Is the darkness on your side?

John 3:19,20 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

There is a song lyric out there that says “the night is on my side” and I would say the song I am thinking of is talking about being a rebel. Whenever I see a bar or club in a movie or t.v. show they are always pictured as being dark inside. In fact it used to be in westerns the bad guy always wore a black hat. Everything pointing to the darkness and whether people wish to admit it or not the darkness of the soul. Even trying to wear all black clothes is us trying generally trying to hide our weight, which spiritually agains has the potential to suggest we are hiding how lightweight we are in that area of our lives.

Did you know we cannot create darkness? It is true. Even when we turn the lights off we are not in actuality making it dark. Our mind says we are but truth be told all we are doing is turning off the light. We can dim the light or we can turn the light on so high it can blind a person but we cannot turn on the darkness. Darkness is the absence of light.

In the darkness of the womb we are conceived in sin (Psalms 51:5). That darkness reprents the darkness of our souls because thanks to sin we are all born spiritually dead. Contrast that with Jesus, who through the power of the Holy Ghost (Luke 1:35) His human body was conceived thus no sin in Him. Jesus came into this sin filled world as the Light (John 8:12). Light to shine into our blackened souls to reveal to us our hellbound condition.

Because of that hellbound condition we are in desperate need of His light. The problem with that is that people kinda like the way they are and don’t want to leave their confortable darkness. They believe the darkness is on their side. It feels good where they are at and they don’t see any need to change. What they are missing because of shortsightedness is that the darkness of this world which has the light of Jesus in it will one day end in Hell which is described as a place of outer darkness (Matthew 8:12). That means the darkness will become visible to them, no light at all for the rest of eternity. Darkness so thick you can feel it. Yes I know Hell is supposed to be fire so how can there be such darkness? Because the fire there will be so hot it will burn up the light normally generated and the payment for the sins of this life will insure a person there is never able to finally die (Romans 6:23).

The darkness is on nobody’s side. Jesus asks that we put our trust in Him and His light and be saved. Have you? If not, will you?

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Writer’s block

Admittedly I haven’t been writing these blogs as often as I should be or as often as I would like to write them. I have learned three things over the last year and a half or so. One is that whenever I can’t sit down and write the ideas and thoughts flow like a wide open faucet. The second is that those times when I have the time I tend to not even think about the concept of writing. It just skips my mind. Of course the third thing is that dreaded writer’s block. That moment when the desire to write is there and yet the part about what to write is no where in sight.

There are times when as I am working a thought comes to mind but it doesn’t, for various reasons, seem like a good idea to write them down. Often times those moments are when I really need to see someone and talk face to face with them. To me this is more of the Holy Spirit inducing writer’s block in my opinion. I say that because what I am wanting to say at the moment is not something that should be put out there for the masses. Other times He does it because I am not in the correct frame of mind. Those things I would love to say are not coming from a heart of love or perhaps their foundation is second-hand knowledge, which I couldn’t verify but want to act upon. 

Still there are those moments He gives me writer’s block because it will do the most good if an actual conversation can be had. Too much can get lost in written form. Words while written down for all to see are subject to interpretation based solely on the reader. That person can read anger, doubt, joy, or any other emotion into written words and thus alter the very meaning of the message. Now that is not to say that all written messages are doomed to be miscommunicated; no, I am thinking of those times when emotion plays a very significant role in the message or has the potential to be implied.

Maybe that is why we see the Apostle John closing out Second John and Third John by saying he had more to say to those who would be receiving his letters but at that point it was best for him to hold off on saying it until they were face to face. Perhaps the Holy Spirit suddenly gave him writer’s block simply because the rest of what John had to say was solely between them. Third John does strike me as being somewhat fiery so perhaps it was simply for the best to stop where he did so as not to arouse too much emotion that could get out of control.

At any rate, instead of looking at writer’s block only as a draw back I think we should keep in mind that it can be helpful. We just need to try and look at it from all the angles and not just from our own frustrations.   🙂

A needless upgrade

Recently the wordpress app on my phone updated. Long story short I do not like this update. I like the previous version much better, and not because I don’t like change. This feels more clunky and to me takes longer to do things.

It reminded me of Galatians 1:6,7 “Imarvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.” The people in Galatia had heard someone claiming to have a better gospel than what Paul preached and they jumped at it. Trouble was, it was not a better gospel. It added to the work of Jesus, added to them unnecessary burdens that didn’t help, and it lead them astray and thereby others that they would witness to further from God. 

We don’t need something better than Jesus and His sacrifical death on the cross to save us. The reason why we don’t is because NOTHING IS BETTER!!! Jesus came and paid our sin debt and all we have to do is accept that and ask Jesus to save our Hell bound souls, and He will. Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Does God have nightmares?

I had another rough night of sleeping the other night. Not so much from the pain and discomfort in my neck due to the accident. No, this was because of some bad dreams and nightmares.
Just before bedtime my wife had informed our daughter it was time for bed, she very plainly said “I don’t care”. Well around this house dad and mom are still dad and mom and those living under my roof will respect that. She got a spanking for what she said along with the reminder as to who God has placed in charge. For me though all my dreams that night were about my daughter getting in trouble for saying and doing things she shouldn’t have. It was terrible, I love my daughter and don’t want to punish her.
That lead to this thought, does God have nightmares? To start let’s clear one thing up Psalms 121:4 “Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” God Almighty never has to even take a nap let alone sleep. Sleep is for us humans. Now in Mark 4:38 we find this about Jesus, “And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow”. When here in his 100% human body Jesus who was also 100% God had to sleep. I don’t know if He dreamed any. What I do know is that most dreams and nightmares I can recall are centered around lust (lust isn’t just sex but anything we crave can be a lust such as food or people or cars etc.) laziness (not working even though I should and can) nightmares are generally about being afraid and fear is the opposite of faith.
Well God doesn’t sin so that basically eliminates all of that. So does God have nightmares? In the loosest sense of the word, yes. His nightmares are when His children disobey Him and get out into sin. Not that He has been caught by surprise. Nor has it ruined His plans. It is about His children who are called by His Holy name living in sin with His Holy Spirit living inside of us, 1 Corinthians 6:19. That means the Holy Spirit, the 3rd member of the trinity, has to go through that sin that we are enjoying. For Him that is Holy that is a real nightmare.