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Walking in the Light

A Fall in the Dark

(Post from the archives)

Late one night, our goats got out of the barn. I was a wakened by their barking protectors, our Great Pyrenees dogs.

I  ventured out into the darkness. in my PJs.  I found the four animals  behind the barn (very dark behind the barn)  and started the roundup.  I did not see a three foot steel corner part of a fence.  I fell into and over it and proceeded to roll. I got skinned up pretty good. A few days later the pain worsened. I went to the doctor and found I broke two ribs.

Spiritual Object Lesson

My accident occurred because I was walking in the dark. If I was walking in the light, I would have seen the obstacle and avoided it,  the pain, and aggravation that followed.

The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble. (Prov. 4:18–19).

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When we recognize Jesus Christ, as  Lord, we were moved out of Satan’s dark kingdom and into the victorious Light of the Lord. We move from slavery and shame into  glory and freedom. We turn “from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God” (Acts 26:18).

John said, “…if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another.”  Many commentators explain expression “with one another” is a reference to fellowship with other Christians. But the Greek pronoun allēlōn (one another) refers to the two parties. In this passage one another means God and the Christian (named in the first part of the verse).

Relationships

John’s point is that if Christians live in the light where God is, then there is mutual fellowship between Himself and them. Relationship! Father and child. We have fellowship with Him and He has fellowship with us. The light  is the reality shared.

Walking with God is living and experiencing life illumined by  truth. We walk in the light because the Word is a lamp (Ps. 119:105, 130). Walking in the light is being open and responsive to the light.

My Utmost for His Highest says, “To ‘walk in the light’ means that everything that is of the darkness actually drives me closer to the center of the light.”

When there is true openness to the light of divine truth, Christians’ failures are under the cleansing power of the shed blood of Christ. Jesus’ death and resurrection brought  fellowship between imperfect creatures and the infinitely perfect God. Making the adoption possible.

Darkness

Darkness is not just a place void of light. Darkness is a moral state where you hide things, have secrets, and give the enemy ground to traffic in your life. The fallen angels have been turned over to darkness and darkness is also the dominion of Satan (Jude 6; Acts 26:18). Anywhere we allow darkness to remain, it can be an open door for the thief to come and drain away our sense of intimacy with God and others. — Jack Frost

The Love of God

Darkness can be from those that disappointed or wounded us. The Light dispels the darkness and releases the river of God’s love to produce healing and the restoration of intimacy in relationships (with God and/or others).

The very essence of God’s being—His personality, His nature—is love (1 John 4:8). It is the reason for the Incarnation (Jesus coming to earth in human form). Our job is to receive and reciprocate God’s love, and to love others.

God’s love is absolute, unwavering, and sacrificial. When we recognize and accept it, we are walking in the Light. Open your heart and let Him envelope you in His perfect love.

Lesson Learned

Next time I need to go to the barn at night I’ll grab a flashlight.

 


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7 comments

  1. Great analogy! Last year I read “Just Enough Light For The Step Im On” by Stormie Omartian. VERY good! The lamps they used back in biblical times gave off very little light…forcing one to really focus on that light!

    Thanks for the reminder & encouragement!

  2. This is such a great lesson! Jesus is my light! I have walked in darkness before, forgetting to cry out to my God, and that experience has left me clinging to the the light now. Thank you for the reminder that we need to remain in relationship with Him in order to walk in the light.

  3. Who would’ve thought two broken ribs could produce such a beautiful object lesson? However, I’m praying the next one comes out of something other than physical pain for you, dear ((Robin)) (<-gentle hug). Hire that farmhand!;)

    Psa. 18:28 For You light my lamp;
    The LORD my God illumines my darkness.

  4. Agreeing with P. Thank you for sharing this wonderful object lesson. I too don’t want you to suffer any more pain. Love your walk with God. It points me to the truth and out of darkness.

  5. Ouch, sorry about that nasty fall, but Wow, you sure allowed God to use it in this teaching. Thank YOU!

  6. Thank you for sharing thi. I needed the encouragment today. It’s been a hard day and I’ve been crying out to God for much of it.

    Thank you too for visiting my blog. I hope the experiment works for you. I’m glad too so that I had the chance to find your blog!

    Blessings
    Leslie

  7. joni gooss

    Good morning, Robin. I always appreciate you sharing things. I was straining for the light greatly this morning. He is so quick to meet me and give His full illumination. In reading this testimony/lesson, I had the sense of the scripture that there is NO darkness in Him. I rest in that today.

    I had some massage this week to break up some tightness around a joint where a cervical/neck disc herniated two years ago. I knew that I’d have more pain after the massage but that it had to be done. Unfortunately, all the fears come along with that pain as it often involves a nerve that radiates down my arm.

    But the Lord is able to keep me from stumbling in the darkness and able to present me faultless with great joy!

    He is healing me and breaking up the darkness that has settled in. And though pain comes momentarily, there is a weight of gold of far more worth being drawn from me!

    Amen!

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