1 John 2:3 Really Knowing Jesus

“We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.” 1 John 2:3

In many countries there are many people who will openly state that they know Jesus. In some countries they cannot do it openly because it is against the law. While many will state that they know Jesus, not everyone really knows Jesus.

There are people who have met some famous person for about two minutes and was able to say hi to that person. Now they go around saying that they know that person. Do they really know that person? Not at all. They are just an acquaintance. There really is no knowledge of the person.

John says that if you really know Jesus you will keep His commands. What does knowing Jesus have to do with keeping His commands?

When you spend a lot of time with a person you learn what they like and do not like. You really learn who that person is and what his heart is about. The same goes for getting to know Jesus. The more time you spend with Him and really get to know Him, the more you will learn what is heart is about.

The heart of Jesus is all about saving you and the rest of the world from sin and death. His heart is being a servant to accomplish this task of saving everyone.

Think about how great His love for you must be for Jesus to be willing to leave heaven to come to this earth to save you. Think about how great His love must be for you to be willing to die a painful death on the cross.

When you start to realize how great the love of Jesus is for you, you will want to return that love to Him. You will want to love Him just as much. Loving Jesus will show up when you obey Him, when you do what He says.

If you are not doing what Jesus says, you really don’t know or love Him. The reality of His love for you has not made it to your heart if you do not obey Him. It comes down to the fact that you do not know Him yet.

Do you really KNOW Jesus?

Or do you just know Him?

I pray today that God will give you a new vision of who Jesus is; that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will have a new love for Jesus; and that you will do whatever Jesus wants you to do.

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1 John 1:6 Where Do You Walk?

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

In America, and probably many other places around the world, there are many people who claim to be Christian. They claim to have a relationship with Jesus. Just a few years ago it was even acceptable and expected for a person to be a Christian. Yet, John states that just because you claim to have that relationship with Jesus does not automatically mean that you really do have that relationship with Him.

People treat their relationship with Jesus very much like they treat their relationship with other people…here today, gone tomorrow. They are in and out of relationships almost on a daily basis. I love him or her today, then the next day comes and I am in love with someone else.

Relationships are also treated as to “what can I benefit from this relationship,” rather than, “what can I bring into this relationship”.

Being in a relationship with someone means spending time with that person, communicating with that person, and doing what that person desires. This is no different with your relationship with Jesus.

Many people claim to have a relationship with Jesus, yet, do not do what He wants. They live in sin. They are walking in darkness. When you live in sin, you are in darkness, because God cannot be around sin and He is the source of all light.

Jesus is the light and truth of this world. When you walk in His truth and ways, you will be walking in His light. Any other place you walk will be in darkness.

John hits this hard, he states that by even saying to claim to be with Jesus and yet continue to purposely sin, you are a liar. You really do not have a relationship with Him. Only if you walk in His light and truth will you have a relationship with Jesus.

Where are you walking today?

Are you walking in darkness, living in sin?

Or are you walking in the light, living for and serving Jesus, following His commands?

I pray today that God will reveal your relationship with Jesus; that God will shine His light on any darkness in your life; that you will serve God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength; that God will help you turn away from all sin; and that you will have a relationship with Jesus.

1 John 1:3 What To Proclaim

“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:3

John opens his first letter stating what he wants to talk about. He is going to talk about what he has seen and heard about Jesus. At that time, John was one of the people who was physically with Jesus and was a direct eyewitness of what Jesus said and did.

There are many news channels out there with many different people reporting what has happened or is happening at the moment. Some of those reporters are physically at the location reporting what they are seeing and hearing. Most, however, are reporting from another source telling them what is happening. The difference is that the second group may often get things wrong. The words change and the view changes when seen through someone else.

Children often played the telephone game. This is where a person whispers into one person’s ear a sentence. That person then does the same to the next person, and so on down the line. Once everyone has heard the message, it is spoken out loud to see if it was the same as what it was originally. Most of the time it is completely different.

The best reports come from the one who seen it. Just as Peter wrote about what he had experienced, you also can tell others about what you have experienced.

What has God done in your life?

Why do you believe in Jesus?

How has believing in Jesus changed your life?

These are the things that you need to proclaim and tell everyone you meet. You have been given the gift of life, don’t keep it to yourself. You have a message that can bring life to others, don’t keep silent.

Today proclaim what you know about Jesus. Proclaim what you have seen and heard. Give more people a chance to have fellowship with you, the Father, and Jesus.

I pray today that you will realize the message you have for others; that God will fill you with His boldness to spread His message; that you will proclaim what Jesus has done for you; and that God will draw many to Jesus through your words.

2 Peter 3:18 Keep On Growing

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18

Peter finishes out his letter talking about the soon return of Jesus. He gives a few warnings about staying in Jesus and not falling away before He returns. The final thing he says is to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Growth is something that brings life. Without growth, there will be stagnation and eventually death. There is no life where there is no growth.

If a little child was to suddenly stop growing, there would be cause for concern. Parents would take the child to the doctor to find out why the growing had stopped. Was proper nutrition given the child? Was proper shelter provided? Is there something physically wrong in the body causing the stop?

Many people once they get to adult age stop growing. They no longer want to learn or become better. Physical growth does stop at some point for everyone, but they can still keep growing mentally, spiritually and emotionally.

Believers can also stop growing. They get to a certain place in life and feel like they have achieved it. Many feel like they are as close to God as they will ever be able to get. Others are led by the deception of the world saying they don’t need to get any closer to God.

