Ephesians 6:12 – “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Are you afraid of the dark? Are you frightened by things that you cannot see but imagine that they are there hiding for you in the dark?
For some people this is a very real, very scary thing to endure. There is extreme fear to them when they are alone or when they find themselves completely engulfed in darkness. I have been around people who have experienced this two times this week. One was afraid of the dark and the other was fearful that something was following her while she was alone in the house. I don’t understand this fear because I have never experienced it on that level. However, just like any other fear, it can be overcome.
But what I wanted to get at today is this – we face real and very scary things every day and most of the time, we don’t even realize it. You see, we fight a battle that no one sees. It is a spiritual battle. It is the one that is fought in the hallways of our heart when we have to decide whether we are going to do this or do that, will I choose to follow after Christ or will I choose my own way.
The devil has a vested interest in this battle. He knows that every time we choose to go against what we know is truth and righteousness that he has won a small victory. And he is a powerful foe. We sometimes think of him as a little red demon with a tail, pitchfork and horns. But in reality, I believe that he is much more scary than that. I imagine a coldness in his eyes that would send your heart into arrest and a snarl on his lips that would make you cry. And it’s not just him – he has a whole gaggle of demons doing his bidding. He can’t be everywhere all the time but he can send his hinch men out to do his thing.
It’s not a pretty picture. And we imagine that he is out there especially at night, in the dark. He and his demons are, after all, called “the rulers of the darkness of this world”. So it only makes since that darkness frightens us.
But we do have this – 2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” You see, we have no need to fear the dark. God did not give us a spirit of fear. He gave us much more than that. We have power – power in Him and His salvation. He gave us love – unconditional love that will last through eternity. He gave us a sound mind – to make the choice not to be afraid of what we do not see.
I want to encourage you today to choose not to be afraid. Don’t let fear have a seat at your table. Fight that spiritual fight with the armor of God and claim the power, love and sound mind that He has promised to those who choose Him.