The US Federal Reserve offers an online currency education program whereby the public can study the security features of various dollar bills. Driving this is the idea that the best way to spot counterfeit notes is to be intimately familiar with authentic notes. The better acquainted one is with originals, the less chance there is of being deceived by fakes.
Just as studying original currency enables the detection counterfeits, studying the truth in God’s word enables us to detect satan’s lies. In a world rife with terror, oppression, deception and injustice, the temptation to believe darkness and evil have overcome can be strong. Yet, the opening verses of John’s gospel remind us that Jesus the Word was present at the beginning of the world and He is with us still. “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:4-5).
The better acquainted we are with the Light through prayer and Bible study, the more we understand God’s power over sin and evil. With this understanding, we are less likely to be deceived by the appearance of evil’s dominance. Are you battling darkness in any form today? Rejoice in Him, for whatever darkness we encounter, the Light of the world shines through and will always overcome it.
“I am the light of the World. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12).