Turn on the
By Shannon Parish
likely you've been there. Hearing a
noise in the dark, or having to attend to some "business" in the dark,
you gingerly walk through the house without turning on the lights groping along
to find your way, only to step on a toy, or stub your toe.
Perhaps you jumped up and down holding your throbbing toe which caused
you to crash into a wall or coffee table, creating greater discomfort.
If you were smart, you would have turned on the light.
If you were smart, you would've already had a light on so that you could
see your way through the dark. If
smart . . .
many times have we thought that? "If
I had a been smart - I would've seen that coming. . ."
But all to many times, we don't see those "things" coming.
We take our chances and grope along in the dark, trying to find our way.
you know that Satan is the ruler of darkness?
Of course you do - and you can prove it by going to Ephesians 6:12, and
Jude 1:6! Right?
Of course! (Sneaky way of
getting an obvious verse in the article, right?)
So what does that have to do with you?
More than you would probably like to know!
Have you ever had times where you
just can't seem to get on top of things? People
everywhere frustrated and irritated you. The
bills continue to mount up and panic begins to set in, worry consumes your
thoughts as you try to find your way out of the storm.
You and your spouse seem to never agree on anything and you sometimes
wish that you had never been married. (Aw
come on, now don't look at me like that - you can't tell me you haven't had your
moments.) Anger rises as you pray
furiously for God to change your spouse, or your child, or that infuriating
notice how in these times of stress and thundering emotional storms, all
"hell" breaks loose? Your
car breaks down, you and your spouse can't seem to speak a civil word to each
other, a rumor begins to spread and fear strikes your heart at the possibilities
of a church split.
feel like Job? Faithful, devoted to
God, a righteous man. Doing
everything right - and somehow nothing seems to work.
Your enemies ridicule you and it seems as though vultures are circling
above and all around you waiting to pick on your bones.
You comfort yourself by saying that God is testing your faith.
And you bravely stand tall and strong. . . .
even if you ARE a little weak in the knees.
Watching as all that you have worked for and believed for is destroyed
before your very eyes.
GOD really test Job? Or did Job
open a door for Satan to come in and destroy his family?
God was proud of Job - He wanted to show Job off - but when Satan
demanded Job, God could do nothing but confirm the fact that Job was in Satan's
hands. How, You ask?
Well, let's look at where Job lost it - let's look at the darkness that
Job allowed in his life.
the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to
me. I am not at ease, nor am I
quiet; I have no rest, for trouble comes."
ever is not of faith is sin - right? (Romans
14:23) Where sin is, there is
darkness, because there is no light, which is the presence of God.
Where there is darkness, Satan rules. And
that place where Satan rules - is rightfully his kingdom, given to him by us.
Job gave Satan an area of his life - in other words, without realizing
it, Job opened the door wide and invited Satan in.
Satan knew he had a right to Job because the darkness belongs to him.
you relate to what Job was saying? "I
am not at ease, nor am I quiet: I have no rest . . ." WHERE are you saying
this and why? Restlessness, lack of
peace, the fruits of the flesh - these are all signs of darkness and sin.
These are our warning signs that somebody needs to turn on the light!
you judged your spouse unrighteously? How about that member that hurt you, have
you forgiven them? Are you afraid of losing control over your child and trusting
God with him or her? Do you trust God at all? Sure that sounds strong, but, do
you? Are you trusting Him to guide your steps and teach you to be a good steward
with what He has placed in your hands? Do you trust God to change your spouse
and calm your fears? Remember, what ever is not of faith is sin, and where sin
is darkness rules, and where darkness rules - you give Satan permission to do as
he wishes. What Satan wishes, is to steal, kill and destroy - your peace, your
mind, emotions, relationships . . . and most of all, your call.
your Heavenly Father to turn on the light in your own soul.
Stop groping in the dark - Satan knows his way around in there and loves
to thrown stumbling blocks in your path. You
will be amazed at how much easier and peaceful it is when God shines the light
of His Word on your deepest thoughts and motives, and heals those gaping holes
in your soul. And you will be
amazed at how much easier it is to see your way around!!
know whether or not you are walking in the dark, take another look at Galations
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confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be
healed. The prayer of a righteous
man is powerful and effective. (NIV)
A Cartoonist, Graphic Facilitator and Creative Life
Coach, Shannon Parish devotes her life
to encouraging those who are fed up with the 'status-quo' and are determined
and pursue their purpose and destiny in life through one-on-one mentoring,
facilitated workshops and retreats.
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