DELIVERED FROM DARKNESS
Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
Col 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
Col 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
Col 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Col 1:13Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.
Col 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins
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I tell you, that sounds like quite an assignment.
Be filled with wisdom and knowledge
Walk worthy unto all pleasing
Be fruitful in every good work
Be ever increasing in the knowledge of God
Be patient, longsuffering, and joyful

Now some of us are thinking right now, "I don't know if I can do that."
 
Well, on our own we can't, but the Good News is in the next 3 verses.
 
Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.
That word meet means: To make sufficient - Render fit - To equip one with adequate power to perform duties - To make one able.

The mighty work of Jesus has made you and I fit and equipped with adequate power to serve and to walk in His Light. He has clothed us with His righteousness and overlayed us in His armor and according to Romans 6:14 Sin shall not have dominion over you.

If you have been born again then the same Spirit that raised Jesus is in you. (Romans 8:11)
 
Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
Col 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins
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Friend, what I am trying to tell you is that whatever darkness you are caught in, there is sufficient power
in Christ to bring you out.  Darkness does not have power over you.

Look at the tense of this Scripture.
He hath made. He hath delivered.

It's not that He is not making us able, He has made. It is a finished work on His part.
God is not adopting me, He has adopted me.
When I came to Jesus and was born again, I was adopted.
He is not making me His child, He has made me and has given me the ability to shine as bright as I want
to for Him.  If I am not the bright light I should be it is not because I lack ability.
It's because I lack the want to.

People fall into darkness in different ways.  There is darkness in different forms.
Some people are in darkness where their soul is concerned, because they have rejected the Light of God in that area.
Some are in darkness where their finances are concerned.
Some have looked at how dark the economy appears and fear darkens their path.
 
Let me read you a Scripture.
Exodus 10:22 And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days:
Ex 10:23 They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings
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Egypt is a symbol of the world; the part of the world that is away from God.
The darkness that came upon them was a darkness so great that the Bible says in verse 21,
"It could be felt".
It was a natural representation of the spiritual darkness that Egypt and Pharoah were under.

There is no darkness like the darkness of the soul.
 
If 3 days of this darkness was so dreadful, what will the everlasting darkness of eternity be like?
 
I want you to realize that Egypt had no light in their dwellings.
A torch or a lamp could not drive back this darkness.

But look at verse 23, But the children of Israel had lights in their dwellings.

Where the child of God is, light is.
 
While the palaces of Egypt set in a fog of darkness, the poor in Goshen had light.
 
There are people today who have sold out, walked away from the Light, gave up the favor of God for
a palace in the world, only to find they traded for a dark and lonely place.
 
Even in the natural world it is hard to walk in the dark. You miss the landmarks and get lost.
You can stumble over things in your path you may not see, or not see objects in your path for what
they really are.
 
Sometimes we end up walking in darkness because we don't receive the warning.
We don't hearken to the Word.
 
When I used to night hunt, sometimes I would go by myself.
My brother, Leonard, gave me a warning, more like advice.
He said, "If you are going to go alone, make sure your light is charged and always carry a spare bulb. Changing a bulb in the dark is easier than walking in the dark."
I thought at the time that was good advice, but I didn't do it!
Not because I didn't believe him. I just neglected the words he had spoken. I meant to do it. I just put it off.
 
Am I preaching to anybody?

You all know what happened without me telling you.
One night about 1 1/2 miles back in the woods the bulb in my light blew out. I had to walk out in the dark.
It was hard to find the landmarks.
Oh, your eyes adjust, but not completely.
It was a very slow trip with alot of stumbling going on.
 
I want to mention something that darkness does. It has a sedative effect.
Did you ever notice that when the electric is off and you sit around in the candle or dim lamp light you are ready for bed in just a little while?
Well, spiritual darkness has the same effect.
 
Christian people get used to the dark, get used to living with oppression, because they are not walking in the Light of the Word.
 
I wanted to pray for a man once who was suffering with arthritis. He didn't want me to.
He said it was his cross to bear for the life he had lived. He thought that he could some way pay for his
sin by his own pain. When I told him all the pain he could ever suffer would not in any way pay for the smallest amount of his sin, he was mad at me.
 
Only the Lamb of God who was without sin could pay his sin debt.
The darkness of a religious idea had held him in opression all those years.
God sent the Light of His Word to free him; whether he ever received that Word or not, I don't know.
 
Let's look at verse 13 again.
Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.
 
Let's talk about the word POWER.
It is defined as the power of authority or (influence) - and of right (privilege) - the power of rule or government.

If you are born again, then you are free of Satan's authority, influence, or power of rule. Satan lost all his rights to you at Calvary. But remember, he is a trespasser and a thief.
 
Jesus paid the full price for our redemption and then gave us our freedom to choose. We don't have to let Satan lord over us.
 
We are not to be overcome by the darkness of this present world, but we are to overcome darkness
with Light; The Light of The Lord.
 
Let's look at a couple of other Scriptures.
1 Peter 2:9 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 marvellous light:
1pe 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained
mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
 
Philippians 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.

As we close, I want to leave you with this today.
I either read this somewhere or someone spoke it to me, but it has helped me over some tough places in ministry and I hope it will help you.
Here it is: God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
 DELIVERED
FROM
THE
POWER
OF
DARKNESS


TRANSLATED
INTO
THE
KINGDOM
OF
GOD'S
SON