The darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining (1 John 2:8). These are the words by which John, the aged apostle, encourages his spiritual sons and daughters who are struggling against various forms of temptation.
The imagery is backwards, isn’t it? How can darkness fade? Darkness doesn’t fade; light fades!
But the kingdom of God reverses the natural progression of things. In the kingdom of God, darkness fades. The light of God’s glory does not fade. In fact, it only increases and increases.
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
Do you hear this? We are progressing from one degree of glory to the next! The light is increasing and the darkness is decreasing!
But we tend to feel the opposite. Have you ever felt like the temptations that you face are getting stronger and your ability to resist them is getting weaker?
If you’ve never felt this before, you’re bound to feel it at some point during the fast. I always feel at some point in the fast that my ability to resist the urge to eat what I so desire to eat is getting weaker and weaker and weaker . . .
But this is the wrong mindset. You are not getting weaker; you’re getting stronger! You’re more powerful today than you were yesterday! And you’ll be more powerful tomorrow than you are today!
Fasting only weakens the believer who believes that they will be weakened by their fast. But the believer who believes that God’s supernatural strength will increase in them each day as they fast experiences that continual strengthening.
The challenge is to reject the mindset of deprivation. Instead of walking around feeling the pain of what you’ve lost by agreeing to undertake this fast, embrace the privilege of what you are gaining; a new level of devotion, and a greater glory!
And whatever darkness that has held you back in your past is very quickly becoming obsolete. The darkness is passing away . . . it’s fading fast. And the true light is already shining.
Be encouraged and strengthened today like never before!