Malachi prophesied about the great day of the Lord, when all the arrogant and evildoers will be stubble. The day of the Lord will be hot like an oven, and the wicked will be set ablaze and uprooted. For those of us who fear the name of the Lord, the son of righteousness will arise with healing in his wings. The righteous will leap forward and tread down the wicked. Malachi spoke of the body of Christ overcoming the persecution of the world. The wicked are people of the world who are children of darkness.
“You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). People who belong to the world, have the sin nature of darkness and the characteristics of the devil. His characteristics include lying, stealing, murder and destruction. The character traits of people around us points to who their father is. The children of the darkness will not overcome the children of the light.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5). Our light exposes the darkness as we have nothing to do with unfruitful works. We live so that our light can shine before men, so that they can see our good works and come to glorify God. God will place the children of light among the children of darkness, to bring light to the world. Some will see our light and seek to follow after righteousness. Others will try to extinguish our light because it exposes their deeds which are evil.
Nevertheless, we have overcome the world, by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. Jesus has disarmed principalities and powers and made a public spectacle of the devil, by triumphing over him at the cross (Colossians 2:15). Based on the work at the cross, we have the victory through Jesus Christ our Lord. Through Jesus Christ we always triumph over darkness and evil. “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you” (Luke 10:19).