Give like the Philippians – Philippians 4:19

Philippians 4:19

[19] But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (KJV)

Paul was writing to the Philippians. Most other Churches gave what was required, but the Philippians gave above and beyond. These people gave their all to the Lord. They loved their God and wanted to show him just how much and had also helped Paul in his time of need.

According to his riches in glory – Paul tells them that God has infinite ways they can’t even imagine and because of their love and sacrifices, God will repay and bless them.

In Christ Jesus – everything a Christian receives from God is given through his son, Jesus. Without Jesus’ work on the cross, no one would be worthy. However because of Jesus, God will reward a Christian’s kindness of others, with kindness from Him.

In this case, Paul is thanking the Philippians for their abundant help and is telling them that although he can’t repay them for all their kindness, God will!

Heavenly Father

I pray Lord that I could be more like the Philippians and give as much as I can and more. You look after me each and every day Father and when I compare at the end of the day what you have done for me and what I have done for you, I come up short each and every time.

But Lord, even though I could never bless others as you do me, I can give everything to the best of my abilities and you will know what is in my heart.

I thank you Lord that you love me and that you have placed it in my heart to love you and others back.

You are the greatest love I will ever know and I am blessed to be your child.

In the holy name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen

Moral Law – Psalm 37: 31

PSALM 37

[31] The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide. (KJV)

From the beginning, God has placed the moral law inside all people.  However over time; starting with Adam, this law has been greatly replaced by sin.

By the time David wrote Psalm 37, he was much older and wiser.  He realized that God looks into our hearts and knows what we are truly like and was advising the people that we must live and abide by the moral law.

What is the moral law?  It is submitting to God.  We know instinctively right from wrong, what is good or bad, because God placed that truth within us at birth.  It doesn’t matter who we are, (age, race, country, rich, poor, etc.) somewhere deep inside, there is a knotted feeling that we get, knowing when we are about to do something wrong.  Even when we try to block the feeling, it just sits there, nagging us.

Of course there are those who succeed in ignoring/burying sin quite effectively without worry and happily carry on. It may appear to us that those who take from life whatever they want or those who lie, cheat and steal, often get off scot-free and prosper the most.  They are not the winners in spite of how it appears!

At the end of life, every person will go before The Lord and have all of our sin revealed. Then we will be judged accordingly and the punishment for the wicked is to die a death from which there is no resurrection.  Those who followed the moral law will receive eternal life with Jesus.

Can we always make the right decisions?  No!  We all sin because we are sinners but if we abide by the moral law as best as we can and repent when we don’t, then we can be deemed as righteous at the end of our time on earth, thanks to Jesus Christ.

So… by willfully behaving in the correct manner when The Holy Spirit convicts us, we can follow the narrow path.  By doing this, the Lord keeps our feet, orders our steps and directs us in the way that we should go.

Jehovah – Tsidkenu – The Lord Our Righteousness

I know Father, that today is no different than in David’s day.  Your moral law is written inside EVERY person’s heart at birth.  The Holy Spirit convicts us when we are contemplating doing something against that law.

I feel the nudge when I’m about to make a wrong choice but sometimes I override the feeling and do it anyway. This is what David was informing us about. Not to let our feet slide but to listen to the warnings and do the right thing.

In the times that I do fall, I confess my sin, repent and you help me back up. However, it’s important for me to remember that you Father know my real motives and that I can’t hide sin from you.

I am blessed Lord because I now know you better and live a more godly life than I did before my salvation into your family. Thank you for loving me, teaching me and for your grace and mercy. I am truly grateful.

In the name of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen.

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Glorious Light of Jesus – Romans 13: 14

Romans 13:14

[14] But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. (KJV)

We have already been told about the Armour of God and know we must we suit up everyday, with the separate virtues; put on piece by piece, prepared for battle.

We also know it is important to have kindness, love, peacefulness and the likes as discussed in Galatians 5:22-26 last week.

So now Paul is telling us that in Christ we are a new person. (In our Baptism, we cast off the old man and have put on the new.)

As we have accepted Jesus, we will now live our lives in the way Jesus lead his; the way God intended.

