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Rescued from the Tyrannical Rule of Darkness

“He has rescued us completely from the tyrannical rule of darkness and has translated us into the kingdom realm of his beloved Son.” (Col 1:13, TPT)

Don’t you just love how The Passion Translation translates that verse? And friends, this is our reality. We have been rescued from the tyrannical rule of darkness. Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and Joseph Stalin are three examples of the 20th century’s most tyrannical dictators. We can only imagine the incredible joy the people of those counties had upon the deposing of those tyrants.

Let’s define tyranny: “arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.” Satan and his fallen angels are tyrants of the worst degree. So then why would we ever agree or allow darkness in our lives? It is time to renounce all darkness in our lives, knowing we have been rescued from it.

Let’s look at that word “rescued” from our Colossians verse. Many translations translate the word as “delivered.” That is an excellent translation as well. The Greek word is rhyomai and means “to draw to one’s self, to rescue, to deliver.” To God He has delivered us because of His great affection for us. He is not a distant God.

He rescues us, drawing us close to Himself. Take a look at the opening to Psalm 91 – “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” There is safety in closeness with God.

Now, we have been rescued from darkness but look at what happens next. “…and has translated us into the kingdom realm of his beloved Son.” To be “translated” means to be transferred from one place to another. We have been transferred from dark tyrannical rule to the freedom of the kingdom of God – full of light and liberty. So why, oh why, do we allow the tyrannical rule of Satan in our lives?

Father, we thank you for rescuing us and transferring us in to the kingdom of Your beloved Son. We renounce all darkness in our lives – known and unknown. We surrender to Your kingdom of freedom and light. In Jesus’ mighty name.

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