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Friday, June 24, 2016
Ephesians 6 speaks of our warfare against "this" present darkness. It would be much more natural if it said "the" darkness or against darkness. The key word is not darkness, but "this" darkness. "This" is a modifier. It means it's a particular kind of darkness. It's not everything, it's not all, it's just "this" darkness, a particular darkness. When you're going through something, and it seems to engulf you, overwhelm you, like everything is dark, it's not darkness, it's "this" darkness, it's only for now, it's not the end of the story; it's going to pass away. You're going to pass through it. No matter what you're going through, put a "this" in front of it. It's not the end of the world, it's "this" world. It means there's a better one. It's not the whole story, it's just "this" story, which means there's a better story. It's not the whole situation, it's "this" situation. What you're going through isn't the whole thing, it's only "this," and "this" will surely pass. Be strong and you'll pass through it and always remember even the darkness is just only "this."
From Message #452 - The Armor Of The Hero
Today, ask the Lord to adjust your thoughts and actions to the fact that the darkness in your life is temporary.