Many of us are engaged in a war in which we can’t see our opponent because we are fighting in the dark. Instead of turning on the light we are trying to fight the darkness with the wrong tools and at a great disadvantage. How can you effectively fight against something you can’t see with your human eye? Like King Saul we suggest and use the wrong armor to fight the battle. Can it really be as easy as turning on the light? Are the behind the scenes questions we have injecting doubt in Yah’s ability to give us the victory with merely a slingshot and five smooth stones? Human effort will cover the earth looking for solutions from without for an answer that begins from within. We simply need to just turn on the light. Light can drive out darkness better than your broom can sweep it out, or your weapons can coax it out.
Now one might think to themselves that sounds easy, but have you ever tried to turn on a light in a dark room? How easy is it to find that switch or a nearby flashlight without even a flicker of light? How many obstacles must you circumvent to get to that place where illumination resides? It’s much easier to turn on the light when you have light to see, now add to the obstacle unfamiliarity with your location. Let’s say it’s pitch black in a vacation home instead of your home. How much harder now is it to see and to navigate territory that you have not had time to commit to memory? Add to this the surge of adrenaline you get as you naturally begin to feel fear because the darkness becomes so thick that you can feel it. It is no longer just external, but it is now amplified. It becomes very difficult, even paralyzing. The only thing that could possibly break through is the power of love for someone else, like a husband his wife, or a mother her child. Is this not the very story of the Gospel? God so loved the world that He sent His light into the world to overcome the darkness we were to helpless to defeat.
Now we can have His light within us. As the word of God He should be burning within us at all times, because His light within us can’t be turned off. Isn’t subject to power surges, and does not dependent on daily hours to operate. In fact His presence within us becomes that much brighter in the presence of darkness. The amount of light we possess is directly linked to the amount of confidence we can have in the face of darkness, even strange darkness.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. (Gen 1:3)
Created in the image and likeness of God, He allows us to see in the natural the comparison of His spoken power. Today we have voice activated lights that allow us to visually comprehend the spoken power of God’s word. At only His word darkness was interrupted by the presence of His light. Amazing, that God will allow man to make something that demonstrates His creative work in the beginning.
In life we often think we must do some great thing to do the works of God, when Christ was showing us all along that all we need is to believe God enough to speak to the mountains in our life for them to be removed.
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. (Mat 17:20)
Now don’t get me wrong speaking to the mountain is not the hardest part of this process. Scripture reveals the hardest part of this process is believing, which is why Jesus doesn’t start this conversation with what they are saying, but correcting them on their unbelief.
And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. (Mar 9:24)
Realizing our weakness the Gospel records the thoughts that anyone who has experienced a trial in their life has felt in this very passage. We have the benefit of this passage to see the compassion of Christ when healing this fathers child, because this man was sincere enough to admit what God already knew. He needed help with his unbelief. If we live long enough we all will have storms that we will measure God’s ability based on our limitations. Like this man we must come before God in honesty admitting we need Him to help our unbelief. We also need to realize that unbelief can be conquered, but it does require an interruption in our day. Business as usual must come to a halt and like Christ we must separate ourselves from the circumstances of life so that we can hear the instructions from the Father. To be still and know that He is God means we may have to find a quiet place, deny our flesh through prayer and fasting, and turn on the light of God’s word where we will receive illumination for our circumstances.
Scripture admonishes us to be as wise as a serpent? What a curious statement that of all the animals God created the serpent is the one who God tells us to be like when it comes to wisdom. How powerful is that? In this book we will explore the characteristics of a serpent that translate into viable wisdom for us as believers to apply to our lives. We will be challenged in our thinking so that we look at things from a different perspective. There are many lessons in the bible and in the things God created that many of us don’t take time to consider. This book will begin to help you to be more sensitive to the nuggets of wisdom that escape the one who just takes a casual glance at scripture and encourage you to dig deeper so that you can have all that God has for you.