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) 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 2013 and come into the Light.

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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.

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So, we’ve just celebrated Christmas. But, how easy is it to forget that Jesus really walked around on earth like us? That baby grew up and John saw it:

‘What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life’ (1 John 1v1)

Think about it: The one who created food, learning to eat it; the one who formed the earth, walking on it; the one who created the body, going through puberty; the one who IS the word, memorising and reading it! It’s amazing to think about everything Jesus did to identify with you, to know you and understand you… Jesus is (and always will be) human too.

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