We are to stand strong and be willing for God to work in us through Jesus. Our part is accomplished by walking right, living right and not living just for our own desires.

Father in Heaven

Thank you for being such an awesome God. Thank you that you sent your Son to us so that we can live our lives in you, here on earth. And then when this earthly body expires, have an eternal life with you in heaven.
Many people believe that by putting on Jesus they must give up so much. It may seem like such a huge step for some people, but truly without Jesus, the enemy walks all over us.
As a Christian, I don’t feel that I have given up anything by being your child. I feel more blessed, more peaceful, more loved by living my life for you.
I pray Father for all people to come out of the darkness and into the glorious light of the Lord Jesus Christ.
May I always be your servant Lord and may your will be done through me.
In Jesus’ name

Amen

With God, There is No Need to Worry – 2 Corinthians 5

2 Corinthians 5: 13-15

[13] For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause.

[14] For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:

[15] And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. (KJV)

Regardless of the events happening around him, Paul always appeared to stay on an even keel. He knew the Corinthians were convinced that he was either not sober, crazy or perhaps putting on a show for them. Paul was not faking contentment.

“It is to God” – Paul is telling the people that it is only because of God’s strength in him, that he is able to stand strong through all types of situations.

Paul is explaining that Jesus died on the cross for ALL people of the world but that doesn’t mean all people are saved. Only those who accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour will be saved. Unfortunately not all people will accept the gift of salvation that Jesus so willingly died for.

So, knowing that we are all sinners and need the blood of Jesus to cover us, then we must assume we are not our own but have been bought by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Once saved, we then belong to Jesus and not ourselves. It seems only right that we should give God the glory and honour and allow him to use us to help others.

Having the heart of God in us, we are to go out and tell others the good news of Jesus Christ. God sent Jesus not only to shed his blood to cover our sins but also to give us an example of how we are to live and serve, while on this earth.

Jesus has already completed the hardest part of our salvation. He paid dearly for all of our sins, on the cross. Without the death and resurrection of Christ, everyone would still be spiritually dead and have no chance living an eternity with God. However because of Jesus’ sacrifice, everyone has the chance of living for eternity with Christ.

If you wish to know more about salvation, I have written a post in the salvation tab.

Heavenly Father,

I have been through good and bad times and the one constant in all of them, has been you. There have been many times I have worried non-stop because of events happening that I had no control over, such as finances, jobs, relationships and the list goes on. It seemed like I was always worrying about something and that worry never helped.

Once I became a Christian, I thought my times of troubles would go away and I was surprised when they didn’t. I was under the wrong belief that you would watch over me and keep me out of trials and tribulations, but you didn’t.

However the more I studied about you God (Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit), the more I understood about your love. I realized that those hardships made me grow spiritually, helping me gain strength and taught me to have faith in you God.

Whatever comes along now, I can ride through without worry, just as Paul did. I still have pockets of fear, but I’ve learned to turn away from them. I am mostly at peace; not crazy, not drunk, not pretending, but resting contently because I have placed my faith and trust in you!

Help me to remember that (as a Christian) I must not live a life for myself. I was born spiritually dead and it is only because of Jesus, paying the price for my soul, that I am spiritually alive and will be spending eternity with you, God.

I pray Father that the spiritually dead (non-believers in Christ) will hear, see or experience something that will open their eyes and they will turn to you.

Jesus came to earth to save everyone, but he will not force his salvation on anyone. It’s a free gift for the taking!

In Jesus’ precious name I pray,

Amen

Obedience to God – Hebrews 5: 8-9

Hebrews 5:

[8] Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
[9] And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

Jesus learned obedience by living, as a human man, in a world which required obedience. He became obedient to God by being obedient, to God.

I think one of the best examples of obedience, was at the Mount of Olives. Jesus knew exactly what he would be facing the next day. The agony of crucifixion would be horrific but I believe just knowing that he would be separated from God the Father, during the time Jesus was carrying the sin of the world, was what caused Jesus to sweat blood.

Luke 22:42 tells us that Jesus asked if there was any other way for salvation. We know there was not! So Jesus being obedient to God, drank the entire cup (Of which we could not have endured even one drop). This means that Jesus knew he had to complete what he had set out to accomplish. There was no other way. I believe that possibly Jesus wasn’t asking God to take away what lay ahead for him. I believe he was asking God to help him be obedient, in spite of what lay ahead for him.

