There is a battle going on within all of us, a battle devoid of light, an almost eternal emptiness that is full of lies.
Darkness is a thief, a murderer, a liar. It is a snake that slithers through our minds, tainting pleasant thoughts, winding it’s wicked way through all of our happy memories, leaving it’s corruptive trail of doubt over every optimistic thought.
It is the creature that sits behind you, whispering to you. These whispers say to you so many things. You listen to the whispers and they grow louder, filling you with doubts. Fear. Insecurity. Despair. Anger. Jealousy. Hate. Rage.
You aren’t good enough, darkness whispers to you. You aren’t smart enough. You aren’t pretty enough. Or, You aren’t man enough. You aren’t strong enough, the darkness claims.
The more you listen, the louder the whispers become. What starts out as barely audible becomes a roaring voice in your head. What are you thinking about? Darkness asks. Why don’t you just think about how they hurt you? Think about how you failed. Think about the sad things, the bad things, the scary things, the angry things. Be sad. Be mad. Get angry. Hurt somebody. Be mean. Be bad. Be dark.
When you listen to this darkness, you do what it so easily suggests. You do get sad. Your mind is swallowed in despair. You do get mad, and everything around you becomes ugly. Or you get angry, and you lash out, hurting and destroying anything and everything that dares to get in your way.
Darkness lies to you and it laughs in silence as you fall for the deception. And you do fall for it, time and time again. You listen to the lies and you believe the worst, see the worst, show the worst about yourself. Your heart hurts, it’s filled with shame, and now you are at your weakest, your lowest.
The battle of emptiness has now begun, and it’s a battle that has been playing out since the dawn of mankind. You, my friend, just happen to be the toy of today. Darkness plays you like a game of chess, and manipulates your mind like a pro. Darkness feeds off your doubts, your hurts, your worries, and then it intensifies them until they burn out of control. Darkness steals your joy, kills your goals, and it tries, again and again, to stop your purpose.
Why do you listen to the darkness? Why do you believe the darkness? Why is it sometimes so much easier to listen to the bad than the good? To feed off the dark than the light? To ponder the hurts instead of the happy?
For some of us, darkness is a daily battle. A battle against a doubt, a battle against a fear, a battle against a high, a battle against a bottle. The stakes are high, and the war is intense.
Why do you think the darkness fights you in particular so very hard? Lies to you so often? Corrupts your thoughts daily?
The answer is so simple. The reason is so blatantly obvious that it is extremely easy to overlook. The meaning behind the battle seems too good to be true, and we have disciplined our minds into believing if it is too good to be true, then it just must not be true. But true it is.
You are important. Your purpose, whether you have figured it out or not, is important. You are a child of God, you are a creation of light.
No amount of darkness can dim you, unless you let it. Though we all have a little bit of darkness inside of us, and some of us may have been feeding that darkness and allowing it to grow out of control, we all still have a whole lot of light within us too.
In the beginning God created light. It was here from day one. He saw that it was good, He approved it, created it, and shared it. For us!
Light is a gift. The light is within us, around us, for us. Jesus is called the light of the world, and promises to help you to not have to walk in the darkness. Take Him up on that promise. Reach for the light.
There is inside all of us, light. Light so beautiful, so pure, so bright. The light comes every morning and chases the darkness away. The light is written in the most amazing book ever written and gives instructions on how to rid yourself of darkness. The light was born of a virgin, came into this world to live as a man, to fight our darkness and to die for our darkness. The light lives within us, a gift to us, the Holy Spirit within us, to help us to see through the darkness, to extinguish the night within.
Light overpowers darkness. Even a little light offers illumination in the gloom. Light allows you to see in the dark, to see what the darkness was hiding from you, light exposes the hidden, the shadows, the lies.
The light inside of us is beautiful, bright, breathtaking, it has the power to overcome the filth, the hurt, the anger, and the deception of darkness. Light uncovers the lies right before us, and allows us to see through the lies of darkness, and the light enables us to overcome this darkness.
When you can finally see what has been hiding from you all this time, you will realize that what was hiding in the darkness was never so scary in the first place. Light shines through anger, it dazzles through doubt, blazes past jealousy and illuminates all your fears.
Stop listening to the lies, stop hearing the words of darkness. Believe in the light, because the light is truth, and the light will set you free. The light is there for you, shines on you, shines in you and shines through you, for all to see it’s glory.
Yes, there is a little darkness in all of us. So what? The light is stronger. It’s just time to flip the switch.
May the light shine upon your face, inside your mind, and within your heart. Always.
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The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.
You, Lord , are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.
2 Samuel 22:29
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”