Good Morning y’all. We are continuing our study of 1 John and we are in chapter 2 today :). This chapter is full of soooooo many goodies to help us in our walk with Christ 🙂
Holy Spirit we ask you open our eyes to see, our ears to hear and our hearts to percieve the truth in the word today. Without you we can’t understand what we are reading so we ask for your help. In Jesus Name. Amen.
Here we go 🙂
S – Some Scriptures that stood out for me.
1 John 2:5-6 NLT : But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.
1 John 2:15 NLT: Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.
1 John 2: 24 NLT : So you must remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning. If you do, you will remain in fellowship with the Son and with the Father.
1 John 2:27 NLT: But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.
O – Observations
O1- Jesus is our advocate and he intercedes on our behalf. His blood washes away our sins.
O2 – Our obedience to God, is a measure of how much we know him, how much of him we have on the inside of us. For if we truly know him and love him as we claim, we would obey him at all times even when it’s difficult.
O3- Obedience to God brings assurance that we love him and belong to him.
O4 -Partial obedience doesn’t cut it. God desires complete obedience.
O5- We are to follow the example of Jesus. He was obedient even to the very end.(See Philippians 2:5-11)
O6 – You can’t have Jesus and also have hatred in you. In 1 John Chapter 1, we established God is light in whom there is no darkness. Hatred is a form of darkness. We can’t belong to the light and darkness at the same time. We have to choose one or the other. Choose this day whom you will serve: Light or darkness.
O7 – When you are in the dark, you can’t see where you are going cos it’s dark. So it is when we have darkness in us, our judgement becomes clouded and we cant see our way. We make poor decisions and end up hurting people around us. But if we let the light of God into our hearts, it brings illumination and lights our path so we see where we are going.
O8- We shouldn’t love the world and all the things that are associated with it. Verse 16 says “For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world”. As Christians, we are in this world but we are not of it. We are of the Kingdom of Heaven therefore we mustn’t forget ourselves and become too comfortable. Romans 12:2 Message version says “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you”. We are meant to be examples showing the world the right way to live and not us joining in the craze!
O9 – Obedience to God guarantees us eternal life. Obedience to world guarantees death.
O10- The world and all its evil desires will end one day but those who please God will live forever with him.
O11 – We need to keep reminding ourselves of the Word of God. The more we remind ourselves, the more the Word becomes a part of us. It’s not just enough to remind ourselves though, we must also put into practice what the word tells us to do. By doing this we will always be in fellowship with God.
O12 – We have been blessed with the Holy Spirit. He is the spirit of truth and teaches us everything we need to know.
O13 – Remain in constant fellowship with God.
A – Application
A1 – Obey God’s commands
A2 – Keep our focus on God and not get distracted by what’s going on around us.
A3 – Walk in Love
A4 – Be an example in our speech and conduct
P – Prayer
Dear Lord we thank you for today. Thank you for the privilege to learn at your feet. Thank you for Jesus and for blessing us with your Holy Spirit. Help us be obedient to you. Help us not to love this world but to keep our focus and attention on you. Help us not to walk in darkness but walk in the light you freely offer us. We love you so very much and you will always be the object of our affection. No one will ever take your place in our lives. You are an awesome God. All this we ask and by faith recieve In Jesus Name. Amen
Thank you for joining us today. I encourage you to spend some time reading the chapter for your self as there is so much to glean from the chapter.
Don’t forget to share your thoughts and prayer request 🙂
Stay blessed. Remember, our Obedience is a measure of our love for God.