God always intended His children to stand out in the darkness, as light. God intended you to be full of light. You were never made to experience all the turmoil that the world goes through. You are made different. You are called to be peculiar. You are made to be victorious. God wants you to be an over comer. He wants you to be the head.
Exo 10:23 says, ‘They (Egyptians) did not see one another; nor did anyone rise from his place for three days. But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings’. Thick darkness covered the Egyptians but there was light in the dwelling of the children of Israel. Isn’t this a thrilling example of how God wants us to live?
In the Old Testament, God did so many miracles for the children of Israel. The Egyptians knew very well that the Lord God was with them. The same can be true to this day.
The Devil is a liar:
The devil always tells us that we are not going to make it. He always tries to discourage us by showing us that which is not the truth. He will try to talk you out of the Word of God. Some have yielded to the lies of the devil.
The Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one (2 Thes 3:3).
Serve notice on the devil. Paint spiritual warning signs for the devil:
Tell him, “Back up devil. You cannot come near my dwelling. My house belongs to God. My children belong to God. My family belongs to God “. Tell him that you resist him in Jesus name and you will see him fleeing from you and your dwelling place.
Jesus bore our burden, poverty, sin and sickness on the cross of Calvary. Satan can do nothing about it. He can do nothing to reverse it. But he is going to challenge you on it. Don’t be surprised when the situations get tough. The devil may push you to the cliff but he cannot push you off the cliff. Amen!
The Lord will arise over you:
We see darkness everywhere. We see the threats of terrorism, the crumbling economy and the fear of death everywhere. When we turn on the television, we hear war and rumors of war everywhere.
‘The darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising’ (Isaiah 60:3)`
Jesus said, ‘You are the light of the world’. (Matt 5:14)
What is steering your life today? Is it the news reports or the lies of Satan? We should never get bogged down by the things around us but instead, should stand on God’s word which is the anchor in the times of trouble. The Lord said He will arise over you. Like how the sun rises in the morning! You can be rest assured that if the Lord said it, he will do it. He is faithful. He will surely come through.
Ps 46:1 says, “God is the very present help in the time of trouble “.
You are more than a conquerer:
The Apostle Paul saw persecution, distress and famine around him. But he said, ‘Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us’ (Rom 8:37). He says, ‘ thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not vain in the Lord (1 Cor 15:57, 58). As children of the Most High God, we need to have our mind fixed on God. How must we live? By faith in God that He is well able to carry us through.
Difference between the righteous and the wicked:
‘The path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day, The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble’ (Proverbs 4:18, 19)
Then you shall again discern between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God And one who does not serve Him (Malachi 3: 18)
Do not hold back. Put the Word of God to work in your life. The rich blessings belong to those who believe. Use the Word of God to draw a hedge around your dwelling. I am not saying you will not confront a difficulty. What I am saying is, in all these, you will be a conqueror. You are called to be victorious. You are a head and not a tail. That is God’s Word for His children. We are children of victory.
You are called to be peculiar. It may sound strange but it is true. 1 Pet 2:9 says, ‘But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light’.
God wants us to stand out from the rest of the crowd as living proof. Challenging times are inevitable. You have to stand in faith and faith alone. You must endure hardship as a good soldier says the Word of God. The Lord who has called you is faithful!
May the Lord help you to be the light in the midst of darkness. Amen