
    8. Christian fellowship should center on the Light, on truth, on redemption, on God’s Word which lights our path (Psalm 119:105), on following Jesus, on being the light in the world.
    9. If you feel the darkness pressing in, do not allow it to paralyze you like an unbeliever. Remember that darkness cannot overcome the light (John 1:5).
    10. The light of Christ can never be snuffed out, unless you choose to bury it so that it can’t shine.
    11. Darkness cannot envelope you. You are the light of the world, so let your light shine that they may see your good works and glorify God (Matthew 5:16).