Spiritual Eclipse

Here is the dictionary definition of an eclipse. An obscuring of the light from one celestial body by the passage of another between it and the observer, or between it and its source of illumination. Ephesians 1:18 was Paul’s prayer. It says, “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.”

Isaiah 60:1 says, “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.” John 1:4 says, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” Verse 7 was speaking of John the Baptist. It says, “This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe.” Like John, we are also called to be witnesses of Jesus, the Light.

Our fleshly reactions eclipse the Son. Romans 8:5 says that those who live according to the flesh set their minds on fleshly things. Verse 7-8 says, “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God…So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” Then Paul reminded his readers that, in truth, they are of the Spirit. The Spirit of God dwells in the heart of every born again believer.

Our progressive sanctification is a journey of decreasing our fleshly ways, and conforming to His will and ways, Therefore, the Holy Spirit within will resist us when we veer off track. We cannot bear the fruit of the Spirit through our flesh. Let me list them from Galatians 5:22-23: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

It is essential to connect the fruit of the Spirit to the inward graces that Peter wrote about. 2 Peter 15-7 is a list of what we are to add to our faith. Virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. Did you notice the overlap? It takes faith to yield to the Holy Spirit. When we allow Him to lead us, our hidden unresolved issues surface to thwart us. They were hidden in a fleshly moment.

Ephesians 5:8-10 says, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.” We know from Hebrews 11:6 that it is impossible to please the Lord without faith. It takes faith to walk in His Light.

John 3:20 says that those who practice evil (fleshly ways) hate the light. Did you know that cockroaches hate the light? If you walk into a dark room and turn on the light they will scatter. That is a great picture for us to remember as we read verse 21. It says, “But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” This verse gives weight to 1 Thessalonians 5:22. It says, “Abstain from every form of evil.”

Romans 6 is a very instructive chapter on how to live as children of light. Verse 1 asks the question: shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Pauls uses an emphatic statement in verse 2. It says, “Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” Verse 4 is a reminder for us of our death to sin. It says, “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

Romans 13:12 says to throw off the works of darkness and to put on the armor of light. Verse 14 is key to how not to eclipse the Lord. It says, “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make NO provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” Consider this. Anything that you do in the dark, that you don’t want anyone to know about, is fulfilling the lust of your flesh. Anything that we do in our flesh eclipses the Son, and darkens our witness of His Light.

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