By Kathi Pelton
“For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” 1 John 5:4
If you walk into a sunlit room where a lamp is on and you turn it off— the room remains filled with the light from the sun (the shadow of darkness does not overtake the light). Yet, if you walk into a completely dark room and turn on a lamp— the darkness is utterly defeated and no longer remains. Light is so much more powerful than darkness. Just consider the vast darkness of the night sky; the stars, planets and moon shine all the more brilliantly— darkness is merely the backdrop to reveal the bright light.
When Jesus took his final breathe while hanging on the cross, to pay the price for the sin and darkness that sin had ushered in— it was then that the darkness began to truly tremble! During his three days in the tomb, when it appeared to Christ’s followers that darkness had overcome hope and light— THE DARKNESS WAS GREATLY TREMBLING!
Jesus’ overcame darkness and took back the keys that held mankind imprisoned to sin and guilt— and the penalty of that sin. It had been paid!
““When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.” Revelation 1:17-18
Jesus having the keys of death means that He has the power to release from death those who receive the gift of salvation He offers. Sin and death (earthly and eternal darkness) have once and for all been overcome by a great light! Absolute victory is given freely to all who desire to receive this gift of grace provided by Jesus.
As we look around the world now, we once again see darkness trembling. Though it looks to the natural eyes as though darkness is confidently advancing, KNOW THIS— DARKNESS IS TREMBLING! The advancement is merely the frantic activity of a defeated foe and those who have aligned with his rebellion.
God’s people are calling out to be refined by holy fire and worshiping him in high praise like never before. His people, around the world, are praying prayers that are filling the bowls in heaven; His people are going into the world to declare his light to those bound in darkness. And, his people are standing in the authority of their risen Christ, using the keys given to them to shut doors and open doors. Darkness is trembling!
“And I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David. He shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.” Isaiah 22:22
Though the nations rage as the darkness trembles, disguising the sound of trembling as the sound of boots advancing, the deceiver is merely marching closer to his eternal demise while God’s people are advancing closer to the fulfillment of our coming Christ.
We must not be shaken! Our hope is not in our earthly nations or their rulers— for our citizenship is in an eternal kingdom that is unshakable. That is where our hope and confidence is securely fastened. Let’s remember the words from Psalm 2,
“Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” Psalm 2:1-12
Here is where our only trembling should be happening,
“Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.” Psalm 2:11
When we worship and encounter our King and Savior, often we begin trembling. Trembling at his majesty, his splendor, his power and his kindness. His touch and his love make us tremble in overwhelming delight and his might and power cause our knees to hit the floor, trembling in reverence and honor.
Do not let the darkness make you tremble! Let the light make you tremble. Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice all you nations for we are overcoming just as Christ has overcome the world on our behalf. Kiss the Son and take refuge in him alone.
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
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