Footsteps to Heaven - How the Light of Christ Always Conquers Darkness
This episode of Footsteps To Heaven is brought to you by gents Oestmann good news ministries of G. N. N. DOT ORG presents footsteps to heaven. Life's journey full of challenges. Sometimes we get stalled sometimes we get sidetracked when we walk with. Jesus the power of the Holy Spirit to the destination that God the father designed for us. The results are better than we could ask for or imagine. And now here's your host Terry Modique. The Gospel of John First Chapter Verse Five assures us this that light shines in the darkness and the darkness does not overcome it. What are you concerned about in your own life? Where darkness seems to have taken over the devil seems to have been interfering The ways of the world are interfering. The people in your lives are doing ugly. Things are behaving in ways that caused problems. What is going? Hang on in your life. That has you worried about the darkness that has you worried period because whatever it is you're worried read about there is darkness there and we need to realize that in the problems that we have darkness is playing some kind of a role if the problem is something like the Lord is asking you to do something. You don't WanNa do it. Then the darkness is within yourself and there's this struggle going on between in light and dark in you and if it's someone outside of you someone who is causing problems darkness in that person's life is instigating their the problems. But I'm here to tell you that light conquers this the light of Christ conquers it because what John. The Gospel writer was talking about in that first chapter was the word who became flesh the truth who became came flesh. Jesus Christ the word of God came to dwell among us. The light of God came to dwell among us the light of God the truth the holiness came to dwell not only among us but in US Jesus came to Earth so that we could learn from him and received from him through his Holy Spirit. This very same team light that he has so that we live as victors over. Every problem that we encounter in our lives so that we we can conquer. The Devil. Darkness is weaker than light. Our problems don't feel that way. Do they the problems seem overwhelming an ending. Problems can certainly seem like they're like evil more powerful than good no matter how much it's good you do to try to rectify a situation. Someone else's wrongdoing prevails and is keeps life hard or or miserable or keep the wounds going. It seems like darkness overcomes alight. But I'm here to tell you to reassure you something that you already know but probably need to hear again because I know this ministers to me whenever I think about about how overwhelming the darkness around me sometimes gets and seems like is getting more and more so think about the power of light over darkness in the physical world. And then you know. Let's we'll get to the spiritual in a minute talking about Christ but if you were to take two rooms that have no windows or the windows are all sealed off blackened out. There's no way for light to get in. And if you were to to make a hole in the wall that connects these two rooms and in one of the rooms. You Lit a lamp or a candle. Would the room that is without that light. The dark room would the darkness diminish the light in the other room passing through that hole or would the light passes through the hull and diminish the darkness. You know it happens. The light diminishes the darkness. The Light of Christ in you diminishes the darkness in your neighbor. Think about yourself as the room that has the light and who is it that you're concerned about your next to. Who's all in darkness? The Light of Christ in you is leaking through to that person whether they want it to or not all you need to do is be Christ for them and they are encountering encountering Christ whether they realize it or not whether they ask for it or not and yeah they might hide from it. Run from it. You know dislike you for it. Reject you for for it by your light is stronger than at the light of Christ in you is stronger than that. So let's talk about the power of light from the spiritual perspective. Jesus who is the light of the world is a gazillion times brighter and more powerful powerful than all the demons. Put together all the darkness. All your trials you know. He's bigger than all of that and infinitely only so when I said a gazillion. That's a made up word. But he's even bigger than that more powerful than that. The light is brighter than that. Let me tell you a story about something that happened to me. Many years ago I visited somebody's house and spent a couple of nights there and on the first night there in the middle of the night I was awakened by a sound that I know it sounds kind of like a gun shot but nobody had shot a gun off and you know I. It woke me out of my sleep and as I was trying to go back to sleep my bed started shaking. You know and it wasn't an earthquake and in my mind's eye I could see very clearly I should. Maybe I better way of saying it is in my spirit which was anointed by the Holy Spirit which is graced by the Holy Spirit. I saw behind behind me because the head of the bed was against the wall and in the wall and on the other side of the wall behind me. Now Mind you. I'm lying down and I can't see behind me physically. I could see up. I can see in front but I can't see behind me. I'm not turning my head around but I knew I could see there. Were Demons back there. Shaking my bed trying to terrify me to get me to leave this house. I saw that and I knew that as clearly as I can see the back of my hand it was that real and I knew that that to stop that all to do with say the name of Jesus but these demons were