You know it’s coming and it is not going to feel good. It’s the time it takes for the toe to send messages to the brain saying it just ran into the dresser and the brain to release the pain signals. I know it is coming and the anticipation is killer. Finally, the pain hits and my brain signals to my mouth to let out a scream, “Ahhhhhh!” That’s why I hate trying to walk around in the darkness. Sometimes, when I am up late or I am going to bed late and I don’t want to disturb my wife’s sleep, I will attempt it. But the minute my little toe takes a face plant into something hard that I never saw, the whole house is waking up if you know what I mean.
It is not just stubbing my toe. I have stepped on toys as well. Some of the most harmless and playful toys could also serve as torture instruments against terrorists just by making them walk in the dark and step on a few of these things. I am just saying that I would give up all of my secrets after the pain some of these toys can inflict when you step on them I the dark.
The pain hits. You flip on the light and there it is. Your worst enemy – LEGOS! Has anyone else out there ever stepped on Legos in the middle of the night. Talk about a nightmare. It is all pretty quick because once you turn on that light, everything can be seen. If I had just turned on the light first, I could have maneuvered through the landmines of toys and hairbrushes. The other night, our little dog took a poop and as I am walking through the bedroom in the dark…yep, you guessed it. Soft and mushy.
Why do we do it? Why don’t we just turn on the light. The light is instantaneous. A minefield is rendered helpless against the light. Toys hiding to cut our toes are betrayed. Dressers waiting to jump in front of our little toe is uncovered. The plans of the enemy are rendered useless.
I suppose this is what John meant when he wrote these words:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (NIV)
The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. I love that. Jesus was the Light and suddenly every trap of the enemy has been exposed. When we walk in the light of Christ, through obedience to His word, gaining His wisdom, we see the traps of the Devil in plain sight. Nothing is hidden. We are not surprised. We are not cut, but instead, through the Light, we know how to avoid the snares designed to destroy our faith, break our will, crush our dreams, and kill our relationships. We just step around them. This is the Light and the darkness has not overcome it.
But have you ever considered that we are the carriers of this light. In Revelation, the churches are compared to lamps who hold the light. We hold the Light of Christ. We hold His wisdom. We hold His vision. Through obedience, His light shines brighter and brighter in our life and we carry this light everywhere we go. This, of course, means that His light in us is not just for us. It is for us to carry into the darkness. The power of the Holy Spirit alive in us fills us with power to help others see. When we allow ourself to be sent into the world just as Christ was sent into the world, the Light of God goes with us. If we will allow Him to use us, we will share His light with others. So many are going through life in spiritual darkness, groping for love, for hope, for help, for sanity, for peace. But they can’t find their way so instead they step on the Devil’s Legos over and over again. Life becomes a horror of waiting for the next bit of excruciating pain. Do you know anyone who is stuck in the dark and can’t find their way out? Over and over again, the Devil wins. And it is not a stubbed toe, but a ruined life. Well…you have the ability to walk into their life and help them see. You can help them see where to step to avoid depression, divorce, anger, bitterness and all of the Devil’s playthings.
Not only do we have this power within us. We are called by God to go into the world as light into darkness. It is to LIVE LOVE.
I don’t know if we all realize the power within us by the Holy Spirit to make this kind of difference. As much as a light switched on overcome the darkness in the room so we have power to overcome the efforts of the Enemy to trap and ensnare others.
I preached something like this just this past Sunday. Not too long after the service, a man in the church sent me a text. I realized he was ministering to another man not in the church. I encouraged him to keep letting the Lord use him. He responded back saying, “It was just like you said. I don’t know where the words were come from or the answers I was giving him. The Holy Spirit just took over and the words came out.” This is the power within every believer by the Holy Spirit. And you are sent by God into the darkness of this world in the Light of Christ and the darkness has not overcome it.
Do you know someone living in the darkness? You can do more than pray. Go shine a light!
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HERE IS WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT “PREPARE FOR GREATER THINGS” BY PASTOR LEE
Hello, Pastor Lee.
I met you and your wife at the Half Price Books on Huebner Road and I bought two books that you signed. I went home and started to read my copy, and I realized that I need at least 10 more of these for some young people who need direction in their lives. I want to give them for Valentine’s Day gifts.
Will you be having any more book signings in the San Antonio area?
Thank you so much!
Reading your book enhanced my understanding of God, His plan for Me, and encouraged me to continue to seek his face daily… I have been so blessed by the message in this book.