More Kid’s Logic

First, to those of you on-the-ball, yes, I just got this from a Facebook post, but I couldn’t pass it up, to pass it along! I love humor about kids and the innocence they come across with; wish we could ALL be this innocent! (Of course, the older we get, the more we are supposed to MATURE!) ‘Nuff said!!

Teacher: How old is your father?
Kid: He is 6 years old.
Teacher: What? How is this possible?
Kid: He became a father only when I was born.
(Logic!! Children are quick and always speak their minds.)

Teacher: Maria, go to the map and find North America.
Maria: Here it is. (She points to North America.)
Teacher: Correct. Now, Class, who discovered America?
Class: Maria just did!

Teacher: Glenn, how do you spell ‘crocodile?’
Glenn: ‘K-R-O-K-O-D-I-A-L’
Teacher: No, Glenn, that’s wrong.
Glenn: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.
(Ha! Child logic again!)

Teacher: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?
Donald: H-I-J-K-L-M-N-O
Teacher: Where and how did you come up with that?
Donald: From you, yesterday you told us it’s H to O.

Teacher: Clyde, your composition on ‘My Dog’ is exactly the
same as your brother’s. Did you copy his?
Clyde: No sir; it’s the same dog!

Teacher: Harold, can you tell us what you call a person who
keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?
Harold: A teacher??!!

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The Heavens Declare!

“The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge.”

— Psalm 19:1-2 —

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He Will Find You

This is from one of those emails that circulated through the church body a few years back. I took and still do take inspiration from this! Enjoy AND be blessed!


Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”

John Powell, A Professor at Loyola University in Chicago writes about a student in his Theology of Faith class named Tommy…

Some twelve years ago, I stood watching my university students file into the classroom for our first session in the Theology of Faith. That was the first day I first saw Tommy. My eyes and my mind both blinked. He was combing his long flaxen hair, which hung six inches below his shoulders. It was the first time I had ever seen a boy with hair that long. I guess it was just coming into fashion then.

I know in my mind that it isn’t what’s on your head, but what’s in it that counts; but on that day I was unprepared and my emotions flipped. I immediately filed Tommy under “S” for strange . . . very strange.

Tommy turned out to be the “atheist in residence” in my Theology of Faith course. He constantly objected to, smirked at, or whined about the possibility of an unconditionally loving Father-God. We lived with each other in relative peace for one semester, although I admit, he was for me at times a serious pain in the back pew.

When he came up at the end of the course to turn in his final exam, he asked in a slightly cynical tone: “Do you think I’ll ever find God?”

I decided instantly on a little shock therapy. “No!” I said very emphatically.

“Oh,” he responded, “I thought that was the product you were pushing.”

I let him get five steps from the classroom door and then called out, “Tommy! I don’t think you’ll ever find him, but I am absolutely certain that he will find you!” He shrugged a little and left my class and my life.

I felt slightly disappointed at the thought that he had missed my clever line: “He will find you!” At least I thought it was clever. Later I heard that Tommy had graduated and I was duly grateful.

Then a sad report, I heard that Tommy had terminal cancer. Before I could search him out, he came to see me. When he walked into my office, his body was very badly wasted, and the long hair had all fallen out as a result of chemotherapy. But his eyes were bright and his voice was firm, for the first time, I believe.

“Tommy, I’ve thought about you so often. I hear you are sick!” I blurted out.

“Oh, yes, very sick. I have cancer in both lungs. It’s a matter of weeks.”

“Can you talk about it, Tom?”

“Sure, what would you like to know?”

“What’s it like to be only twenty-four and dying?”

“Well, it could be worse.”

“Like what?”

“Well, like being fifty and having no values or ideals, like being fifty and thinking that booze, seducing women, and making money are the real ‘biggies’ in life.”

I began to look through my mental file cabinet under “S” where I had filed Tommy as strange. (It seems as though everybody I try to reject by classification God sends back into my life to educate me.)

But what I really came to see you about,” Tom said, “is something you said to me on the last day of class.”

(He remembered!)

He continued, “I asked you if you thought I would ever find God and you said, ‘No!’ which surprised me. Then you said,
‘But he will find you.’ I thought about that a lot, even though my search for God was hardly intense at that time.

