Today we are praying for the country of Moldova. 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 devotion for today as well.
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Today's Devotional Thought
We have been looking at 1 John 5:1-12 this week. We have seen John flesh out the words love and born of God. The third word that John fleshes out for us in this text is the word “believes.” We read in verses 5-8, “Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with theP water and with the blood. It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.” John makes clear that the one who overcomes the world is the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God! John saw him, heard him, touched him, and knew him. He describes Jesus as the one who came by water and blood. He came by water and blood…John saw this blood and water flow! How would you ever get over that? I believe it is safe to say that John did not get over it.
What did John mean by water? The water symbolizes purification. You recognize the necessity of being made holy so you are grateful for the water! But you realize really quickly that, though you might make holiness your goal, you are unable to succeed…you still have past sin that has not been dealt with. This is where the blood comes in. The blood symbolizes atonement. The blood of Jesus meets your need. It cancels your guilt; it sets you free from condemnation; it seals your peace. On the other side of the coin….the blood alone, without the water, may cause us to treat the gospel as if it were intended simply to pacify the troubled conscience and set sinful men at their ease. We could adopt the attitude that we are forgiven, our sin is removed, so we are free to live however we choose. So we need the water…the purification…a practically holy life. The water with the blood symbolizes our sin forgiven and our life transformed! But what about the blood and the water without the spirit? Forgiveness and new life may make sense, but you have difficulty about His really saving a wretch like you. Could this really apply to me? Where is your faith? The Spirit! We need the work of the Spirit to convict us of our sin…and then to apply the work of the water and the blood to our lives and give us hope and joy and peace.
There are three that testify! The water, the blood, and the spirit and they agree! Verses 9 and 10 go on, “If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater; for the testimony of God is this, that He has testified concerning His Son. 10 The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar; because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son.” If there was ever a testimony that we should listen to, it is God’s!
Look up and read Luke 16:19-31.
Notice that Abraham informed the rich man, that if his brothers would not hear Moses and the Prophets (the Word of God) then they would not believe if someone were to rise from the dead and go back to tell them! There is no testimony greater than God’s, and it is found on the pages of Scripture. Do you believe it?
Finally, notice verses 11 and 12. “And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His son. 12 He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.” According to verse 11, God has given us eternal life in Jesus. As we conclude with verse 12, the final and obvious question is, “Do you have Him?” Have you believed, been born of God, and is that evidenced by your love for God and love for others? If not, I want to encourage you to go to www.missionsurge.com/good-news and explore more of what it means to be a true believer in Jesus Christ.
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