1 John 1:3 What We 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 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.

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James 1:22 Just Do It

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what is says. James 1:22

James says something that is very simple yet very profound and often ignored: do what the word says. The Word he is talking about here is God’s Word–the Bible. Many people go to church every Sunday and hear the Word of God being preached, but if you ask them on Monday what was spoken about, many do not remember. They “heard” the Word but did not act upon it so do not remember it. Other people will read the Bible everyday, but ask them in the evening what they read that morning and many will not remember, they just remember going through the motions of reading the Bible.

Why does James say that if all you do is listen to the Word you are deceiving yourself? There are two types of listening: the physical (with your ears) and the psychological (with your heart and actions). Most people will listen with their ears. They hear what is being said. Very few, however, will act upon what is being said. It will do you no good to read about Jesus taking away sins–if you refuse to act upon that by repentance. Throughout the Bible the statement is said that you should not be afraid, yet how often do you ignore that statement and are afraid? Listening without action is deception to yourself. You think that you are hearing His Word, but in reality you just physically heard it, the Word did not get to your heart and cause action upon it.

Very few believers in the church will state that they do not believe the Bible is truth, yet very few will actually do what it says. If you do not act upon the Word–do you really believe it? Today, when you read the Bible, or hear a verse somewhere, act upon what you have heard. Put into practice what you state that you believe. If you believe in God you must also believe in His Word. If you believe in His Word you must also act upon it and do what it says. Do not allow your sinful nature to win this battle. The world will give you every reason to not do what the Bible says. God gives you all eternity for a reason to do what it says. God is looking out for the best for you. He has been around and knows everything. Trust Him and do what He says to do.

I pray that today God will help you to act upon hearing His Word; that God will open ways for you to hear more of His Word; that God will help you to not forget what you have heard; and that God will help you to have no fear in doing what needs to be done.

Hebrews 5:13-14 Grow Up

“Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:13-14

Everyone expects a little child to eventually grow out of just drinking milk for food. If the child does not start to eat regular food everyone would be very concerned with his health.

Here the author talks about anyone living on milk is not acquainted with righteousness. What is this “milk”? It is the very basics of the gospel message: that Jesus came to the earth, that He died on the cross, that He rose from the dead, that He forgives sins, and that He will return some day. This is very good, but there is more to righteousness than this.

One who is eating the solid food of God’s Word is learning the details of what it means to live a righteous and holy life. He learns what God loves and what God hates. He learns what God wants him to do and what not to do. The only way to learn all of this information is by getting into the Bible on a daily basis and studying every part of it.

The person who studies the Bible in this way will learn what God loves and hates; desires and despises; and wants him to do or not to do. This is where he learns how to distinguish good from evil. It is a deeper understanding of righteousness. It is not easy to do this. It takes constant discipline to stay in God’s Word and apply it correctly in his life. The person who does not eat the solid meat of God’s Word is still an infant, not knowing good and evil yet.

I pray that today God will give you a desire to learn His Word more; that God would reveal to you His heart and desires; that God would help you to learn to distinguish good from evil; that God would help you to be disciplined in acting upon His Word; and that God would help you to take in solid food and become more mature.

Hebrews 4:12 The Living Word

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

At the beginning of all creation God spoke a Word and all of creation came into existence. Since then His Word is still alive and active. When a person starts speaking God’s Word things happen. The enemies of God will get angry and nervous because God’s Word has an effect on them. It will cut right to the heart, even though they will deny it. If a person is not speaking God’s Word the world will not care at all, but watch out as soon as you speak His Words.

God’s Word is likened to a sword here. A sharp double-edged sword will cut through everything. God’s Word will also cut through everything. His Word will even cut through the attitudes of the heart. How often do we do something God in the name of God, just to look good to others, to show others how “good” a Christian we are? Many rich people give millions of dollars every year for charity. On the outside it looks good, but many are doing it just for the sake of getting a tax write-off. Their giving to charity is for the wrong reasons and God’s Word will reveal it–remember: we are to do all we do for the glory of God…not ourselves.

Read the Bible every day and you will see it cut to the heart of the matter in every area of your life. Use the Word of God as a measure to see how you are living for God. Even though it was written nearly 2,000 years ago, it is still alive and active. God’s Word knows you right where you are today and how to deal with every situation in your life.

I pray that today God will give you a desire to read His Word more; that God will reveal more of Himself through His Word; that God will reveal any changes in your life that you need to make through His Word; and that God will give you wisdom in correctly using His Word in your life.