Jan. 21, 2021

Battling Fear and the Power of Darkness in Your Life | Colossians 1:13

Battling Fear and the Power of Darkness in Your Life | Colossians 1:13

Colossians 1:13 (NIV) For he (meaning God) has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.

Transcript

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth. 

Today, I want to talk to you about being set free from the power of darkness. 

So many of us today live under the oppression and heaviness of anxiety and fear. And if that’s you, you are not alone. Even followers of Christ 2,000 years ago dealt with these same fears.  

We’ve been studying the book of Colossians. You may recall that false teachers were deceiving new Christians into believing that simply giving your life to Christ was not enough to set you free from the powers of darkness and eternal damnation. You had to know more, do more. They were being tricked into believing that you had to say magical words or do certain spells to appease the dangerous powers of darkness. And, as you can imagine, this caused the Christians there to live in constant fear. 

And, you know what, they actually had it right. The truth is that you can’t escape the bondage of darkness on your own. But what they didn’t truly understand is that Christ had already defeated Satan through His death and resurrection. There was nothing more that they had to do. 

Just as Paul says here in Colossians chapter one verses 13, “For he (meaning God) has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.”

So, what is the dominion of darkness Paul’s talking about here? That word “dominion” in the original Greek language means power, authority or strength. Meaning that until you give your life to Christ, you are under the power of Satan. And some of the believers in Colossae feared that they were still prisoners of that darkness. And likewise, many of us feel the same way as we struggle with fear and anxiety.  

But, my friend, this is where the Truth sets you free. Paul says to you, “God has brought you into the kingdom of the Son he loves.”

Now, this is where our English translation doesn’t even begin to describe Paul is saying here. In the ancient Greek culture, that phrase “brought us into the kingdom” was frequently used to describe a massive dislocation of a group of people from one region and locating them to another region. In other words, not only did Christ dislocate you from the dominion of darkness but he gave you a new permanent address and that is the Kingdom of God. You have been rescued from the power of sin and darkness. You now dwell in a place of peace and authority over Satan. 

So, your Simple Truth for today: What if today you choose to live like you believed this verse? Now, just hear me out here. When those fearful, anxious thoughts come knocking on your door, choose to live like a citizen of the Kingdom of God and tell Satan where to go. Because, my friend, you belong to Christ. And because of that, Christ brought you into a life of authority and freedom. Now, your challenge today, should you choose to accept it, is to live it. 

Hey, have a blessed day. I’ll see you tomorrow.