Posts Tagged ‘God

21
Aug
17

Our Advocate, Jesus

One of the primary goals of being a follower of Jesus is to look more like Him. We do this by loving, serving and forgiving other people. We also do this by living holy lives that are set apart and different from those in the world around us. We need to sin less and love God and people more. We often come up short, though. John says that we have an advocate when we do. He wrote:
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. – 1 John 2:1 (NIV)
It is unrealistic to think that we will never sin. The phrase “not sin” here means to not keep on sinning. Our lives should be characterized less and less by sin the longer we walk with Jesus. But when we do inevitably fall short and sin, Jesus is our defense attorney before the Judge of us all. Jesus is pleading your case when you sin and because of God’s grace, we’re always declared innocent and not guilty.
18
Aug
17

Coming Clean

God is not shocked by your sin. When you confess the fact that you are a sinner, God, in His great mercy and grace, forgives you. All we are doing is agreeing with God’s assessment of the situation.  God knows that we are sinners. To confess our sins is just to agree with what God already knows. John wrote:

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. – 1 John 1:9-10 (NIV)

God is faithful to forgive our many sins when we own up to the reality of our situation. If we stubbornly refuse to acknowledge our sin and insist that we’re “good people,” God will not forgive us. So confess your sinfulness to God today. He will neither be shocked nor surprised. He already knows what you’ve done and He’s ready to forgive you.
16
Aug
17

Positioning Ourselves In The Light

The darkness is a scary place. It is a place with no light. Little children are afraid of the dark. Frankly, adults should be, too. This is what the Apostle John said about the darkness and the light:

If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 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. – 1 John 1:6-7 (NIV)

As a follower of Jesus, I need to position myself in the light because that’s where God is – in the light. If I want to be with God, I need to be in the light. Lies, lust, hatred, rage, greed, drunkenness and envy all belong to the darkness. If I want to be with God, I have to reject these deeds of darkness – and others – and walk in His light. We have to be filled with the Spirit of God and let Him take over and continually lead us to His light. Then we will be filled with the light of love, joy, peace and hope.
15
Aug
17

God Is Light

On August 21, 2017, there will be a total solar eclipse and people are excited about it. They’re buying glasses and organizing parties. People are excited about the sun being blocked out completely and the skies going dark in the middle of the day. It’s a rather rare occurrence and darkness during the light of day won’t happen again for seven years.
The Apostle John talked about God, light and darkness in his first letter. He wrote:

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. – 1 John 1:5 (NIV)

God is the very definition of light and there is no darkness in Him at all. The light of God can never be eclipsed by the darkness of sin. The light of God can never be eclipsed by the darkness of evil or hate. God is pure light. He is holy and He is perfect. If you want light and truth, you have to seek after God. He is light and He will never lead you to the darkness.
14
Aug
17

We Have Fellowship With God

When you think of the gods of ancient Greece and Rome, you tend to think of these glorified human beings sitting up on a mountain who occasionally enter into the realm of humanity to mess with the lives of people. This is not the God of the Bible. The God of Scripture is an omnipotent, benevolent, divine Creator who became a human being in the person of Jesus Christ in order to come and experience life as a human and to die as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Jesus, though He was God, humbled Himself and came to earth and knew what it was like to be fully human. John wrote:

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. 4 We write this to make our joy complete. – 1 John 1:3-4 (NIV)

John says that our fellowship is with the Father and the Son. They’re not up on some cloud in Heaven saying, “I wonder what the humans are doing.” No, we have fellowship with the Father and the Son. We have a relationship with God by grace through faith in Jesus. There is intimate fellowship, not an aloof disregard for humanity. This loving relationship of fellowship is available to everyone by God’s grace.
28
Jul
17

The Crushed Spirit

In Proverbs 18, Solomon wrote about the human spirit. He said:

The human spirit can endure in sickness,
    but a crushed spirit who can bear? – Proverbs 18:14 (NIV)

Solomon’s father, David, wrote:

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit. – Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

Have you ever felt like your spirit was crushed? Have you ever felt like the weight was too great to bear? Solomon was correct. We can endure physical illnesses, but when our spirits are crushed, it is too much to bear. On our own, when our spirits are crushed under the weight of life’s pressures, we find it difficult to go on. But God, in His great love for us, draws near to the brokenhearted. He saves us when our spirits are crushed. If you are feeling brokenhearted and crushed in spirit, turn to Jesus today. He will not reject or despise you. He will come near to you and help you and save you. If life’s pressures are too much to bear, you don’t have to bear them alone. Turn to God, for He has promised to be with you.
26
Jul
17

Established

Twice in Proverbs 16 does Solomon say that the Lord establishes something. First, in verse 3, he says:

Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
    and he will establish your plans. – Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)

He also says in verse 9:

In their hearts humans plan their course,
    but the Lord establishes their steps. – Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)

In verse 3, the Hebrew word for “commit” literally means to “roll.” In other words, roll your plans off of your shoulders and onto the shoulders of the Lord and He will bring about your plans. In verse 9, we see that while we may plot our course through life, it is the Lord who determines where we go. He makes our steps firm. The point of both of these verses is to take your plans to God before charting your course. With God, our plans come to fruition. With God, there is a greater chance of success. There will still be hard times and difficult days, but if God is with us and for us, then who can be against us?



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