Designed for Darkness

Luke 4

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy..

1 John 2:15-17 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

Three ways Satan comes:

1) Lust of the eyes
Jesus has been fasting for forty days and he is hungry. Notice Vs 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”

Job 31:1 I make covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully upon a woman.

Protect your focus!!

2) Pride of Life
Vs 5-7 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.”

Prov 16:18 Pride comes before the fall.

3) Lust of the Flesh
Vs 9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here.

Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

We are designed for darkness!!

Luke 5:31-32 Jesus said: “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. 32 I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.”

John 15:18-20 “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first… I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you… ’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you.

A life in Christ is not for the weak and it’s not for the faint of heart!

Rom 8:34-37 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. 35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

2 Cor 12:10 …for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties (in darkness). For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Psalm 107:20 He sends forth His word to heal.

Psalm 37:25 (David speaking) I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging for bread.

Deut 31:6 the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Psalm 30:5 Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.

Joel 2:25 I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten.

1 John 2:9-11 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.

John 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Luke 4:14-19 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.

Jesus quoted these words:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Psalm 139:12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

Job 34:22 There is no deep shadow, no utter darkness, where evildoers can hide.

1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

When we are IN Christ we ARE the light. We can live in the darkness but the darkness cannot live in us!

Matt 5:13-16 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matt 26:41 "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

Zech 4:6 Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.