Day 28 – Darkness Must Flee!

Day 28 – Darkness Must Flee!

Billion Days 28Devotional for Day 28 – 2 Sept 2013

Reflection by Debra Monterosso (America), Prayer by Dr. Glenda Lattimore (Australia)
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Reprinted with permission of Pastor Jeff Daly – Comments to jdalylaw@aol.com

IntentionAs Christians living within a dark culture that promotes death, we need to move our light out into the open. We need to move from the shadows into the light of God’s truth.

ScriptureGive glory to the LORD your God, before he causes darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while you look for light, he turns it into the shadow of death, and makes it gross darkness (Jeremiah 13:16 KJV).

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me (Psalm 23:4 KJV).

Reflection: DEATH…to some it sounds so finite, scary and dark. In our ‘Culture of Death’ life is not highly valued. Through abortion, our culture seeks to exalt personal ‘convenience’ over the life of another. Through euthanasia it seeks to rid itself of the weakest among us. Through marriage re-definition, it seeks to remove the life potential that comes from the union of a man and a woman.

Jesus came so we can have LIFE and have it more ABUNDANTLY (John 10:10). So it is not enough to say Jesus came to bring us LIFE – He came to bring us LIFE in ABUNDANCE. If you want to see the Devil’s fingerprints on society…look for death in a life lived with no abundance but instead with ‘paucity’ (or poverty). What does this look like? Mother Teresa said it well: “It is poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.”

Truly, the Church has been the ‘Walking Dead’ in terms of our societal apathy to this mindset. We have elevated one individual’s life over the significance of another. This is the exact opposite mindset of the Christian life which should seek to consider oneself as less important than another and to pour out oneself in sacrifice to God, family and society.

LIFE…Christ uses the parable of a seed dying in order to release the potential for many seeds. He said, “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed.  But if it dies, it produces many seeds” (John 12:24). Once we give our human secularist mindset over to God, He will take the horror from death and turn it into a sprouting seed for new LIFE. Darkness and death must flee in the face of the Son and His promise for new LIFE. For the repentant Christian…

It’s time to die!

PrayerLord, please keep our hearts pure before You as we read of these sins. Fill our hearts with mercy for “they know not what they do”. We know too that we are all equally in sin without Your saving grace. But we join with You, Lord, in grieving over these sins, and we minister to You in Your grief as our Elohim God, the Creator and Giver of all life. 

Heavenly Father, please lead us in Your way in dismantling the labyrinths of Satan in our laws and culture. We repent for the sins of these lawless ones Lord, and ask that You bind every demonic power and cleanse and redeem us all with the blood of Jesus.

Please turn the hearts of everyone back to You, Lord, by the power of Your Holy Spirit. May the spiritually blind see, the spiritually deaf hear, the spiritually lame walk, and the spiritually dead be resurrected into New Life.  Amen.

[Blogger’s Comment: In today’s devotion Debra has tied together some of the themes of the Billion Souls Revival Prayer Call by contrasting the darkness of the culture of death (expressed through abortion, euthanasia and marriage re-definition) with the light of the culture of life (expressed in God’s truth in His Word). One cause of the culture of death is humanistic thinking which so much focuses on the ‘self’. It is actually a sin issue. In the middle of the word ‘sin’ is ‘I’ which stands for independence or self-centredness. Jesus talks about dying to self in order to find true life.
To become a Christian, I die to this rebellion towards God by
    • confessing it (my sin),
    • being genuinely sorry for it (my sin),
    • believing Jesus died for it (my sin),
    • thanking Him, then
    • changing my thinking (repenting), by
    • turning in a new direction to Him and 
    • asking Jesus to take over my life as Saviour and Lord.

Have you done that?  Read more about finding peace with God at http://peacewithgod.jesus.net/ by Billy Graham.

To live the Christian life, I continue daily to die to anything God shows me that is not pleasing to Him by
    • confessing it (this sin),
    • being genuinely sorry for it (this sin),
    • believing Jesus died for it (this sin),
    • thanking Him, then
    • changing my thinking (repenting), by
    • turning in a new direction to Him and
    • asking Jesus to rule in this area of my life as Lord.
Continue in prayer, with fasting and repentance, asking God that many around the world will come to that
“God so loved the world
that He gave His only Son
that whoever believes in Him
should not perish but have eternal life”
John 3:16 
 
  1. Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
  2. Pray for a billion people to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
  3. Pray for an end to abortion and for God to turn back the tide of death and immorality that is sweeping the nations of the world.
  4. Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.
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