LUKE11:33 "No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light. 34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. 35 Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. 36 If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light."

Have you ever been depressed? Have you ever been so sad you thought you'd never smile again? When you feel like that, it seems like your whole body, your whole world, is full of darkness. Many times our depression, our dark spirit, is not our own doing. I have heard people say of someone, "What does she have to be depressed about? She has a great house, job, family, etc." But we don't know what another person is feeling. The Blues has hit all of us at one time or another and it seems like December and January are peek months for it. But God does not want us to be sad. He will not leave us in the dark if we will trust Him to bring us back into the light.

Satan is the Prince of Darkness. He will do every thing he can to keep us in the dark. He delights in our suffering and he will work through anyone he can to take the light, the happiness, from our lives. He will work through our children, our parents and even our spouses to plunge us into darkness. I think the word evil in verse 34 does not necessarily mean we are evil but could mean that we have allowed Satan to fill our lives with his evil, his darkness. His particular brand of darkness can be felt. It is like a thick, black cloak that covers us completely and snuffs out all our light, all our joy. It is as if he is actually able to eclipse our souls! He resents a happy Christian. He will try his best to cause us to feel bitterness, resentment and hate and these dark thoughts will drain every bit of the life, the light, out of our souls if we let them.

It isn't a sin to be sad, nor is it a sin to become depressed now and then. The problem arises when we remain depressed for days, weeks or even months. Sometimes the people around us are hard to live with and we have to fight to be happy. That's really hard, I know. And sometimes the happiness doesn't seem to be worth the fight. God said we are to be a light to the world. A light to the lost. A light cannot shine if it is hid under sadness. My light has become so weak that I thought it would never flame again. It has flickered in the wind of darkness many times. I can remember times when I thought there was only smoke coming from the ashes of my heart but God still had a small ember of fire there somewhere that, when I allowed Him to, he brought back to life. Sometimes, I get tired of fighting to get the light back. I think, "What's the use. I'll just give up?" But God wants to shine in our lives and He can't do it alone. We have a choice; we can sit in a pool of sorrow and be overcome by darkness or we can allow God's light to shine through us.



I hope you choose the light of God's love
over the darkness.

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