1 John 3:7 Doing Right

“Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.” 1 John 3:7

Now John tells you not to let anyone lead you astray. What does he mean by being led astray? This is being led down a path different from the one you are supposed to be on.

You may have heard a speaker start talking about some subject. As he is talking, all of a sudden he is talking about something completely different. He let himself go astray in his talk.

If you have ever walked in the woods it is easy to understand being led astray. As you follow a path, suddenly you see something off the path that looks interesting. You walk over to see it, then you see something further yet. As you keep looking, you also keep getting further off the path, until suddenly you are lost.

As a believer in Jesus, you are on a path that God has set for you to become like Jesus and to get into heaven. People around you can easily get you off of that path if you are not careful.

Well meaning believers may try to tell you that what you are doing is not good, when it is something God led you to do. The world will try to get you to cut corners to get it done faster.

Here John tells you that you must do what is right. Doing the right thing is not always easy, in fact, it is sometimes painful. The cashier gives you too much change back: do you give it back (the right thing) or do you put it in your pocket and say they made the mistake?

Do you keep the pen you borrowed at work or return it? Do you confess to someone when you made the mistake or do you ignore it and hope it goes away? Do you admit when you are wrong?

All these things the world will state that there is nothing wrong in either choice. God tells you otherwise. You need to be righteous as Jesus is righteous.

Jesus never did anything wrong. You should not either. Yes, you will make mistakes, but try to not purposefully do them. When you know it is wrong to do something, don’t do it.

I pray that today God will help you to not be led astray by anyone; that you will stay on the path God has placed you on; that God will strengthen you to choose to do right all the time; and that God will make you righteous as Jesus is righteous.

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1 John 3:1 What You Are

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” 1 John 3:1

In this world knowing someone important can open many doors. Often if you try to go to someone important and do not know anyone directly, the doors will be closed, but as soon as you name someone important in sending you, the doors open wide.

Even more doors will open if you are the child of someone important. Remember the pictures of John F Kennedy’s children playing around the desk of the President of the United States in the Oval Office. Not just any child would be able to do that. In fact, very few have ever been able to do that. Thousands of people each year get to visit the White House, but most likely none of the children get to play in the Oval Office.

Knowing the President is great, but how much greater is it to be his child? It is the same with God. Knowing God is great, but being His child is even greater.

Noticed how John tells you that the Father has lavished great love on us in calling you His child. This love is poured out on you not just in a little bit, but over abundantly more than you can imagine.

Think about this. You were not born serving God. You sinned against Him. You hated Him. Yet, God, in His great love is willing to accept you and call you His child! What great love!

What greater position can you hold than a child of God? A child of the One who created the entire universe. A child of the One who holds absolute power and owns everything.

The world does not really know you. You are a strange person to the world. This is because they do not know God. Remember that you are set apart, holy unto God.

Today, when no one seems to care about you; when the boss treats you harshly; when you feel down and alone–remember that you are a child of God. As a child of God, you hold access to absolute power and all wealth and all health. You have the greatest favor that can ever be given to a person.

I pray that today God will reveal His love to you; that you will have a full understanding of being a child of God; that you will live like a child of God; and that you will be a witness in this world of God and His love.

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1 John 2:22 Who Is A Liar?

“Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist–denying the Father and the Son.” 1 John 2:22

John just finished warning about antichrists and telling you that you have the truth. Now he asks the question of who is a liar.

No one really likes to be called a liar. Even people in the world do not like that title. Everyone believes that they are speaking the truth.

Yet, here, John tells you that anyone who denies that Jesus is the Christ is a liar. Many people around the world think of Jesus as a great philosopher or teacher, but nothing more. The word “Christ” means the anointed one, or the messiah.

Yes, Jesus was a great philosopher and teacher, but He was so much more. He is the Messiah, the one who saves. Jesus is the Anointed One–chosen by God to save the world. As a whole very few people in this world see Jesus this way.

Jesus is seen as no different from Muhammad or Buddha by most of the world. In America, it is becoming very common for people to state that you can worship Jesus while worshipping Allah. These are lies of the world.

Jesus is either nothing, or He is the Messiah. He has no equal and cannot be served in that way of thinking. If anyone thinks differently of Jesus, they are a liar. John even calls them an antichrist, one who is against Christ Jesus.

John had written that Jesus said He is the way, the truth and the life and no one can get to God the Father except through Him. This is truth. Anything different is a lie.

Do not allow yourself to believe the lies of this world. Do not allow yourself to follow anyone who teaches a lie of this world. Do not be a liar today. Make Jesus your Savior today. Do not deny Jesus in anything you say or do.

I pray that today God will reveal how Jesus is the Christ/Messiah; that God will help you to see the lies of this world; that God will reveal false teachings to you; and that you will make Jesus your Messiah, Christ, Savior today.

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1 John 2:15 Do Not Love the World

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.” 1 John 2:15

After telling us why he is writing to us, Peter now gets to the deeper teachings. He hits it hard and fast, with no doubts as to what he is saying. He tells you to not love the world at all.

At first this may sound difficult to understand, if you remember when Jesus stated that God loved the world so much that He sent His Son to die for the world. If God loved the world so much, why can’t we love the world?

God’s loving the world is loving the people in the world, not the things of the world. Here John is telling us to not love the things and ways of this world.

It is very easy to get caught up in the things of this world. Look around you, everywhere there are advertisements telling you of everything you “need” to go and get right now. You always need to have the newest and the best of everything.

This goes against God’s principle of being content with what you have and give to those in need. God wants us to give more than get. Jesus gave His life, what can you give?

