Happy Tuesday! Thank you for joining me today. The past four days we prepared for and celebrated our savior’s birth. We acknowledged Jesus Christ as the reason for the season, yet we know others celebrated Christmas “holidays” for other reasons.
We are picking up where we left off on Thursday in 1 John chapter 4.
“Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God. But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here.” 1 John 4:1-3 NLT
I remember the first time I learned that there are people who aren’t Christians and there are others who profess to be Christians but don’t accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Discovering that fact was a difficult day for me, it was as if I had been told there was no Santa Claus, no Easter Bunny, no Toothfairy and that many people will not go to heaven – all in one day. My heart was broken and full of concern for those who were without Christ.
As believers we must stand in our faith, believing that the Lord will reveal to us those who profess to be real, but are false prophets. However, we also need to read the word for ourselves so that when we are presented with “truth” we will test it against the word of God. Additionally, our role as Christians is critical. There are many people who don’t know about the saving grace of our Lord – Jesus Christ.
Will you share the truth about Jesus Christ with someone?
Father God we thank you for today. Thank you for opening ours eyes to see you, our ears to hear you speak to us and our hearts to love as you love. Lord, continue to work in our lives and change us to be all that you desire for us to be. Equip us with the knowledge and wisdom we need to stand firm in a world of unbelievers. Lord, your word says in Matthew 9:36-38 (NIV)
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Lord, we want to be workers for you. Lord, prepare us, send us out and keep teaching us to be more like you. In Jesus name, Amen!
Keep seeking! Keep trusting! Keep praying!
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