Walking In the Light 1.21.2018
This week my pastor used Photosynthesis as a way to describe how plants need light in order to survive and live. He met with a science teacher to help him clarify the true meaning of Photosynthesis but I won't get into detail about that. He just used it as an example for how we need God in our lives to survive. When we walk in darkness we fail. We sink. And I personally have my own experience of this, which I why I turned to God this past year in 2017 because I felt my life wasn't going where I wanted it to be going. I'll admit that I did loose sight of him in my teens up into my twenties. I am now 34 and feeling more blessed then ever because I know he never left me, he was waiting for me to come to him.
My relationships were not satisfying me, I wasn't getting what I hoped for. And that goes for a majority my relationships. My past boyfriends and even some of my friendships. The main reason for this was because I'm a giver, but I wasn't getting anything in return. I felt taken advantaged of. My mom was a giver and that's where I picked up the trait. For anyone who is like this it's heartbreaking. I was giving men the chance thinking maybe this one will be the one. After a few relationships I needed answers, I needed guidance, I was getting worn down. Giving someone a chance was the wrong thinking for me. I was lost and I was walking in darkness. I am now surrounded by the light (the Lord) and I feel renewed. Jesus saved me. I had to make a change so I changed to bring Jesus in my life for good. He's never leaving me again! He's all the man that I need. So below is the scripture my pastor used for his sermon this past week.
IJohn Chapter 1:5-10: This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
So after reading this passage and back to my personal experience. Did Jesus ever give in to people? Was he that nice to give everyone a chance? The truth is NO. I lied to myself and I lied to him. I was not in the Light. We are ALL born sinners. No one that is here has not sinned before. Whether we cheated on our tests in high school, college, we made fun of someone, we lied on our taxes, we called into work saying we were sick and we weren't, we lied to our significant other, we told them things and never followed through, we made ourselves look good but in no way magnified the Light... we have ALL sinned. And it's important to confess our sins because that is why Jesus died on the cross. For our Sins. He died for our sins and when we confess them and pray for one another, God forgives us of our sin and renews our soul.
I'll admit, I haven't confessed in YEARS! It's been years! But I've confessed this past weekend and I'm still remembering some that I forgot to tell him. It's important we think about what we have done and actually say it aloud and ask for forgiveness. That's what Jesus was brought on Earth for. God sent his only son to die for us. Now who else would do that?
Ephesians Chapter 5: 8-9: For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Some may say one thing but do another, they are lying, therefore they do no tell the truth. BEWARE OF THOSE PEOPLE! There is No Growth, No Fruit, and No Life. The truth is not in them. Gods word is not in them, they may claim that it is but it IS not. They are calling God a liar by saying they didn't do anything wrong. We ALL Sin. Those who seek Gods forgiveness with be given eternal life.
My pastor then used his sons archery skills as an example of life. We miss the mark. We are not perfect in life and Light, we miss the mark. Sometimes we fall short of Gods life. When we confess we are agreeing with God that we missed the mark. God has provided a way for US to clean us of our sins, by confessing. The OLD YOU ===>> Becomes the NEW YOU.
Jesus in light, there is no darkness in the soul and human spirit.
I've been reconnecting with my Faith and as I start this new journey I want to share some verses along the way, that really hit home and relate to life itself. So excited. Enjoy.