And he faced it! He was obedient all the way through to the end of his earthly life when he said “it is finished” showing that he had completed his job on earth successfully. Jesus’ perfect life, death and resurrection have guaranteed that all who come to him, in obedience, will receive salvation.

Heavenly Father

Just as Jesus learned and grew through his trials and suffering, the lessons we learn are taught in the same manner; by experience.

If we, as Christians, think we are immune to any hardships or suffering, then we need to take a closer look at the Bible. One example where you tell us that we will experience hardship is found in 1 Thessalonians 3: 3-4

” [3] That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. [4] For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.”

So just as Jesus had his times of being hungry, cold, thirsty, tired, tempted, humiliated, taunted and persecuted, there is a very good chance that Christians of today will be also.

Jesus came to earth to experience the way of life and to learn obedience to you Lord and that is exactly the same reason why we are on this earth today! I desire obedience for you Lord.

I know I need to bring my actions, thoughts and even my mouth into captivity and to obedience under Christ. I’ve tried to do this alone but I fail.

I ask that your love and guidance will teach me life-giving obedience. Jesus understands exactly what it takes to be faced with challenges and remain obedient to you Father and so I ask in the name of Jesus, for the strength needed to become an obedient child for you Father.

Thank you Lord for sending your son to this earth, in a human form, with a great task to accomplish and thank you Jesus, for living the perfect life, dying and being resurrected to overcome Satan.

Thank you Jesus that because of your great love for us and your obedience to our Father, eternal life with God is possible.

In the glorious name of Jesus Christ, the Saviour for the world, I pray.

Amen

Every Knee will Bow to Jesus – Phillipians 2: 9-11

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[9] Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
[10] That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
[11] And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (KJV)

When God sent his only son to earth, in human form, he gave him a name that was above all other names… JESUS!  A name to be held in high esteem forever.

When Jesus returns, he will come as a King! He will arrive in all of his glory and every person will know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Jesus Christ is Lord!

Jesus will be acknowledged as King, Lord, the Son of the Almighty God, a part of the Trinity. Every being will bow down to Him, declaring that “Jesus Christ is Lord”, to the glory of God, the Father.

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Almighty God,

May your name be highly exalted forever. You are so worthy of being placed above all others, receiving our praises, honour and love.

This passage tells us that the day will come when EVERY knee will bow and EVERY tongue will acknowledge and confess that Jesus is Lord.

All of creation? Yes! Regardless of our beliefs or denomination; everyone will bow. Yes, every angel, every saint, everyone who has already died and is buried. No matter what our race, no matter if rich or poor, no matter of our intelligence level or age, no matter our circumstance, no matter whether in heaven, on earth or under the earth, absolutely EVERY knee will bow, declaring Jesus is Lord.

Yes, even satan, will bow down to Jesus, along with his fallen angels, demons and all of the wicked (unrighteous). Each of them WILL bow down and declare that Jesus is Lord!

Thank you Father, that you have blessed me with the faith that allows me (already) to be enjoying a personal relationship with Jesus. It is my privilege and my honour to declare that “Jesus is Lord” now and into eternity!

In the wonderful, precious, holy name of my Lord Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen

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1 John 2:15-17 – Submission/obedience

With yesterday being Valentine’s Day, I thought I would write a blog on love. It’s important for us to have love in our lives. Jesus said in Corinthians 13:13 “The three most important things to have are faith, hope and love. But the greatest of them is love.” Yes we have love for people (our spouse, our parents, our kids, our friends, even our hobbies or TV) but do we make time to love our Father? On a daily basis do we spend time with him? Do we talk to him and then sit quietly and allow him to talk to us? The question is – do we love God enough?

1 John 2:

[15] Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
[16] For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
[17] And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. (KJV)

So again… Do we love God enough?

The author, John, tells us that if we love the world, then the love of the Father is not in us. How can we tell who we love more – the world or our Father?

Are we holding onto hatred in our hearts? Are we angry because a person at the Company for a year, got the position we felt we deserved?

