What Makes a Good Testimony?

When God does something wonderful for us, we may want to jump up in Church and share it with others. After all, as God’s people, we want to be careful to give Him all the glory for what He has done. However, have you seen someone give a testimony that only made some people upset? God wants us to understand how to share our testimony so that it will be a blessing and encouragement. We certainly don’t want to share something that will cause people to stumble, get angry or upset.

There are two basic reasons for sharing your testimony: the first is obviously to give God all the glory for what He has done. The second reason is so that others will be strengthened in their belief that God will do the same thing for them. We might share our testimony about how we were saved so that those who are lost will accept Christ into their hearts. Perhaps we might share how we were healed to encourage others to believe for their healing. The same is true regarding a financial miracle. What God has done for us, He desires do for everyone else. He is not a respecter of persons. His promises are for everyone!

King David looked for every opportunity to boast about what the Lord had done for him. He wrote:

My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear of it and be glad.” (Psalm 34:2 NKJV)

Notice that only the humble will be glad when they hear David boast about what God has done for him. Why is that? The reason is that those who are proud tend to say, “Why did God bless him and not me?” It is amazing how pride often makes people slip into envy and jealousy. That is why we must always be careful to share our testimony in humility and emphasize that what God has done for us He will also do for anyone who believes God’s Word. When we make our boast in the Lord, it is not to exalt ourselves but the One who answered our prayers.

Imagine a young couple who own a small car. One day God enables them to buy a bigger car. That Sunday they are filled with excitement and can’t wait to share what God has done for them. However, as they pull into the parking lot of the church, they notice another person dropping his wife off at the entrance in a brand new luxury car. Suddenly the young couple is no longer as thrilled with their new car. How does God want us to act when we are in a situation like that? If we walk in love and humility, we will rejoice with the other brother over his new luxury car. Both of them can give their testimony in Church and everyone will rejoice with them. God’s heart is delighted when His kids act like that!

God wants us to be happy for those who are rejoicing in His goodness. If we need a similar miracle, then He wants us to simply say, “Thank You, Lord, I’m next!” We can say that with confidence because what He has done for others, He is just as willing to do for us!

Not everyone will receive our testimony. For example, God had done an amazing transformation in the life of Saul of Tarsus. He immediately went into the streets of Damascus and Jerusalem to share his testimony with everyone. Many in the Church rejoiced with him, some were still afraid of him, while others outside of the Church opposed him completely. One day he had a vision of Jesus:

“Now it happened, when I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, that I was in a trance and saw Him saying to me, ‘Make haste and get out of Jerusalem quickly, for they will not accept your testimony concerning Me.’ ” (Acts 22:17-18 NKJV, emphasis mine.)

There are times when we should not give our testimony before certain people. We should always keep in mind that the purpose of our testimony is to build people up. If God is not going to receive praise from our testimony or it isn’t going to build people’s faith, then we need to keep it to ourselves. Knowing when to share our testimony requires wisdom!

Each time we give our testimony, we must be sensitive to what the Holy Spirit wants us to share. He will show us when and where and even how to share what God has done for us. There have been times where someone shared how God gave them a financial miracle and everyone rejoiced with them. However, when they mentioned the dollar amount some people were offended by the size of the miracle. Or, someone received a brand new car, which delighted everyone until they found out it was a very expensive car. There have also been cases of a person being healed by God and everyone rejoiced until they found out that the healing was a creative miracle. Then some had difficulty believing it. We want God to get all the praise and thanksgiving for what He has done. He knows best when people have open hearts to hear what we have to say.

Many of us have had the joy of sharing some of the wonderful things God has done in answer to our prayers. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can do it in such a way that will magnify the Lord and encourage God’s people to receive their miracle.

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

Have you had the Holy Spirit show you how to give your testimony so that it will be a blessing to others? Let me know in the comments below!

[All Scripture references have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]

 

 

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Forgive and Forget

“Oh, I have forgiven that person, but I will never forget what they did to me!”

Have you ever heard someone say that before? Have you ever said that at one time or another?

When it comes to forgiving, God is very serious about it. If He has forgiven us for all of our sins, then He expects us to be just as willing to forgive others in the same way. Jesus gave this warning when He talked about forgiveness:

But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:15 NKJV, emphases mine.)

When Jesus said that, He meant it. We must be very careful to quickly forgive others, even if what they’ve done is very hurtful!

Jesus also said something amazing about forgiving those who have wronged us:

Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.” (Luke 17:3-4 NKJV, emphasis mine.)

