Happy Friyay Y’all! I wish you all a safe and blessed weekend. I’ve been away at an extended training exercise with the Georgia National Guard. That is why I have been posting these so late. Well, truth-be-told, I have been posting them late because I could not wake myself up thirty minutes earlier than I had to in order to get this written and on my phone’s hot spot to send out to the world (all thirty of you…). Two more days and I’ll be heading back home. I got a little opportunity to listen to the New Music Christian playlist and this week has some great new music. I hope you enjoyed Matthew West‘s “Gobble Gobble” from yesterday’s post. Today I am starting the week of new hits with this one from Ms. London Gatch, with 2020’s breakout artist Brandon Lake.
18We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. 19We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 20We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. (1 John 5:18-20)
This paragraph is a bit confusing so I wanted to clear it up a little. It seems to be stating that despite us being children of God, we are not born of God unless we live sinless lives. We are all children of God, but none of us live sinless lives. That’s why God sent Jesus, who gave us this understanding, but somehow John gets this mixed up at the very end. And I am not sure how to be in God or in Jesus, when, throughout the Bible, we are trying to get Jesus to live in us. But John writes at the very end of his first letter that if we are “in his Son Jesus Christ” we will be in the true God and eternal life. To be in God, I suppose you do the same thing to get God to live in you: love people above yourself and love all of creation.
Reading plan: 2 John 1-3
Deeper reading plan: Habakkuk 1
Prayer and meditation: Today we thank God for the Pastors preaching the Good Word, who work all week to give multiple sermons to an audience that rarely does much more than just sit and listen. If congregations truly acted on their pastors words and wisdom, this country would look much different. Pray for our country. Pray for love to conquer all. Pray for revival that is permanent and world changing.