Scripture For Meditation — John 1:1-5
The Victory of Light Over Darkness
In yesterday’s scripture text (Gen 1:1-5), we read how darkness covered the whole earth at the beginning of creation, before God spoke into the darkness and created the light.
Darkness can be symbolic of:
• The Consequence of Satan’s dominion and power over a person, place or thing.
Luke 22:53; Eph 6:12; or
• The Manifestations of The Work of Satan — David had an experience of this when he cried out in Psalm 143:3-4 —
“For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.
Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.”
Darkness has a wide ranging connotation, and can also be a figurative representation of many undesirable things —
• Misery – Psalm 88:6
• Destruction – Isa 50:10
• Mystery or Confusion
• Attacks and persecution
• Obscurity- Isa 29:18
• Pestilence – Ps 91:1-7
When Darkness Lost It’s Power
The bible goes on to tell us that God at the beginning of creation, separated the light from the darkness and brought forth Day out of Night.
And now, through the victory of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary, believers already have the victory over darkness in all its ramifications!
Darkness is a usurper –
A usurper is an illegitimate claimant to power; someone who takes a position of power or influence illegally or by force; someone that acts outside the scope of their given authority or jurisdiction.
As the bible records in Colossians 1:13 —
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.
Consequently, Jesus tells us in John 8:12 — “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
This is our non-negotiable reality as redeemed children of God!
Darkness can only exist where light is absent –
The Light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness did not understand it or overpower it or appropriate it or absorb it [and is unreceptive to it]. [John 1:5 Amplified Bible]
However, wherever the word or presence of God is absent, darkness prevails.
But we know, that the entrance of His word brings light and understanding [Ps 119:130]
Prayer Focus – Micah 7:7-8, Ps 18:28-29
“But as for me, I will look expectantly for the LORD and with confidence in Him I will keep watch; I will wait [with confident expectation] for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.
Do not rejoice over me [amid my tragedies], O my enemy! Though I fall, I will rise; Though I sit in the darkness [of distress], the LORD is a light for me.” (Micah 7:7 -8 AMP)
“You light a lamp for me. The LORD, my God, lights up my darkness.
In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall”. (Psa 18:28-29 NLT)
Let’s petition the Lord for these, for the church as well as for ourselves:
• Let not darkness prevail over me; let not the power of darkness nor the works of darkness prosper in their wiles against me.
• Enlighten what’s dark in me,
• Strengthen what’s weak in me,
• Mend what’s broken in me,
• Bind whats bruised in me,
• Heal whats sick in me,
• Revive whatever has died in me that should be alive for your glory.
Pastor Wale Ola