Peter obviously heard these words because one day he had a question for Jesus:

“Then Peter came to Him and said, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.’ ” (Matthew 18:21-22 NKJV)

That’s four hundred and ninety times! Jesus said this to illustrate how much God is willing to forgive us. God will not demand more from us than He is willing to do Himself. If we sinned against Him four hundred and ninety times in one day and then repented of our sin, He would forgive us. That is how eager and willing He is to forgive, even when we fail Him again and again. How amazing is that?

Some might be concerned that this just gives us a licence to sin. However, God did not forgive our sins, so that we could continue to live in them. He forgave us so that we might live completely free from sin.

Even more amazingly, when God forgives us for our sins, He also forgets them. The Prophet Isaiah wrote:

I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.” (Isaiah 43:25 NKJV)

The writer of Hebrews also wrote:

Then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.’ ” (Hebrews 10:17 NKJV)

Isn’t it wonderful to realize that God not only forgives our sins, but He also forgets them entirely? If we ask Him to forgive the same sin twice, He wouldn’t know what we are talking about. If God has forgotten our sins, why do we constantly remember what we have done and burden ourselves with guilt and shame? We need to forget our sins, shake them off, and keep walking with the Lord, full of joy and gladness. It’s a blessing to live a life free from sin and the guilt and shame that it brings!

Now you may ask, can God really forget our sins? The answer is obviously, No. What He means is that He will never call it to remembrance again. When we stand before Him on Judgment Day, we will not have to give an account of any sin that He has forgiven. The reason is that He will no longer have a record of it. Every sin that we commit is recorded in a book in Heaven. The moment that God forgives us of a sin He removes it from our record book. If we’ve repented of all sin, the pages of the book are made white and clean. The record has been washed away by the blood of Jesus!

In the same way, God wants us to not only forgive those who have hurt us but also to forget what they have done. Each one of us has been hurt by someone at one time or another. Some of us have been betrayed by those we have trusted. Regardless of what people have done or how hurtful it was, God expects us to forgive them and then stop bringing those painful memories back to mind. When some things are too hurtful to forget, we need to ask God to heal us of those memories and remove them from us.  He is able to do that!

Thank God that we can not only forgive those who have hurt us in the past, but we can forget it ever happened and never bring it up again. Isn’t that a wonderful thing to know?

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

Have you learned to forget the hurt and the pain that people have caused you in the past? Let me know in the comments below!

[All Scripture references have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]

Shield Your Heart from Wounds

Have you ever wondered why are there so many wounded believers?

The Father doesn’t want His children to wander through life defeated by all the hurt and pain they have experienced. He loves us, and He eagerly desires to heal us of all of our injuries, so that we can be strong and healthy. He earnestly desires to set our feet back on the path to victory!

The Lord has great compassion on those who have deep, aching wounds in their hearts.  The Psalmist wrote:

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3 NKJV)

The Father has given us the keys to healing and they are found in His Word! First, we need to identify the injuries and understand where they came from. As soldiers of the Lord, we need to realize that we have been wounded by His enemy. Our conflict is not with other people, it is with a spiritual foe. We live in a battle zone, and it is the devil who has been firing his flaming missiles at us. That is why we need the shield of faith! The Apostle Paul wrote:

“Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.” (Ephesians 6:16 NKJV, emphases mine.)

As God’s children, we must learn to shield our hearts from being wounded by the enemy. That is our responsibility! King Solomon wrote:

Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring all the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23 NKJV, emphasis mine.)

When believers are full of bitterness, unforgiveness, resentment and strife, everything they think and say passes through those filters. The result is that wounded people often end up wounding others! When we forgive someone who may have hurt us, we can then minister to others out of a pure heart. God wants us to shake off unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment, anger and all the other negative emotions. By doing that we will free ourselves of anything that has defiled our inner man. Thank God we can do that! The Apostle Paul wrote:

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness (or, defilement) of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1 NKJV, emphasis mine and words in parentheses mine.)

A holy life is also a pure life that is free of the things that fill us with pain and anguish. Purifying our hearts is not something we do alone. The Holy Spirit will help us identify the things that we need to get rid of. We must always be quick to forgive and walk in love and humility with those around us.

Sometimes, it is us who may have to approach another person to ask for their forgiveness!

Jesus said these interesting words:

Therefore if you bring gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23-24 NKJV)

Bitterness and resentment can hinder us from receiving God’s blessing. When we are careful to remain in good fellowship with others and guard our hearts against taking offence, we are walking in love. By making the decision to love others no matter what, we protect ourselves from taking on hurts and wounds. Maintaining a pure heart brings a greater release of God’s blessings upon us!

