John 16:8-9 Revealing The Truth

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“When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me;” John 16:8-9

As Jesus is telling the disciples that He is about to leave to go to the Father, He also gives them some hope. He tells them that He will send the Holy Spirit, a comforter and advocate for them. The Holy Spirit will prove to that world that the world is wrong about sin.

The majority of people in the world do not really believe that there is such a thing as sin. People try to be convinced that anything is acceptable and there will be no judgment against it. There is no higher power, who is in absolute control of everything.

Believing this way removes all responsibility or accountability. This allows people to do what they want, when they want, and how they want to do it.

Truth is something that the world is saying is a vague thing and cannot really be known. Truth is relative to the individual. And there are believers and churches that are starting to say the same thing and follow the ways of this world.

As good as this may sound, it is not truth. Jesus said that He is the Truth. When He left this world He sent the Holy Spirit to guide every person in the truth. The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of Truth.

If a person opens his heart up to God and allows himself to be led by the Holy Spirit, he will begin to see the truth. He will begin to realize the ways of this world are not truth, but sin.

God has standards set in place for the ways people must live. The world tries to reject those standards, but they still do not change and are not negated.

As a believer, you must not allow yourself to be led by this world. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you into what is truth and what is not. Many things can look good, but are still false.

Through the scriptures and guidance of the Holy Spirit, you can know the truth. You can also begin to recognize the false statements of this world. He will prove that the world is wrong and that Jesus is correct.

Who will you believe today?

I pray today that you will be led by the Holy Spirit; that God will strengthen you to not follow the ways of this world; that God will open your eyes to the lies of this world; and that you will know the Truth about Jesus and His ways.

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John 9:25 What Do You Know?

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He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One things I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” John 9:25

One day, on a Sabbath, Jesus came up to a man who was blind. He healed him and then left. The leaders of the Law were upset and tried to find out what had happened and blamed the man who had been blind for following someone who was not a believer. The former blind man said that he did not know anything about the man being a sinner or not, but knew that he had been blind and now he could see.

At times when a policeman comes to a scene of a crime, he must ask questions of what had happened. He will ask anyone who was at the scene or connected with that location what they had scene and know about the situation. He will often ask people who knew the suspect or the victim what they know about the situation and each other.

The people he asks can only state one thing, and that is what they know. Without telling a lie, no one can say anything other than what they know and have directly experienced.

Some people will make judgment calls upon someone else based off of what another person has said. Or they will speak of another person’s experience rather than their own.

Every believer has his own experience as to what God has done in his life. He has his own experience of who Jesus is in his own life.

One of the great things about God is that He can show Himself to each person in a different way. God does not work exactly in the same way every time, with each person. One time God spits in mud to put some mud on the eyes to heal the person, while the next person, Jesus just says the word to heal him.

You have your own testimony of what Jesus has done in your life. It is unique to you. No one add or take away from what you have experienced with God in your life. You know exactly how God has changed your life.

Think about how Jesus has touched you. Now you must go and tell others what He has done in your life. Do not argue with others about Jesus, just say what He did.

I pray today that you will know how Jesus has touched you; that you will not fear telling others of what Jesus has done; that you will believe in Jesus regardless of what others think; that you will tell others about Jesus.

How The Truth Sets Us Free (guest)

Here is a small part of a post from Michael Young that I follow. I encourage you to follow the link at the end and read the rest of this great post. Check out his site and see some other great posts that he has written.

How the Truth Sets Us Free

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“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32 NIV)

This is a common saying among many believers and non-believers alike. I’ve used it many times. Though, to be honest, I just thought it sounded good…and spiritual. You know, Jesus said it, so it must mean something. But I really never put much thought into it. That is, until I was doing some journaling Sunday afternoon.

I recently started a writing project that I hope will turn into a book. In it, I’m exploring how we can each see Christ working in our very own lives–right there on paper, in black and white–by going through our own lives and looking for Him there. (More on this to come some time later.) Anyway, so I was looking back through my last few months, looking for the ‘fingerprints of God’, and boom! I hit paydirt!