(My “clever” line. He thought about that a lot!)

But when the doctors removed a lump from my groin and told me that it was malignant, then I got serious about locating God. And when the malignancy spread into my vital organs, I really began banging bloody fists against the bronze doors of heaven. But God did not come out. In fact, nothing happened.

Did you ever try anything for a long time with great effort and with no success? You get psychologically glutted, fed up with trying. And then you quit. Well, one day I woke up, and instead of throwing a few more futile appeals over that high brick wall to a God who may be or may not be there, I just quit. I decided that I didn’t really care …about God, about an afterlife, or anything like that. I decided to spend what time I had left doing something more profitable. I thought about you and your class and I remembered something else you had said: ‘The essential sadness is to go through life without loving. But it would be almost equally sad to go through life and leave this world without ever telling those you loved that you had loved them.’ “So I began with the hardest one: my Dad. He was reading the newspaper when I approached him.”

“Dad”. . . “Yes, what?” he asked without lowering the newspaper. “Dad, I would like to talk with you.” “Well, talk.”
“I mean. .. . It’s really important.” The newspaper came down three slow inches. “What is it?” “Dad, I love you. I just wanted you to know that.”

Tom smiled at me and said with obvious satisfaction, as though he felt a warm and secret joy flowing inside of him.

The newspaper fluttered to the floor. “Then my father did two things I could never remember him ever doing before. He cried and he hugged me. And we talked all night, even though he had to go to work the next morning. It felt so good to be close to my father, to see his tears, to feel his hug, to hear him say that he loved me. It was easier with my mother and little brother. They cried with me, too, and we hugged each other, and started saying real nice things to each other. We shared the things we had been keeping secret for so many years. I was only sorry about one thing, that I had waited so long. Here I was just beginning to open up to all the people I had actually been close to.

Then, one day I turned around and God was there.

He didn’t come to me when I pleaded with him. I guess I was like an animal trainer holding out a hoop, ‘C’mon, jump through.’ ‘C’mon, I’ll give you three days .. . three weeks.’ Apparently God does things in his own way and at his own hour. But the important thing is that he was there. He found me. You were right. He found me even after I stopped looking for him.”

“Tommy,” I practically gasped, “I think you are saying something very important and much more universal than you realize. To me, at least, you are saying that the surest way to find God is not to make him a private possession, a problem solver, or an instant consolation in time of need, but rather by opening to love. You know, the Apostle John said that. He said God is love, and anyone who lives in love is living with God and God is living in him.

‘Tom, could I ask you a favor? You know, when I had you in class you were a real pain. But (laughingly) you can make it all up to me now. Would you come into my present Theology of Faith course and tell them what you have just told me? If I told them the same thing it wouldn’t be half as effective as if you were to tell them.”

“Oooh . . . I was ready for you, but I don’t know if I’m ready for your class.”

“Tom, think about it. If and when you are ready, give me a call.”

In a few days Tommy called, said he was ready for the class, that he wanted to do that for God and for me. So we scheduled a date.

However, he never made it. He had another appointment, far more important than the one with me and my class. Of course, his life was not really ended by his death, only changed. He made the great step from faith into vision. He found a life far more beautiful than the eye of man has ever seen or the ear of man has ever heard or the mind of man has ever imagined.

Before he died, we talked one last time. “I’m not going to make it to your class,” he said.

“I know, Tom.”

“Will you tell them for me? Will you. . . tell the whole world for me?”

“I will, Tom. I’ll tell them. I’ll do my best.”

So, to all of you who have been kind enough to hear this simple statement about love, thank you for listening. And to you, Tommy, somewhere in the sunlit, verdant hills of heaven: “I told them, Tommy . … as best I could.” If this story means anything to you, please pass it on to a friend or two.

With thanks,

Rev. John Powell, Professor Loyola University in Chicago

A true story and is not enhanced for publicity purposes. Verified by Truth or

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Some Spiritual Practicalities

I was looking through my notes on messages I have wanted to teach on and ran across this one that I actually meant to post some time ago. As with all things though, when you “try” to serve the Lord and follow His Holy Spirit, His timing is always best. What made this stand out is that as I was reading various Blogs today, a theme of spiritual battle seemed to be threading its way in many of the articles I read. So, when I seen this one, still unused, I had to address it for very practical reasons. Remember, the Scriptures are a guide to us and it isn’t just a matter of reading them, or memorizing them, but actually applying them into our lives. Well, here is one of those very real practical reasons!

