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Prayer God hears

au 24“This is the confidence we have in approaching God:  that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”  1 John 5:14

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Jeremiah 33-34 & Psalm 74 & 1 John 5)

What do I really need?

God is capable of giving me anything……..but He doesn’t.  Why?  Because what I think I need will not fit into His divine will for me.

Sometimes I’m quite certain that my request is something He would want me to have……..but it isn’t.  I pray for healing and I am not healed.  Paul went through that.  Eventually Paul was able to rejoice in his ailment.  Will I turn from God if He doesn’t give me what I want?

When I ask God for something, I must realize that He knows best.  He sees the big picture.  If I am committed to pleasing Him then I wouldn’t want to receive something that would hinder my relationship with Him.  

I can be confident that if my request is in synch with His Wishes that I will get what I ask.  There is Scripture that shows that I must ask things into happening.  Elijah asked (prayed for) rain which God had promised.  Elijah’s request was in synch with God’s promise and so it rained.

“Lord, I want only what is spiritually best for me.  You are the Master of the Big Picture.  Give me and deny me as You desire. Keep me from foolishness.  Direct my path.  Work in me, a sinner, I beg!  I love You, Father.”

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Stop sinning!

au 22“No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.”  1 John 3:9

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Jeremiah 28-30 & 1 John 3)

If I am Godly I will not sin.  If I read between the lines of that statement, I realize sinning happens when my connection to God has been loosened.

I also realize from the verse that known sins cannot be continued.  When I made the choice to follow God rather than my own leading, I acquired the Holy Spirit.  I know when I sin.   

It is important to be closely related to God.  Satan is persistent.  Any infiltration opening he will pursue.  In God, I am strong enough to resist the Devil.  

My relationship with God must be strong and ongoing.  The ups and downs of my relationship to Him are worrisome to me.  It shouldn’t be that way.  That lifestyle leaves too many openings for Satan to gain a foothold.

The way I live clearly indicates my relation to God.  What do those closest to me have to say about my Godliness?  

“It is a solemn thought that my love for God is measured by my everyday relationships with others.” – Andrew Murray  Humility

“Father, I want to get it right.  I want to be the man You want me to be.  Forgive my waywardness.  My sinfulness is caused by my disconnect from You.  I want to be tight with You.  Saturated with You.  How You could love me is beyond me………yet You do.  Thank You for that.  Fill me with Your Holy Spirit now, I beg!”

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Walk the talk!

au 20“God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.”  1 John 1:5-6

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Jeremiah 48-49 & Psalm 67 & 1 John 1)

The fruit determines the type of tree.

I cannot claim to be connected to God and then live godlessly.  It’s inconsistent.  Either I am connected or not.

This life is full of temptations.  Some things seem minor and are not easily identified as sin.  Others are red flag sin.

I need to be in a close relationship with God.  I need to be close enough to hear Him.  In that posture, I will see the darkness of this world clearly.  If I’m skirting the edges then my chances of getting into darkness increase significantly.

If I am worried about pornography on TV, I cannot not be clicking through channels and stopping where pornography is if I am tempted or have been tempted in the past,   I will be better off not turning on the TV at all.  Darkness like that does not sneak up on me.  I make the choice to flirt with it or not.

Some darkness is obvious to me but not to others.  If it is darkness to me then I should avoid it even if it makes others I’m with uncomfortable.  My explanations for my position must be Godly, however.  

“Lord, I want to live in Your Light.  Give me the will-power to run from darkness.  Give me the wisdom to be able to sort out the light or dark of things ahead.  It is not always clear to me.  Fill me with Your Holy Spirit.  I love You, Father!”

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Talk and Walk (1 John 1:6) Jesus Christ

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – 1 John 1-5)

“If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.” 1 John 1:6

What lessons are there for me in this Scripture?

My actions speak louder than my words.  I can say that I’m a believer until the cows come home.  The visuals this world sees will confirm or condemn my words.

I need to be consumed with Him.  There cannot be any suspicion that what I say is inauthentic.  What I say must be the overflow of a Godly heart.

God is not mocked.  How wonderful it is to be in close fellowship with Him.  Satan has no hold on me.  I have a sinful nature but my fellowship with God mutes it.  God knows my heart.

“May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart please Him.”

Jesus Christ was born today.  All praise and glory!

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His Love (1 John 4:9-10) – Gene Kelly

(Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading – Jeremiah 31-32 & 1 John 4)

“This is how God showed His love among us:  He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”  1 John 4:9-10

What lessons are there for me in this Scripture?
What is love like?  God displayed the ultimate dose when He sent His Son to earth to live and eventually die for me.  My love will always pale in comparison.  This is the apex in grace.  I have never deserved it.  All I can do is receive it, thankfully.  His love is incomparable.  It is such a terrific example for me.  I must love with no need for positive responses.   Real love is like that.  I must show it to others as He has shown it to me – underserved love.  Unexpected love.  Anonymous love.  How can I thank Him for providing a way for me to escape eternal damnation?  Try loving the way He did!

Gene Kelly was born on August 23rd.  God gave him the ability to be an amazing dancer.

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Liar? (1 John 1:6) – Ron Paul

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Jeremiah 48-49 & Psalm 67 & 1 John 1)

“If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.”  1 John 1:6

What lessons are there for me from this Scripture?
I have to walk my talk.  I cannot say one thing I believe and live it out differently.  God knows completely what I’m about.  He will not miss what is going on.  I’m a liar in His sight if I can’t live the way He wants me to live.  I must live pleasing Him.  I must completely surrender to His leading.  My ways must actually be His Ways.  I need interaction with Him to assure me of the proper course to take.  My goal must be to do His will.

Ron Paul was born on August 20th.  God gave him the opportunity to be involved in national government.

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God’s Love

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(Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading – 1 John 1-5)

“This is how God showed His love for us:  God sent His only Son into the world so we might live through Him.  This is the kind of love we’re talking about – not that we once upon a time loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.”  1 John 4:9-10

This gives God’s side.  My side is to believe that Jesus is God’s Son and believe that Jesus died for my sins.  My undeserved good fortune is totally remarkable.  My relationship with God was cleared up when my sins were forgiven.  I could have no access with Him otherwise.

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