Be The Light of Jesus

Scripture: 1 John 1.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

1 John 1:5-7 (NLT)
5 This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.
6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth.
7 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

Light represents what is good, pure, true, holy, and reliable. Darkness represents what is sinful and evil. The statement “God is light” means that God is perfectly holy and true and that he alone can guide us out of the darkness of sin. Light is also related to truth in that light exposes whatever exists, whether it is good or bad. In the dark, good and evil look alike; in the light, they can be clearly distinguished. Just as darkness cannot exist in the presence of light, sin cannot exist in the presence of a holy God. If we want to have a relationship with God, we must put aside our sinful ways of living. To claim that we belong to him but then to go out and live for ourselves is hypocrisy. Christ will expose and judge such deceit. Friends, is it any wonder that the church is losing its grip on society today? After all, when we (Christians, and more specifically, Christian leaders) stop and reflect honestly on our personal spiritual condition, we can quickly see that we are not as committed as we should be, we are not living as close to God’s design as He taught us to in His Word, yet we expect God to overlook all of this and bless us personally and bless the work that we are supposedly doing in His name. Verse six teaches that we are lying when we do this. Having a right relationship with God and following His perfect will is God’s design and will bring peace to our troubled minds, plus perfect results to the ministries that we become involved in. God will not be mocked, He wants our honest and totally dedicated efforts to reflect Him in every way.

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Lord Jesus, it is so important that Your church be the church that You expect today. A church filled with leaders and followers who are truly representing You in our everyday lives in total honesty and conformance to Your teachings, one that You could use to accomplish Your work in a world that is so filled with darkness and sin. Father, I pray that I will not be a stumbling block, or a blot of darkness, that will dim Your light or disrupt Your work among those that You are reaching out to – whether Christian or non-Christian. Please help me to be a vessel that You could use.

 

**Words underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:
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Author: Ed Algreen

One of God's kids expressing his understanding of God's Word and sharing how it is affecting his life! May those who read it be blessed, encouraged, and drawn closer to the Lord!

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