Hell Can’t Put Out the Light

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“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 1:4-5).

If you want to frustrate Hell, let your light shine!

Recently, I was in our sanctuary with my husband and our daughter-in-lawlove (who works as our Administrative Assistant) making preparations to for Bible School classes. The three of us were in a very large room together with ONE fly –but somehow, this single fly found a way to irritate all three of us!

I hope this is how Hell feels when we let our light shine!

Imagine a large auditorium with no windows or exterior doors. If all the lights were turned out, it would be pitch-black in the room–so dark in fact, you and I wouldn’t even be able to see our hand in front of our face. But now imagine if a single firefly was released. All of us would see it. No matter how dark the room was, the single glimmer from a firefly could breakthrough the darkness.

This is how it is with the Light of Jesus in your heart. He said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12). In other words, He is the Light that lives in you, therefore YOU are never in the dark. In fact in another passage, because of this truth, Jesus said you and I are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14)–all because He made our heart His home.

But the funny thing is what John said about the effect of light on Hell. “And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” It tickles me to think of Hell (the devil and all his demons) scratching their heads saying, “What is it? Where does it come from? Why can’t we put it out?” This is exactly what it means when the Bible says the darkness did not comprehend the light. In other words, they don’t get it.

Another translation says, “…and the darkness could not overcome it.” I like this too. If a firefly in a dark auditorium has the ability to breakthrough the pitch-black, what can the Light of Jesus in our heart do in a dark world?! Hallelujah!

And just like the irritating housefly that buzzed around our heads the other night, I hope our Light shining in the devil’s darkness irritates the fire out of him! But of course, I don’t have to hope–I know it does! It is the reason he is forever trying to extinguish our light.

But praise God we’re not in the dark anymore! “For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of Light [lead the lives of those native-born to the Light]. For the fruit (the effect, the product) of the Light or the Spirit [consists] in every form of kindly goodness, uprightness of heart, and trueness of life” (Ephesians 5:8-9, AMP).

So go irritate Hell today! They can’t put your light out!

Thanks for sharing!
  • June McLaren

    Oh, such wonderful memories I have of the little lightning bugs (as we called them in northern NH). We don’t see them here by the shore (sea coast of NH), and I miss them. I, too, have written devotionals (for my little group) … based on the wonders of this little bug. Thanks for a lovely memory … and a powerful message, Daphne!
    But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a
    dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may
    set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections
    of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
    Bible – Lockman)

  • Mary

    WOW! i like this devotional reminding us that through the light (word is light) of the Lord Jesus Christ (Whom he is, Jesus the Word) there is authority already. The presence of the life (whom is Jesus) and light (whom He is) of Jesus in us carries all the authority we need to make a difference. We just need to acknowledge the light inside of us, and allow it to come out.
    By the way here in south Texas there are alot of fireflies, We call them light bugs, we can go outside at night and see them all over the trees and plants in our yard. The one thing we didn’t know was there are different kinds or colors, we have seen big red ones and green ones too! They are beautiful. And hard to catch! That is the way we should be you are right! First light up the darkness and be hard to catch! LOL!
    You always make me think and that is good! I enjoy your devotionals.

  • Lydia

    Yes, only a little thing like a fly would make you come up with such a wonderful message:) :) I love it! Yes, it is sooooo important to let our light shine; the cleaner the bulb, the more it will shine and the more annoyed the devil will get (which greatly pleases me).

  • Rick Carter

    I have had 3 such fly’s … one kept me up several hours into my sleep one night and another I tried to ignore … It was like there was an elephant in the apartment – huge annoyance and then the biggest pain I was going to smash it and got to the point of trashing the apartment … ‘getting it’! I found it the next day on eh bathroom floor! I think shining our light even brighter is a awesome idea Daphne! Thanks for thinking it up!


  • Jackie

    Daphne I love this.. We can confuse the devil by living for God.. No matter what the enemy tries he just can’t dim God’s light.. :)

  • Susan Norris

    Daniel Bashta has a song about believers irritating hell by the way they live their lives. I can’t remember the name of the song, but one of the lines is, “Hell, are you listening?” If I come across the name of the song, I’ll shoot it your way on Facebook. Enjoyed your post, as usual.

    • http://www.mirrorministries.org Daphne Delay

      Thanks Susan! That sounds super!