Week Twenty-Seven – blue plate special

Monday

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

“Walk in the Light”

Throughout the book of 1 John, we will see the analogy of light vs. darkness.  There is no gray.  Light is defined as a form of energy (radiant) that stimulates sight.  Darkness is defined as black, destitute of color, murky, and obscure.  “God is light – in Him there is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5).  He is perfection.  Walking in this light is allowing His life to work itself in to every detailed part of your being, not just on a conscious level, but unconscious as well.

Remember, God has a perfect plan for humanity in general and us personally: He sent His only Son Jesus, who lived a sinless life on earth; was crucified as a sacrifice for our sins; conquered death and was resurrected; and now sits at God’s right hand.  When we believe, we are regenerated internally.  Our lives then are spent making the transition to holiness.  John 3:2 says, “Dear friends, now we are children of God and what we will be has not yet been made known.  But we know that when he appears, we shall be like Him.”

#Application: Whenever the spirit gives you a sense of restraint, call a halt and make things right.  Otherwise, you are back in the dark.


Tuesday

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8-9

“Confess”

As members of the human race, we are all under sin: Romans 3:10 says, “There are none righteous.”  Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  However, atonement for sins is possible under God’s perfect plan.  We see this in Romans 5:8: “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

If we walk in the light, we see our sin and are compelled by the Spirit to deal with it by confession.  Ultimately our purposes and His purposes are one.  In the darkness, we can’t see our sin.  “If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.” (1 John 1:10).

By practical experience, we know that we sin.  We haven’t reached God’s perfection.  We have failed; God has not failed.  He doesn’t act for us.  We have a free will.  If we deal with our sin, Jesus atones for us and the Holy Spirit is within us to direct us.  This is according to God’s plan for living in the light.

Why confess?  It restores us to the light.  Only in the light can we have fellowship with Him.

#Application: Confess sins immediately and get back in the light as soon as possible.  The problem is that sin easily entangles us and if we don’t deal with it, we are eventually overcome (i.e. remain in the darkness).


Wednesday

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

“Obey”

God’s plan for humanity is general and for us specifically is that of perfection.  He is light – in Him there is no darkness (1 John 1:5).  There is no gray zone.  Either we are in the light or we are in the darkness.  There is NO MIDDLE GROUND.

What will our response be?  Will it be OBEDIENCE?  The definition of obedience is: submission, compliance to.  Are we willing to comply with God’s perfect plan for us?  It would seem like the best plan for us and actually is, but many times we do not obey.  Our own goals get in the way.  It is a pride issue!  Then there is the problem of lack of faith, not really trusting in God’s ability to care for us.

Today’s passage says that we cannot truly know Him unless we obey and allow His purpose to be our purpose.  When we obey, God’s perfect plan is made complete (1 John 2:5).  Jesus is our example.  Philippians 2:8 says, “Jesus was obedient to death on a cross.”  Jesus carried out all aspects of God’s plan with perfect obedience.

Obedience keeps us in the light as God is in the light.  Jealously guard your relationship with Him. We are able to obey because of grace through Christ’s work on the cross!

#Application: Don’t just tell God you love Him – show Him your love by your obedience.  “This is love for God: to obey his commands.”  1 John 5:3


Thursday

Do not love the world or anything in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:15,17

“Do Not Love the World”

The world is anti-God and therefore is in darkness.  Why?  Because God is light.  “The cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes, the boasting of what he has and does – these are not of God.” (1John 2:16).  These characteristics earmark this world.  Conformation with the world’s system brings us from light to darkness.  We cannot have fellowship with the Father if we are in darkness.

John 15:19 says, If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.  As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.”  WE ARE TO BE IN THE WORLD (physically), BUT NOT OF THE WORLD (spiritually).  We are to avoid the world’s system because it is 180 degrees out of phase with God’s perfect plan.

There will be turmoil in our lives and avoiding conformation with the world will take constant attention.  The last sentence in John 15:19 says, “That is why the world hates you” – because if you are in the light, then you are anti-world.  The lure of the world is forceful: materialism, power, prestige, sexual sin – all of which are lust and cravings of sinful man.  Remember, if you are lured, confess to the Lord immediately to become untangled and restored to the light.

Application Verses:
Romans 12:2  “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Matthew 6:33  “Seek first His kingdom and righteousness.”
#This world is not my home
I’m just passing through.
My treasure is laid up
Somewhere beyond the blue.


Friday

But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seeds remains in him, he cannot go on sinning because he has been born of God. 1 John 3:5-6, 9

“Sin”

God has a perfect plan for humanity as a whole and for us as individuals. Jesus walked in the light 100% of the time, living a life of perfection. This qualified Him to be a perfect sacrifice for us. He dwelt as a man, but without sin (1 John 3:5). 2 Corinthians says, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

As a part of God’s perfect plan for us, the Holy Spirit dwells in every believer: “Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance.” (Ephesians 1:13-14). One who sins habitually and continually cannot be connected to God’s perfect plan. One does not constantly walk in darkness as a believer. It is impossible, because a believer is born of God. See 1 John 3:7,8: “He who does what is right is righteous…he who does what is evil is of the devil.” The issue here is continued, habitual sin. This person by definition is not born of God.

APPLICATION VERSE:
Psalm 19:13: “Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression.”
Stay in the light. Make it your priority.

#A capsule of 1 John:
“I want to walk as a child of the light; I want to be like Jesus.
In Him there is no darkness at all; the light and the lamb are both alike.
The Lamb is the light of the City of God.
Shine in my life Lord Jesus.”