Are we doing, saying, thinking or acting in a way that we wouldn’t be if Jesus was standing right beside us? (Note: He always is!)

Do we sit in Church and act righteous and then go out the door and become a totally different person?

If we are searching for something to fulfill a lust or make us happy or want to find something that we can be proud of, then we are walking in the world.

Lust of the flesh is always searching for something to fulfill our needs. For example, gratification with other women or men, pornography. alcohol, drugs, gambling or money and the likes.

Lust of the eyes is always searching for something that puts us in a place of high esteem. We have the need to find something that make us feel superior in some way. We are conceited of how great our body is, how much smarter we are than others, our position in our job or in the community, of the clothes we wear or how great our house is, how much money we have, anything that makes others “wish they were me!”.

We begin to have faith in ourselves, rather than putting the outcome of our lives in Gods hands. We feel we deserve more and if God won’t give it to us, then we will find a way by ourselves to make it happen.

The pride of life comes in right after the lust. We strive to be the best at many things. We have the best job, the best car, the perfect family. We’ve bragged that we “got ahead” by ourselves, we brag about how “I” had the willpower to stop drinking or gambling and now the pride really sets in. We want everyone else to know just how great we are.

John, goes on to say that even though we may have built wonderful lives for ourselves, full of great “things” we have also built a life full of pride. One day Jesus will return and this world as we know it will all pass away. The people who have lived for the world will lose everything in the end, including their salvation.

We cannot serve two gods! God has allowed us the free-will to choose which way we want to live…with Him or without.

So we ask, can Christians have and enjoy good things in our lives? Yes we can and we do. But we must remember that they are blessings from God.

Jesus was tempted by Satan and we will be also. Will we ever be tempted enough to lose ourselves to lusts of the flesh and eyes and the pride of life? Yes most definitely! We were born into sin and so we can be tempted and possibly succumb to those ways, if we aren’t careful.

article-0-0E89F72B00000578-28_468x352What can we do in a situation where we are losing ourselves to lust and pride? We can go to our Father, in the name of Jesus, as soon as possible, as soon as we feel ourselves drifting away or when we have failed. Ask for forgiveness, the forgiveness that only He can give us. Be cleansed, start fresh, in a way that pleases our Father.

We must be very careful that we do not spend more time on worldly things than with the Lord. Keep the Father first and foremost in everything. Enjoy the gifts God gives to us, but don’t lust after them and don’t become prideful in them.

On a daily basis we need to cover ourselves with the armour of God and ask Jesus to deliver us from the temptations of the world and keep us strong in Him.

It is extremely important to keep a good balance between God and worldly things. Our eternity depends on it!

Almighty God

You Lord are the one and only true God and I am blessed to know you and to live for you.

Father, sometimes in this life, I am so taken in with these other activities that I inadvertently put you on a back burner. I don’t even realize it most of the time. Please help me Lord.

The lusts of this world are becoming stronger every day. There is TV, Internet, movies, games, etc. There are friends, coffee dates, work, house keeping, and so many other activities that take me away from you on a daily basis.

Every day I plan to include you but when I wake up my “life” immediately starts. The phone rings and I am drawn into the day. My time with you has passed. I promise myself (there I am leaving you out of the situation) that I will spend time with you in the day or tonight. Then tonight arrives and I am so tired, I say a quick prayer while falling to sleep.

Most days, I don’t even realize that by allowing myself to be ruled by the day or by “fun” times, or chores and activities that I am leaving no room for you Lord.

One day these “time hogs” will pass away? Where does that leave me Father? Your Word says that I will pass away with them.

However there is a thing called balance. If I can set up a good balance of my time with you and the worldly things, then when I pass away, I will be delivered to you Lord.

Father I pray against the activities that are used to draw me away from you. I pray that my eyes are opened and I see that these lusts are the work of the enemy.

Now that I am aware of the enemies tricks, I pray that I am no longer going to be drawn into them.

Lord, from now on, I will find the balance. I will make sure to talk and spend some time with you each day and I will still have plenty of time to do the other things as well.

Thank you Father that you opened my eyes. May I always have a good balance in life. Hallelujah.

In Jesus’ name I pray.

