It Was By Faith

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 294 - Hebrews 11:7 - It Was By Faith - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 294 – Hebrews 11:7 – It Was By Faith – Growing As Disciples

It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith. Hebrews 11:7 (NLT)

Never Done Before 

I know that you will ask that of me. What will I ask of you? You will ask me to go and do what I have never done before. Why would I do that? How can you be so certain that I will ask that of you? Not only that, but you will often ask me to go and do what is exceedingly difficult and demanding. Oh, why would you do that? Why am I so certain? You have already asked me to do what I have never done before. You have already asked to go and do what is exceedingly difficult and demanding. Do you resent my asking you to go and do what will require your very best effort? Do you resent my asking you to go and do what will cause you to rely on me? Do you resent my asking you to go and do what will demand you place all your faith in me?  No, I do not resent you asking anything and everything of me. I am at your service. I am at your disposal. I am ready and willing to serve you. I will go wherever you send me. I will do whatever you ask of me. Sometimes, it doesn’t sound like that is true. Sometimes, you seem quite reluctant to go and do whatever I ask of you. Yes, I know. At times, I have wavered. At times, I have been slow to get going. At times, I have had a “poor me” attitude. Forgive me. You are forgiven. I am certain you would not want me to ask you to go and do what was simple and easy. You would not want me to ask you to go and do only what you could do in your own strength. You would not want me to ask you to do what did not require you to rely on and place all your faith in me. You want to know that I am powerfully working in and through you to accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans. You want to be able to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. Am I correct? Is all this true about you? Yes, it is my hope and dream and desire to be used by you. So, I will take on any assignment you give to me. I will go and do whatever you ask of me. That is very good. 

Lord, it is no surprise to me that you have and will ask me to go and do what is difficult and demanding. Not only is that true, but you often ask me to do what I have never done before. By faith, I will rely on you. By faith, I will go and do whatever you ask of me. Amen

Key Question…  How much faith has been required of you to go and do what the Lord asked of you?

Living It Out…  By faith go and do what the Lord asks of you so you can bear fruit for His kingdom.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will help you to go and do what He asks of you.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are going and doing what the Lord asks of you.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you by faith go and do what the Lord asks of you.

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Mouth Speaks

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Speech - Luke 6:43-45 - Mouth Speaks - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Speech – Luke 6:43-45 – Mouth Speaks – Growing As Disciples

“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:43-45 (NIV)

Show Time

Do you know what is in your heart? That’s a different question. I can’t say that I know what’s in my heart. How can I possibly know what’s in my heart? That sounds like an impossible task to me. No, it’s not. Actually, it’s quite easy to know what is in your heart. It’s equally easy to know what is in another person’s heart as well. You have definitely made me curious. What must I do if I want to know what is in my heart? How can I possibly know what is in the heart of another person? You must listen carefully if you want to know what is in your or another’s person heart. Listen? Listen, to what? Listen to the words that come out of your mouth. Listen to the words that will come out of another person’s mouth. Your words will reveal what is in your heart. Another person’s words will reveal what is in their heart.

How will my words reveal what is in my heart? How will another’s person’s words reveal what is in their heart? This is not a hard concept to understand. When you say something, when another person says something it is “show time”. Words that come out of a mouth reveal what is in the heart. Have you ever said something and then thought, “Where did that come from?” Yes, that thought has crossed my mind. What is the answer to your thought? Whatever comes out of my mouth is in my heart. That’s exactly right. Give me some examples. If I say angry words I have an angry heart. If I say fear filled words I have a fearful heart. If I say doubt filled words I have a doubtful heart. You got it.

I got it but I’m not happy about it. What do you mean by that? I’m not happy about the words that have been coming out of my mouth. I’m not happy about what is obviously in my heart. Good. Good, what’s good? You want to have a different heart. You want to speak different words. Yes, I want a new heart. I want to speak words that reveal a good and fruitful heart. I want my heart and words and life to bring glory to your name. I want your goodness to overflow my life with words that give life and bear fruit for your kingdom. You want me to change your heart and words and life? Is that your prayer? Yes Lord, that is my prayer. I will hear and answer that prayer of yours.

Lord, I know that the words that come out of my mouth are a good gauge of what is in my heart. Change my heart. Overflow my life with your goodness. Help me to speak good and fruitful words that bring glory to your name. Amen

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Not Running Aimlessly

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Therefore – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 – Not Running Aimlessly – Growing As Disciples

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (NIV)

Olympic Effort

Your life of faith is like a race. Do you want to run well as you follow me? Are you running your race of faith with a desire to win? Yes, I want to run well as I follow you. Yes, I am running to win. I don’t want anything to distract me. I won’t look left or right or behind me. My eyes will look straight forward as I follow you. I know that you will help me to run the race of faith. I know that you will make me able to win the race of faith. Yes, I will.

What might distract you on your race of faith? What might hinder you from running well? Things that are of this world might hinder me from running well. Like what? The lust of the flesh might hinder me from running well. I will need to make sure that lustful and fleshly desires don’t pull me off course and prevent me from running well. I will need to separate myself from any situations and circumstance that might powerfully tempt me. That’s true. What else? The lust of the eyes might hinder me from running well. I will need to be very careful about what I allow my eyes to see. Many times I have wanted what I couldn’t have or certainly didn’t need. I will need to stop looking at whatever might allure and entice to want what I don’t have and don’t need. That’s right. What else? The pride of life might hinder me from running well. I will need to be very careful that I am not attracted and drawn to prideful things in life. Like what? I have been tempted by power and prestige. I have wanted to be someone that does great things. These desires can lead me down the wrong path and take me off of the course you have laid out for me. Yes, they can. You will do well to be on guard against any of these evils. You are right. They do have the potential to hinder you from running and finishing well in the race of faith.

How are you in training as you follow me? Are you giving an Olympic effort in your training as you follow and serve me? I’m not sure. I do know that I am fully available to whatever training you have in mind for me. I will go anywhere you guide me. I will do anything you ask of me. I am meeting with you daily in your word. I know that you are teaching and training me. If you have more in mind I will welcome it with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I am at your service. I am running hard in my life of faith as I follow you. Yes, you are running hard and well. I do have more in mind for you. Follow me. Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, I have entered the race. I love you with all my heart and soul and mind and strength. You are my Savior and Lord. I am in training as I follow and serve you. Let nothing distract me from running well. Let nothing disqualify me from receiving the prize. Amen

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Path Of Life

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Life - Psalm 16:11 - Path Of Life - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Life – Psalm 16:11 – Path Of Life – Growing As Disciples

You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.  Psalm 16:11 (NIV)

Walk With Me

Walk with me. That is the invitation that I am setting before you today. Will you accept my invitation? Will you walk with me? Yes Lord, I will gladly and enthusiastically accept your invitation to walk with you. Don’t you have questions? Isn’t there anything that you want to know before you say yes to walking with me? Wouldn’t you like to know where we will be walking? Don’t you want to know what I might ask you to do for me? I already know all I need to know. What do you know? I know it is you that is asking me to walk with you. I am humbled and honored to hear that you are calling me to walk with you. Why me? I am nothing special. I have done nothing to earn your favor. You are wrong. You are special in my sight. You are also right. You have done nothing to earn my favor. But you have heard my call. You have turned to follow me on the path of life. You know that I love you. I also love you. That is why I have no hesitation in saying yes to your calling me to walk with you. Yes, I know. There is more that you want to tell me. There is more that you know. Yes, I have more to say. Yes, I have more that I know about walking with you.

When I walk with you on the path of life I will not be breaking new ground. What do you mean by that? I will not be out running ahead of you. That’s right. You will be leading me. I will be following you or walking right alongside of you. In fact I will be holding on to you as you are holding on to me. Yes, that’s true. So, knowing that gives me peace and confidence. I am not alone. You will be with me every step of the way. I will also feel secure and protected knowing that I am holding on to you as you are holding on to me. I will not wander off the path of life because we are holding on to each other. You’re right.

When I walk with you on the path of life there will be plenty of things that I will leave behind. There is a lot that I will walk away from. Like what? I will walk away from the darkness of this world. I will leave behind the pleasures and deceitfulness of sin. I will leave behind all the ways in which I once lived that were not pleasing to you. Yes, you will. You will give me a completely new life as I follow you. Yes, I will.

When I walk with you on the path of life you will be teaching me. You will be counseling me. You will be giving me your guidance and direction. Yes, I will. We will be talking to each other all the time. Yes, we will. I will listen to you. Yes, you will. You will listen to me. Yes, I will. What an honor. What a joy. What a privilege it is to follow you on the path of life. Yes, I accept you invitation. Yes, I have heard your call. Yes, I will follow you to wherever you lead me. Yes, I will do whatever you ask of me.

Lord, thank you for making the path of life known to me. Help me to keep following you on the path of life. Guard me from straying off your path of life into the evil of this world. Lead me, teach me and counsel me as I follow you. Amen

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Laid The Foundation On Rock

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Rhythms - Luke 6:46-49 - Laid The Foundation On Rock - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Rhythms – Luke 6:46-49 – Laid The Foundation On Rock – Growing As Disciples

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” Luke 6:46-49 (NIV)

Storms 

Storms will come in life. You can be certain of that. That should come as no surprise to you. It doesn’t. There is one very important question about the storms of life that I want to ask you. What question is that? Will your life be able to withstand the storms of life that are certain to come your way? How could I possibly know the answer to that question? I have no idea of what type of storms will come my way. How could I possibly know if I will be able to withstand the unknown storms of life? That may sound like a good answer to you, but it is not. Why is that? Everyone has a foundation on which they will build their life. You and every one else in the world must choose what will be the foundation of their life. What are some of the foundations on which people will build their lives? I think I can answer that question. Go ahead, I’m listening. Some people will build the foundation of their life on money. The foundation of their life will rest on all that they have been able to acquire. Others will build the foundation of their life on power. The foundation of their life will rest on who answers to them. Still others will build the foundation of their life on position. The foundation of their life will rest on the status that they have attained in life. Do any of these seem like a strong and sure foundation for your life?  Do you want to build the foundation of your life on money, power or position? Is any one or all three of these worthy of being the foundation on which you will build your life? These are not strong and sure foundations. Any one or all three of these could be swept away in an instant by the storms of life. Yes, they could. Yes, they will. None of these are worthy of being the foundation of my life. No, they are not. 

Do you know the foundation on which you want to build your life? Yes, I do. Tell me about the foundation on which you want to build your life.  I want the foundation of my life to be built on hearing and putting your word into practice. I will come to meet with you in your word. I will listen attentively to all that you have to say to me. I will do all that you ask of me. You will be the foundation of my life. Yes, I will. You will help me to stand strong and secure in any storm of life. Yes, I will. You are my strong and secure foundation. Yes, I am.

Lord, I will dig down deep and allow your word to become the strong and sure foundation of my life. I will listen attentively to all that you have to say to me in your word. I will gladly do all that you ask of me as I put your word into practice every day in my life. Amen

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Do What It Says

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - God's Word - James 1:22-25 - Do What It Says - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Word – James 1:22-25 – Do What It Says – Growing As Disciples

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does. James 1:22-25 (NIV)

A Quick Glance

What will a quick glance into my word do for you? I’m not sure. What has a quick glance in a mirror done for you? It has never been good idea for me to rely on a quick glance at myself in the mirror. Why is that? I can’t tell you the number of times I have been embarrassed because I missed something I didn’t see with a quick glance in the mirror. Do you now look intently in the mirror every day before leave your home? Yes, I do. I’m pretty sure that I look in the mirror much longer and more frequently than needed. I look in the mirror every chance I get. Why is that? I don’t want anything to be out of place or to not look right. I see.

My word is like a mirror. How so? My word will help you to examine your life to see if anything is out of place or doesn’t look right. My word will help you to evaluate all that you think, say and do. A quick glance at my word will help you about as much as a quick glance into the mirror has helped you. Why is that? You tell me. When I rely on quick glances into your word I’m not look intently or listening carefully. My heart and mind are not ready and receptive to take your word into my life. Just minutes after quickly glancing into your word I have forgotten what I just read. There is very little chance that I will ever put your word into practice when I cannot even remember what I just read. That’s right.

What will you do if you want my word to bless your life? What will you do if you want my word to set you free? I will look intently into your word. I will listen carefully to your word. I will consider deeply all that your word has to say to me. Can you listen carefully and consider my word deeply with quick glances into it, here and there, and now and then? No, I cannot. What else will you do with my word? I will put your word into practice. I will let your word change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. My word will bless your life as you listen to it carefully, consider it deeply and put it into practice. My word will set you free to live the life that I have given to you. That is what I want. That is what I will do. That will be very good.

Lord, I know that I look at a mirror a lot. With a very quick glance I have been embarrassed because I missed what I needed to see. Help me to look intently in the mirror of your word so that I will be able to hear and do your will. Amen

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Reckless Words Pierce Like A Sword

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 293 - Proverbs 12:13-19 - Reckless Words - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 293 – Proverbs 12:13-19 – Reckless Words – Growing As Disciples

An evil man is trapped by his sinful talk, but a righteous man escapes trouble.  From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.  The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.  A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.  A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies.  Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.  Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. Proverbs 12:13-19 (NIV)

Wise Words

That is what I want to speak. What do you want to speak? I want to speak wise words. I want life giving, healing words to come out of my mouth. That’s good, we both want the very same thing. Is there a problem? Yes, there is a huge problem. What’s that? I’m not wise. Wise, life giving, and healing words don’t naturally flow out of my mouth. If I am not exceedingly careful, I can and have spoken reckless words that have pierced others like a sword. It isn’t easy for me to overlook an insult. It is very difficult for me to hide my annoyance with someone who has mistreated me. I see. Yes, I am sure that you do see. What do you need from me? I need you to change my heart and transform my mind. I need you to help me to think and speak and act like you. I need a loving and forgiving heart. Stifling rash actions and reckless words that are in me, will never work. If they are in my heart and on my mind, they are certain to come out of my mouth. That is true. So, basically you want a heart transplant, is that correct? Yes, that is correct, without any doubt. So, you are not asking me to do cosmetic changes to your life? Absolutely not! I want the total makeover. I want the complete overhaul. I want you to mold and shape my life. I want to be able to think and speak and act in ways that are pleasing to you. That is a very good desire. That is an excellent prayer. That is a very good hope and dream and desire. Do you believe that I will change your heart and transform your mind so that you will be able to think and speak and act like me? Do you believe that I will make you able to speak life giving words that will bring healing into the lives of others? I am certain that you will hear and answer my prayer. I am certain that you will make me able to speak life giving words that bring healing to others. I am certain that you will make my speaking rash and reckless words a thing of the distant past. Yes, I will hear and answer this prayer of yours. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I have not always spoken wise words that brought healing to others. Instead, I have sometimes spoken reckless words that pierced like a sword. Forgive me. Give me wise words to speak so that the words of my mouth will bring healing to others. Amen

Key Question…  How are you making sure that you speak wise words that brings healing to others?

Living It Out…  Make it your desire, goal, and practice to speak wise words that will bring healing to others.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that you can speak wise words that will bring healing to others

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you have been able to speak wise words of healing to others.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you speak wise words that bring healing into the lives of others.

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So Walk In Him

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Therefore - Colossians 2:6-7 - So Walk In Him - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Therefore – Colossians 2:6-7 – So Walk In Him – Growing As Disciples

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6-7 (ESV)

Vitally Connected

You have received me into your life. I am your Savior and Lord. That’s right. What does receiving me as your Savior and Lord mean to you? You have given me a new life to live. My old life is dead and gone. Now I will live my life with and for you. I will live as you lived. I will walk as you walked. My new life will look and be completely different from my old life. I am a changed person on the inside and out. Yes, you are.

Keep walking with me. I will be working in and through you as you follow me. It is true that you were made new on the first day that you received me into your life. You were set apart for my purposes. But, my work in and through your life will be ongoing and new everyday. Yes, Lord I will walk close to you. I will follow you wherever you lead me. I will do whatever you ask of me.

Let your roots grow deep in me. Receive your nourishment from me. Drink deeply of all that I have for you. Come to me for all that you will need. Your journey through life will be exhausting. Let me revive and refresh your life. Come to rest in my presence. Let me restore your soul. Yes, Lord I will draw near to you. I know that you will also draw near to me. Yes, I will draw near to you. 

Make me the sure foundation of your life. Let yourself be built up in me. Build your life on my word. Listen attentively to all that I have to say to you. Don’t be distracted. Don’t be swayed. Don’t follow after the world and all that it has to offer. Don’t allow yourself to race after what will not satisfy or sustain you. Don’t seek security in what will never bring you peace. Trust in me. I will guard and guide you through life. I am your future and your hope. One day you will come to live forever in heaven with me. Yes, I will. I look forward to that day.

Let me establish you in your faith. Trust in me through all the storms of life. Hang on to me. I will hang on to you. I will never let you go. I will never leave you. I will never forsake you. You are my child. I have you in the palm of my hand. Take refuge in me. Have faith in me. Yes Lord, all my faith is in you. I will hang on to you. I will take refuge in you. You are my shelter in every storm. Yes, I am.

Lord, I am so thankful for who you are and all that you have done for me. You are so good to me. My life is overflowing with thanks and praise to you. You are my Savior and Lord. I am yours. You are mine. Yes, I am.

Lord, thank you for all that I have received in you. You have helped me to remain vitally connected to you. You have made it so my faith could be rooted, established and strengthened as I live my life with and for you. I will keep on following you. Amen

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Create In Me A Pure Heart

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 292 - Psalm 51:10-12 - Create In Me A Pure Heart - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 292 – Psalm 51:10-12 – Create In Me A Pure Heart – Growing As Disciples

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Psalm 51:10-12 (NIV)

Pure Heart

That is what I want. This is a hope and dream and desire that I have within me. This is how I want to live my life. Before you go any further, say more clearly what is your hope and dream and desire. I want to have a pure heart. I want to live a life of pleasing you. I want to love and follow and obey and serve you with all that is within me. I don’t want to hold anything back. I don’t want to keep anything in reserve. I want to live a life that is, “all in” for you. I want to be fully devoted to you in all I think and say and do. Is that clear enough? That is quite clear.

Where did this hope and dream and desire come from? It certainly did not come from me. I can take no credit for this hope and dream and desire being in me. This hope and dream and desire has come from you. You placed it in my heart. You have given it to me as a gift. So, we both want the same thing. You want a pure heart. I want you to have a pure heart. How have I made it possible for you to have a pure heart?  That is a very good point. That is a very good question. Only you have made it possible for me to have a pure heart.  You sent your Son into this world to live and die for me. He paid for my sins. He secured my forgiveness and cleansing. He broke the power of sin over my life. You made it possible for me to receive Him as my Savior and Lord. It is His blood that has washed away my sin. He has made me pure and white and clean and fresh in your sight. You have set a new course for my life. I have left my old and sinful life behind. I am now living the new life you have given to me. Keep on fanning the flame of my desire to live my life with and for you. Keep on helping me to distance myself from anything that would attempt to corrupt and pollute my heart. Guard and protect my heart as I love and follow and obey and serve you. That I will do. That you will do. That we will both do together. How does that sound? Wonderful, beyond what I could ever hope for, dream of, or even imagine. That is very good.

Heavenly Father, only you can create a clean heart in me. Only you can give me a fresh start. I will confess and turn from my sins. I need forgiveness and cleansing through Jesus Christ, my Savior. Give me a pure heart filled with the joy of my salvation in Him. Amen

Key Question…  When have you confessed and turned from your sins and asked God to purify your heart?

Living It Out…  Confess and turn from your sins and receive the gift of salvation available through Jesus Christ your Savior and Lord.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that God will create a pure heart within you as you confess your sins and receive Jesus Christ as your Savior.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group the joy you have because Jesus Christ is your Savior and Lord.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you confess and turn from your sins so you can receive forgiveness and cleansing from the Lord.

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God Is Light

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Knowing God - 1 John 1:5-7 - God Is Light - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Knowing God – 1 John 1:5-7 – God Is Light – Growing As Disciples

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. 1 John 1:5-7 (NIV) 

Walk In The Light

You live in a dark world. What do you mean by that? This world is not how I designed it. This world has been corrupted by sin. There is nothing that you hear or see that has not been damaged by sin that is in the world. Like what? You tell me. What darkness do you see in the world? I see that lust and greed drive the desires of our society. Contentment with what one has is in very short supply. Thankfulness is very scarce. Life is a continual treadmill race to acquire what one doesn’t have or take what isn’t yours. It’s a “me first” world. What is true and honest, right and fair gets little play. Spinning the truth and calling others liars trumps everything else. The real truth really doesn’t matter. Winning at all costs has become the goal. Integrity is bought and sold to the highest bidder. Crushing someone else with a different perspective has become a blood sport. Asking forgiveness and turning away from evil is being replaced with the thought that one might try to “do better” next time. The next time of “doing better” never comes. Instead evil is heaped upon evil. Moral failure is held up and admired and bragged about. Even many of your followers have become indistinguishable from those who savor and breathe in this foul odor of moral corruption. Your followers dare stand on a dung heap of immoral justification for their ungodly behavior. Good is now called evil. Evil is now called good. Is this what you had in mind when you said it was a dark world that I live in? You do see what I mean. It is worse than you describe. It is more alluring and dangerous. It is deceptive beyond your imagination. What hope do I have at standing against the evil in the world? How can I possibly resist its powerful influence over me?

There is only one way for you to walk in the light. There is only one way for you to be able to stand against evil. There is only one way to resist the evil influence and allure of the world. How is that? I am the way. I am the light. Follow me. I will lead you through the darkness of this world. I will make you able to shine as a bright light for me. Will you live and walk in the light with me? Yes Lord, I will follow you.

Lord, you pulled me out of darkness. You led me into the light so that I could receive your forgiveness and cleansing from all my sin. Help me now to live and walk in the light. Help me to live in close fellowship with you as I follow you though life. Amen

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