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.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:30-31
Everyone has days of weariness. The business of things to do, places to go, and people to see gets to a person and they begin to slow down. It does not matter the age of a person, because given enough time and work, they will get weary.
Watch a young child running and playing. It appears as if he will never slow down or come to a stop. He runs on the Energizer battery, he just keeps going and going and going and going. But if one watches long enough, even that young child runs out of energy. Little children are known for all of a sudden laying down in the middle of the floor and going to sleep, or falling asleep with their face on the plate at the dinner table. Their energy has given out.
Isaiah says that there is a way to have more energy and strength. There is a way to have it renewed. It is found in having hope in the Lord.
Going through this life can be very wearisome. It can drain the energy of a person, especially when things are not going so well. It appears that you do good over and over again and again, and do not seem to get any good results. Things still go wrong and you get weary and want to quit. Most of the world will quit.
To keep going and renew your strength, focus on the Lord. Find the hope you have in Him. Keep in mind that one day Jesus will return and take you to heaven where there will be no more sorrow, pain or suffering.
As you focus on that, you will have the needed energy and strength to keep going. You will be able to soar above others in this world. You will be able to run and not get weary. You will walk on in the heat and not faint.
The reason you can do this, is because you know that in the end you will win with God on your side. Hold on to that hope in the Lord and renew your strength.
I pray today that you will personally know God; that you will know the promises God has for you; that you will trust God’s word to you; and that you will know the strength God can provide.
I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. Psalm 119:45
Many people do not walk in freedom in this world. They walk in fear of what they may be doing wrong. The biggest fear comes with fearing what others are thinking. It is found in fearing that others may think that what is being done is wrong.
It is been shown many times that most people will give in to peer pressure to do wrong, even when they know it is wrong to do. It is difficult to do something right while everyone is doing it wrong. People do not feel as though they have the freedom to do the correct thing.
Believers have the same problem. A believer had heard from God on what to do and how to do it. Many of the believers around him, try to tell him that he is wrong and that is the wrong way to do it.
Along with fearing what others may say, many believers do not really know what God is saying to do. They have not read the Bible to know what God’s word says. The Bible gives guidance as to how to live a life for God here on this earth.
When you have read the Bible and know what God says, you know what God wants you to do and how to do it. You know the sins God wants you to flee from. You also know that in Jesus Christ you have been forgiven of all sins and set free. In knowing these things, you can walk in freedom.
You are free from hearing condemnation from God. You are also free from fearing what other people may think, because you know you are in right standing with God.
The ability to walk in freedom comes with knowing God and His ways of doing things. Knowing and following Jesus is knowing God and His ways. As you walk as Jesus did, you will walk in freedom. Jesus never walked in bondage or fear.
How are you walking today?
As the world does, in fear and bondage?
Or as Jesus, in freedom?
I pray today that you will know God’s Word in your heart; that you will know the freedom Jesus provides; that you will walk a life of service to God; and that you will live in the freedom of God’s laws.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4
As he was going through life, David knew at times he would be walking through a dark valley. Even though it was very dark, David knew that he was in the right spot and that God was taking care of him. God was guiding his every step through His commands. David was comforted knowing the Law of God, because it kept him doing the right thing.
Walking in the dark, and walking through the dark, are two different things. One is a person purposefully living in darkness or walking in the darkness. The other is one on a path that gets dark, but he is walking through it, and will not live in that darkness, it is only a part of the journey.
When a person is walking through a dark valley, it can seem to be scary. One cannot physically see what is ahead or even nearby because of the darkness.
The believer, however, has the comfort of God’s word and God’s Holy Spirit in his life. Often people look at God’s Word and His Spirit as a restriction or a burden to bear. It needs to be looked at as a guide book to living life to the fullest.
All of the commands of God are there to guide you in how to live your life in the best way possible. The “restrictions” listed are there for your protection. The things the world wants to do, and does, may appear to be fun and full of life, but in the end they bring death and destruction. There is no real life in the ways of this world.
Read God’s word, the Bible, as a guide book for living a great life. Listen to what God’s Holy Spirit has to tell you. Follow His guidance. In these things you will have true comfort and peace that the world cannot and will not ever give you.
As you walk through the darkness, remember that it is God who has guided your steps into the darkness, and He will continue to guide your steps through the darkness and out again.
I pray today that you will hear God’s Spirit guiding you; that you will read and study God’s Word for guidance; that you will not fear the evil in this world; and that you will find comfort in God’s Word for your life.
My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not stumbled. Psalm 17:5
David was crying out to God to hear his prayer. His enemies were surrounding him and trying to destroy him. As he calls out to God, he knows that God hears him. He tells God that he has held to His paths and he does not stumble in any way.
David was known as a man after God’s own heart and the apple of God’s eye. For most of his life, he strived to obey all of God’s rules and serve God with his life. There were times when David had messed up and chose a wrong path, but almost immediately he realized his mistake and repented of his choice. In this way he held to the paths of God, without really stumbling.
Holding to a path means that one will stay on that path and follow it regardless of the directions it is going. There are times when a person may be traveling on a highway through the mountains that the road appears to take a wrong turn. The ultimate goal may be to get to the west side of the mountains, and suddenly the path turns south, then back east for a ways.
One may wonder why it is going the wrong way, or may wonder if he missed a turn somewhere along the way. The driver must trust the maps and the road will get him to the location desired.
In life, God is always guiding your steps, on the path He has set out for you. It may appear at times that God has left you or that you failed and are on the wrong path. Troubles will occur and it will seem that you have somehow got onto the wrong path.
You must know the path God has set out for you, and trust God completely. Hold on to the path that He has set out for you. Do not allow yourself to stumble on that path. God’s path is straight and narrow because it is only through Jesus.
Follow Jesus and you will remain on the path God has for you.
What road are you walking on today?
I pray today that you will know the path God has for you; that God will guide your every step; that you God will strengthen your walk with Him; and that you will not fear the path God has for you.