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Darkness shall not overcome – Part 1

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Israel Kristilere

Text: John 1:1-5 (NIV)
 
Introduction

Today’s message is lifted from John 1:5; “Darkness Shall Not Overcome.” It is short, simple, and direct. John 1:5 reading from the New International Version says, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Our topic is a prayer, a prophecy, a declaration and shall become your testimony. I declare today over your life, your family, your finances, your ministry, your business, your work, etc., “Darkness shall not overcome.” There is no doubt there is a constant war between darkness and light in our world. Much of the heinous things we see around us are the effects of the works of the kingdom of darkness (Eph. 6:12). But I pray over your life today, darkness shall not overcome you. Amen.

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What Is Darkness?
A very simple answer to this question is that darkness is the opposite of light. Where there is no light, there is darkness. The Greek word employed here is “skotia,” which could mean “dimness, obscurity, want of light” and it is also a metaphor for “ignorance of divine things, its associated wickedness, and the resultant misery. In the Bible, darkness commonly denotes ignorance, blindness, guilt, or misery. (Isa 9:1-2, Act 26:18; Psa. 74:20-21, Psa. 107:10) Ignorance is a veil, which leads to corrupt principles, a commission of enormous transgressions, which are justly described as the works of darkness. From hence arise distresses and miseries of various kinds, which terminate in utter darkness and everlasting woe, unless prevented by the illumination of the true light. Darkness, therefore, means blindness, ignorance, error, suffering, backwardness, awful gloom, affliction, oppression, fear, mourning, desolation, suffering, death, and the like. It means anything evil or that which is not of God. The greatest darkness over the world is that of SIN.

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Today, our world is filled with the darkness of
• Falsehood.
• Hatred and
• Death.

Whatever might be the dimension of darkness around you, I declare, it shall not overcome you.
• Overcoming Darkness

One beautiful and powerful revelation of this passage is that darkness is not designed to overcome the light. John Chapter 1:5 speaks of Jesus Christ as the light that shines in darkness and darkness could not overcome Him. The Greek word employed here is “katalambánō,” which means, “to take eagerly, seize, possess, apprehend, come upon or comprehend.” That is why NKJV and some other versions used the word “comprehend.”

Shepherdhill Baptist Church, (Sanctuary of Grace & Glory), Baptist Academy Compound, Obanikoro, Lagos.

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