Focal Passage: 1 John 5:12-21
I always felt better asking my daddy if I could do something when I was riding the swell of an accomplishment.
Those weeks after graduation from high school were nice because for me, and for many young people, you feel like you own the world. A whole new horizon is before you, and it seems as though opportunities sit and wait for you to grab them.
It is at times such as this you can approach another person with confidence, and feel the assurance that the other person will listen.
As a believer we have the assurance that approaching our Lord gives an opportunity for the same confidence.
He is approachable, and He has given us a path directly to His throne of grace, prepared by the blood of Christ.
In 1 John 5 it simply states, “He who has the Son has the life.” You can’t get much clearer than that for assurance for those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ.
God will hear us when we go to Him in prayer and in hearing, He will know that which we desire and most importantly that which we need.
We are called to pray for others as well. With confidence that God hears our prayers it should be without question that we would offer prayer for our fellow believers.
We are instructed to pray for those that we see in sin (v.16). The world will constantly present temptation that is easily followed. Lifting up one another in prayer is a simple tool that God has provided for His church that is free for all to use.
But there are times when some will totally turn from the gospel (sin that leads to death) and we can only hope that something will impact their life to return them to the fold.
And because of the promises we have from the Lord, it is with all the confidence that we can be secure in knowing that we rest safely in the hands of Christ.
We are told, “We know that God’s children do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them,” (v.18).
Even though the “evil one” may control the world around us, we are under the protection of the “True One” who is Jesus Christ.
We live in fellowship with God through our saving relationship that was secured by a loving Savior, and we are called to keep away from anything that might seek to take His place in our hearts.
The world readily offers its idols to us daily. What shall we offer the world in return?
With confidence we can go before the Lord, and with confidence offer Christ to the world!