“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”
I John 1:5-10 NKJV
in my rambunctious youth, I was the king of denial. I had fooled myself into thinking I was virtuous, that I had achieved moral perfection. I judged others according to my own standard, and few passed muster. I ignored my own sins, looking at them as minor faux pas, little social mistakes that really didn’t mean anything. Afterall, I was a good person, certainly better than most of the people I knew.
In reality I walked in darkness, and lied to myself about the true nature of my soul. I was a lost man bound for hell.
Periodically, I would do something that was so wrong that I tried to avoid even thinking about what I had done. Facing it meant admitting that I wasn’t the paragon of virtue that I thought I was.
Then I came to know Jesus.
I am reminded of my true nature without Christ when I read through the first chapter of I John this morning. In God there is no darkenss at all, no hidden places, no shadows. He is all light.
I have learned that I must also be full of light to have fellowship with Him. In reality, much darkness lingers, as I surrender more and more of myself to Him. He is illuminating me, shining light into the parts of my life that I have tried to hide.
In my early days in the faith, I tried to be like the old me, extolling my own measure of righteousness, and denying the filth that filled my soul. I was denying my sinfulness, and calling God a liar. I am amazed that I am still around to tell the tale.
By God’s grace, I came face to face with my sin, and sought His forgiveness. I can attest that He is faithful to forgive us our sin, and go the extra mile, and purify us from all unrighteousness. That is the more important part: He helps us to not repeat the same sins over and over.
Brothers and sisters, we are in a time when it is essential for us to be illuminated with the light of Christ. We are His ambassadors, and represent Him before a sick and dying world, careening towad hell at breakneck speed.
The world we live in is increasingly dark, and many are seeking the only light there is: us. Seek the the Lord to deal wtih your sin, confess, repent and turn from your wicked ways. Let not your sin dim the light that those who are lost need to guide them to the Gospel.
God is gracious in helping us to root out the sin areas, as He is able to search us.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalms 139:23-24 NKJV
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Hebrews 4:12 NKJV
Believers, pray today, worship today, read the Scriptures today. Let the Lord shine a flashlight into the depths of your soul to show you the sin areas you need to confess, the things that limit your effectiveness in the presentation of the Gospel. This coming week, America is going to change. Regardless of the winner, our nation will be thrown into conflict such as none of us has seen before. There will be blood.
We are the people of faith who must go out and bring the peace of God. It is only by the supernatural intervention of God that any will survive. We who believe will not be blue or red, but carrying the royal color of purple as we represent King Jesus.
Go forth and serve your King!
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