....a dismembered hand writing on a wall to announce impending doom ...

the dead breaking forth from their graves en masse ...

a drowning herd of demon possessed pigs ...

a naked, raging demoniac who lived amongst the tombstones and could not be bound by chains ...

These are not snippets from horror stories told around the October campfire; they are but a few of the unnerving, real life stories recorded in the Bible.

Each story seems frightful on its surface, but each story proclaims the supremacy of God. Specifically, they portend the fall of the corrupt, the liberation from death, and freedom from bondage.

God’s method of accomplishing His purpose may differ in various times and circumstances, but the core of who He is does not change. God is love. And His perfect love casts out fear.

When His perfect love enters our hearts, that which once haunted us and the evil that lurked there, is displaced. For what fellowship does righteousness have with lawlessness? For what fellowship does light have with darkness?

The Bible tells us that “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.”

The verse both pushes and pulls. It gives us the power to overcome and it compels us to love. Yet it restrains us in wisdom and self control, lest we, ourselves, become a holy terror.

It is Christ who makes us fearless, but we are to go in peace.

STACY KEELIN may be reached at shadowsoflight@zoom.email

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