I want to share something with all of you that you may be experiencing or may have experienced from time to time and especially as you continue to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in your service to the Lord and to His creation.

Now, understand that this is from my experience and the experiences from some of my peers over the years as we have discussed this among ourselves. I can’t say I have any Scriptures to back this up although I have many in mind that COULD be used, I just shy away from trying to make the Scriptures fit my “theories” rather than my experiences lining up with Scripture.

From comments and emails I have receive, many of you may have noticed that after an extremely worshipful day, or a time when you wrote something that seemed to come from your very core, your inner spirit, that you felt you needed to take a couple days to yourself, or a day or so from writing. Especially those who blog, you may have brought out something that you have done in the past to keep your posts going, or you just feel you need to take a short break from the Blog itself.

Now I would imagine that several of you who are still teaching/preaching from the pulpit can attest to this fact and you may already know what I am going to bring up. The truth of the matter is that when we surrender ourselves to the will of the Lord through the leading of the Holy Spirit, it is an “unnatural” thing to do in the sense that our flesh, the human nature is always fighting with our spiritual side to gain ascendance. It is a battle we will fight until the Lord calls us home to be with Him! Indeed, it is a real battle that goes on.

The flesh IS weak, there is no question for those of you who have been serving the Lord for some time. We can be strong in the spirit because of the Holy Spirit equipping us as vessels to complete what His will is. We see this in a real-life situations where there appears to be a oneness with the messages being taught from day to day. It is obvious if you read various blogs that there is at times a definite thread or theme that the Lord is putting forth for all those He has led to those posts! Remember, these lessons are still there and working in those whom the Lord brings to read each of those posts; HIS job is not finished, whereas ours is laid out in print already.

I learned this years ago when I started teaching from behind the pulpit and especially as I spent time in prayer and meditation in preparation for the lesson/message. The day after, I was always wiped out (it seemed both mental and physical) and the thing is, I noticed it especially as I also had a full-time secular job as well. It was all I could do at times to get through the next couple of days after delivering an anointed message. Mind you, I didn’t hit the “anointed” mark every time, but that was my goal and the more prayer and meditation went into a message, the more it seemed to mentally and physically take a lot out of me.

I had and have since those early times, talked with Pastors and teachers about it and the response, I guess not so surprising, was varied. Some definitely knew what I was referring too and others thought it might be all in my head!! (And that’s to put it ever so nicely!).

The truth is our flesh is in a constant state of warfare against our spirit (according to many of the Apostles writings) and when our spirit wins, the flesh feels it. Now as time and experience go by, it doesn’t affect you quite as much, because like a soldier or an athlete, you become more conditioned with time, but it DOES affect you none-the-less. I guess that is why when I did talk with so many of my peers, brothers and sisters, that some were aware of the situation and some had never given it any thought. This is why in the past when the Lord would bring someone my way to disciple, I always made it a part of my teaching so they would be prepared if it did happen to them, and I have only met one other Pastor/Minister who ever mentioned it to those he was shepherding.

Part of it goes hand in hand with the way the flesh is, but also the way the enemy tries to attack after what could be considered a spiritual victory. It is one of the reasons why we need as servants/ministers of the Lord to remember the danger of pride and/or arrogance. The enemy of our souls will latch on to that faster than anything and this is something that many who are leading a congregation, whether it be teaching, leading worship or doing the actual preaching, probably experience when so many want to congratulate you on a good service.

I shared something with a brother from another Blog that I follow, that I have kept on my desk for years, and it helps me to remember that I am JUST the vessel. I am the messenger and NOT the message!

It goes like this:

RELIGION says: I do the work, I get the credit and God accepts it!

CHRISTIANITY says: God does the work, God gets the credit and I accept it!

It is the difference between recognizing our place in the Lord and protecting ourselves against pride and remaining humble in our service to others. As true ministers/servants of the Word, we do what the Holy Spirit leads us to do (and this applies to any ministry/spiritual gift!) and the Holy Spirit does the work. He leads those whom He wants blessed/served and HE and HE alone works on their hearts! Man in general, the flesh does NOT want to accept that. That is where surrender has to be willingly given to the Lord. That is where true Godly Love comes into play in real demonstration and action. You love the Lord and you love those you are serving!

