It's Only "this" Darkness
Ephesian 6 speaks of our warfare against "this" present
darkness. It would be much more natural if it said, "the"
darkness or against darkness. The key word is not darkness,
but "this" darkness. "This" is a modifier. It means it's not all,
it's just "this" darkness, a particular darkness. When you're
going through something, and it seems to engulf you,
overwhelm you, like everything is dark, it's not darkness,
it's "this" darkness, it's only for now, it's not the end of the
story; it's going to pass away. You're going to pass through
it. No matter what you're going through, put a "this" in
front of it. It's not the end of the world, it's "this" world.
It means there's a better one. It's not the whole story, it's
just "this" story, which means there's a better story. It's not
the whole situation, it's "this" situation. What you're going
through isn't the whole thing, it's only "this" and "this" will
surely pass. Be strong, and you'll pass through it and always
remember even the darkness is just only "this".