In the very beginning, the Scripture tells us:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. Gen 1:1-3
God had a reality that He envisioned, and that reality was light. But what He was faced with, the reality that was, was darkness. He did not remove the darkness by wrestling it away. He did not even waste any time or breath commanding the darkness to do anything. He removed the darkness by turning on the light. This is a very important next principle of spiritual warfare. When you are faced with a dark or negative reality, speak light to it, speak truth to it, speak the positive opposite to it.
For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. 1 Cor 1:26-29
God has chosen the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are. What does that mean? In the beginning, the thing that was, was darkness. That was the present reality. Light was a thing which was not … yet. Light was the positive opposite. God chose something only He could envision, that is, light, to bring darkness to nothing. So how did He bring the positive opposite forth? He spoke His word: Let there be light. Let that which is truth, let that which is positive, BE.
Going back to 1 Cor, what is God’s plan to bring to nothing the things of this world? It is us. We are the called. We are the foolish things which have been appointed to shame the wise; we are the weak things which have been appointed to shame the mighty. We are the base and despised. For who is each one of us, really? We are nobody. We are not the billionaires, movie stars, presidents, aristocrats, and crowned royals of this world. We are not the mighty of this world, but the rulers and principalities, and powers of wickedness in heavenly places, are the mighty of this world.
But here is the beauty of it. I am sure God is delighted when we pray for world peace. But there are people and circumstances and situations right in our neighborhoods and among our coworkers, and friends and family, that are little pockets of darkness. Start there! Find the Scriptures that are the positive opposites of that dark reality, and begin speaking, Let there be light to it, just as I did with my friend.
This is why it is so important for we who are the called, even though we are the foolish, weak, and despised, to know the written word of God from front to back. We must know and be very familiar with what God has already said. We live in a fallen world filled with dark realities. But God has revealed truth to us by His word. It is His word that is our plumb line. It is His word that we must measure each of our circumstances against, so that we might bring His word to bear against whatever is crooked, to make it straight.
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spiritual warfare, part four
eph 6:10-18, the whole armor of God
mark smith says
i really love what i just read. ive been going through a lot of warfare in my life and this word has really lifted my spirit. thank you so much. i have been struggling with depression and my faith. and finding a steady place i can call a home church. so please keep me in prayer that the lord wiil lead me to the right church. that christ will relight the fire and passion for him that i used to have. and that he will give me the streght that only he can give me to pressing in on seeking his face no matter what trial or temptation may come my way.desperatly seeking happyness and peace. but cant seem to find it even in prayer and reading scripture. what i read gives me hope.thank you.
Thank you so very much for visiting Mark, and for the kind words. May the Shalom of God be yours through your darkest hour, in the grace of Messiah Yehsua – Christine