by Barbara Latta
October is mostly focused on darkness, fear, and the celebration of evil due to Halloween. The day promotes scary practices as fun. But if we comprehended the emptiness and fear associated with total darkness and separation from God we wouldn’t be laughing.
Years ago, Ken and I toured some caverns in Virginia. The cave walls, colorful lights, and stalactites and stalagmites were impressive until the lights went out. The tour guide flipped the switch and the most complete absence of light I have experienced wrapped eerie hands around me. I could feel the darkness.
Panic rose and started to overwhelm me as the thought occurred to my mind, “What if he can’t get the lights back on?”
Thankfully, the lights did snap back on, and relief flooded me.
But there is another kind of darkness we all experience at one time or another in our spiritual lives and that is condemnation and guilt. When guilt weighs us down, we can feel like our souls are in a dark cave with no hope of finding light again. Hopelessness and depression are anchors satan uses to hold us captive to the pain of past sins and failures.
The answer for shadows caused by condemnation is the light switch of the Word of God. He tells us Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path (Psalm 119:105 NIV). When we meditate on what God says about us and ignore condemning thoughts, a rainbow of hope shines on our hearts and the heaviness of condemnation is lifted.
When we are in a dark room even a pin hole of light can lead us to the way out. Once we have found the door, we can let in more light. Likewise, the more of the Word of God we put into our minds, the more we walk out of the darkness that plagues us and we are released out of the prison.
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13 NKJV)
Condemnation and guilt were buried in a dark cavern with Jesus. Our part is to leave them buried there and remember that darkness is not part of our identity.
Feel free to share your thoughts or more Scriptures to overcome condemnation and guilt.