Amen

Submission / Obedience – Words are Important

Matthew 12: 36-37

[36] But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
[37] For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. (KJV)

Psalm 34:13

[13] Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. (KJV)

Proverbs 18:20-21

[20] A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
[21] Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (KJV)

James 1:26

[26] If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. KJV)

Everyone has heard that our words have meaning. People usually say something like “watch what you say” or “be careful, you may get what you ask for and it may not be what you really want.” There are many other friendly cautions like these. The Bible however teaches us to watch our words because it could be a matter of life and death if we don’t.

In Matthew 12 we are warned that the words we speak are the words that we will be judged by. Our words will either bring us life (heaven) or death (hell). If we have love in our hearts then our words should be reflecting that. If we are continually speaking unkind words then we are showing what our true nature is.

Psalm 34 also warns us to watch what we say. What we have in our hearts usually comes out of the mouth. If we are speaking unkind or hateful words then it shows that our hearts are not clean.

Proverbs 18 Jesus told us we would be known by our fruit. If words are our fruit then the words out of our mouth are very important. Good fruit (kind words) bring us eternal life and bad fruit (unkind words) could bring us an eternity of death.

James 1 speaks of being religious. If we think we are in a relationship with God and yet the words out of our mouths are not life giving then we are fooling ourselves. We need to bridle our tongues. We need to pray about everything before we say anything.

If we cannot stop saying wrong or hurtful things then we should not even try to set any kind of good example because the fruit that we are showing to others are giving us away. People will see that we are not of God. In a case like this it is best to go before God, in the name of Jesus, confess our sin and ask for his help. He loves us and wants to help.

While meditating on these verses, I asked God why anyone would do or say something that we knew was wrong. Why would we put our eternity in jeopardy? His answer: because it gives us a moment of pleasure.  Making a quick joke at another’s expense is wrong (especially if done on a continual basis) or behind their back (done with malice). Gossiping, criticizing, judging, condemning, lying, and the list goes on, can bring eternal death.

Anything that makes us immediately uncomfortable where we think “oh I shouldn’t have said or done that” needs to confessed. Be cautioned: sometimes the habit of wrongful words is so ingrained in us that we may not even be aware. We need to ask God, to allow us to feel the conviction that the Holy Spirit gives us and then we need to make a conscious effort to start watching for them.

Our words curse the receiver and ourselves. Any time we make jokes or spread gossip or do/say anything like that, at someone’s expense, it’s wrong. The word “expense” tells us it has cost someone something. We must be very careful with our words because in cases like these, both the sender and the receiver will have to pay.

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Heavenly Father

These verses are very sobering. I now understand that my spoken words show who I truly am. If I’m living in a way that people can see that I am your child and then I spew something ungodly out of my mouth, everything has been lost. Everyone will see the “real me” as I will be showing what is really in my heart.

Sometimes Lord a wrong thought will pop into my mind and before I know it, I’ve said it out loud. That is either lack of listening to the Holy Spirit advising me to keep quiet or I am going against his warning, even though I know it’s wrong. Either way causes me to fall to the enemy’s level.

Forgive me Father for the numerous times I have used wrong or hurtful words. Help me to stay strong in all situations. Help me to listen and obey that still, small voice of the Holy Spirit.

I ask that you would forgive me Father, in the name of Jesus, for the uncountable times that I have used my words in a joking or a hateful way. I’m sorry that the words out of my mouth, said in a quick unthoughtful manner hurt someone and for that I am truly sorry.

Oh Father, I pray that my words and actions may always please you. May I always think before I speak. I want to follow the Holy Spirits guiding. I want to bless others with my words, not curse them.

Thank you that as I follow you, I am learning how to be strong, learning how to watch my thoughts, words and actions. Thank you Father for helping me to stand steady in my faith and that the Holy Spirit will correct me when I start to stray off the path, that leads to you.

Father it’s my desire to live for you, to honour you and to live a true life showing others how wonderful it is when I am standing close to you and that you are working in me.

On my day of judgement may I be found to have lived a good life, in you, one deserving of spending eternity with you.

