Encroaching Darkness

I have come to the realization that there is what I call “the spirit of a place.” The clearest Scriptural example of this is Daniel 10:13 where the prince of Persia withstood the angel of the Lord for twenty-one days. This “prince” was clearly an agent of Satan. To this day Persia (Iran) is a place of spiritual darkness, and the entire Middle East has been such a place for centuries if not millennia.

This observation calls to mind the statement of the Apostle Paul:

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” – Ephesians 6:12

The apostle was reminding us that we are dealing with two realms, the physical and the spiritual. There are many areas of the world that are ruled by principalities and powers of spiritual darkness.

Today, we in America are blessed to live in an area of light. Why? Because the people who came to America in the 17th Century were seeking freedom to worship the Lord. Their early laws, agreements and constitutions were based on the Bible. Because of this, the darkness was pushed away. But the darkness is threatening to usurp America.

But fear not. If the Children of God pray His Holy Word, we can again as Him to protect us and push away the darkness. Remember, “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.” (First Thessalonians 5:5)

Here are some suggested Scriptures for our prayers:

  1. “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” – Psalm 27:1
  2. “Ye are the light of the world.” – Matthew 5:14
  3. “Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness” – Psalm 112:4
  4. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light:” – First Peter 2:9
Many of the 17th Century Pilgrim villages repented and made a covenant of obedience with the Lord. They were known as “covenant villages” and did not suffer Indian attacks, crop failures and other problems that fell on some other villages.

May we, our families and our churches pray, repent, and make a covenant of obedience to the Lord. He alone is able to defend us from the encroaching darkness. May our prayers push the darkness away, and may God receive all the glory and praise!

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