God wants us to focus on our blessings, not on our problems. It is important for us to be always thankful and not grumble and complain. The Apostle Paul wrote:

Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.” (Philippians 2:14-15 NJKV, words in emphasis mine.)

When we live a life of joy and thankfulness, we look different to the world. This is a wonderful way to let the light of Christ shine out from our lives.

Isn’t it exciting to know that we can shield ourselves from wounds by taking no offence and being quick to forgive everyone for anything they may say or do against us? That is truly living a life of victory!

You are holy, dear saint!

Have you learned to shield your heart from being wounded? Let me know in the comments below!

[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]

 

 

Run to the Word!

When you find yourself in trouble, where do you go for help? If we’re sick, we may run to the doctor. If we’re in financial trouble, we may run to our bank. Each one of us has found ourselves in need of a helping hand at one time or another.

It’s amazing how quick we are to go everywhere else, but to the Lord, for help. Why is that? It’s almost as if He were our last resort, but He is the One who has all the answers.

The Psalmist wrote:

I will lift my eyes to the hills – from whence comes my help?”

Then he wrote:

My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2 NKJV)

Our heavenly Father wants us to learn to run to Him first when we are in trouble. He wants us to know that He is right there to help us in our time of need. The Psalmist wrote:

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1 NKJV, emphasis mine.)

God never leaves our side or forsakes us. He is always present to help us when we find ourselves in a difficult situation. Another version of this verse reads that He is “abundantly available to help in trouble.” He’s disappointed when we are not quick to run to Him for answers. Can you picture Him standing beside you right now with His outstretched hand?

Besides dealing with the burden of our physical needs, we sometimes encounter trials and temptations brought on by the enemy. God is also there to give us the victory. When Jesus fasted in the wilderness for forty days, the devil came to tempt Him at the time of His greatest need. We can imagine how hungry Jesus must have felt. The tempter said to Him,

“If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” (Matthew 4:3 NKJV)

Jesus could have yielded to the desires of His flesh and the temptations of the enemy, but He refused. Instead, he replied:

“It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” (Matthew 4:4 NKJV)

Jesus didn’t try to reason with the devil or try to outwit him, He used God’s Word to defeat him!  We may have also noticed that He didn’t need to run to the Scriptures, in order to look up an appropriate verse. He already had God’s Word treasured in His heart! We need to follow His example and learn to memorize verses that will strengthen our faith and help us defeat the enemy.

God wants us to know that the best place to find His help is in the pages of His Word. That is where we find all the promises that we need to defeat the enemy and see all of our needs supplied. In God’s Word, we find the answer to any problem or difficulty we may face. It is a wonderful Book!

The Bible is full of hundreds of promises that the Father has given us regarding every need or desire that we might have. Those promises may have been spoken to someone else, but as God’s children, they also belong to us. He never would have promised them, unless He wanted us to have those things. The promises are a revelation of the Father’s will for our lives!

When we find ourselves in a difficult situation, we should go to the Word to find where God promised to meet that need. We don’t have to ask Him whether a particular promise belongs to us because the Apostle Paul wrote:

For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” (2 Corinthians 1:20 NKJV, emphases mine.)

Before we go to the Father with our prayer request, He has already said, “Yes!” And before we have finished saying it, He has said, “Amen!” When we find a promise in God’s Word before we pray, it gives us the full assurance that He will do exactly what He promised. We have His Word for it! God does this for us so that He might receive glory through our testimonies. Isn’t that a wonderful thing to know?

In the Scriptures we read:

God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19 NKJV)

God will not go back on His Word! What He has promised in His Word, He will also do for us. When difficult situations come our way, we should focus our eyes on His Word. If we meditate on it, it will get down into our spirits. Then it will begin to work for us! This is why the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy:

Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.” (2 Timothy 54:15 NKJV)

When God’s promises are fulfilled in our lives, everyone will be able to see it. That is how God brings glory to Himself!

So the next time you find yourself in trouble, run to the Word for your answers. God is present to give you all the help you need!

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

Have you learned to run to the Word for every answer to your needs? Let me know in the comments below!

[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]

The Amazing God-kind of Love

Did you know that God expects you to love others with the same kind of love that He has for you? God loves us with an everlasting love. He loved us before the world was created, and His love for us will never end. God beautifully expressed His love for us through the Prophet Jeremiah:

“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” (Jeremiah 31:3 NKJV)

God drew us to Himself because of His great love for us. His love for us will never stop drawing us to Him!

