When the Night Seems Long

       Have you ever had a moment where the command of God comes through so strong you simply know you have to do what He is telling you to do right then and there?

I had such a moment last week. I felt I needed to call a lady from our church. The business I had to speak with her about was hardly earth-shaking but I knew it had to be done at that time on that day.

I called.

She answered.

Turns out she was on her way for a biopsy to find out if she had breast cancer ( not at all why I thought I was calling).

In the last year this sister-in-the-Lord has sat by the bed-side of one son severely wounded in a motor cycle accident, walked with her father through a major heart attack, stood beside her mom through breast cancer treatments, and her sister who nearly died of renal failure. Now her daughter may have celiac disease, and her seventeen year old has been experiencing mysterious black-outs. It’s been a long year by anyone’s estimation.

I hate to say it but she is not alone. So many are going through so much. This present darkness of night seems to be closing in more and more with each passing day. What can we do when the night seems so long?

First, remember Christian you are the light of the world. No one needs to walk in darkness when one of us is near. Inside of each one of us is an inextinguishable light. We carry within us the hope of the ages.

Second, when the night seems long shine your light. Be practical in your spreading of hope. Call someone and offer prayer. If you are suffering ask someone to pray for you. Don’t just go to church. Be the church! It may be midnight out there but it’s time for the sleeper to awaken!

Finally, speak to this darkness and command it to leave. Sing and make music in your hearts to silence this foe and this avenger. Antichrist’s spirit may be strong but it is not stronger than the worshippers of Jesus Christ. We are the victors in this battle brothers and sisters! I’ve read the end of the Book. We win! Don’t you forget it!

How can I pray for you today?

8 thoughts on “When the Night Seems Long

  1. I feel what you are saying too. There are so many under so much. I loved and needed your encouragement to be the church and the light of the world. Thank you so much.
    God bless you and yours and your prayers, Pastor J! You are making a difference in Christ!

  2. Thanks, Pastor J, for reminding us that we have victory in Christ. Lord, help me to see those who are in need of prayer and to agree with them that God has already won the battle and that victory is ours. A-men.

  3. Can I say OUCH!!! Because sometimes I feel like I’ve heard God Speak and say go pray for that person and I know in the past I’ve reasoned the nudging to maybe I heard Him wrong. I’m learning to go with the first or second nudge and do it rather than let my own/and or even the enemy’s doubtfulness creep in. Just last week I was urged to pray for someone and I’m so glad I did. This person now knows they don’t have to carry the burden alone, they know other brothers and sisters- in-Christ will hold their arms raised before the Father until they have the strength & faith to on their own. Thank you Pastor J for the all to real reminder that with the authority of Jesus Christ we commander what ever is the source of our darkness to leave and go straight to Jesus Christ for him to do with whatever is his will. Amen! and Amen! and Amen!!!

  4. This really was ‘just one of those years’ for many… I know it was a bit rough for me and the hubby, financially and physically. And upon talking to others, it was rough for them too. Thank goodness for God’s strength and joy! … and for a new year that’s coming. 🙂 (One thing that I did learn this year though, is that I don’t have the right to complain. There are people with cancer… or severe illness… or who don’t have jobs. And it makes me realize that I don’t have the right to ask “why me?”). Great post!

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