The world teaches that you are to look out for yourself and forget about everyone else. How far can you go? How high can you climb the corporate ladder? How much can you make? How famous can you be?

God teaches that you are to be a servant first. Jesus came to serve, not be served. You are to work at meeting the needs of others and let God take care of your needs.

John goes to the point of saying that if you love the world you do not love the Father, God. He does not say that you love Him less, but states you do not love Him at all. This is very harsh, but true.

Do not allow yourself to be filled with love for the things and ways of this world. This world and everything in it and it’s ways will pass away some day. God and His ways are the only thing that will last. Seek God to have Him break the hold the world may have on you. Seek God and His kingdom first and all of your needs will be met.

You are to love the people in this world. Share Jesus with them out of love for them. Serve them and help meet their needs. This will show them Jesus. This is what Jesus did.

I pray that today God will help you to have true love for Him; that God will break the hold the world has on you; that God help you to see how the things of this world are only temporary; that God will help you to know the value of seeking Him first; and that God will use you to spread His Gospel of Salvation.

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1 John 2:5-6 Living In God

“But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.” 1 John 2:5-6

The importance for obedience is shown in the verse right before these verses. If you claim to know God but do not do what He says, you are called a liar. To know God is also to obey Him.

You may ask how this can be since you may know a person, but not obey that person. With God it is much different than with just a person. God is God and is in absolute control of everything. A person, is just a person and really not in control of very much.

When you realize who God is and how much He loves you, you will want to obey Him. If you do not love Him after seeing who He is and His love for you, you are truly insane or very blind, refusing to see the truth.

Once you fully obey God in all He says, John points out that love has been made complete in you. This is because God is love and everything about Him is love. He gives all commands out of love and nothing else. As you obey, His love is being truly manifested in you.

John, then, states how you can know you are in God. It is by living like Jesus did.

How did Jesus live? In perfect union with God. He did nothing or said nothing without the Father’s approval. Jesus was perfectly obedient to the Father, even to the point of a painful death on a cross for others that did not want Him or accept Him. This was perfect love.

Today how are you living like Jesus? Did you say the words Jesus would have said? Did you help as Jesus would have helped? Did you meet needs as Jesus did? Did you pray as Jesus prayed? What were your motives? Ask God to help you to live like Jesus.

I pray that today God will strengthen you to live like Jesus; that God will remind you of how Jesus lived; that you will truly know God; that God will reveal more of Himself to you; and that God’s love will be made complete in you.

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1 John 2:1 An Advocate

John is now telling you that he is writing this so that you will not sin. What is it that he is writing? He just finished chapter 1 with telling you about having fellowship with God and living in the light as He is in the light.

Living in this way will keep you from sinning…if you were to do that 100% of the time. It is very simple: follow God, walk with God and don’t sin. Don’t you wish it were that simple? But it is. The problem comes in that people let their old sinful nature get control and they allow themselves to sin.

At this point John states that if anyone should sin we have an advocate with the Father. Notice that he said “if”, not “when”. In reality there should be no reason for us to sin once we come to Jesus, but we do.

What is advocate? This is a person who stands in the middle between two different parties. He will stand with the higher authority looking out for his best interest, while, at the same time, standing with someone lower, looking out for his best interest.

In this case Jesus Christ is standing with God on your behalf. He knows and understands God the Father perfectly. He also understands you perfectly.

Jesus understands that you will slip up and sin at times. Jesus came to the earth to save you from your sin. He paid the price for your sin–death. He is the sacrifice for your sins.

Now He stands before God the Father telling Him that your sins have been paid for and thrown out. Without Jesus standing before God for you, you would be at a loss as to what to tell God about your sins. You would be unable to show that they have been paid for .

Today thank Jesus for paying for your sins. Rejoice in the fact He is standing before God on your behalf. As you remember this, also, turn away from sin. Choose to not sin today. Choose to turn away from temptation to sin.

I pray that God will help you to turn from sin; that God will help you to remember all that He has done for you; that God will help you to realize the advocate you have in Jesus; and that your life and actions will bring glory to God each day.

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1 John 1:9 Confession

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

It has already been shown that everyone has sin in their lives. John just finished stating that if one claims he is without sin is a living in deception and has no truth in him. Now comes the question of what to do about those sins.

John tells you to confess your sins. This means to admit that you have sinned and what you have done to sin. Each person knows what he has done that is wrong. Many people try to cover it up or play it off as not important, but God does not want that.

You are to admit your sins to God. Remember that God already knows what you have done wrong, nothing is hidden from Him. The purpose for confessing your sins is so that God can forgive you and cleanse you from sin.

Jesus came for the purpose to save everyone from their sins. He loves to forgive and cleanse you from your sins. It is one of His great joys to do so. It fulfills His purpose for coming to the earth and dying on the cross.

John now tells you that He (God) is faithful and just to forgive you of your sins. He is faithful in that you can count on Him to forgive you. He will not let you down.

God is also just to forgive you also. This is that by following God’s character and His own rules He has to forgive you. He must forgive because He is a God of love.

Not only does God forgive you of your sins, He also purifies you from your sins. This wipes those sins out. In wiping out the sins, there is not even the remembrance of them.

All of this information is to give you peace and joy. It tells you that you can be forgiven and cleansed of sin. Many people have a hard time believing that God will forgive them. This is false. Nothing you do is so bad that if you confess God will not forgive you.

It also gives you peace knowing that God does not remember all those past sins you had done once you have confessed them.

I pray that today you will confess all of your sins to God; that God will give you His peace that you have been forgiven and cleansed; that you will see God’s faithfulness; and that God will make you more like Jesus everyday.

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