We don’t have to earn God’s love, it is unconditional! For this reason, we can have a great assurance that there is nothing we can do to make Him love us less. In the same way, there is nothing we can do to make Him love us more. His love for us is constant and unchanging!

For those of us who have children, we know that we love them from the time they’re little babies and continue to throughout our entire lives (Yup, even when they are adults they are still our kids.) We love them and accept them just the way they are regardless how they act or behave. If our child doesn’t clean their room or take out the garbage when asked, we love them no less. God loves His children even more than we love ours!

We must come to the realization that our heavenly Father loves us and accepts us just the way we are – yes, with all of our faults and shortcomings! We may stumble, fall and fail Him in many different ways, but His love never fails. He loves each one of us at our level of spiritual growth and maturity. Isn’t that a wonderful thing to know?

We often waver in our love for others. Many times it is based on certain conditions, or we are easily moved by appearances. We are quick to love those who love us, but we rarely have love for those who hate us or look down on us. That is why God doesn’t want us to love one another with our natural, earthly-kind of love. Instead, He expects us to love each other with His unique kind of love.  But how is that possible?

The Apostle Paul wrote:

“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:5 NKJV, emphasis mine.)

God knows that it is impossible for us to love others as much as He loves them. Therefore, He pours His own heavenly love into our hearts, so we don’t have to depend on our own natural ability. As His children, our hearts can overflow with His love through the power of the Holy Spirit! It is the Holy Spirit who gives us the ability to see the love that the Father has for other people. We can show that same love to others and accept them just the way the Father loves and accepts us. Does that make sense to you?

The Apostle John, who has been affectionately called the Apostle of Love, wrote:

“We have known and believed in the love that God has for us.” (1 John 4:16 NKJV, emphasis mine.)

It is by revelation that we come to know the love of the Father, and it is by faith we have come to believe in it. Since we can’t always see the love of God, we have to believe He loves us by faith. When we experience various hardships in life, we must learn to keep trusting in His love. Once we have come to believe in His love, we should never doubt it again!

The Apostle John also wrote:

By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (1 John 3:16 NKJV, emphasis mine.)

We lay down our personal ambitions for the purpose of loving one another with the God-kind of love. This allows others to experience the love of God through us. This is especially important for those who don’t know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. If a person can believe that God loves them, it won’t take them long to believe the rest of the Gospel.

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

Have you discovered God’s unchanging love in your heart for others? Let me know in the comments below!

[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]

 

 

 

Keep a Guard Over Your Mouth

It is amazing that God called us to be one of His saints. Now, we have to learn how to live a life that is worthy of that calling. One way we can do that is by being careful what we say about others. For instance, God wants us to be quick to bless others, instead of cursing them,  even when we get upset. God wants us to keep a guard over what we say!

The Apostle Paul gave these instructions to Titus about the saints in his ministry:

“Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing humility to all men.” (Titus 3:1-2 NKJV, emphasis mine.)

Many years ago, I felt a great stirring in my heart as I was meditating on this passage of Scripture. I felt God challenging me to make a decision, from that day on, not to speak evil of anyone. Raising one hand to Heaven in a solemn declaration, I said, “Father, from this day forward I will speak evil of no man.” I resolved in my heart that I would speak evil of no one ever again. It seemed simple enough, and I thought that was all there was to it. It was a done deal! Whenever we make a statement like that before the Lord, we need to realize that He is going to take it seriously. He will judge us by the words of our mouth!

A few days later, I visited a Pastor in another city and had a great time of fellowship with him. During the course of our conversation, he mentioned the name of a minister whom I had heard about but never met. Immediately, I repeated something negative I had heard about that man. This happened three times. Every time I made a negative remark, this Pastor told me something he really appreciated about that man of God. When he did, I just hung my head in shame. Here I had resolved not to say anything evil about other people, and I had just done it three times.

After hanging my head the third time, the Holy Spirit spoke to me. He told me that He had orchestrated that whole conversation to show me how often I spoke evil of other ministers and didn’t even realize it. I bowed my head and repented right there on the spot. I vowed to the Lord that with His help I would never to do it again.

Since that day, I have kept a watch over my mouth, and I have been very careful in what I’ve said about others. When I did miss it, I was quick to repent, and I made every effort to also say something I appreciated about that particular person.

When we allow the Holy Spirit to become our teacher, He will show us how to live a life that is pleasing to God. In fact, He will help us with everything we do, perfecting the holiness of God in our lives. The Apostle Paul wrote:

“Therefore having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1 NKJV , emphasis mine.)

