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Piercing the Darkness “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the water. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.” Gen. 1:2-3 “The earth was without form and void” - this very statement conjures an image of an empty slate. But was it so in the beginning? In Hebrew, these words mean to lay waste, a wilderness, in ruin, desolation and confusion. Our Creator doesn’t create “without form, and void,” nor a land of gross darkness. In Genesis 1:1 we read, “...God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen. 1:1) Between these verses, in the history of time, Lucifer, the worshipping archangel known as the shining one, rose in pride and became Satan, the adversary, the one filled with darkness. Kicked out of a glorious heaven, he still actively wreaks desolation and confusion in the earth, seeking to keep the Light of God from shining. With a word of command spoken from the Creator Himself, darkness was pierced and rolled away. Limits were set on its function. Does not every day begin with darkness? In the Jewish day, sundown signals a new day. Our days actually begin at midnight, and the first hours are the darkest. Darkness has its purpose. It’s a time of resting, transition, anticipation, but also can bring great emptiness, and fear. The Lord’s Spirit delights to hover over those areas of transition within our hearts and speak “Let there be Light”. A piercing word can bring a new day, a new framework, a new freedom. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… all things were made through Him…. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” John 1:1-5 God’s Word, the very words of Jesus active within, holds creative life. It is this light that illuminates our path and carries the power to dispel darkness in the atmospheres of our influence. Death and life are in the POWER of the tongue (Prov. 18:21). The spoken word is powerful. In the beginning a word of command had to be spoken to cause light to be released in the midst of that initial darkness. What has He spoken about situations you experience? What promises has He given to release life to those in your reach? As gross darkness increases (Is. 61), the glorious Light of the Lord will shine even brighter. It’s time to declare, speak, and shift the darkness around us with a consistent alignment and agreement to the Word of God. The Spirit of the Lord is hovering within as we encounter darkness in all forms, eager and awaiting our command. Pastor Sharon Carlson