DAY 1 – MEET JOHN
I met John some years back in my studies. He was called “the disciple Jesus loved.” (John 13:23). WHY? Didn’t Jesus love all His disciples? I’m looking forward to diving into this book and learning more about John.
Wendy introduces us to the other disciples in this chapter, but one thing she shares that I have loved from studying in my Sunday School classes is that the Bible says, “immediately they left the boat” or ship it says in KJV” (Matthew 4:22).
IMMEDIATELY. How many times has He called out to me in my lifetime, and I was not listening, or I did not follow, and I had to stop and pray a few days? How many seeds have I missed planting? How many times was I not growing because I was not in His Word, and how many blessings to others have I missed because of my disobedience? I cringe to think of how much more of a Godly mother I could have been if I had gotten up way before dawn when I was working full-time and raising my family, and spent more moments with Him.
Wendy reminds us how John grew over the years. You know we do too if we are in the Word. Truly I have been in the Word most of my life – in church, sermons, revivals, teaching pre-school. I look back and I was preparing to teach little ones for years (4s and 5s) and planting seeds, but I had little time with a full-time, high-pressured job, preparing for teaching, choir practice, and taking care of my family to sit down and truly spend time in the Word. I was, however, where I felt called to be during that season as a Nursery Director at our church and teacher to be right smack in the middle of where our children were at the time.
We get no do-overs, but we can meet God where He’s at. I get to spend hours in Bible study now that I am retired. I desire it. I can’t get enough, and honestly I could spend all day studying now. I know He’s using me – using me at home taking care of our five grandchildren, using me at church in the women’s ministry and Sunday School class, using me at public school to plant seeds where I can, using me as a volunteer coach in on-line Bible studies, and using me in my neighborhood.
Back to the study– Wendy says John matured from being easily offended and quick to lose his temper. “He was a gentler man, a kinder man, a man motivated by the love of Jesus.” Isn’t that what Jesus wants for you and me? We can be that gentler, kinder man or woman as we grow in His Word.
Lastly, she talked about being filled with intense joy (the Voice). The KJV says “great joy”. With all John went through in his lifetime, he still had great joy. May we be like John no matter our struggles or persecution. Joy I so also remind my readers is my favorite word next to Baby, Babe, Mom, and Nana.
DAY 2- MESSAGE FROM JOHN’S HEART TO OURS
John’s writings are based on what he saw – what he was an eyewitness to. Lots of good stuff in this chapter, but I want to dwell on this and remember it. Wendy quotes from The Voice, but this one is from the KJV.
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;” 1 John 1:1-2 (KJV)
John heard, he saw, he looked upon, his hands handled. He saw it, he bore witness, and was shown eternal life – the Father.
As a blogger writing what I see, what I feel, what I hear – this part resonates with me as I share about Jesus.
We read 1 John 1:4, “And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”and I need to memorize that one – my word joy is in it. John wrote this for me, he wrote it for you that our joy may be full. Oh, that we can know and feel the joy that John had.
DAY 3 – LIVING IN THE LIGHT
So much in this chapter. Y’all need to pick up the book. Much about light.
My big take away from this chapter was this: “Living in the light requires that our hearts, our words, our thoughts, our values, and even our schedules align with God’s heart, and His character, not with our sinful nature and fallen character.”
Wendy shared the inner workings of sin:
- THOUGHTS LEAD TO ACTION
I know my stinking thoughts lead to action, especially with food. I write and write about this, but it’s true and God is working in my heart, and I have got to learn to control those actions.
DAY 4 – THE BATTLE WITHIN
As a Christian we still struggle. I do well when it comes to not gossiping, lying, cheating, drunkenness – but you know my struggle with food and people it’s a sin. Wendy reminds us that “salvation does not make us sinless”. She also reminded us that “sin will be our constant companion until Jesus returns.” OUCH! I DID NOT like that reminder.
Sin does and will impact our walk or fellowship with God.
DAY 5 – GOD IS FAITHFUL TO FORGIVE
GRACE, GRACE, GRACE. God is truly faithful to give us grace. That has taught me to give grace myself even when I may not want to give it.
I have been convicted over and over about food and getting organized. It’s is an addiction – love of food and things I don’t need causing clutter. I think my favorite part of this chapter was when Wendy shared on page 41 –
“God’s way requires…..
💕knowing truth so we can identify lies.
💕turning away from darkness and walking toward the light.”
💕agreeing with God about our sin.
💕humbly confessing our sin.
💕complete dependence upon Him.
💕refusing to yield to temptation.”
I was reminded in this chapter that sin is inevitable. I know Satan knows us and He knows where every weak spot is. I know my weak spots so why can I not get hold of those weaknesses. I’m trying and as I read that list above I placed an asterisk beside intentional choices, turning away from darkness and walking toward the light, agreeing with God about my sin (He knows it already – He sees me), humbly confessing my sin (yes, I’ve confessed it this week), and complete dependence upon Him.
Temptation is going to happen. I’ve joined Weight Watchers this week and I went over the fruit of the Spirit list as Wendy suggested. I truly need to work on self-control because the fruit of the Spirit is the evidence of a believer.
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