"If we say we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth." 1 John 1:6
Nothing is more important in life for me than knowing the truth. A desperate desire for truth about life is how I ended up in the presence of the God who created all things. John 8:31 reads: So Jesus was saying to those Jews who believed Him,
"If you continue in My Word then you are truly disciples of Mine’ and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."
This is exactly what I experienced in the late 70’s and continue to experience today. I am enabled to soar above the darkness of this world and am continually guided by the Light of the World.
At this time in history I have never seen such a stark contrast of darkness and light. Before in society there was a huge gray area many seemed to dwell in. Not any more! The gray has become black. If you are a true follower of Christ you stand out as a dove flying in a flock of crows. And if we don’t, according to scripture, we are liars.
As individuals we must choose this day and everyday who we will serve. When you say with your mouth you are a Christian and yet vote for a platform totally contrary to the Word of God the obvious conclusion is dishonesty and hypocrisy. You are lying to yourself, to others, but most importantly to God Himself. Read again the verses in our devotional.
One of the greatest issues in the church is Bible illiteracy! You can’t be a disciple of Christ and know the truth unless you continue in His Word. To be a Christian you must read the Bible for yourself. You must personaly know the truth in order to be set free. Going to church on Sunday morning for an hour once a week doesn’t make you a Christian. It is a starting point that hopefully will point you in the right direction, but it comes down to the relationship you develop through time alone in His Word and praying with Him. Remember prayer is a two way conversation. We must continuously stay in His Word relying on the Holy Spirit within for revelation of scripture.
In the last chapter of Joshua he has called the tribes of Israel together to make a decision for who they were going to serve. In verse 14 he tells them to fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth, and to put away the gods of their fathers and Egypt.This morning I call you to the same decision. Are you going to serve the one true God, Jehovah, His son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, the God of our forefathers of our great nation, or the enemy of our God and the dark forces? I close with Joshua 24:15:
"If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served which are beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but for me and my house we will serve the Lord."
In His love.
Spent a fun morning trail running at Crystal Springs Recreation Park in Wytheville, Virginia. Lots of lush creeks flowing from recent storms! Cooler temperatures, breezy, with a mixture of sun and clouds made for a perfect fall morning in the woods!