Everyday we wage war against our old nature, our fleshly desires: What WE want to do. Seek guidance. Seek our Savior!
18 Plans are established by seeking advice; so if you wage war, obtain guidance.
Christians, those who have the Spirit of the living God inside us, know that we are righteous because of the blood of Jesus, and want to live righteously. It’s pleasing to Him and good for us. The problem is that we still live in these old sin-ridden bodies and in a sin-ridden world. The vast majority of people are NOT interested in living righteously.
What we need is PERSPECTIVE AND FOCUS.
On our second day of “21 Days of Deep,” we continue to look at 1 John.
Our passage is 1 John 1:5-2:2. The gist of it is about salvation. As you read, consider if being like God is really something you desire. He is light; there is no darkness in Him. Is that how you want to be? If so, then these verses are past tense. Verses 1 and 2 of chapter 2 explain that Jesus’ blood on the altar keeps us clean. If not, then COME TO THE LIGHT! This passage explains how.
Again, read it here, but also read it out of your own Bible (a literal one, not an electronic one).
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 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[a] sin.
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
2 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
I’ve included SOAP here for our convenience:
S. Scripture- Read the passage.
O. Observation- Observe at least one thing in the passage that you believe God has for you to learn from it.
A. Application- Consider how you may apply this new knowledge to your life today or sometime this week.
P. Prayer- Pray and ask God to give you the knowledge and the skill, the opportunity, and the courage to do it. Ask Him what (and then wait and ponder), ask Him when (wait and ponder), ask Him how (wait and ponder), and then ask Him why (wait and ponder). On this last one, you may not realize the answer until AFTER you are obedient.
My prayer for you: O Lord, may these verses soak deep in our souls as we walk with You today. May we revel in the fact that our sins are no longer held against us, that you actually use them to make us more like You! May we see each temptation as an opportunity for our spiritual growth, and use it to propel us into Your presence in praise and thanksgiving. Help us focus on You, O Lord, and to check with You constantly throughout our day. We love You. Help us to live in Your love. Amen
One last thing: I will publish my own commentary of our passage each day. Look for it on my website.