#1john

2013-01-07

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‘Young people, I am writing you, because you are strong. God’s message is firm in your hearts, and you have defeated the evil one.’ (1 John 2v14)

Wow, what a vote of confidence from Jesus himself, speaking to you through John! You are strong, in the prime of your life. Use your strength to serve God and learn to run with him now. Give the Word lots of space to grip your heart and know that overcoming is part of your identity.
What would it look like to work out God’s word about you today? #1john

Read 1 John 2 here: http://goo.gl/bUeBk

#wendyb

2013-01-06

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Antichrist – what does this word bring to mind? The Greek word for ‘antichrist’ literally means ‘someone who stands instead of, or in place of, the real Jesus Christ’. In John’s time – like ours? – there were people going around teaching all kinds of crazy things about Jesus. John urges them (and us) to hold onto the truth that Jesus is who he says he is – Lord, Saviour, God. The One we follow (1 John 2v18-27).

Keep a careful watch over what your heart is attached to – and let’s remind each other of who Jesus really is.
#1john
Read 1 John 2 here: http://goo.gl/bUeBk

#wendyb

2013-01-05

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Do you find at Christmas and New Years it’s kinda ok to really want stuff without seeming selfish? Really? John has something to say about that:

‘Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world – wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important – has nothing to do with the Father.’ 1 John 2v15-16 [The Message].

As you squeeze the toothpaste tube today, ask God to show you what might be squeezing his love out of you. Show them to God – and ask for God’s presence to fill you instead. #1john

#wendyb

2013-01-04

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Were there things this past year that you would rather leave in the darkness, hidden away from Jesus? Relationship with God can’t grow when you’re walking in darkness, because he is Light (1 John 1v5,6 &9 (http://goo.gl/iKYq6) Maybe now is the time to bring those things into the light – tell Jesus about them. Tell the truth about what happened and see how Jesus responds. Forgiveness. A clean slate. No condemnation. What is holding you back? Jesus is inviting you to agree with him about your sin and move forward with him hand-in-hand. Leave the darkness in 2012 and come into the Light #1john

#wendyb