Devotionals for March 2018

#160 How to Have Communion with Him

1 John 1:7 JUB  But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have communion with Him in the midst of us, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son cleanses us from all sin. … Continue reading

#159 Unity in Christ is Born of Fellowship with Christ

1 John 1:3 AMPC (emphasis mine) What we have seen and [ourselves] heard, we are also telling you, so that you too may realize and enjoy fellowship as partners and partakers with us. And [this] fellowship that we have [which … Continue reading

#158 To Have Fellowship with Jesus, Tell the Truth

1 John 1:6 AMPC [So] if we say that we are partakers together and enjoy fellowship with Him, when we live and move and are walking about in darkness, we are [both] speaking falsely and do not live and practice … Continue reading

#157 Only the Light Exposes Darkness

1 John 2:4, 6 AMPC Whoever says, I know Him [I perceive, recognize, understand and am acquainted with Him] but fails to keep and obey His commandments (teachings) is a liar and the truth [of the Gospel is not in … Continue reading

#156 Those Clear in Light Can Discern Darkness

1 John 1:6 AMPC [So] if we say we are partakers together and enjoy fellowship with Him when we live and move and are walking about in darkness, we are [both] speaking falsely and do not live and practice the Truth [which the Gospel presents].  John the Beloved … Continue reading

#155 The Declaration of the Nature of God

1 John 1:5 HCSB This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is Light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him. John the Beloved wrote the Book of 1 John some 50 to … Continue reading

#154 We Now Walk as Children of Light

Ephesians 5:8 AMPC For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of Light [lead the lives of those native-born to the Light]. ESV For at one time you were darkness, but now you … Continue reading

#153 Wherever Darkness Is, Light Must Shine

Vicki Harris, a missionary in Vienna, went to numerous concentration camps. When we visited her, she drove John and I to Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria, now open as an exhibit. It was, of course, the darkest place I had … Continue reading

#152 The Light Always Dispels Darkness

John 1:5 AMPC And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it]. This is the accurate translation and it expresses … Continue reading

#151 Only Two Loves for Humanity: Light or Darkness

It seems that Jesus is still speaking only to Nicodemus, giving him all the secrets and every aspect of God’s eternal plan from beginning to end, in the clearest and simplest sequence. Fascinating! Did this Pharisee write Jesus’ discourse down word … Continue reading

#150 The Light of His Glory is the Final Question

When Jesus talked to Nicodemus, He freely, lavishly gave this man the entire gospel: from birth to judgment, from redemption to condemnation. And amazingly, Jesus revealed to this one religious man – who came, sought and questioned – that the … Continue reading

#149 The World Was Created to Reveal the Glorious God

Romans 1:18-20 NLT But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world … Continue reading

#148 The Light of God Enlightens Every Person

John 1:9 AMPC There it was – the true Light [was then] coming into the world, [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] that illumines every person. There are many views of this verse. I dare to bring you mine. I believe … Continue reading

#147 The Power of the Light and Glory of Christ

John 1:9 AMPC There it was–the true Light [was then], coming into the world [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] that illumines every person. John understood Jesus as the ‘true Light.’ The transforming glory is the Light of Christ and the … Continue reading

#146 The Life of Jesus is the Light of Men

John 1:4 NASB In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. John the Beloved gave himself unreservedly to a profound relationship with the Lord. It was carefully recorded that he leaned on Jesus’ breast at the … Continue reading

#145 The Gift of Seeing the Glory of Christ

John, the ‘one Jesus loved,’ lived by one simple base ­– a completely transparent relationship with Jesus. We aren’t told how much repentance John experienced, but the evidence of his cleansing is the man’s clarity about Jesus’ spiritual character and … Continue reading

#144 Jesus Came for Relationship with Us

1 John 1:5-6 HCSB Now this is the message we have heard from Him, and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him. If we say, “We have fellowship with Him,” yet walk in darkness, … Continue reading

#143 How the Veil is Stripped Off and Taken Away

2 Corinthians 3:16 AMPC But whenever a person turns [in repentance] to the Lord, the veil is stripped off and taken away. CEV: their minds covered over with a covering that is removed only for those who turn to the Lord. … Continue reading

#142 The Barrier to Beholding the Glory of Christ

2 Corinthians 3:14 AMPC In fact, their minds were grown hard and calloused [they have become dull and had lost the power of understanding]; for until this present day when the Old Testament (the old covenant) is being read, that same veil … Continue reading

#141 The Glory of God Is Permanent

2 Corinthians 3:11-12 ESV For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory. Since we have such a hope, we are very bold…  The glory of the law faded because … Continue reading