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John 1:7: Walk in the Light as He is in the Light


1 John 1:7 (Amplified Bible)

but if we [really] walk in the Light [that is, live each and every day in conformity with the precepts of God], as He Himself is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another [He with us, and we with Him], and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin [by erasing the stain of sin, keeping us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].

If we walk in the light. Everyday we have a choice to live for God or not. As followers of Jesus Christ we have been made brand new because of what Jesus has done upon the cross. Our sins were nailed to the cross with Him and our lives no longer belong to us. His grace covers our lives, and we have true freedom in Jesus Christ.

But this grace and freedom does not give us the right or license to live how we desire. For John writes if we walk in the light as He is in the light. Jesus has modeled for us what a life looks like fully surrendered to the Holy Spirit every moment of every day. When Jesus was born on this earth He fully became man. He never stopped being God, but His existence on this earth was as a man and He relied fully upon the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The apostle Paul tells us to walk and live according to the Spirit so we will not gratify or fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). God’s desire is unbroken fellowship with us. When we give into temptation and indulge in sin, we break fellowship with our Father. But thankful the Lord tells us in 1 John 1:9 that if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. The only way we can truly walk in obedience, holiness, and righteousness is a life fully surrendered to Jesus Christ and one that abides with Him on a daily basis.

Not only will our abiding in Christ impact our fellowship with the Father on a daily basis, but will enable us to walk in intimate fellowship with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. When we live a life with one foot in the world and one foot in God’s kingdom our lives are filled with compromise. Any time compromise is present we will work to hide those things we are engaged in that are not pleasing to God. This will impede our ability to live in close relationships with our fellow brothers and sisters because we will be afraid if we open our lives too much that the compromise that exists will be exposed and we will be found out.

God’s desire for us is to simply walk with Him and live for Him. He calls us to walk in the light. The world and its system is built upon the lies and deceptions of Satan. Those who live for the world live in darkness. God is calling us to flee this perverse and crooked generation. May our lives simply be consecrated for Him on a daily basis and may we choose to simply live for Him.

Prayer

Father, I come today and ask you to examine my heart. Remove any wicked way within me that is unpleasing to you. I pray that my heart and mind would be fully surrendered to you. That you would fill me with your Spirit and lead, guide, and direct every decision and choice I make. Forgive me in the ways that I have sinned and broken your heart. Empower me to walk in obedience and simply fall in love with you more and more. May you simply be my obsession and my sole desire.


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