The thing that darkness and shadows creates is fear.
Dictionary.com defines fear this way -a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid. Synonyms: foreboding, apprehension, consternation, dismay, dread, terror, fright, panic, horror, trepidation, qualm. Antonyms: courage, security, calm, intrepidity.
Look at it again – a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined (italics mine).
That’s what darkness and shadows do; it creates an emotion of distress whether the threat is real or imagined. It’s a perception of our mind and our mind is a great weapon both for and against us. So, how do we control the outcome of that perception? We need to filter all that we see and hear through faith. Faith is something else we cannot see but instead of offering fear it offers us confidence and assurance.
As the reports of earthquakes, calamities, threats of war, economic collapse and so on bombard us we must remember to not fear but have faith. Remember this promise spoken by the God through the prophet Isaiah.
Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)
10 Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
There is only one condition of this promise. You must know Him and be close enough to hold His hand. That takes having a relationship with the Living God through His Son, Jesus. In these days of darkness and fear the only hope we have is in Him. There is no hope in any other Name.
And because some of you do not have that assurance yet we are going to leave the LIGHT on but one decision can make you someone with NO FEAR!