24 FEB

2017

TODAY'S WORD FOR TODAY

Walk in the light

‘If we walk in the light…the blood of Jesus…cleanseth us from all sin.’

1 John 1:7
Twice in Scripture God spoke into our darkness. In Genesis chapter one He said, ‘Let there be lights’ (v. 14). And in John chapter three Jesus declared, ‘Light [has] come into the world’ (v. 19). To walk with God you must reject the ways of darkness and walk in the light. Fungus grows best in the dark, but when you turn on the light it withers and dies. This is more than a metaphor - it’s a spiritual fact of life! Jesus said, ‘People loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil’ (John 3:19 NIV 2011 Edition). As Ester Nicholson says, ‘Secrets keep us sick. They keep us in shame and uncertainty.’ Secrecy is the ideal environment for sin to grow until ultimately you’re taken captive by thoughts, deeds, and habits. And staying in darkness intensifies your cycle of secrecy and slavery to sin. ‘If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth’ (1 John 1:6 NIV 1984 Edition). Once you step into the light everything changes! So confess your secret sins to God, and, if necessary, to a trusted friend or counsellor who can pray with you. Then through God’s strength reclaim your power to overcome sin and live victoriously. Once you’ve turned on the light, the fungus begins to wither. Its grip loosens, and freedom dawns. Each time sin comes knocking at your door bring it into the light immediately. When you do, cleansing and fellowship with God will be yours. The Bible says, ‘If we walk in the light…we have fellowship…and the blood of Jesus…cleanseth us from all sin.’
Lev 21-22, Matt 28

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