So, I just want you to know that it IS the natural order of things that when you have fought in the spirit, there is a time needed for refreshing. Jesus constantly took Himself aside from the disciples after spiritual warfare, whether He was speaking to the crowds or feeding the crowds and in see it in the examples listed in the Gospels so that He COULD be in communion with His Father, and we need at times to follow that same example. Don’t be upset or concerned if you have that “after-victory let-down” for a day or so. Your spirit is alive and rearing to go, but the flesh is saying, “hold on a minute!” Jesus touched on this in the Garden of Gethsemane when He stated to Simon Peter, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” – Mark 14:38.

This also brings me to another point I want to make and it’s about temptation, though my main goal here is to encourage you if you feel weak after a victory; remember, the enemy will use victorious times to ALSO tempt you. In the flesh we ARE weak after a victory but also susceptible to pride; it is a perfect time to stay on your guard, for as Peter has written, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” – 1 Peter 5:8-9. I am sure he may have been thinking back to that Garden incident when he wrote these verses!

The more intimate you become with the Lord and the more surrendered you are, the more you DO, the more you may sense the battle but also the stronger you will become. Don’t let the enemy beat you over the head with false accusations about how weak you are, in the flesh, we KNOW just how weak we are. Our strength IS and ALWAYS will be in the Lord!! Remember this passage from one of my favorite Epistles of the Bible, the Apostle John writes in 1 John 4:4b, “because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” My prayer, my hope is that as you continue to serve you recognize the awesome blessings of total surrender.

In closing I want to leave you with some words of the Apostle Paul that are also fitting in these types of circumstances:

2 Corinthians 4:16-18, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

God bless greatly, all you who continue to persevere and continue to serve the Lord AND others despite how you may feel! LOVE is NEVER untimely!!

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My Cup Has Overflowed


My Cup Has Overflowed

I’ve never made a fortune, and it’s probably too late now.
But I don’t worry about that much, I’m happy anyhow
And as I go along life’s way,
I’m reaping better than I sowed.
I’m drinking from my saucer,
Cause my cup has overflowed.

Haven’t got a lot of riches,
and sometimes the going’s tough
But I’ve got loving ones all around me,
and that makes me rich enough.
I thank God for his blessings,
and the mercies He’s bestowed.
I’m drinking from my saucer,
Cause my cup has overflowed.

I remember times when things went wrong,
My faith wore somewhat thin.
But all at once the dark clouds broke,
and the sun peeped through again.
So Lord, help me not to gripe,
about the tough rows I have hoed.
I’m drinking from my saucer,
Cause my cup has overflowed.

If God gives me strength and courage,
When the way grows steep and rough.
I’ll not ask for other blessings,
I’m already blessed enough.
And may I never be too busy,
to help others bear their loads.
Then I’ll keep drinking from my saucer,
Cause my cup has overflowed.

Author: John Paul Moore © Used with permission

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Solomon In All His Glory

“. . .yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!”

— Matthew 6:29-30, Luke 12:27-28 (NASB) —

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Hearing Funny?

For all of you who can laugh at what life throws at you!

Bowl of Ice Cream

A couple in their nineties are having problems remembering things, so they decide to the go the doctor for a checkup.
The doctor tells them that they are physically okay, but they might want to start writing things down to help them remember.
Later that night, while watching TV, the old man gets up from his chair.
His wife asks, “Where are you going?”
“To the kitchen,” he replies.
She asks, ” Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?”
The husband says, “Sure.”
She gently reminds him, “Don’t you think you should write it down so you can remember it?”
He says, “No, I can remember that!”
She then says, “Well, I’d like some strawberries on top. You’d better write it down ’cause I know you’ll forget it.”
He says, “I can remember that! You want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries.”
She adds, “I’d also like whipped cream. Now I’m certain you’ll forget that, so you’d better write it down.”
Irritated, he says, “I don’t need to write it down. I can remember that!
Ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream!” He then grumbles into the kitchen.
After about 20 minutes the old man returns from the kitchen and hands his wife a plate of bacon and eggs.
She stares at the plate for a moment and says, “Where’s my toast?”

