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|Overcoming the Darkness||09/18/2009|
Jesus referred to himself as the light of the world3 and said that we were to be light or witnesses on this earth for his glory, and that if we would walk in this light as He is in the light, we would have fellowship with him and with one another.4 We were told to abide in Him and bear the fruit of His kingdom of light and truth. Jesus made it clear that men love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil.5
It is very important for everyone to have a clear understanding of the first commandment given to the occupants of our planet. When Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden -- paradise on earth -- God commanded them to be fruitful and multiply.6 Although he provided everything they would need and entrusted it to their care, he commanded them not to eat of the tree of fruit of the knowledge of good and evil.7 Their disobedience set visibly in motion the consequences of disregarding God's commands and reveals how deceptively the serpent operates in his realm of darkness.
The command to be fruitful and multiply has often been reduced to the idea of bearing children, but this is not the only meaning. Although child bearing and the beautiful, intimate relationship to be enjoyed by husband and wife (truly gifts from God) was part of the commission, he wanted them to provide oversight in such a manner that they would be fruitful and productive in every area of life. They could use all of the creation from the animals for nourishment and enjoyment, and the prosperous fields to produce a bountiful life.
In a sense, even in the free market and with capitalism, we are granted by the blessings of freedom both the privilege and responsibility of sowing, maintaining, reaping and sharing. We are to do this under the direction of what everyone should understand and certainly the founders here in our own country understood to be the guidance offered by Divine Providence.
There is a creator; there is a God. As we walk in the light of His truth, we will be fruitful. If you understand the Christian life, you know that we need enabling strength from above in order to produce the fruit that brings glory to God and transforms people. So Jesus sent the Holy Spirit, who is available and anxious to fill us with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. As we abide in Him and his word, we reveal the light of Christ's life and the power of liberating truth.8
It is very important when considering truth and its value that we understand the importance of Jesus' prayer in John 17. We find Jesus pouring His heart out to His father on behalf of believers. He prayed that we would be one with God as He was, and that in this relationship we would truly love one another and be perfected in unity. The powers and principalities in the realm of darkness have effectively fought oneness with God and spiritual harmony.
I believe that the imperative of becoming an answer to this prayer is more critically important today than at anytime in human history. The same powers of darkness that deceived Adam and Eve into disobeying God is prevailing in this country and on every continent and in every nation. This realm of darkness is deceptive, divisive and destructive. This deceptive force is taking people captive as Israel was taken captive by Egypt in the Old Testament and they were living a life of horrific slavery. God miraculously delivered them from bondage and began to lead them to the Promised Land, a picture of the fullness and fruitfulness that God offers us in the freedom available through Christ by faith. After their deliverance, they wandered in the desert for 40 years before finally entering the Promised Land. Once they entered the Promised Land, they continually battled their enemies. The very people who entered the Promised Land ultimately found themselves prisoners there. God's people once again were held captive and no longer lived in fullness and fruitfulness.
The journey of Israel is a picture of the spiritual journey of many Christians. Though we have been led out of the bondage of this world to find a new life in Christ, it is easy to become bound and defeated, divided into various tribes and gathered around the opinions of men. When this happens, we bear anything other than the fruit of the Spirit and the unity Paul called for "in the bond of peace."9
I encourage all Christians and all who appreciate freedom's blessing to resist the influence of evil and deception becoming one in gratitude for the freedom the faith of our fathers provided. We will never get along and experience the unity that produces the kind of fruit and light that can lead a world out of darkness if we do not allow the Holy Spirit's power and the truth of God to renew our minds so we know the good, acceptable and perfect will of God.10
If true believers and the lovers of freedom do not come together, we will be torn apart and lose the freedoms and opportunities we have been afforded. As I shared last week, the enemies of faith and freedom march in step in the darkness of deadly destruction. Stirring up "the wrath of man" which "works not the righteousness of God" will simply lead to more adverse consequences.11
God is calling us to Himself, back to His truth. His wisdom will give us understanding of the times and direction for our journey. Refuse to hide the light of our great God under the bushel of conformity or comfort. Come out from among those who by choice walk in darkness. Recognize the power of deception and the bondage it creates and refuse to live in the prison of deception.
We do not have to be held captive by rotten thoughts, unhealthy attitudes, appetites, actions or out-of-control actions. We must stand together as a mighty army demonstrating the fruit and power of truth under the control of His Spirit, walking in the power and fullness of His love and revealing His life. When we do this, we will make the right choices and our present course will be redirected and the foundations reestablished. May we live to be a part of the answer to Jesus' prayer, "one with God...perfected in unity."
Author: James Robison
Editor: Randy Robison
Word Count: 1154
About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a Christian media ministry and mission relief organization. He and his wife, Betty, host of the television program Life Today; He has authored numerous books, including The Soul of a Nation, The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope and True Prosperity.
Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net . Photo available upon request. Reprint rights granted with attribution for complete, unedited article. Revisions allowed only with approval.