oppressing me and I couldn't get my mouth to open up so I started thinking I'm not GonNa let this defeat me. The Light of Christ me is stronger than as darkness so I thought the name Jesus US and in my mind I repeated that name Jesus Demons cannot read your mind if you have the mind of Christ if you are a Christian fully alive in your relationship with Jesus Christ and have the Holy Spirit in you demons cannot read your mind but the power of God's light the light of crisis so strong that all I need to do was start to think the name Jesus and repeat that in my mind over and over again and every time I said in my mind the name of Jesus the closer to the surface the closer to my mouth had got until I was able to actually say it out loud and the moment I said Jesus out loud the first time the first moment that that came out of my mouth the darkness fled the bed. Stop shaking the demons behind. The Wall. Were Gone John. I spent the next few minutes praising the Lord and trying to sort out what was going on and you know I never really did figure out why that happened except for for the fact. I knew that they didn't want me. They're not particular home. That's how powerful the name of Jesus is and that's the same thing as saying that's how powerful the light of Christ I is. Let me give you another way of looking at it. Another example of how powerful light is. Let's go back into to the history of our church. Our roots are in the Jewish religion member. Jesus was a Jew and in Christianity is based on is founded on Judaism the Old Covenant Giving Way to the New Covenant in Christ in and Jewish understanding of light and darkness. They know they've all we back. Through the Old Testament Jews knew. Oh that light gets rid of darkness. Darkness gives way to light light. Never gives way to darkness. This this is why the Jews Begin. The day considered a new day to begin at dusk. So that on a Friday Friday for example at dusk this is when the Sabbath begins the Jews were so full the understanding about how how darkness gives way to light that they consider the day begins with dusk. When night time comes uh-huh that is the beginning of the day? This is why the Sabbath begins what we consider to be Friday evening Saturday. The Sabbath Ebeth begins for them Friday evening. We think Saturday begins at midnight. The Jews think Saturday begins when the sun goes is down on Friday because when the morning arrives darkness is giving way to light so every day starts with darkness and gives way to light so when your day today ends. Think about this as as the sun goes down. You're getting tired right. You've been awake all day. You've been doing things all day. And our body clocks start. A producing melatonin are hormones. Produced Melatonin to help us be sleepy so that we sleep at night. Think of it this way. We don't get sleepy because the day has ended. We get sleepy because God wants to prepare for the next day at night. Eight our new day begins when the sun goes down and then we go to bed to sleep and rest because while all we are resting our brain is being renewed their chemicals that wash through our brain and re energize the cells which is why we feel so much more alert in the morning than we do at the end of the day. Why it's better to make decisions in the morning? Then at the end of the day why it's easier to remember things in the morning then. At the end of the day I call brainwashing God does the brainwashing during the night and end at night. We are resting up for whatever God wants us to do. In the new day in the darkness of what what you're going through right now. Whatever trials whatever troubles whenever you thought about it the beginning of this podcast? God is preparing you in this darkness for what he wants you to do. When the rest period is over and darkness gives way to light? He's got something for you to do in the light. You bring the light of Christ into the world you bring the light of Christ into the darkness around you God. It has a plan when you go to bed at night. Ask the Holy Spirit to come and feel your your dreams and to fill your brainwashing to feel your thoughts when you awaken with his own own presence his own thoughts with the light of Christ with his calling on your life with the mission that he's calling you to nighttime is preparation in for daytime darkness is not something that we need to look at as bad. Yes there's bad in it yes. Darkness is not of the Lord. Darkness is of the devil. But we're not anyway defeated by that. We're not anyway succumbing to that darkness for us who are followers of Christ. That darkness is the resting period the preparation period for what he wants us to do in the light. So use your dark times to get closer to the Lord to say come Holy Spirit. I need you come. Lord Jesus Guide Me Come Holy Spirit filming come Lord Jesus and Below your breath on me a new to fill me with your Holy Spirit. Father Father God I am your child your precious precious child and I know that you have a plan that will bring thank goodness out of this bad stuff Romans. Eight twenty eight. God works all things together for our good if we are following knowing Christ every darkness every trial has a blessing or multiple blessings in them. Saint doesn't want us to know that not saint was us to be in fear. Saint wants us to feel oppressed. Saint wants us to feel Like we can't see you know in darkness as we can't see what's coming we can't see what the Lord is doing the same says you can't see what the Lord is doing because he's not doing anything and God's saying you can't see what I'm doing because it is hidden from you right now but that's so that your faith will grow. Trust me more in the darkness. This is the time where we grow in trusting. God we grow in face