Take a look at your whole life, every aspect of it. Does it look exactly like Jesus? Do you go through life each and every day never making any mistake, always doing what God wants in every situation?

If you cannot honestly say your life is a perfect image of Jesus, then you have room to grow. Growing in the knowledge of Jesus is learning how He does things, and what He says. Growing in His grace is learning to trust Him to make you like Him, knowing that you will never deserve any of His blessings.

Seek God and find out where you can continue to grow. Do not allow yourself to be walking dead. Don’t allow yourself to die while living. Grow to be more like Jesus so that you will be ready for Him when He returns.

I pray today that God will show you ways to grow more like Jesus; that God will fill you with His grace and mercy; that you will know Jesus more and more; and that Jesus will receive all the glory.

2 Peter 3:9 Not Slow But Patient

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

Peter had written this letter within twenty to thirty years after Jesus ascended into heaven and had stated He would return soon. People were already questioning His return. They were probably saying that He was being slow in keeping His promise to return.

It is now nearly two-thousand years later, and people are still saying the same thing. Or others are saying that He was a liar and is not returning. However, Jesus is not a liar, nor is He slow. Jesus is being patient.

The entire purpose of His being patient is to give more people a chance to follow Him and be saved. The longer Jesus waits, the more believers can tell others about Him, and the more others can choose to follow Him. Think about it for a moment, if Jesus had returned even within the first hundred years of His leaving, you would not be here, nor would you have had a chance to be saved.

Nearly every believer is anxious for Jesus to return. They want to get away from all the sin and troubles of this world and get into heaven. They want to be with God for eternity. This is understandable, but it is also selfish.

What about the other people who do not know Jesus yet as their personal Lord and Savior?

Every believer knows some to many people who do not believe in Jesus. You probably could count at least a hundred people you know who do not know Jesus yet, and you probably have met many more just in this last year.

Do you really want Jesus to return today and they get sent to hell because they do not know Him?

Keep that in mind as you desire for Jesus to return. Take time today to tell someone about Jesus. Give someone a chance to know Him and be saved. It is for this reason that Jesus has not returned yet.

I pray today that God will reveal His patience to you; that you will have God’s patience; that you will tell others about Jesus daily; that you will repent and believe in Jesus; and that God will draw many to Him through you.

Live, Love, Lead

Title: Live Love Lead
Author: Brian Houston
Publisher:Faith Words
Date: 2015
Pages: 258

The author, Brian Houston, is the founder and senior pastor of Hillsong Church in Australia. It is among the fastest growing churches in the world and has satellite churches around the world. It was through the worship leaders of this church that many of the current worship songs in churches was produced.

Brian tells of many stories of the struggles he, his family, and the church had to go through that brought them to where they are today. People will often look at someone like him and think that he has it made and that it was easy for him to build such a large church. When they try to accomplish something and run into roadblocks, they get discouraged and quit thinking that God will never use them as he did Brian.

Some of the challenges that he had to go through would have ran many people off and made others stop believing in God. He knew that he had a vision from God as to what he was supposed to do and he stayed focused on accomplishing that vision.

In each chapter he does not just talk about himself, but also how you can learn from what he went through and how to use it in your own life. It does not matter if your a leader in the church or just a person who attends church and works a job somewhere, God can use you if you let Him do it.

The ultimate focus is on living as Jesus lived, loving as Jesus loved, and leading as Jesus led. He uses many scriptures to back up what he is saying and has experienced.

In the end he points out that God has great things in store for you to do. Are you willing to run with God and do what He has for you to do?

I encourage you to read this and see what God challenges you to do in your own life. Even though he is the senior pastor, it is for every believer regardless your position in the church or in life. It is also for the young person as well as the elder one.

2 Peter 2:19 Promised False Freedom

“They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity–for ‘people are slaves to whatever has mastered them’.” 2 Peter 2:19

Peter had just described people of the world. They are people who live in sin and boast about it. As they live in that sin, they also try to get believers to follow their ways.

People of the world are always promising freedom. They want freedom to do whatever they want, when they want and how they want. Rules are made to attempt to bring freedom and protect other people’s freedoms.

However, many of these rules are ones of depravity, promoting sin and slavery rather than true freedom. Whatever or whoever controls you is your master. This goes against the mindset of many people. Most people like to think that they are not a slave to anyone or anything.

Many people say that they have to live a certain way. That they cannot help being the type of person they are, it is just who they are. It may be that they are an alcoholic, or a drug addict, or a gossip, or an angry person, or a liar, or something else. Regardless of what they are, often it is a sinful, selfish way of living. If a person has to live in a sinful way, then he is a slave to that sin.

As a believer, you should be only a slave to Jesus. Do not allow yourself to be mastered by other people or things. The things of this world will lead you on a path of destruction. Although the world promises freedom, it is most often slavery to sin. This type of slavery will bring about destruction and death.

Slavery to Jesus will bring you life and wholeness. God will always guide you in the correct path, the best way possible.

Are you willing to trust God with your entire life? Will you let God be your master?

Or will you go back to the world and allow sin to be your master?

Choose life today and you will have true freedom, not the false freedom that the world offers.

I pray today that you will know the freedom that Jesus offers; that you will trust God with your life; that you will allow yourself to be a slave to God; and that you will allow God to break the chains of slavery to the world in your life.