Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, be with you and with us in truth and love forever. Amen
Are you realizing many around you are not comfortable with your new way of life? It’s true, they will notice the change and they will say things that may cause your emotions to control your thoughts in a negative way. You may suddenly feel as if you are looked down upon or at least different from those making you feel down.
This is a real situation. This will actually happen, but you can make sure you understand the “Truth” and know what is “right” and correct by God’s will.
Many people you know have worldly eyes and thoughts that are not “right” or correct in God’s Spirit, not in “Truth” – not yet ;-).
They will question you; “Who do you think you are?” They will judge you; “You are not perfect.” “You are doing this for selfish reasons.” Then they will question you again; “So why do you think you can speak about God and Christ Jesus, about His way of Life, about His Word?”
Well, today you can stand firm in your Faith. Take care not to embellish or generalize your knowledge to explain your decision to be a Christian and to share His word, to start a prayer group, to hold a fundraiser to raise a church, to live a “Life” following His Word. Use God’s Word ! John tells us why and how to do this, and when we understand and use God’s Word (bless you Lord for Your Word) we stand in truth, firm in our Faith.
1 John 1
The Word of Life
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 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 with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete.
Walking in the light
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
So, He is real and is Truth and He is the Light, which we can rightfully fellowship in and share with others and “Live” in.
1 John 2
3 We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. 4 The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.
7 Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. 8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.
9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. 11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.
If you have people around you, relatives, friends, social leaders and others that are talking about you and not supporting you, when you are standing in and on the Word of Truth, the Light, and they are not backing their positions with scripture, then there are at least two things in the works.
1.) A spiritual separation (which is a natural and physical separation in the world) is occurring because you have moved into the “Light”. You have placed God at the “Head” of your Life.
2.) or as John continues: 1 John 2
19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.
Be prepared for this change and understand it is by His Divine plan for you! If you feel you are loosing someone who is close to you in your life, and this does hurt (God knows this) and you want them to remain in your Life, pray and God will bring them back to you. If you are in His Spirit and they mature into His Spirit, your relationship will be blessed by God and you will come back together. God may even use you to bring them into Him!!
Be ready to do this, as well be careful!!
1 John 3 – 7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.
Then, when in His Spirit, we can love one another.
1 John 3
16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 19 This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence 20 whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.
Confidence happens with maturity and growing in His Spirit. This occurs with understanding His Word. His Word is only understood when you accept Christ Jesus in Faith for Gods Grace and Mercy. AMEN ?? !!!
So when you notice and feel a separation from people close to you, understand His Word. As well, when He leads them to you, share this Word:
1 John 4
13 We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 17 In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
John gives us more direction, and in 2 John, a sound and direct message to those who are struggling with the “Change” we are discussing and the potential emotional driven thoughts some of us will go through. Because in this world we are subject to a power greater then us, unless we have Christ’s power:
1 John 5 – 19We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.
Now, in those days, men were often (not always) the ones to take on the role of sharing His Word. Today, all of us can share His word (and we should), but at that time (and the message still applies to everyone) John issued a strong message to wives and mothers regarding those He (God) has chosen to spread His word:
2 John 1
1 The elder, to the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in the truth—and not I only, but also all who know the truth – 2 because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever:
8 Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. 9 Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him.
Be confident in full knowledge that God knows what is going on:
3 John 1
10 So if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, gossiping maliciously about us.
The message here is to support the one in your Life that is sharing God’s Good News, His Word. If others say anything, ask anything and it is not in line with His Word or teachings, be very discerning, in fact, do not listen to them at all, in fact, share the teachings you know and understand, or have the one in your Life that is teaching and sharing His Word to share with them. This is the way of Jesus – AMEN !!
You that have accepted Jesus, accepted the change and are sharing His Word, know this:
3 John 1
2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and that you keep well, even as your soul keeps well and prospers.
5 Beloved, it is a fine and faithful work that you are doing when you give any service to the our brethren, and especially when they are strangers.
7 For these teachers have gone out for His Name’s sake and are receiving nothing from the strangers they teach.
8 So we ourselves ought to support such people and provide for them, in order that we may be fellow workers in the Truth and cooperate with its teachers.
Isn’t His Word so simple!! With all the explanations (and the lenghthy sermon above) that seem to be required to help us understand what goes on in this world, with people of this world, influenced by what is not “right”, God makes it so easy to understand. Simply, do not listen to them, Listen again to the , believe in Jesus Christ, have faith you are making a , sharing His Word, and you will overcome every attack, every challenge standing in your path, and you will receive all of His blessings for you today, and you will Live Forever!
In Your Name Lord and Christ Jesus we pray, Amen