Sometimes, the raging war of darkness can be relentless.
Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.~1 Peter 2:11 NIV
Sam’s childhood was not one he wanted to remember, so the liquor he drank kept those memories buried deeply in his subconscious.
Sam’s only goal entailed finding the bottom of the bottle. Once he attained his goal, he found silence from the laughter of the townspeople. Nevertheless, deep within him, he felt a raging war of darkness against his soul.
At the age of thirty-three–and face down in a dark alley–Sam faced the darkness that was undeniably inside him. The fight could have gone either way. He cried to God, and with each humble cry, light overtook the darkness.
After Sam’s prayer, something differed. The darkness in his life vanished, and he felt new. Sam’s war ended in victory when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!~2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV
My victory from the darkness came at a youth group meeting. The battle was explicit, with evil on one side and goodness and mercy on the other. The struggle felt like a game of tug of war, with the prize being my eternal soul. Nevertheless, with one good pull, God’s goodness and mercy won the battle when I, like Sam, asked God to forgive my sins and enter my life.
For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time behold, now is the day of salvation.~2 Corinthians 6:2 ESV
Today would be a wonderful day to attain victory over the darkness by asking Jesus into your heart. If you have done that, why not share your testimony with someone?
Do you feel a raging war of darkness inside you?
Lord Jesus, I come to you today and ask you to forgive me of my sins. I surrender and accept you as my Lord and Savior. Come into my life and make me a new creation today. Amen.
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