Pure Light
by haRold Smith
from Jerusalem, Israel

"All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it." John 1:3-5

The struggle we find ourselves in can be brought, in its most elemental state, to a struggle between light and darkness. Except - there is no struggle. The Church has been hoodwinked into believing we are impotent against darkness - that darkness requires bluster, agony or rage to get it to pay attention when, in fact, just the presence of light causes darkness to simply - not exist.

When you enter a room full of darkness and turn on a light, is there a struggle for that light to reign supreme? No - it already IS supreme. Darkness is the absence of light. Where there is no light, darkness abides. When light appears, darkness CANNOT abide - it has no choice, it is a universal dynamic. Light dispels darkness. Light does not cause darkness to flee - it causes it to dissipate. When you walk down the street at night, you don't see darkness shining into the buildings, you see light shining out into the darkness, absorbing it and causing that darkness to become light. Darkness has not, will not, nor will it ever overcome light (John 1:5). Darkness is absorbed or, it can be said, embraced by the light thus OVERCOMING darkness.

life = light ---> (which produces) faith
death = darkness ---> (which produces) fear (unbelief)

The definition of Authority (from the Greek word exousia - eks-u-se'-a) in the scripture means "power of choice." The act of embracing the life He lived among us, gives us the Authority to CHOOSE life over death. When we CHOOSE to believe that God is Good, every day, regardless of what the world is telling us, regardless of what we see, hear, feel or think, and pattern our lives accordingly - we are choosing life. By choosing life, we are then choosing to be light. Before we can BE light to the world, however, we must first BECOME light within.

Healed Everywhere He went, Christ made a public spectacle of the powers of darkness by virtue of His life. He cast out demons with a word (Matthew 8:16) - no fight - because He knew the power that life, that virtue, that excellence of spirit, gave Him over darkness. He healed the sick because He KNEW who He was and what virtue He carried within Him. His life is the example He lived for us to follow (I John 2:6).

Most in the Body today do not comprehend or understand the depth of the authority of the Power that He has ALREADY given us (Luke 9:1, 10:19) because they do not KNOW Yeshua for who He truly is. Not what we would like Him to be, not who we imagine Him to be, but who the scripture chronicles that Life to be. We have settled for something less than excellence because to know Him requires of us something more than most are willing to give - our life (Matthew 6:25, Revelation 12:11).

The True Knowledge of God

The strongholds we are up against are those that exalt themselves against this true knowledge of God (II Cor.10:3-6). The battlefield where those strongholds exist is in our minds as to whether we are going to believe that God is Good in every aspect of life, regardless of what the externalities of life tell us. This is what Paul referred to as "fighting the good fight of faith." Do we believe who He says He is (backed up by the evidence of the life He lived before us) enough to embrace everything that He is? Or, do we CHOOSE to embrace fear because we are not really sure that what He said is true and begin to hedge in the areas of our life we are unsure of?

If you have embraced Jesus, then you have within you, right now, the power that resurrected Christ from the grave. As you embrace His life, His excellence of spirit, it becomes light within you. The more you choose to embrace and exhibit virtue in your daily encounters in life, the more brilliant that light becomes and that is what overcomes the darkness within you. No fight - just light.

Light When we try to avoid darkness or try to run it off, it is because we don't have an understanding of how powerful the Light within us really is. If we fear darkness, it is because we have come to believe that when we are in the middle of something sinister, somehow it will attach itself to us and contaminate us. The reality is just the opposite. When you are in the palm of God's Hand, the scripture says that NOTHING shall cause you to be removed (John 10:27-29, Romans 8:34-39) and when you walk around in the fullness of the Light of the Holy Spirit in you, the demons of darkness tremble (James 2:19). He spreads a banquet table before us, where? - in the PRESENCE of our enemies (Psalm 23).

What Does This Mean To Me?

God is calling upon us, His Body, to be Jesus to this world. God is calling on us, individually, to be Light in our corner of responsibility and then, collectively, to be Light to the world. We all know, if we become truly honest with ourselves, that darkness lurks in our life (I John 1:8). When we choose to embrace His life, we choose to embrace the authority that comes with it to CHOOSE to bring light into the middle of darkness and cause that darkness to become light.

We think this power, this authority in the Spirit, is to be on exhibit, when, in fact, the outward manifestation of the power of God is just a realization of the inward choices we make when we embrace Yeshua. His life was of such purity, the light so intense, the virtue so full to the brim that when someone just touched the hem of His garment that virtue, that light, simply overflowed out of Him and they were healed. He wants us to be the same way.

The authority given us is the power to choose to be light to the world, as He is. Before we can BE light, however, we must first choose to BECOME light. We must allow the light resident within us to become so intense so as to completely dispel the darkness within us, that the light can then spill out onto others and they be healed (Acts 5).

PRAISE - Hebrew - halal {haw-lal'}
1) to shine ---- to flash forth light

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." Romans 12:1-2