Night is Nearly Over! – July 31st 2018

Night is Nearly Over!

I stepped out of my car this morning and looked up to see the clouds attempting to block out the reflection of the sun against the moon. God had painted an illustration of His Light overcoming the darkness. He assured me that the night is nearly over!

The night is nearly over, and the daylight is near, so let us discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Romans 13:12 (HCSB)

Note from Kip…

The image I captured this morning could be used to represent so many different things, but when I considered that the light escaping from those dark clouds overhead, was not in fact coming from the moon itself, I just had to thank Jesus for the light He places in us so that we might shine for him. In the same way that the moon has no light of its own, but only reflects the light casts upon it by the sun, I have no light in me, if there is any light that escapes the night or the clouds that cover me, it is His light, not my own.

This passage in Romans has so much to give us hope and direction. First there is that assurance that the light is going to overcome the darkness. Then encouragement that while we travel through this night of darkness that daylight is near. But then, Paul prompts us not just to observe this phenomenon. He tells us to put on the armor of light.

In other words, equip ourselves.

The term armor of light caught my eye and at first, I wanted to liken it to the armor we are to put on starting with the Sword of the Word of God.  So, I had to investigate it a bit deeper. I looked up ‘armor’ used here in Strong’s and got; weapon, instrument, and armour.

I found this interesting because what Strong’s was suggesting is more of a weapon than a suit of armor.

I followed that by looking up the background for the use of the word ‘light’ here as well and found that to indicate; light and fire. Then went on to describe this as the brilliant blazing light associated with the appearance of angelic beings.

Then Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12 (HCSB)

Then it hit me, that ‘armor of light’ Paul was speaking of was in fact the power of ‘The Light of the World’. It was Jesus casting His light on us and in us so that we can reflect and destroy the darkness surrounding us. Jesus, ‘light of the world’, shining in us and supplying us with ‘the light of life’!

There is one more aspect of that passage in Romans that we need to consider. It seems that just as it almost slipped past us here that we tend to let it slip by in our lives as well.

Just before Paul tells us to put on the ‘Jesus Light’ in defense of the darkness, He tells us, “so let us discard the deeds of darkness”.

A key part of the prescription. A critical ingredient in the cake. Yet, we seem to attempt to allow the deeds of darkness to remain while we try to adapt to the light in our lives.

We simply cannot ignore this instruction without altering the result. The medicine will not work and the cake will be abrasive to the tongue.

Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers.

How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols?

For we are the temple of the living God. As God said:

“I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you.

And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (NLT)

We have God ‘living in us’. What possibly makes us think that we can join light and darkness. We certainly can’t do it around us and expect for the lights brilliance to be manifested. Just like the photo of the moon being shadowed by clouds, if we allow darkness to envelop us we diminish the effectiveness of the light in us.

And that says nothing of attempting to include the darkness inside us where the Spirit of the Living God lives. It will not work. They cannot coexist.

“I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you.

And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

No, the darkness has no place around us because it dampens our effectiveness and interferes with our mission and objective. As for allowing it in us,

How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols?

It simply isn’t going to work, because light can’t live with darkness. They are in opposition to each other.

I look up and out the window. The morning has come. The Light is here with me. Will I soak it in and reflect it out? Will I allow it to warm my frozen heart and shed light on others in the process?

These are questions we must each ask ourselves. Will I do everything in my power and through the power of the Holy Spirit living in me to cast off that darkness as Paul tells us to do in Romans? Will we cast it off and allow the Light of Life to be fully engulfed in us as we abide in the true vine, Jesus THE Light of the World who manifests that light of life in us, so we become also the light of the world with Him.

 “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14-16 (HCSB)

The night is nearly over!

Blessings,
kip…

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