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Walking in the Light!

Scripture reading for November 19th:  Ezekiel 17-19, 1st John 1

Key Scriptures:  1st John 1:5-7 “This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.  If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

Our God is light!  In that Light of His awesome holiness, we see no darkness or shadow.  So if we claim to have fellowship with Him and continue to walk in darkness, we are a liar about knowing Christ.  If we walk in His light, we will have peace with God and this promotes fellowship with other believers.  Our walk will show that the blood of Jesus is having its cleansing power in our life.

Ezekiel 18: 21-22  “But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all My statutes and does what is just and right, he shall surely live/ he shall not die.  None of the transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness that he has done he shall live.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for Your cleansing blood that empowers me to live a life of fellowship with You and others in Your body.  Keep me from the deception of sin and unbelief.  Amen.

 

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Be careful that your eyes are good!

Scripture reading for March 17th:  Luke 11

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Luke 11:34-36  “Your eye is the lamp of your body.  When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light.  But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness.  See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.  therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you.”

In the natural world there are wave-lengths of light that do not illuminate.  Some of these are known as “black light.” This light does very little to illuminate what our eyes could see.  Jesus warned of ‘light’ that could be inside of us that was actually ‘darkness’.  He wasn’t talking about light, but about ideas and understanding that was not based in truth.   Man is actually born in darkness and must be reborn through the ‘light’ of the gospel.  (1st Corinthians 4:4)

We must carefully guard what we allow into our bodies and souls through our natural eyes.  The eye is the lamp of the body and our spiritual eyes are the lamp of our souls.  When we allow our inner man to be filled with sin and lust, our bodies and souls fill with darkness.  We can be deceived and enslaved by the darkness which leads to eternal darkness, weeping and gnashing of teeth!

Observations for over-comers:  We must keep our eyes on the Lord and His word, the only source of true light!  “Send forth Your light and Your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to Your holy mountain, to the place where You dwell.”  (Psalm 43:3)

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Walking in the Light!

Scripture reading for November 19th:  1st John 1

The apostle John was an eyewitness of Jesus Christ.  He walked with Him, talked with Him and had put his head on His chest, hearing His heart.  John was proclaiming to the Church what he knew to be true so that they would not be deceived by false teaching that was spreading throughout the early church about a generation after the resurrection of Jesus.  The truths taught in this letter ring true for us today!

“This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you:  God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.”  (1st John 1:5-7)

The false teachers were proclaiming a gospel of cheap grace.  They were teaching the people that they could be saved and still live in sin.  John stated plainly that God was light.  Those who walked in God’s light could not continue to live in sin.  If they did, they were lying about having a relationship with God.  Those who walked in the Light would experience a continual cleansing from sin through repentance and confession.  Otherwise they would be living in self-deception and darkness!   “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will for give us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”  (1st John 1:8-9)  Believers walk in Christ’s light and live humble lives of honest repentance!

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Walking in the light!

Scripture reading for November 30th: 1st John 1:1-10

John was the disciple ‘whom Jesus loved’.  John was the youngest of the disciples and one of the three who were in Christ’s inner circle, along with Peter and his brother James.  John was given the assignment to care for Jesus’ mother by Jesus from the cross. (John 19:25-27)  In his later years, (approximately 90 A.D.) John wrote these short letters to his ‘dear children’ encouraging them to grow and endure in their faith.

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have see with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of Life.  The Life appeared; we have seen It, we proclaim to you the Eternal Life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.  We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us.  And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ.  We write this to make our joy full.” (1st John 1:1-4)

John writes about his own personal encounter with Jesus.  It was a first-hand encounter that was on-going even at the time of the writing.  He wanted his children in the faith to enjoy fellowship with Jesus Christ and the Father.  This would make his joy complete!  This sounds like Jesus!  (John 15:9-11)  Knowing Jesus and the Father is eternal life!  (John 17:3)

“This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you:  God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.  But if we walk in the light , as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.” (John 1:5-7)

John’s message wasn’t original with him.  He got it from Jesus and passed it on!  If we claim to have fellowship with Jesus, we can’t go on walking in darkness and sin.  That would be a lie!  Jesus is the light of the world!  (John 8:12)  If we truly have fellowship with Jesus, we will walk with Him and confess our sins in true repentance!  Are you walking in the light of true fellowship?  Does your life show it?

