No Darkness in You – A Word by Mandy Woodhouse
No Darkness in You
A Word by Mandy Woodhouse
Raise your hand if you’ve thought any of these following thoughts:
1. “What’s WRONG with me?”
2. “Why on earth did I respond that way, why do I always do this?”
3. “What’s going on in me to make me act like this? I’m so messed up.”
4. “Here I go again….must be something broken on the inside of me.”
If you’ve ever thought these things, you are not alone.
But did you know that not every thought that you have is from yourself? Think about that for a moment. The devil is called in Revelation “the accuser of the brethren.” He lives to accuse, lie, condemn, kill, steal and destroy those who belong to Christ. If I was the devil, one of my best tactics would indeed be trying to make born-again Christians believe that there is still some darkness inside of them that causes them to remain “messed up.”
What a lie.
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. – 1 John 1:5
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20
If you’re born-again, you’ve actually been crucified with Christ (see Galatians 2:20). Being crucified means that you’ve DIED. You’re dead and the darkness that was once inside of you died with you. And if you keep reading that verse you’ll see that you’re actually so dead that it’s now Christ living IN you.
Romans 6:6 says it in a similar way: “We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.”
If you don’t believe me, have a look also at 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
We’re new creations…reconciled to God…no longer enslaved to sin…He makes an appeal through us, calling us His ambassadors….and we are His righteousness.
Romans is one of my favorites as well. Check it out!
9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. – Romans 8:9-11
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19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own…” – 1 Corinthians 6:19
Now you may be saying to yourself, “God lives inside of me…yeah, I get it.”
1 John 1:5 states that there is no darkness in God. And if there’s no darkness in God – and if God now lives in you – isn’t the logical conclusion that there’s NO DARKNESS in YOU???
If you’re still trying to get your head around this truth, Ephesians 5:8 says it this way: “for at one time you WERE darkness, but now you are LIGHT IN THE LORD. Walk as children of light” (capitalization mine).
Let’s just define darkness the way that the Bible does. Darkness doesn’t necessarily refer to just evil such as murder or worse. The word “darkness” in 1 John 1:5 is the Greek word skotia which means lack of light, but also wickedness as well as things done in private that result in misery.
So the thoughts that we think that don’t produce or increase the Light but bring misery – such as, “what’s wrong with me” – are NOT coming from within us.
Please allow me to ask you a more important question: Who told you that something was “wrong” with you? It certainly wasn’t Holy Spirit. The Bible says that there’s no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus (so He wouldn’t speak in condemning or guilt-styled language). The Bible says that’s it’s the kindness of the Holy Spirit that leads to repentance (“something’s wrong with you” definitely isn’t a very kind thing to say, is it). The Bible also says that Holy Spirit comes to convict the world of sin BUT believers of righteousness (we were convicted of sin when we first got saved…now, He exposes any lies that we may be believing that would cause us to act contrary to our righteous nature, but He’d never tell us anything is WRONG with us because HE LIVES INSIDE US and we have a NEW NATURE and 1 John 4:17 says that as Jesus is so are WE). He may reveal lies that you’re believing that cause you to make bad decisions and then remind you who you are, but He will NEVER tell you that you are broken, messed up or that you’re full of darkness.
I am CONVINCED that thoughts like these come from external, demonic sources. The devil is a liar, and the father of lies and there is no truth in him (John 8:44). The devil is rejected, without hope, without peace and incredibly ticked off so he will do whatever he can to taint the thinking of a born-again soul and thus contaminate your mind and behavior to be like his.
Perhaps we need to repent of agreeing with his lies and start to partner again with what Holy Spirit says about us.
Precious friend, there is nothing WRONG with you. There is only something wrong with your thinking. You have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16) and the helmet of salvation to guard your mind (Ephesians 6:17) and you have weapons of warfare that are NOT of this world (2 Corinthians 10:4). Maybe this is an invitation to USE them!
The Word of God is your greatest mirror, so if you’ve believed lies for so long that you have forgotten who you are, meet with Him in His Word and allow Him to show you who you truly are in Christ. And then, start to remind yourself daily of this truth. There is no darkness in you! Ephesians 1:6 says that He has made us accepted by the Beloved. You are accepted. Loved. Chosen. Valued.
You are not rejectible, and there is nothing wrong with you. You are the sweet aroma of Christ. And by faith you do nothing BUT shine.
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A word by Joel Yount:
Several years ago while walking at a park an Eagle had flown right over me carrying what looked like a dead snake. The one thing that amazed me was how low the Eagle was flying as it flew above me. It was as if God was highlighting this occurrence that I had never experienced before.
Before seeing the Eagle and the snake, I had been walking around the park praying and declaring scriptures for breakthrough regarding a situation. Leading up to this time, it seemed as if there was an escalated season of attack from the enemy as someone had attempted to shut the Spirit Fuel website down. However, God stepped in and the individual responsible for that attempt did not succeed. Praise God!
Pay Attention To Signs God Reveals To You
God had stepped in many ways in only he could do. The escalated attacks had ceased. The Lord revealed to me that the Eagle had represented His power and protection coming down and taking the enemy (the snake) out of his place.
The Lord instructed me to send this testimony out today because He wants to remind many of you that nothing is hard for Him. He will send signs in the natural that relate to what is going on in the supernatural.
The prayers and declarations of saying scripture out loud at the park had activated something in the Spirit realm I believe. One important action I had taken before this event was sowing several seeds into different ministries. This act stretched my faith. When I saw what God did and how he turned the enemy’s plans upside down I was amazed. God is turning the enemy’s plans upside down in your own life today! Do something in the natural to activate the supernatural in your life today.
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