Today we pray for the Nation of Latvia and Meditate on 1 John 3:10-24

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Today we are praying for the country of Latvia.  Please help us  lift up this nation to the Lord today.  You can follow the two links below to learn more about the nation and its unreached people groups.  You can watch the video below to help guide you in your prayers.  

Please take time to meditate on the sermon or devotion for today as well.  

You can learn more about the nation of Latvia by clicking here

You can learn about the different unreached people groups of Latvia by clicking here

Please pray for the nation of Latvia by joining in prayer with the video below.

LATVIA Continent: Europe | Capital City: Riga Government: Parliamentary Democracy Population: 2,231,503 Major People Groups: 98% Indo-European Religion: 58% Christian, 40% Non Language: Lettish/Lithuanian GDP Per Capita: $16,000 | Literacy Rate: 99.7% UNREACHED: 20.6%

 

Watch the above video and pray for the requests listed at the end.

Today's Devotional Thought

Today we conclude our look at 1 John 3:10-24.  We have seen the contrast and the compassion.  Today we will see our confidence and the commandment.

III.  Our Confidence    v19-22

We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him 20 in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22 and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight. 

At first glance, this can seem like a pretty difficult text to understand.  In its core, it is referring us to our conscience before the Lord.  If our conscience is clear, we are more confident when we approach the Lord.  In the words of Robert Candlish, “There can be no firm faith without a clear conscience.  In plain terms, I cannot look my God in the face if I cannot look myself in the face.”  Much can be said about the role our conscience plays in our walk with God.  In this context however, John is specifically referring to loving in deed and in truth.  If we are following the example of Christ and obeying the exhortation of John by evidencing love for others in word or in deed, we are given some real assurance, joyful assurance, that we know Christ and we are His children!

Look up Matthew 25:31-40 and see how this plays out in Jesus’ description of judgment day.

In this teaching of Jesus, we see that those who have loved the brethren in word and in deed are welcomed into the Kingdom!  This should encourage us and give us confidence if we are compassionate in this way.  1 John 4:17 tells us, “By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.”  Do you have this confidence?  If not, begin to think through and pray through how to apply Matthew 25:31-40 to your life!

IV.  The Commandment    v23-24

Finally we see the simple commandment John gives in verses 23 and 24.  He writes, “This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. 24 The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.”  This commandment is two-fold.  First, we are commanded to believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ.  This is not an encouragement or a suggestion.  This is a command.  You are commanded to believe in the biblical person of Jesus Christ, who He is, what He did on the cross, how He conquered the grave, and how He is returning again one day soon.  You are commanded to believe, and will be held responsible for how you respond to this command.  Do you believe in Jesus?  If you are not sure, please explore www.missionsurge.com/good-news  Watch the videos, listen to the sermons, and read the information there as you consider the person of Jesus Christ.  

Second, we are commanded to love one another .  John commands us to love one another, as we have seen in this portion of his letter.  Jesus has commanded us to love during His earthly ministry.  And the very essence of the Old Testament law is to love.  Jesus summarized it by saying love God and love others.  Are you loving?  This is a dual command…and how we respond to this command to believe and to love will make it obvious if we are a child of God, or a child of the devil.  Who’s are you?

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