In the precious name of your Son, Jesus, I pray

Amen

Submission – Colossians 2:

Colossians 2:

[9] For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
[10] And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: (KJV)

Fullness of Godhead tells us that …

God is The Father also God is Jesus (the Son) and God is the Holy Spirit. So God is the fullness of all three.

But…

The Father is not Jesus, nor the Holy Spirit. Jesus is not the Holy Spirit nor the Father and the Holy Spirit is not The Father nor Jesus.

God consists of the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit.

This verse is declaring that Jesus walked bodily upon this earth, and he walked with the fullness of the Godhead consisting of The Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

It goes on to say that as Christians, we are complete in Jesus. This means that as Christians we have the the fullness of Jesus in us.

Since Jesus (being the fullness of the Godhead) is far above the other angels he has complete authority over the principalities and power. As Christians that are complete in Jesus, we therefore also have authority over all principalities and power (enemy), in the NAME of Jesus.

Heavenly Father

Thank you Father that your Word is true. Because I know your word is true, I can stand in confidence, that Jesus is indeed the fullness of God. I thank you that I can believe, with confidence, that when Jesus walked upon this earth, he walked in bodily form but was the fullness of the Godhead. Hallelujah.

I thank you that as a Christian I have been given the same authority of Jesus and I will wisely use the authority in Jesus’ name, over the enemy, when required.

I do not rejoice that I have the authority over the enemy but that my name is written in the Lambs Book of Life.

All glory and honour to you Lord.

In Jesus precious name.

Amen

My note to you… A different way to understand this concept. I explained this particular verse to my grandchildren in this way…

I held up an egg and asked them what it was called and of course they said “egg”

I broke the egg open and asked them what the hard broken pieces were and they replied “shell”

I lifted the yellow part and they said “yolk”

And what is left? The “whites” they said.

So the shell is not the yolk nor the white, the yolk is not the white nor the shell and the white is not the shell nor the yolk.

So now think of all three parts put back together. The shell, the yolk and the white together become an egg.

Think of the Father, Jesus (the Son) and The Holy Spirit apart from God and you see that they have their own separate names. But put them together and they become God!

Hope that helps.

Submission / Obedience – 1 John 2:

1 John 2:

3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. (KJV)

Wow – this is a great verse. Upon my first read of this scripture, I couldn’t figure it out. But after studying it, it really is a simple statement made by John.

If we love God, we will follow his commandments to the best of our abilities and ask God to help us not to sin.

But if we say we walk with God and then go on sinning, we are liars and the truth is not in us.

We know we are walking properly with God when sin bothers us. When we know we have sinned and we are nagged by it, then we are growing.

But the people who say that they no longer sin are also liars because we cannot go without sinning. The best we can do is try not to sin and confess when we have.

How can we know when we are walking properly with God?

We’ve read in the Bible how Jesus behaved on a daily basis. He loved, he helped, he was gentle and kind, he was forgiving and much, much more. It is our job, as a Christian, to show we follow in Jesus’ footsteps and have the qualities he had. When we have accomplished these traits of Jesus, then we know we are walking properly with God!

Heavenly Father,

Thank you that even though I was once a sinner, you called me to you, wiped me clean and I received the gift of salvation.

The disciple John says in this verse that, as your child, I will know when I am living a sinful life. When i do something that i know is wrong, it leaves a bitter feeling in my body. That’s when I know I am growing.

Thank you Lord that the Holy Spirit convicts me right away, so I can repent and correct or change what I am doing.

I will always have some sin and even do sinful things because I was born into it but some people feel that they have mastered it and believe they no longer have any sin to confess.

Those are the people who need you the most Lord. No one on this earth, except Jesus has ever been, nor ever will be able to say they are sinless. The people who claim that they are, need to get before you and ask for forgiveness and ask to be shown the error of their ways.

I thank you Father that you are a kind and loving God. You sent your only Son to earth, so that he could cover all of my sins with his precious gift of sacrifice at the cross. Without Jesus I would not have a chance of getting into Heaven. But because of him, I will be cleansed and Heaven will be my home for eternity.

May I always be aware of my sins and confess them to you. Thank you Father for your gifts of mercy and grace and for your forgiveness.

I am truly blessed to be counted as one of your children.

In the name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen.