Walking in His Light

Walking closer with Him day by day

Category: God

“Ready to Work a Miracle” (5.11.2016)

John 6:7 – Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.

Jesus had just finished teaching great multitudes. Hoards had followed Him to hear Him preach and be spiritually filled. But, the listening crowd had not eaten all day. As their spiritual hunger was quenched they forgot all about their physical hunger. When the disciples brought Jesus news of this, they began to be worried. Thinking practically, they thought that they did not have near enough money. They worried about the logistics of feeding such a large multitude. But as they worried, the King of Kings sat next to them ready to work a miracle.

It is easy now to laugh and realize the foolishness of the disciples’ ways. It may seem obvious to us that the disciples did not need to worry, but we do the same ourselves. Though Christ is with us all the time, we still worry about money and other things. But, like the disciples, while we are trying to think practically and solve problems on our own, the King of Kings is right there beside us ready to work a miracle. Whatever your particular situation, don’t worry. Have faith in Christ. He will work it out.

“Fruits of the Spirit: Love” (5.6.2016)

Galatians 5:22,23 – 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

It’s no wonder love is the first fruit mentioned. Throughout the Bible it is touted as an attribute to be desired above all others. Jesus Himself said loving God and your neighbor were the two greatest commandments, and Paul counted it greater than faith and hope in his letter to the Corinthians. And, according to 1 John, a person who doesn’t not possess this spiritual fruit does not know the Lord or His ways.

This fruit is what paves the way for all the others. If we have love in our hearts towards our God, then we will allow His Spirit to work on hearts and make them hospitable to the other fruits. And, if we have love in our hearts toward our fellow brethren, then we will have no issue showing the other fruits towards them. Gentleness and patience towards even those who wrong us will become second nature because of the overwhelming, tender love in our hearts.

We must seek all of these gifts, but first and foremost, we must have love. Its importance cannot be overemphasized, for it is how Christ’s disciples are set apart. It is an integral part of what it means to be a Christian. If you want to have this all important spiritual fruit and be counted among God’s number, ask the Lord for a measure of His love today. In His love, He will not refuse you.

Further Reading – Matthew 22:36-40 – 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

1 Corinthians 13:13 –  And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 John 4:8 – He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.

John 13:35 – By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

 

“Abide” (5.4.2016)

John 15:4,5 – Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abides in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

In yesterday’s blog post, we discussed why bearing fruit is an essential part of the Christian walk. After all, our religious experience should be more than just empty words or actions. Tangible evidence of our connection to Christ, fruit, should be found. But, now that we know it’s importance, how do we bear fruit? How do we change from barren, fruitless trees to fruitful branches?

The answer was given to us by Christ during His time here on earth: abide in Him. Abide in His word and with His Spirit. Walk with Him daily and abide in His light. Abide with Him through prayer. Stay constantly connected to Christ, for it is only through Him we can bear fruit.

Abiding in Christ is not an easy task. Our feet naturally want to wander from the paths of righteousness. But, it is definitely a worthwhile task. When we abide in Christ, we don’t just bear fruit, we bear a bountiful harvest. Today, choose to abide in Him.

“His Everlasting Love” (4.7.2016)

1 John 3:1 – Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God…

This verse is a testament to God’s love for us. Because of His love, we are able to enjoy the lofty position of a child of God. His love is so great, He was willing to give His only begotten Son to grant us salvation and eternal life. No other love can match the length and breadth of God’s love for His children.

God’s love extends to you. Before you were even known on earth, Christ loved you and died for you. He has promised to always be with you, leading and guiding you. He cares for your every need and feels your hurts and tears. If ever you are tempted to believe you are alone and unloved, remember the Lord’s everlasting love for you.

Further Reading – Romans 8:38-39 – 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

“God is Our Help”

Psalm 121:1, 2 – I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

God is still our help. Many things may have changed between the writing of this verse and now, but God is still the same. He continues to come to the aid of His children, bearing their burdens and comforting their hearts. He does not turn a blind eye to their sufferings and their prayers, but cares for them as a Shepherd would His sheep.

We needlessly suffer through trials, temptations, and heartaches alone, refusing to lean on the strength of the Lord. He is always willing and always available to tend to the needs of His children. Rely on Him for your help, and He will not fail you.

Further Reading – Hebrews 13:5 – … for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.