Walk with GodBro. David Chancellor
12/16/2001 6:00 PM
We don't want to stop at an oasis, but press through to the promised land.
1 John 5:18-20
John says a lot in these few verses. "And we know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not..." That's pretty plain and is self-explanatory. "...but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not..." The ones that are born again are working on the keeping. If we keep ourselves, the wicked won't touch us, destroy our character, or besmirch our reputation. We can walk in the world, and so long as we keep ourselves in the Lord, we don't have to worry about it rubbing off. If we stay in the center of God's will, the devil has no control over what goes on in you, and the world shouldn't either. In Luke 15, Christ was trying to show them that self-righteousness wouldn't help anyone. God has us living among sinners, but never intended us to keep sinning. God's children should desire that sinners get saved. We should desire that sinners get saved. We should desire that they find God. Do we see a people that need God? "...and we know that we are of God and the whole world lieth in wickedness..." If you have been cleansed from your sin, you can say this. Your experience needs to be this sure. If we have religion, but can't say this, what do we have? If you get a new birth, you'll be a new person. Each saved person needs to know this strongly, "I know that I am of God..." This isn't an "overwhelming emotional experience," but a time when we came to God in repentance and a change was made. You need to have the assurance that your sins have been washed away, and that you sin not. Can you say, "I am of God"? There is no arrogance in knowing your standing with God. "...and the whole world lieth in wickedness..." At one time we were of the world. We know what it was like to be in that wickedness. The world is still wicked. We know from experience, but now we aren't in the world and its wickedness anymore. God can take sinners and make saints of them. We need "faith colored glasses" where when we look through them we see what God can do. The eye of faith brings encouragement. "...And we know that the Son of God is come and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life." John gives us the message of the gospel in just a few verses.
If you would live for God, it needs to be a priority thing. Being a Christian is a full-time job. A "part-time" Christian is no Christian at all. We all have needs and wants. If you would be a successful Christian, Christ needs to be the one to meet your needs and wants. If you try to find the solution outside of Christ, you will fail. If you try to find acceptance in the world, you can lose your soul. What do the things of the world gain you if you can't say, "I am of God"? The world will pull on us. To say, "I know I am of God," what could be greater than that? Even if we have to walk alone, we can know we are of God.