Perfect Hearing

An elderly gentleman had serious hearing problems for a number of years. He finally went to a doctor, and was fitted with excellent new hearing aids. He returned a month later for a checkup, and the doctor said, “Your hearing is perfect! Your family must be really pleased that you can hear again.”
The gentleman replied, “Oh, I haven’t told my family just yet. I still sit around quietly, but, now I list to the conversations. I’ve changed my will three times already!”

Say What??

I was at the airport, checking in at the gate, when the airport employee asked, “Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?”
I said, “If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?”
He smiled and nodded knowingly, “That’s why we ask.”

Listen to the Rooster

A neighbor had invited some people, including our minister, over for dinner. On the menu were stuffing, peas and baked chicken.
As we prepared to eat, we were serenaded by a crowing rooster.
“Listen to that rooster,” said one of the guests.
Glancing at our pastor digging into his chicken, the host said, “You’d crow, too, if your child was going into the clergy.”

“This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” — Psalm 118:24 (NASB)

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Obstacles – Overcoming

1 Kings 20:26-27, At the turn of the year, Ben-hadad mustered the Arameans and went up to Aphek to fight against Israel. The sons of Israel were mustered and were provisioned and went to meet them; and the sons of Israel camped before them like two little flocks of goats, but the Arameans filled the country.

Acts 4:13, Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.

Overcoming Obstacles

Calvin Peete leaped a number of obstacles to become a pro golfer: he was black, he had only an eighth-grade education, he didn’t swing a club until he was twenty-three, and he had a crooked arm that limited distance when he swung. No matter. He won anyway, finishing ten times in the PGA’s top ten.

The late Wilma Rudolph had an obstacle so basic to a runner she shouldn’t have been able to run: as a child she had contracted chronic pneumonia, scarlet fever, and polio. She wore braces until she was ten years old. No matter. In the 1960 Olympiad she won gold medals in the one hundred- and two hundred-meter races and in the four hundred-meter relay.

Booker T. Washington stated it well: “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position one has reached in life as by the obstacles overcome while trying to succeed.” Indeed, some people face life laden with as many chains as Marley’s ghost, but their achievements belie their difficulties. That is why we cannot judge a person’s achievements purely on evident progress or success. Some may be only at the starting position when others are five miles into the race. More is expected of a person who as the advantage of “starting ahead” in life or from those especially gifted. Those who continue in the race, despite shortcomings, may not place as highly, but the effort to compete compensates for their lesser showing.

Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Applicable Quotations

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens. Circumstances and situations do color life, but you have been given the mind to choose what the color shall be. – Miller

Each one of us should do something every day that we do not want to do but know we should do, to strengthen our backbone and put iron in our soul. – Crane

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them. – Shaw

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. – Chinese Proverb

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Press On!

“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

— Philippians 3:13-14 —

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I John 2:7-8

1 John 2:7, “Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning.”

The Apostle starts out with the familial Brethren, which in some translations reads the endearing, Beloved. In either case he is writing with that same fatherly sense that he is well-known for. He continues to endear himself to the reader before diving into the more serious aspect of his discourse. He is reminding them, in that specific word, just how much he does love and care for, as it was reserved for those closest to his heart. There is a lot packed into this one sentence that continues the thoughts of the previous verses.

John is also laying the foundation, or the ground-work for what is to come next in that one word that denotes a love for those he is writing too. So he goes on to clarify; he is NOT writing some new commandment that the readers don’t already know. They SHOULD know, that what he is and will continue to speak about is nothing new at all. In fact, he goes on to reiterate that what he will share with them is something they have heard from and been taught from the very beginning! There will be and should be no surprises.

You may wonder why John has such a habit of almost repeating or reinforcing what he has written with what he is about to write, but we need to remember that there was a sect of the religious population called the Gnostics that the Apostles were all trying to contend with concerning the Gnostic teaching. The Gnostics were always so proud of their claims that their teachings were always new and insightful. Gnostics believed that the material world, that which can be felt, seen etc., is inherently evil and the way to true salvation is to look inward to your inner spirit to find the “spark” of salvation, so to speak. It gets a lot more in-depth as we see its transformations into modern times, but in essence denied the sacrifice of Christ Jesus as a true means to salvation.

The Apostle John is therefore reiterating that what the readers have learned and that what he plans on continuing to teach them is NOT new, but something that have learned over time from the beginnings of their teachings in Christ.

This brings me to some personal thoughts about the way many of us who are called into the ministry, teach. It doesn’t matter what title you as a teacher hold either, but the Holy Spirit’s inspiration is usually very noticeable in the fact that we are constantly reminding those we teach, that it isn’t new what we are teaching, but we expound again and again, building upon the original foundation. I learned years ago, and of all places the technical school that I went too, to learn a trade, that repetition is the best form of teacher and so it is when it comes to Bible study and learning! The student becomes more confident and more assured of what they are learning when there is a foundation laid and we are reminded of that foundation as we lay new “bricks of knowledge.”

In this day and age, as it probably was during John’s lifetime, there is a danger of getting away from what we learned in the beginning, getting away from what might be considered the basics and without that foundation, there is a danger that we lose sight of what is true and truth. All we have to do today, is watch the news, to look around us, and see how church leaders and congregations are adopting “new” ideas and abandoning what was once KNOWN to be truth! People have discarded the Living Word of God, the Bible as the absolute truth to inject what they have seen by going inward and seeking the “truths” from their inner spirit-guides! The battle of the Gnostics has not abated and is still going on today, but today, many of them still CLAIM to be Christians!!! It is no wonder those blinded by the world and the enemy, look at those who claim to be Christians and only see hypocrites. I know I touched on it in the last lesson, but not every one who claims to be a Christian is a true disciple of Christ Jesus! Sad, but oh so true.

This is one of the main reasons many of the Apostles and especially John repeat over and over some of the same concepts, so that the readers know and are reminded of the foundation on which they are being taught.

And then the Apostle seems to contradict himself:

1 John 2:8, “Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.”

Even though this commandment of loving others is not new, in at least one sense it is. Jesus said this in Matthew 5:17, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” You see, Jesus whole teaching was that the Law was meant to teach, but the Pharisees and the other religious leaders had so twisted it as to make everyone believe they had to obey every single line of that Law. If anything the Law was teaching us that within ourselves there was absolutely NO way in which to fulfil it. Jesus was telling His disciples that we couldn’t obey and fulfill it, but He could and that is what was new!

In and of ourselves, even though we were taught it from the beginning, we couldn’t love like we were supposed to, commanded to do! But that is the very reason Jesus came; to show us how through Him, who DID fulfill the Law, we could obtain that same ability. John is making it clear that even though the “Law” of love isn’t new, but from the very beginning, in the sense of Christ Jesus, it IS new!

As a side note; if you ever get to believing that the Scriptures contradict themselves as so many who have no spiritual discernment claim, remember that in every case it has to be the way WE, individually are looking at those Scriptures. With a little prayer and seeking guidance from the Holy Spirit Who WILL open our spiritual eyes, all will be made clear to us!

This was written by John also, “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” – John 8:12. The Apostle John is again reminding us of this fact of which he wrote just a bit earlier in his life.

The newness of the commandment is in truth found in Christ Jesus Who IS the Light! The darkness is already diminishing because the Light has come into the world! Whenever men receive this truth and are able through the Gift of Christ Jesus, love as the Father commanded us too, then the light is also shining in us. This part of John’s writing isn’t just stating a fact, “the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.” It is also very prophetic, for in truth because of Christ Jesus, the light is already shining and because this is the newness of the old commandment, the light will continue to shine brightly into the future!!! How AMAZING is that?!

The Light of Christ’s love is passed down from the True Vine to the branches, which then produces the fruit of love for others to see, witness and partake of! The old commandment that we should love one another has become reality in action because through Christ Jesus Who fulfilled the Law, we can now ALL demonstrate the reality of God’s true love!!! What an awesome thought!

One last thought; notice that the Bible, written by Holy Spirit inspired men of God, always spoke of love as a verb, an action, something that is to be done either towards God Himself and towards one another. Only when we have the Light of Life, Christ Jesus residing in our hearts can we and do we recognize this vast difference between the world’s definition of love and God’s!

Next post we will begin with 1 John chapter 2 verse 9.

*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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