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
Very few people like to be considered a liar. They want to be known as for telling the truth. Yet, there are many who will tell lies on a regular basis.
Lies usually start out with not telling the truth is little situations in life. They ‘bend’ the truth to be able to get away with something, or even to ‘protect’ someone. As they tell these lies, the lies get easier to tell.
One area that many people lie in is who they really are. It is common for a person to portray himself as someone who he really is not. Some will claim to be wealthy with money, but don’t have any. Others claim to be very important, while not really being anyone at all.
There is a lie that is found in the church very often. People claim to be a believer and have fellowship with God, yet, live in darkness. They purposefully live in some type of sin. These sins can be things that are not seen as really bad, such as jealousy, gossip, anger, or other ‘small’ sinful actions. While others live in immoral relationships, outright lying, cheating, violence or more.
John says that any person who claims to be a believer, yet lives in darkness, or sin, is a liar. There is no real truth in the person. He is not being who he says he is.
A person cannot have a relationship with Jesus and still live in outright sin. Jesus has purified the believer of sin and made him a new person. He must be changed and turn away from all sin. He must walk as Jesus walked.
You need to examine your own life and determine how you are living out your life. If you claim to be in fellowship with God, does your life reflect that belief?
As a believer, you must be actively turning away from sin. Striving to live a holy and pure life that God has called you to live. Do not live as the world does, in sin and darkness. Step into the light of Jesus and walk His path.
Live out the truth that has been revealed to you. Do not lie and walk in the darkness that this world offers. Be who you claim to be.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have fellowship with God; that you will turn away from all sin; that God will make you a new person in Jesus; and that you will always live in the truth of God’s word.
“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 and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.” 1 John 1:6-7
John tells you that the message they heard from Jesus is that God is light and there is no darkness in Him at all.
What does it mean that God is light? It is telling you that God is pure and holy. Sin is done in darkness. @#!*% is described as a place of dark torment. God has absolutely no sin in Him at all. He is without any spot or wrinkle.
Now John goes on to talk about people. Many people claim to have fellowship with God. The truth of their claim can be seen in how they live their lives.
More and more often today you see individuals and even full churches claiming to have fellowship with God but follow ungodly ways. Drunkenness, gossiping, sleeping around, and lying are all accepted. These are just some of the things that are accepted in “Christians” lives and “Christian churches” that the Bible distinctly talks against as sinful.
Many people in the church get mad at you when you speak against some of these sinful practices. It is even getting to the point that you can even get in trouble with the government.
In these verses it clearly states that living in that darkness while claiming fellowship with God is living a lie. Millions of people are living in that deception. Remember that Satan is the father of lies. He lives to deceive.
Each day you need to ask yourself if you are living in the light with God. Or are you allowing yourself to live in the darkness? Any sin, no matter how big or small, is a dark spot in your soul and life. One small dark spot will allow for more dark spots to come in and push the light out.
Once you give in to one sin, it is easier to give into again and again. Along with that it makes it easier to commit another sin. These sins will compound and allow the darkness to grow in your life.
Today seek God to reveal any darkness in your life. Ask God to remove the sins. The blood of Jesus will purify you of all sin and make your life white like snow. This is the light of God in your life.
I pray that today God will remove all sin from your life; that God will help you to overcome any sinful actions in your life; that God will help you to walk in His light daily; and that you will have true fellowship with Him.
“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 his Son, Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:3
John starts out this letter with talking about what he is going to tell you. He is going to talk about what he and the other disciples had seen and heard concerning Jesus.
Just before this verse John describes Jesus as the Word of Life. Remember in Genesis that God had spoken everything into existence. Everything was created by the Word of God. Now that Jesus has come He is described as the Word of Life. God’s Word is the only thing that can bring about life. Jesus came to bring life. Every person on earth is dead in sins until Jesus brings life to him. He is the giver of life.
Now imagine how many things the disciples must have seen when walking and talking with Jesus. It is stated that if everything that Jesus said and did were to be written down, there would not be enough books in the world to contain all that information. That is a lot of information. The Gospels only contain a small part of what He said and did.
The value in his telling what Jesus said and did is that it shows you today who Jesus was and what He was like. Since Jesus is God, He does not change, He is the same today as He was 2,000 years ago and will continue to be that way.
What does that have to do with you today? Each believer has his own personal experience with God. He sees and knows God in the methods God has chosen to reveal Himself. Each person is unique. You have your own unique story about your experience with Jesus. No one else has the exact same story as you. This story is your testimony about your walk with God in this life.
Today, just like John, you need to pass on the information you know about Jesus. Jesus, who is the Word of Life, has given you new life. Tell others what Jesus has done for you. Tell others what Jesus means to you. Tell others how Jesus has changed your life. Allow others to share in the fellowship you have with the Father and with Jesus His Son. This will make your joy even more complete.
I pray that today God will help you to remember all He has done for you; that God will give you the boldness to tell others what He has done for you; that God will give you the words to speak; and that God will draw others to Jesus through your testimony.