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Paul Dhinakaran

Light Overtakes Darkness

Dr. Paul Dhinakaran
12 Jan
As you believe in Jesus as your Lord, you are blessed to overcome and escape from the darkness of sin.  This blessing is due to God’s unconditional love and grace; and not on your merit or worth.  When the early apostles preached Jesus, the Saviour of the world, the people felt guilty of their sin. They were cut deep to the core of their heart and repented. Their sorrow led to their repentance.  They wondered as to what they should do and to whom they should turn for their help but as they turned to God they were cleansed.  The Bible says, "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord"(Acts 3:19). Yes, only an encounter with His grace can enable you in a divine manner to be delivered from the clutches of sin. 
 
I read an incident that happened in the life of a great man of God, Charles Spurgeon, who is popularly known as the ‘Prince of Preachers.’ When he was at the height of his successful ministry, thousands of people were filled with remorse for their sins and were saved by the grace of God in his meetings. But he was a slave to the habit of smoking cigars. It was a hindrance to many who were addicted who wanted to get freedom from their bad habits. One evening while he was passing through the market road, he was startled on seeing a certain advertisement. Boxes of a particular brand of cigar were arranged attractively, with an inscription below, “This is the cigar that Spurgeon smokes.” At once, he turned back and ran home to set his life right with the Lord. The Holy Spirit came down on him in an abundant measure; he enjoyed the presence of God and was completely delivered from the habit of smoking.
Dear friend, when you are in Christ there is no place for the devil to dwell in you. You belong to the kingdom of light. Hence, as a child of God today, if there is any darkness present within you, receive the strength of God and depart from it. You belong to Him. You are purchased with His blood. You are a holy nation and a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9). No darkness can dwell inside you. Arise and shine.  The blood of Jesus cleanses you from all sins.  His blood and Name are sufficient to deliver you from sin, rebellion and wickedness. Bible assures, "In Christ we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding" (Ephesians 1:7,8).  Yes, the God of light frees you from the slavery to sin. 
Prayer:
“Loving Heavenly Father,

I regret for my hidden sins and addictions. I choose to depart from them today. I command every darkness in my mind and body to leave in Your precious name. As the Bible says that ‘if anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation’, make me too to be a brand new person, totally transformed from all addictions and to arise and shine for Your glory. 

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

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