Good Morning y’all. Trust we had a good weekend. Today we are looking into the last chapter of 1 John.
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.
Be blessed 🙂
S – Scriptures that stood out for me.
1 John 5:3-4 CEVUS06 : We show our love for God by obeying his commandments, and they are not hard to follow. Every child of God can defeat the world, and our faith is what gives us this victory.
1 John 5:9 CEVUS06: We believe what people tell us. But we can trust what God says even more, and God is the one who has spoken about his Son.
1 John 5:21 NLT : Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.
O – Observations
O1 – Chapter starts out by emphasizing the command to love God and one another. V2 says “If we love and obey God, we know we will love his children.” 1 John 5:2 CEVUS06
O2- Our love for God is made obvious by our Obedience to his commandments. V3 tells us His commandments are not hard to follow. Remember, we have the Holy Spirit to help us.
O3 – As children of God we have the power to defeat the world through our faith in Jesus Christ. Nothing can overcome us as it’s written in 1 John 4:4 “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world”. Whatever situation you are facing today, you can defeat the situation through your faith in God. This tells me Faith is important if we want to experience victory in every area of our lives.
What is the definition of faith? According to Google, faith is “complete trust or confidence in someone or something”. In this case COMPLETE trust or CONFIDENCE in God. Strengthen your faith by reminding yourself of the victories that God has already won for you. Meditate on scriptures that tell of God’s power and greatness. Spend time in prayer. Prayer doesn’t have to be difficult…its simply conversation with God. Talk to him, He longs to hear from you. Be encouraged 🙂
O4- V9 tells us we can trust what God says. His word is always the truth. It is absolutely impossible for God to lie.
Numbers 23:19 NLT says “God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?”
O5 – We have eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.
O6 – God hears and answers our prayers when we ask for what pleases him. It’s a fact that God answers prayers. U might say but I prayed and He didn’t answer mine, I can’t tell you why He didnt answer but one thing I know for certain is that, He can’t lie or go back on His word. V 14 – 15 says “We are certain God will hear our prayers when we ask for what pleases him. And if we know God listens when we pray, we are sure our prayers have already been answered” (1 John 5:14-15 CEVUS06). He might not come the way or when we want him to but He surely hears and answers us. Take comfort and have boldness when you pray cos God definately pays attention to you. He is your father. Which father in his right mind will not listen when his child is talking to him especially if it’s a child that he is pleased with. Now if our earthly father will do that, how much more our heavenly father. The one who declared us as His own. Who told us in Jeremiah 31:3 that he has loved us with an everlasting love. Don’t know about you but i’m excited to belong to this God. He’s just too amazing, can’t get enough of him 🙂
O7 – Pray for others who have fallen into sin. It’s not our place to judge or spread rumours about people who fallen into sin rather we should lift them up in prayer asking God to restore them back to the faith.
O8 – Again v 18 emphasizes the fact that God’s Children CAN NOT keep on sinning. I like the message version translation. It says “We know that none of the God-begotten makes a practice of sin….”
O9 – God protects us and the devil can’t harm us.
O10 – V21 tells us we are to stay away from anything that takes God’s place in our lives.
A – Application.
A1 – Have faith in God to handle whatever comes our way today
A2 – Walk in Love today
A3 – Believe God does hear and answer when we pray
A4 – Stay away from anything that takes God’s place in our lives.
P – Prayer
Dear Lord we thank you for today. Thank you for another opportunity to learn from you. Thank you for making us your own. Thank you for the eternal life we have through your son. Today we ask for the grace to walk in love and obey your commands. Help us to have faith in you and to trust you to handle whatever the enemy throws at us. Help us walk away from anything that will take your place in our lives and may we always be pleasing to you in all that we do and say. We love you lord and we believe you hear and answer our prayers. Thank you Lord. In Jesus Name. Amen
Thanks for joining us today. I encourage you to read the chapter for yourself and feel free to share your thoughts 🙂
Tomorrow we start the book of 2 John. I’m excited to see what God is going to reveal to us 🙂
Have a blessed day. Remember, God hears and answers our prayers.