Today we are praying for the country of Macedonia. 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.
Please pray for the nation of Macedonia by joining in prayer with the video below.
Today's Devotional Thought
John bookends his letter with 2 primary reasons for writing. First, in 1 John 1:4 he tells us, “These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.” Clearly, one of John’s purposes in writing is that our joy may be full. We read the second primary reason for his letter in 1 John 5:13: “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” John wrote, so that we might have joy, and so that we may know that we have eternal life. That is why we have titled our study of 1 John, “Joyful Assurance.”
John has written his letter to those who profess to believe in the name of the Son of God. He is not writing this to people who profess their atheism, or their lack of faith. This letter is written to those who profess faith; who believe. Why did he write these things to these professing believers? He wrote so that they could know that they have eternal life. He wrote so that they may come to know…or not know…that they have eternal life. In a sense, he wrote this letter so that believers could examine themselves to see whether or not they truly have eternal life. This echoes Paul’s exhortation in 2 Corinthians 13:5, “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you--unless indeed you fail the test?” Let us take some time to consider John’s teachings in 1 John and where we stand with God. Let us ask ourselves some questions to help.
First, let us ask ourselves: Am I living a life that is characterized by confessing Christ and embracing the Gospel? John wrote in 1 John 2:23-24, “Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also. 24 As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.” Have you confessed the Son of God? Have you embraced the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and is that truth abiding in you? We read in Romans 10:9-13 that we must confess Jesus Christ as our Lord and master, and we must believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead in order to be saved! John wrote in 1 John 4:15, “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.” Again in 1 John 5:1 we read, “Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him.” Are you living a life that is characterized by confessing Christ and embracing His Gospel? This is a vital part of having joyful assurance, but this is not the only characteristic of a child of God! We often treat it like it is, but there is much more to the Christian life, than our confession alone. This may be a starting point, but if it is a true, biblical confession, it will be affirmed by our lives, which leads to a second question we must ask ourselves.
We will pick up with question 2 and 3 tomorrow! Until then...
Please pray and share!