Meet the Authors.

Sarah Burlingame is passionate about Biblical truth. Her diverse church background has taken her through Mainline Methodist, Evangelical, Charismatic and Roman Catholic circles. Her calling as an intercessor led her to receive a certification in Advanced Spiritual Warfare from LMCI (Liberating Ministries for Christ International) . Sarah has served as a small group leader, worship planner, liturgical dance leader and online ministry coordinator. She holds a M.S. degree in Education and lives in northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and their youngest son. Her older sons reside in northeastern Pennsylvania and upstate New York. They attend North Rome Wesleyan Church.

Joanne Reinhart asked Jesus Christ into her heart at the age of nine in a Sunday school classroom in Maryland. Her journey with the Lord took her through various careers, colleges, and universities. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Art/Dance, Theology, and Education, and a M.S. degree in Educational Administration. Her passion for the Lord is evidenced through worship, dance, and teaching. She was liberated into her spiritual gifts and callings through the teaching resources of LMCI . Joanne has danced and taught at Christian conferences and various churches in PA and VA. She currently lives in Florida and attends church at His Heart Ministries: Donna and Jack Rigney, Pastors

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Battle Between Light and Darkness

Many may not believe this truth, but 1 John 1:5 says, “… God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.”  If this is so, then what is the darkness we perceive all around the world?  How can we battle against this darkness?  Will it overtake us? The headlines on the news and internet are echoed throughout social media.  There has been a shift from the truth of biblical standards to a worldly humanistic view of life.  For example, a human being is not a person until born and breathing life, but that “entity” can be aborted fully whole and discarded, or used for scientific experimentation.  Too graphic for you?  Did humanity evolve from some amoeba living under the ocean or from a monkey searching for food and shelter?  Did a big bang occur and set in motion the vast universe that runs like clockwork?

Genesis 1:3-4 (AMP)   And God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good (pleasing, useful) and He affirmed and sustained it; and God separated the light [distinguishing it] from the darkness.

(The notation [a] is translated from the Hebrew to mean: “It is My will that this happen.” God literally commanded (willed) the world into existence.)

Since we tend to think in literal terms, many people have been confused by this scripture. What was this “light” in Genesis chapter 1? If the sun was not made until the third day, then it seems clear that this “light” was not the illumination visible to the human eye that we know as light. No, we believe it is speaking of spiritual light and spiritual darkness. In other words, God built a spiritual earth which laid the foundation for the physical earth we see all around us. This should help us to understand that part of the spirit world exists within our very realm of existence.  For Christians, then, what should we do?

Ephesians 5:8-14 (NIV) For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)  and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.  It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.  But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:

“Wake up, sleeper,
  rise from the dead,
  and Christ will shine on you.”

1 John 1:5 (AMP)

This is the message [of God’s promised revelation] which we have heard from Him and now announce to you, that God is Light [He is holy, His message is truthful, He is perfect in righteousness], and in Him there is no darkness at all [no sin, no wickedness, no imperfection].

Since God is light, we are to live as “children of light” because the spiritual reality for born-again believers is that we are “light in the Lord.” The “god of this world” (Lucifer / satan) has blinded the minds of those who do not believe and confess that Jesus Christ is their Lord, and that God raised Him from the dead. (Romans 10:9, 10) We are to ‘walk in the light’ as Jesus is in the light, because we ‘shine as lights in the world.’

2 Corinthians 4:3, 4 (NASB)

 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

1 John 1:7 (MEV)

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Philippians 2:15 (NKJV)

... that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world

When we live as “children of light” and “walk in the light” of Jesus Christ our Lord, we will defeat darkness everywhere we go.  The shed blood of Jesus Christ is our covering, our protection.  The armor of light (Romans 13:12) keeps the world of darkness far from us!  The truth is, we have been delivered and rescued from the power of darkness and God has transferred us to the Kingdom of His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. (Colossians 1:13)

In this troubling world, may you receive the following blessing:

Numbers 6:24-26 (NKJV)
 “The LORD bless you and keep you;  The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you;  The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,
and give you peace.”’ 

~ Joanne & Sarah


  1. Yahshua or Jesus was, and is, and always will be the Light of the World in a spiritual sense, just as we are lights of the world if we are His born-again disciples. This blog post by my friends and sisters in Christ Sarah and Joanne is a great teaching that explains how light and darkness have a spiritual message hidden in allegory. As it says in Scripture:

    ~*~ Matthew 5:14-16 (NKJV) ~*~ “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

  2. Thank you for your Comment, Helena.