As I John 1:5 states, “God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.” When we walk from darkness into the light of Christ, we are transformed…and we become enlightened. Gone is our old self, for now we can understand the light and truth of the Gospel. No longer to be trapped in the darkness, this new knowledge of God now resides in our heart…and the glory of God shines forth as there becomes less of us and more of Jesus in our life.
Psalm 51:2 states, “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” The meaning of sin in this verse is habitual sinfulness…the kind of wrongdoing that takes over in a slow, gradual way until we’re so accustomed to it, we can’t see a way out. When this type of ingrained, continual sin is allowed to fester and grow, it can only lead to serious consequences such as depression and suicidal thoughts. Habitual sin can be overcome, but we have to first own up to it. I John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” If you have a habit that has ownership over you today…confess it to the Lord and allow Him to cleanse you from that guilt and shame.
With maturity in the Lord comes new boldness and confidence. A strong Christian walk seasons and prepares us so that when fear threatens, we can face it without anxiety and insecurity. The time is now to face that fear head on…don’t allow it to control and dominate your life…for that fear causes you to forfeit your peace and wellbeing.
Just imagine what Godly power and boldness you could possess if the significance of this verse could sink deeply into your soul. There would be no limit to your trust and faith in the Lord. You would speak to mountains and they would throw themselves into the sea. You would pray for people and they would be instantaneously be healed. Grasp this scripture and the importance of its meaning…ponder it…receive it…walk in it.
When you hear something and it doesn’t sit well inside…implement the “smell test”. It may look fine from the outside, but when you really scrutinize or “smell” it, you discern something is bad. As Believers, we need to be ever diligent of truths that seem to be a little bit off… that are corrupted or slanted just enough that they become untruths. Therefore, examine closely everything you hear and judge for yourselves if it is worthy to be received or not.
God is love. The agape kind of unconditional love that says regardless of how many times I mess up, He’ll still love me. The agape kind of love that caused God to send His only Son to earth to die in my place for my sins. The agape kind of love, that if the Holy Spirit is in me, I will emulate it also.
The world view of love is selfish…it focuses on greed, ambition, self-glory, and what I can get out of. In contrast, God’s love – agape love – is unconditional. It’s not depended on what you can do for me, or what I can get from you. Agape love can not be offended, it will never retaliate, it will never stop loving…for agape love is a decision, not a feeling.