1 John 1:5-10

This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.  1 John 1:5-10

John writes this letters to believers and it is a general epistle.  Many of the things John writes in 1 John he also wrote in the gospel of John.  John makes the distinction between light and darkness.  In Jesus there is no darkness.  The world is filled with darkness as a result of sin.  Jesus came to set us free from sin and death.  Those who place their faith and trust in Jesus Christ have been set free from sin, sin no longer remains.

If we claim to have fellowship with Jesus and walk with Him but continue to live in darkness and sin then we are simply deceiving ourselves.  Jesus said that those who truly love Him will obey His commands.  He continually spoke of repenting for the kingdom of Heaven was at hand.  We are called to turn from our sin and turn fully unto Him.  But if we walk in the light as He is in the light we not only have fellowship with Him, but we have fellowship with fellow believers who have placed their faith and trust in Him.

If we claim we are without sin before we come to Christ we are deceiving ourselves.  Everyone born on this earth is born into sin.  Because of Adam and Eve all of us are born with a nature that is defiled by sin and the only way to be set free from the curse of sin and death is through the precious blood of Jesus.

But when we confess our sins unto the Lord He is faithful and just to forgive us.  The Lord desires to pour out His grace and mercy upon our lives.  He desires to lavish His love upon us and has made the way of salvation for all people.  The door of salvation is open to all people, but it requires a person to humble themselves before the Lord, acknowledge their need for a savior, and seek His forgiveness.  So many are unwilling to humble themselves before the Lord.

The key to salvation is repentance.  We must not only confess our sin but we must repent and turn from our sin.  There are many who simply give the Lord lip service and not their lives.  But nothing is hidden from the Lord of glory.  All will stand before Him some day.  May we work out our salvation each day with fear and trembling.  May we understand the nearness of the Lord’s return and share the gospel as we have opportunity.

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1 John 2:15-16 Do not love the world

Do not love the world [of sin that opposes God and His precepts], nor the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust and sensual craving of the flesh and the lust and longing of the eyes and the boastful pride of life [pretentious confidence in one’s resources or in the stability of earthly things]—these do not come from the Father, but are from the world.

1 John 2:15-16

We are called not to love the world or the sin of the world system. When we come to Christ and begin to follow Jesus our citizenship is in Heaven. We are called to be set apart from this world. The world as we know it is built upon the lies and deceptions of Satan. Those who indulge in this world and the sin of the world will spend an eternity separated from God. If a person is a true child of God the world and its desires will have no place in their lives. They will see sin for what it truly is and will run from it. For when we open our hearts and lives to sin and wickedness we give Satan a foothold into our lives. When we understand that this world is not our home we will no longer pursue its desires. Some believers struggle because they are ignorant of the truth of God’s word. The Lord is calling us today to be set apart and to be holy for He is holy. He desires to manifest His glory in the hearts and lives of His sons and daughters and seeks those today who would be set apart from the world and its wickedness.

There is no fear in love

18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.  1 John 4:18

In Christ we have nothing to fear.  Those who fear fear punishment.  In Christ we are covered by the love, grace, and mercy of God.  In Christ we are a new creation and every day is a new day with Jesus.  No matter what has taken place the day before we know that God is faithful and just to forgive us if we ask Him to forgive us.

One of the great schemes and weapons of the enemy is fear.  Satan will always try to overwhelm us with fear to paralyze us.  The fear the enemy uses as a weapon is tangible and came seem overwhelming if we have not properly prepared ourselves in the place of prayer and the study of God’s word.

Jesus understands our every weakness and understands the importance of us abiding daily in Him.  The Israelites in the wilderness were commanded to get fresh manna every day.  They were commanded not to live on the manna of yesterday, but to gather fresh manna for the day ahead.  This spiritual principle stands for us today.  We are called to obtain fresh manna found in prayer and daily bible study.

The Lord has equipped us for all things but how many simply fail to use the weapons and tools God has given them.  We must be disciplined in our walk with the Lord.  Abiding in Him and spending time in His presence must become the priority of our lives.  Today if you find yourself battling fear I encourage you to seek the Lord and ask Him for strength and to fill you with the power of the Holy Spirit.  We have not because we ask not.

We know love by this

We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

1 John 3:16 NASB

Jesus demonstrated and personified what true love is.  He gave up everything to come to this earth as a humble servant, be rejected, and take the punishment and wrath we deserved.  Because all of us are born into sin we have no way to deal with the sin that is in our lives on our own.  No matter how many good things we try to do it will never atone for the sin that is upon our lives.  It is only through the precious blood of Jesus that we can be forgiven and declared righteous before God.

Under the Old Covenant the nation of Israel had animal sacrifices because it required the shedding of blood to atone for sin.  The reason this is is because the life of an individual is found in the blood.  But the sacrifices of animals only covered sin temporarily and need to be done over and over again.

But the sacrifice that Jesus gave us dealt with sin once and for all.  Every person who receive Jesus as Lord and Savior is a brand new creation.  The old has been nailed to the cross.  We have died with Him and we have risen with Him.  We have brand new life because Jesus has over come the grave.  Let us draw near this day and abide daily in Him.  May we be found faithful in the place of prayer and diligently study God’s word.  He is coming soon and those who abide daily in Him will be prepared when the trumpet is sound.