May 21

Today's Bible Readings
     Numbers 31
     Psalms 75-76
     Isaiah 23
     I John 1
''But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin." (I John 1:7)
     As you read the incredible epistle of I John, you cannot help but see that this book is devoted to two themes - Sonship and fellowship. No book in the Bible presents a stronger case of how you can know you are saved than this little epistle. There is also a powerful emphasis on how to have fellowship with Him which produces holiness in your life. John continues the theme with which he opened his Gospel that “God is light.” There is no definite article here - not “God is the light”, but a simple affirmative - God is light. This means that if God is the object of your affections through Jesus Christ, your life exudes light. If not, your life exudes darkness.
     Going back to the beginning of creation, one of God's first creative acts was to bring light into existence. You can trace the theme of light with the pillar of fire that symbolized God's presence to the children of Israel in the wilderness; a burning bush that Moses saw in the desert; fire which fell on Mt. Sinai; and the dazzling brightness of that luminous cloud over the Mercy Seat in the Temple. All through the Bible, God is light.
Now, the only way for that Light to shine in the dark world is through the lives of believers who practice holiness.
     Take note of our memory verse. To be reflectors of this light produces fellowship with one another; the testimony of the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ in our daily living.
There are some spiritual schizophrenics trying to walk on both sides of the street and talk out of both sides of their mouths. A result of that sort of living is identical today as in John's day. The result is a compassionless, spineless, dry-eyed church in a hell-bound world. That's the reason some young people tum their backs on the church. John says if we say we love and don't prove it, we are liars.
     Most of these church people trying to live double lives have religion and not relationship. They have a tepid, churchianity instead of real Christianity. They say one thing and live another. The fault is not with the Gospel, it is with us. John told it like it was and said, “When you say one thing and live another, you are a liar.” It is time to choose sides and make a real commitment to Jesus Christ.
     There are some of these folks who are saved but in a terrible condition of back-sliding. If that is the case, you will experience tremendous chastisement until you make things right with God and, once again, enter into a relationship of holiness which will include fellowship with God's people and a daily exposure of the light through your daily living. This will happen through the confession of sin. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9).
There is a lighthouse on the Florida coast. One of the glasses in the lantern went out and was broken. They replaced the glass with tin. In that part of the lighthouse, there was a dark spot. A ship came in one night and, in the storm, was seeking the safety of the harbor. The Captain looked for the lighthouse, saw nothing, and crashed upon the shore because there was a dark spot. I wonder if there are lost people who are looking for the light, for direction, for Jesus Christ, who look at us and see a dark spot. We profess to walk in the light and yet we walk in darkness. Begin today to walk in the light as He is in the light.
The Republics of Sao Tome and Principe are located on the western coast of Africa, and have approximately    150,000 people. Most of the people are Catholic, but the morals do not reflect it; 90% of children are born illegitimate, the world's highest rate. Pray that the church may experience a renewal that challenges people's empty religion.
The size of a man is determined by the depth of his convictions, the height of his ambitions, the breadth of his mercy, and the reach of his love."
D. N Jackson