Twice in Scripture God spoke into our darkness. In Genesis chapter one He said, "Let there be lights" (v.14). And in John chapter three Jesus declared, "Light [has] come into the world" (v. 19). To walk with God you must reject the ways of darkness and walk in the light. Fungus grows best in the dark, but when you turn on the light it withers and dies. This is more than a metaphor—it's a spiritual fact of life! Jesus said, "[People] . . . men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." (John 3:19). As Ester Nicholson says, "Secrets keep us sick. They keep us in shame and uncertainty." Secrecy is the ideal environment for sin to grow until ultimately you're taken captive by thoughts, deeds, and habits. And staying in darkness intensifies your cycle of secrecy and slavery to sin. "If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth." (1 John 1:6). Once you step into the light everything changes! So confess your secret sins to God, and, if necessary, to a trusted friend or counselor who can pray with you. Then through God's strength reclaim your power to overcome sin and live victoriously. Once you've turned on the light, the fungus begins to wither. Its grip loosens, and freedom dawns. Each time sin comes knocking at your door bring it into the light immediately. When you do, cleansing and fellowship with God will be yours. The Bible says, "If we walk in the light...we have fellowship...and the blood of Jesus...cleanseth us from all sin."
"He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder." (Psalm 107:14)
In the same way that God delivered His people in times of the Old Testament and broke their chains, He also delivers His people in the age of the church. For those whom God has saved, they have been eternally liberated from their enslavement to sin.
Week #44 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Numbers 34-36
Monday: (History) 2 Chronicles 29-32
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 125-127
Wednesday: (Poetry) Ecclesiastes 3-4
Thursday: (Prophecy) Zephaniah
Friday: (Gospels) Acts 11-12
Saturday: (Letters) James 4-5