Because of my battle with depression and negativity, I too often feel as if I am slipping into darkness. I can forget that because I have Christ in me, I have light in me which can shine into every dark corner of my life. The enemy wants me to forget this—to convince me that it is not true. He want to keep this light from shining in me and through me into the lives of others.
This verse is such an encouragement to me:
…God is Light, and there is no darkness in Him at all [no, not in any way]. 1 John 1:5 AMP
Recently I found a poem that I had written years ago that is titled “Light.” This poem reminds me of truths about staying in the light.
I shared this poem with a group of women recently. One said she wished her son could read that poem. What I felt she meant is “I wish he could receive the truth in that poem.” Many of us have relatives and other loved ones living in darkness. Today I pray that God will keep me in the light, so that I can shine His light into other people’s lives—especially those who are totally in the dark. I may slip into the dark at times, but there are many who live there.
Will you join me in staying in the light and helping to bring others into the light of Christ?
Lord, I confess that some days
I allow myself to slip back into darkness.
I feel unable to bar the door, and
negative thoughts and feelings rush in.
They bring their lies and sell me on them—
lies that say You are not there,
and You don’t give a care
about all I’m suffering—all I’m going through.
Today as I face yet another hurt,
yet another heartache, I will not let
these intruders into my mind and heart.
Now I know that I cannot keep them
and their dark lies out in my own strength,
but with Your help I will keep them at bay,
for You are my light in this dark night.
You are with me, even though my
soul says, “Your God is not near.”
I will hold to Your promise that
You are light, and in You there
is no darkness at all.
I will rejoice
that if You are in me,
which You promise to be,
then I can be filled with light
and declare “In me there
is no darkness at all.”
Thank You, kind Lord for
being my light in darkness.
This is one of my favorite songs about being in the light. It is “Pushing Back The Dark” by Josh Wilson.