When Your Light Burns Out

Paul prayed for the Ephesians believes,

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened (flooded with light by the Holy Spirit) in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you,… and his incomparably great power for us who believe…” – Ephesians 1:18-19

When we allow sin – even what is considered the tiniest, most inconsequential of sins – to take hold without being addressed, our ability to see and hear Jesus becomes clouded and blurred, dulling our awareness of the presence and power of Almighty God.

This is a brilliant strategy by Satan because, most of the time, it is a process so subtle we don’t even discover it’s happened until “the eyes of our heart” are completely obscured by “muck” – right where the devil wants us.

Jesus put it this way:

“If you are filled with light (filled and controlled by the Holy Spirit), with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though floodlight were filling you with light.” – Luke 11:36

When we are having difficulty overcoming something that’s impacting our relationship with Jesus, our spouse, our children, issues associated with our jobs, etc.; when we feel as though there is something in the way of our ability to relate to Jesus in an intimate way – it may be that Satan has been playing us for a while.

In other words, when you find yourself in a dark place, it could be that Satan has “blocked out the Son” from shining in your heart and life.

Ask God to reveal to you what has burned your light out.  Address it.  Lay it at the foot of the Cross.  That’s when, as Paul worded it, Christ’s “incomparably, great power” takes over again.

“Incomparably” – Greek:  hyperballō – English: hyper – “over or beyond anything; not even suitable for comparison”

“Great” – Greek: megethos – English: mega (the only time it’s used in the New Testament) – “of the highest level of rank”

“Power” – Greek: dynamis – English: dynamite – “explosive”

That’s the power of God that Satan is terrified we will rediscover.