(7) Dear children, do not let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous.
(8) But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil.
(10) So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. first part
(10) Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God. last part 1 John 3: 7-8, 10 NLT
I love watching Sherlock Holmes and any shows that fall into that category because the twists and turns challenge the attention span, concentration, logical deduction and improve the memory; even so, it is exciting when I am able to identify the culprit.
Have you ever read or heard some information that was vague, or confusing, or it appeared to only be part of the story? It happens quite frequently in real life situations where the story is manipulated based on the perception of the individual.
There is only one book that contains 100% truth and that is the Holy Bible which was written under the inspiration of God. From Genesis to Revelation, we are able to read the events from Creation to the Fall of Man; a beautiful description of the New Heaven and New Earth; the history of God’s miraculous deliverance for His people from the enemy; the compassionate life of Christ and His disciples; the defeats and victories of those who struggled with temptations; and instructions for the manner in which we are to live; however, the theme of the Bible is about God’s love, grace, and mercy for all mankind even in our rebellion against Him.
Yes, it was human beings who wrote exactly what God instructed them to write. Have you ever attempted to write, and your thoughts lacked structure or continuity, or you do not even know where to start? If you answer in the affirmative, then it helps you to realize the Bible had to be written under Divine Inspiration.
Considering all that we see, hear, and are exposed to in life, reading the Word of God is like sitting back in a comfortable chair in a beautiful, serene environment and taking in a breath of fresh air.
God is awesome in the fact that He did not leave us alone in our spiritual journey to guess our way through life. We have written instructions (and the guidance of the Holy Spirit) that defines truth and error to lead us and guide us, in our travels down the Path of Righteousness.
As believers, it is imperative that we make a vow to live by “Nothing but the Truth.” We may have to make serious changes in our lives by changing who is in our social circle, by eliminating what we watch or the type books we read. We cannot allow people, places, or things to interfere with our relationship with God who requires a life of holiness.
1 John 3 tells us how to recognize fellow believers.
The Places and The Things
So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 NLT
Challenge for today: Make the commitment to give up all things and people that prevent you from living by nothing but the truth.
Verse for today: All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children. Revelation 21:7 BSB
Prayer for today: Dear God, I am ready to live by a standard of nothing but the truth. Please help me to recognize all that I must give up in order to live righteously. I love you, I worship you, and I praise your Holy name. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz