Whoever Claims To Live In Him Must Walk As Jesus Did

The Sacramental Life - Day 334 - 1 John 2-3-6 - Whoever Claims To Live In Him Must Walk As Jesus Did - Growing As Disciples

The Sacramental Life – Day 334 – 1 John 2-3-6 – Whoever Claims To Live In Him Must Walk As Jesus Did – Growing As Disciples

We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.  The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him:  Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. 1 John 2:3-6 (NIV)

Know Me

How is it that you thank that you will come to know me? I know that is the desire of your heart. That is not a secret to me. Of that, I am certain. What makes you certain? You have placed this passionate desire in my heart to want to know you.  I also know that what desires you give, you will also grant. But you have asked me how I will come to know you. That’s right. You will allow me to come to know you. It is also your desire that I come to know you. So, our desires are in alignment. I want what you want. That is also correct. Still, I have not answered your question. No, you have not. I do know this, you love me. Yes, I do love you. You have gone to great lengths to demonstrate your love for me. You came into this world to live and die for me. You broke the power of sin over my life. You rescued me from a life without you. You adopted me into your family. You made me to be your child. You filled me with your Spirit. You are now guarding and guiding my life. You have lavished me with your love. I now love you because you first loved me. You have filled me with a passionate desire to love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. You put a fire in me to live my life with and for you. There is now nowhere I would rather be than in your presence. There is now nothing I would rather do than follow and serve you. I will follow you to where you lead me. I will do whatever you ask me. I will live my life in an intimate relationship with you. I will walk through life with you. I will think as you thought. I will speak as you spoke. I will live as you lived. This is how I will come to know you. You have answered well. Yes, you will come to know me as you live your life with and for me. Live as I lived. Walk as I walked. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I love you with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength. Your love for me, and my love for you, is motivating my passionate desire to think, and speak, and act like you. Help me to walk like you walked. Help me to live like you lived. Bear fruit through my life. Amen

Key Question…  How is your love for the Lord motivating your desire to think and speak and act like Him?

Living It Out…  Walk as Jesus walked and live your life as He lived His life.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will help you to walk as he walked and live as He lived.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are walking as Jesus walked and living as He lived.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you walk as Jesus walked and live your life as He lived His Life.

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We Have Come To Know Him

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Knowing God - 1 John 2:3-6 - We Have Come To Know Him- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Knowing God – 1 John 2:3-6 – We Have Come To Know Him – Growing As Disciples

We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. 1 John 2:3-6 (NIV)

Know Me? Love Me?  

Do you know me? Do you love me? These sound like two very difficult and unanswerable questions. How could you possibly think that you know me? How would it ever be possible for you to say that you love me? You’re right I can’t answer those questions. I can help you answer them. I can make it possible for you to say that you know me. I can show you with convincing proof that you do love me. You have my full attention. I’m listening to your every word. You know me because I have been revealing myself to you. You have made it your continual habit to meet with me in my word. I have been speaking to you. I have been molding and shaping you with my word. I have been changing your heart and transforming your mind with my word. Tell me what my word says about you finding me? Your word says that when I seek you with all my heart I will find you. Yes, it does. Have you been seeking me with all your heart? Yes, I have been seeking you with all my heart. Have you been finding me in my word? Have I been revealing myself to you? Have I been allowing you to think my thoughts? Have I helped you to know my will and walk in my ways? Yes, you have revealed yourself to me. Yes, you have been allowing me to think your thoughts, know your will and walk in your ways. Are you coming to know me? Yes, I am coming to know you better every day. Will you ever know me in full while you are in this life? No, I will only know you in full when I see you face to face. That’s right. But, you do know me. How do I know that? You know and are obeying my commands. You are listening to me. You are following me to where I am leading you. You are doing what I ask of you. It is your desire to do my will. Yes, it is. Only those who obey my commands and desire to do my will really know me.

Let’s talk about your desire to obey me. Why is it your desire to do my will? As I have come to know you I have also come to love you. I love you because you first loved me. You gave yourself to me. Now, I want to give myself fully to you. There is nothing that you haven’t done for me. You poured yourself out completely. You gave yourself fully. You did not leave anything in reserve. You gave your life so that I could have a new life in you. Yes, I did. Now, I want nothing else other than to live my life with and for you. It is my joy to follow and obey you. I want to give my life to you as fully as you gave your life for me. Why is that? I love you. Yes, you do. I want to live my life just like you lived yours. I want to love like you loved. I want to serve like you served. I want to give like you gave. Only those who love me want what you want. Your desire to follow and obey me is motivated by your love for me. Yes, it is.

Lord, it is my desire to know and love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I want to live and walk just as you did while you lived in this world. Help me to follow, obey and serve you. I will go where you guide me to do all that you ask of me. Amen

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Obey – Walk

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Rhythms - 1 John 2:3-6 - Obey - Walk - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Rhythms – 1 John 2:3-6 – Obey – Walk – Growing As Disciples

We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. 1 John 2:3-6 (NIV)

Every Step

I don’t obey you because I should. I don’t obey you because I must. Why then do you obey me? I obey you because I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. It is no sacrifice for me to follow and obey you. Following and obeying you is what I want to do. It is my joy to hear and obey your commands. I want to know and do your will. Your love guides my desire. Your love sets my course. Your love guides me every day, one step at a time. I will follow you to where you lead me. I will do whatever you ask of me. I want to do what is pleasing to you. That is very good.

How will you know if you are walking in my ways? How will you know if you are doing what is pleasing to me? How will you know if you are becoming the person I want you to become? How will you know if you are living the life that I have called you to live? I have an example to follow. Yes, you do. I will walk as Jesus walked. I will do what Jesus did. I will think like Jesus thought. I will pray like Jesus prayed. I will give like Jesus gave. I will serve like Jesus served. I will follow and obey you like Jesus followed and obeyed you. Will I do this all perfectly? Not, a chance. Will I be able to live this kind of life on my own, with my own strength? No, not at all. I know that you will be working in my life. You will be molding me and shaping me into who you want me to become. Yes, I will. You will give me your power and strength so that I can do what you have given me to do for you. You can count on me. In every way and on every day, I will come to rely on you. You are my God and Father. My life is in your hands. I love you only because you loved me first. Your love drives me. Your love compels me. Your love spurs me on. You will make me able to follow and obey you. You will help me to walk as Jesus walked on every day with every step of my life. Yes, I will.

Father, I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. it is my passionate desire to come to know you. I want to know your will and walk in your ways. I want to do what is pleasing to you. I will follow and obey you. I will walk just as Jesus walked. Amen

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Know Him

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 77 - 1 John 2:3-6 - Know Him - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 77 – 1 John 2:3-6 – Know Him – Growing As Disciples

We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.  The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him:  Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. 1 John 2:3-6 (NIV)

Your Love

Do you know me? Do you love me? Yes, I know and love you. Could I know and love you more? There is no doubt about that. Do I want to know and love you more? There is also no doubt that either. How do you know you know me? How do you know that you love me? I know that I know and love you because I am obeying your commands. Do I obey your commands perfectly? I am sure that I do not. But it is my desire to love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Following and obeying you is no great burden to me. It is my joy and delight to do what is pleasing to you. With that in mind, I am not considering what bare minimum might be required of me, if I want to truly express my love to you. Such a thought would be ridiculous. My love for you makes me want to think and speak and act in new and different and even more creative ways to express my love to you. That is very good. 

What will your life look like as you express your love to me? Who will you resemble as you love and follow and serve me? Whose example will you follow? What pattern has been set before you? I will follow the example of your Son. I will follow the example that Jesus Christ has set before me. I will love as He loved. I will give as He gave. I will serve as He served. It my hope and prayer and desire to think and speak and act like your Son. I want to walk as He walked. I want to live as He lived. I want to go and do what He did. So, that is what I am asking of you. Help me to live the life you are calling me to live. Help me to demonstrate my love for you by obeying all that you ask of me. You will have my help. I will hear and answer this prayer of yours. Thank you, Lord. 

Heavenly Father, I love you. I will listen attentively to your word. It is no burden for me to follow and obey your commands. It is the desire of my heart to do whatever is pleasing to you. Help me to walk like Jesus walked as I go and do all that you ask of me. Amen

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Know Him

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 131 - 1 John 2:3-6 - Know Him - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 131 – 1 John 2:3-6 – Know Him – Growing As Disciples

We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. 1 John 2:3-6 (NIV)

Know You

Will you obey me? Will you receive my instruction? Will you follow my guidance? Will you go where I guide you? Will you do what I ask of you? Without question, I will obey you. Without hesitation I will go where you guide me and do what you ask of me. Without a doubt, I will receive your instruction and follow your guidance. Why are you so ready and willing to follow and obey me? You love me. I love you. You gave yourself fully for me. I will give myself fully to you. It is no burdensome task for me to follow and obey your commands. I want to go and do what is pleasing to you. I am actually looking for ways that I can do what is pleasing to you. It is my joy to love, follow and serve you. That is very good.

What do you hope will happen as you follow and serve me? It is my hoped and desire that I will come to know you. As I come to know you, I am sure that I will love more and more as I follow and serve you. When I say that I want to know you, I don’t mean that I want to know about you. I mean that I want to know you intimately. I want to hear your voice. I want to live and walk closely with you. As I remain in your presence, I want to be changed by you. How do you want me to change you? I want you to cause me to passionately love, follow and serve you. I want to be so on fire for you that I will shine and burn as a bright and bold witness for you in the world. I want your light to shine through me into the darkness of this world. I want people to be drawn to you because they see your life being lived out, in and through me. I want to live as you lived. I want to walk as you walked. I want my life to be patterned after your life. I want your thoughts and words and deeds to become my thoughts and words and deeds. I want your thoughts to be in my mind. I want your words coming out of my mouth. I want your deeds to be done through my life. In every way, I want my live to bring glory to your name. That is my prayer. This is what I am asking of you. I will hear and answer your prayers. Thank you, Lord.  

Lord, it is the desire of my heart to come to know and love and follow and serve you. Use your word to give me the desire and strength and power to go and do what you are commanding me. Every day I want to live and walk just as you lived and walked. Amen

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