Here is the link to read the rest of the post: How The Truth Sets Us Free

Day 11 – Choosing to be Free From Someone Else’s Shame — Denise Pass

Here is a post from a great blog that I follow. Denise Pass is a worship leader who has some great insights from God to share. Here is one of her posts concerning shame. It is a part of a series that she is doing. Please check out her blog today.

Scripture of the Day: 2 Samuel 13:13 (NLT) “Where could I go in my shame? And you would be called one of the greatest fools in Israel. Please, just speak to the king about it, and he will let you marry me.” Shame Rx: Each person bears the shame for their own actions. Watching a […]

via Day 11 – Choosing to be Free From Someone Else’s Shame — Denise Pass

2 Chronicles 9:6 What Is Your Report?

“But I did not believe what they said until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half the greatness of your wisdom was told me; you have far exceeded the report I heard.” 2 Chronicles 9:6

The queen of Sheba had heard reports of the wealth, wisdom and achievements of Solomon. She had a hard time believing the reports, because they were so great. She decided to go and visit Solomon and see for herself. After being shown many things, she realized that all the reports were true, and still did not even tell everything.

The news is constantly filled with reports about people. It is very debatable about how true those reports are, although almost every report does have some element of truth in them, regardless of how bad the report is. Most of the reports are focused on the negative parts of a person’s life, usually some celebrity or politician. They look at what the person did wrong and want to tell everyone about it. Occasionally reports are done in the positive talking about the good someone is doing.

You do not have to be a celebrity to have reports done about you. No matter where you are, there are people who are watching you and will talk about you. Many times this talk is in the form of gossip, which is sinful, but it still happens.

The real question comes down to what are they saying about you?

When a person sees you in church, they probably see a person who loves and worships God, and knows the Bible. That is an easy area to get that type of report.

However, in the life outside the church, what do they see when watching you? Are you one who loses your temper easily? Do you try to cheat and lie about things in life? Do you obey the rules? Are you a hard worker? Does the world even know that you believe in Jesus? Can they talk about how much you talk about Jesus?

In each of these areas, it is different for each person. You have to ask God what you should or should not be doing. You should seek God in guiding you in how much you are doing.

Although you do not have to be focused on what people are saying, you do not want them having to give a bad report about you. May the report about you be great and the truth of the reports be even better than what was said.

I pray today that you will know what God wants you to do; that you will live your life for God; and that other people will see that you love and worship God with all of your life.

1 John 2:26 Trying To Lead You Astray

“I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.” 1 John 2:26

John talks about what he is writing about. Looking at the verses just before he makes this statement, he was writing about those who deny Jesus. They try to state that there are other ways to God and bring in false teachings.

This is a common event every where a person goes. Some people are very direct in their beliefs. Those who are Islamic will very distinctly point you away from Jesus. They have no room for Jesus, other than He was a prophet.

Most often you will see people who are not so directly against Jesus. They state that they believe in Jesus, but also believe in Buddah, or Muhammed, or some other false belief. Others will also state they believe in Jesus while believing that you can live in direct sinful ways.

All of these people are trying to lead you astray. They are trying to get you to live differently than what Jesus would want. The Bible is not the central authority in their lives. It is whatever feels good at the time that is center of their lives.

People who try to lead astray can be found everywhere, including inside of churches. Some are even in leadership in the church.

In order to not be led astray, you must keep yourself grounded in God’s Word and in prayer. Keep your heart open to hearing what God has to say, not what people have to say. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you and keep you on the right path.

When you stop in any of these areas, you allow yourself to be led off the path God has for you. This can even happen from well-intentioned people. The disciples tried to stop Jesus from going to the cross, yet that was not God’s plan for Jesus.

Are you on His path?

Or are you on your own path or a path of the world’s choosing?

Stay with God and on His path and don’t be led astray.

I pray today that God will guide you in the path He wants you on; that you will be sensitive to the moving of the Holy Spirit; that God will reveal to you those who are trying to lead you astray; and that God will make you more like Jesus everyday.

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.