because we need to darkness is when the beauty of of God shines just beyond our vision but our hearts and our spirits. No it's there and if you don't that means you need to spend more time in prayer in more time in reading what saints have said in the lives of saints were like more time Going to church. Maybe going to EUCHRE's together ration- Availing yourself playing praise and worship music and singing along with it. The darkness is a blessing because this is when we grow closer to Christ so that his light will shine more brightly in us It's an opportunity where God is saying. Come come closer to me realize I am with you. I have not abandoned you. One of my a favorite prayers very powerful prayer but very simple when facing all the dark stuff going on in your life he say. Jesus here's what's is going on. And of course he knows it but we're in dialogue with him and he wants us to to talk it out. Jesus here's what's going on but I trust in you take care of everything. Take care of everything and then we go to sleep at night. You know. We rest knowing that Jesus is is taking care of everything and when the darkness gives way to light we are part of getting rid of the darkness. The Lord works through us in US and four us. Let me tell you another story that illustrates this. When I was a teenager? I got involved in the occult. I have been raised a Christian. Jesus had been my best friend but when I gave myself over to the Sin of the occult I turned away from Jesus and the darkness came into my life over a period of seven years. I totally lost interest in Christ. I still believe he existed. But I totally lost interest interest. In being a follower. I really was corrupted by the ways of the world and and enjoying it and trying to corrupt others but Jesus did not abandon me. Jesus the light of Christ came into my life. My darkness gave way eight to light. Jesus rescued me. And that's a whole other story. And in some of my other podcasts. I've gone into it and And you can read something about it on. My website is well where where you find out more about who I am tells my story there the point I want to make right now. Is that light light. overtakes darkness darkness gives way to light. When Christ rescued me? From the occult. The light site that I entered into afterwards was much brighter fuller more complete more powerful than the light. I'd had in my life before I had gotten into the darkness. It was after Jesus rescued me from the cult that I met the Holy Spirit and was filled with with the truce I hadn't known before and became Catholic and and was called to ministry. The Light of my post occult years has been nonstop brighter than it was. Before her. My occult years. Everybody that you're concerned about. Who is in darkness realize that your prayers are bringing being Christ light into their lies and God is using their darkness to teach them something and when he rescues them from it in your prayers going to help make sure that happens? There are people who who never turned to Christ. Never come out of darkness and nobody praying for them. Your prayers will make a difference. Your prayers united to Christ. Who is the mediator? Already praying for them as a mediator praying before God God the father for their souls and the blessed mother's praying for them get their their patron. Saint there confirmation saints. Their Baptists will say other saints that apply to this type of situation there in get them all praying your friends in the church. Get them all praying. This makes makes a difference. All of this brings the light of Christ into their lives and when Jesus rescues them finally and darkness gives way to the light the light is going to be in their lives is going to be way brighter. Way More effective way bigger and more important with a mission that they are called to then whatever their life was like before they got into the darkness. That's the way God God works. That's the truth of the Gospel. That's what Jesus is all about. When Jesus gave himself into the darkness darkness of Good Friday Easter was a brighter light then what his life had been like before the cross light that gives way to darkness is only temporary? It's just like dusk. Come as like the day ends. Dusk settles in the night. Settles in and just like Jesus going into the Tomb. It's a period of rest for us or whoever it is it's going through it and and from that. The resurrection comes and it is always brighter then life before the cross rest rest in this truth rely on this truth. Pray in the power of this truth because God wants to use you as an instrument of his light right and is already doing so so use the times of darkness to grow closer to God to make a difference and allow guide. I had to make a difference in you. That prepares you for what he wants you to do. When the darkness gives way to light and to help with that? What pray this prayer with me? Open up your hands. Lift up your hands to receive. What Guy Wants to give you come Holy Spirit fill me come? Holy Spirit renew me come Holy Spirit. Whatever is dark in me replace place with the Holy Light of Christ come Holy Spirit? Teach me the truths that defeat the lies of darkness come Holy Spirit encourage me to live in the light of Christ in the midst of the darkness. That seems to be smothering me or in in the people that I'm praying for come Holy Spirit. Make me an instrument of the light of Christ commonly spirit. You have my permission to change me Amen. God bless you. You've been listening to Terry Modibo of good news ministries. He's for more faith. Builders or to learn more about this ministry come visit our website at G N M dot org. You'll find online resources and lots more to help you. 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