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Remembering God’s enduring love!

Scripture reading for June 23rd: Psalms 104-106

One of the attributes of God is that He is good!  Thankfully, God has been good to me and I have personally experienced that goodness for over 60 years!  In these last three psalms, the psalmist reflects on the goodness of God to His people because of who He is.  Let’s reflect with this psalmist about God, the greatest subject that the human mind could contemplate!

Psalm 104 begins praising God who wraps Himself with light!   This God is clothed in splendor and majesty! (Psalm 104:1-2)  He by His great power has stretched out the heavens like a tent canopy and decorated the sky with jewels of light.  He is the one who used the winds as His messengers and the lightening bolts as His servants. (Psalm 104:4)  He set the earth on its foundations and formed it’s surface, covering it with water.  He created the plants and animals and the birds of the air and fish of the sea. (Psalm 104:24-25)  This majestic God is the source of all food, breath, and life!  He is worthy of continual praise for His goodness! (Psalm 104:33-35)

In Psalm 105 God is worshiped for His faithfulness to His covenant!  (Psalm 105:8-9)  History is filled with the record of God’s miracles and deliverance on behalf of His people.  The people of God have been cared for by God’s power and wisdom.  He saved them from famine through Joseph and delivered them from Egypt through Moses.  God brought the people out of slavery, loaded down with silver and gold.  He fed them and watered them on their journey (Psalm 105:37-41).  This was because of His promises to Abraham and the covenant that God faithfully kept!

Psalm 106:1 declared  God’s goodness was without limit and His love was from everlasting to everlasting! God’s love also included His discipline for He only disciplines those He loves!  Some of the judgments recorded included the death of the unbelieving generation in the wilderness!  God dealt with unbelief, rebellion, idolatry, grumbling and disobedience!  (Psalm 106: 32-39)  God’s people have had a history of unfaithfulness, but He has remained faithful and will forever!

Take a moment today to remember God and His faithfulness to you personally.  Look back over your life and offer thanks and worship for God’s creation, provision, healing, deliverance and discipline that you have experienced!

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Walking in the light!

Scripture reading for November 30th: 1st John 1:1-10

John was the disciple ‘whom Jesus loved’.  John was the youngest of the disciples and one of the three who were in Christ’s inner circle, along with Peter and his brother James.  John was given the assignment of care of Jesus’ mother as Jesus was on the cross. (John 19:25-27)  In his later years, (approximately 90 A.D.) John wrote these short letters to his ‘dear children’ encouraging them to grow and endure in their faith.

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have see with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of Life.  The Life appeared; we have seen It, we proclaim to you the Eternal Life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.  We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us.  And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ.  We write this to make our joy full.” (1st John 1:1-4)

John writes about his own personal encounter with Jesus.  It was a first-hand encounter that was on-going even at the time of the writing.  He wanted his children in the faith to enjoy fellowship with him and with Jesus Christ and the Father.  This would make his joy complete!  This sounds like Jesus!  (John 15:9-11)  Knowing Jesus and the Father is eternal life!  (John 17:3)

“This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you:  God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.  But if we walk in the light , as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.” (John 1:5-7)

John’s message wasn’t original with him.  He got it from Jesus and passed it on!  If we claim to have fellowship with Jesus, we can’t go on walking in darkness and sin.  That would be a lie!  Jesus is the light of the world!  (John 8:12)  If we truly have fellowship with Jesus, we will walk with Him and confess our sins in true repentance!  Are you walking in the light of true fellowship?  Does your life show it?

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