The Apostle James also cautioned regarding the way we talk about others, when he wrote:

“Do not speak evil of one another, brethren.” (James 4:11 NKJV)

You may recall, as a child, your parent telling you, “If you can’t say something good about someone, don’t say anything at all.” That also applies to us as adults! We need to realize that when we speak badly of someone else, it grieves the Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul wrote:

“Let no corrupt word proceed out your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” (Ephesians 4:29 NKJV)

He then wrote:

“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking (of others) be put away from you, with all malice.” (Ephesians 4:30-31 NKJV, emphases mine and words in parentheses mine.)

Most people do not realize that when we speak ill of others, it is our pride that causes us to put other people down.  When we do that, we are actually exalting ourselves over those people. This lack of love grieves the Holy Spirit! Does that make sense to you?

In order for us to walk in humility, the Holy Spirit also needs to teach us about pride. Even though we may be careful to live a humble life, pride can raise its head at any moment. By knowing how to recognize pride, we can stop it before we open our mouths. When we do catch ourselves speaking evil about someone, we need to be quick to repent and say something good about that person instead. That is how we can walk in a manner worthy of our calling as God’s holy people.

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

Has the Holy Spirit also taught you not to speak evil of others? Let me know in the comments below!

[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]

You are a Child of Light

If we believe that God is light, does it surprise us to know that we are children of light?

As we grow in our knowledge of who our heavenly Father is, we begin to get a clearer image of Him. This is important because it affects the relationship we have with Him. When we discover His nature, we can understand who we are in Christ, and it changes the image of how we see ourselves. If we have been born of God, then we have His nature inside of us!

The Apostle John wrote:

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5 NKJV. emphasis mine.)

When God created man, He made him in His image:

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27 NKJV, emphasis mine.)

When God formed Adam out of the dust of the earth and then formed Eve out of his side, He created them with His nature inside of them. God was light and so were they. But when Adam and Eve sinned, the light that was in them became darkness. As a result of their transgression, the whole world fell into sin and darkness. However, God had a plan to reconcile mankind to Himself: He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins. The moment we accepted His sacrifice on the cross, all of our sins were washed away. We passed from death to life, we were transformed from darkness to light, and the nature of God was restored in our innermost beings.

When we were saved, we were born again into a new family – the family of God! God became our heavenly Father, and Jesus became our Lord and Savior. When that new birth took place in our spirits, we took on the nature of our Father who is in Heaven. And just as God is light, we became light in Him. This is why Jesus said:

I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12 NKJV, emphasis mine.)

Later He told the people:

While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” (John 12:36 NKJV, emphasis mine.)

Those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, become sons and daughters of light. That is who we are in Christ! We are no longer part of the darkness of this world, we are now children of light. The Apostle Paul put it this way:

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.” (Ephesians 5:8 NKJV, emphasis mine.)

If we have experienced this transformation of passing from darkness to light, then we should act like it. All the old works of darkness that we used to do should have fallen off of us by now. No longer should we be involved in those activities that we used to do while we were in the world. All of the sins that held us in darkness and bondage should have dropped off of us completely. And once those sins are gone, we should keep ourselves from ever slipping back into them again. God is light and He expects His children to walk as children of light all the days of their lives. This is why the Apostle John wrote:

We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who is born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.” (1 John 5:18 NKJV, emphasis mine.)

Here the Apostle John is referring to continuing in sin. As children of God, we no longer practice the lifestyle we used to live in before we were saved. We now walk as children of light free from the sin that used to hold us in bondage. If we were bound by alcohol, we should no longer indulge in that anymore. The same is true concerning drugs, pornography, lust, anger, bitterness, covetousness or anything else that kept us enslaved to the devil. We are no longer like the rest of the world because now we are of God.

The Apostle John also wrote:

We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.” (1 John 5:19 NKJV)

We may be in the world, but we are not of the world. Now we are of God, and He expects us to walk in such a way that we shine as lights in this world. Jesus put it this way:

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.” (Matthew 5:14-15 NKJV, emphasis mine.)

If we are the light of the world, God wants us to shine. He doesn’t want us to hide our light so that we look like the rest of the world. His desire is that we shine the light of Christ in us to all those around us. He wants the world to be able to see Christ in us. This is why Jesus said:

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16 NKJV, emphasis mine.)

Everything we do to show the love of the Father to others, reveals the light of Christ in us. That is how we become the light of the world. Therefore those who walk in darkness may be drawn to the light and discover Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

You are a child of light, dear saint!

Steve Smith

Have you been able to let your light shine at your place of work or in your neighborhood? Let me know in the comments below!

[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]