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He Who Follows Me

February 20, 2018


He Who Follows Me

The Bible often refers  to this world  as a place  of darkness.     When it speaks  of this darkness,  it means the horrid,  ugly condition of sin  we are all living in.     The evidence of that sinfulness  is seen  in the shocking news  we hear every day  in the media  and even in troubling interactions  with the people around us.    This dark world  is a place of greed,  hatefulness,  selfishness,  spitefulness,  cheating,  stealing,  lying,  murdering,  belligerence,  arrogance,  enslavement…….

That makes this dark world  a very unsafe place  to live.    One needs  to be aware  that the intentions of others  towards us  might not be  for our good  because of their innate selfishness.    So,  we get  in the habit  of locking the car door  when we go  into a store.     We watch over our children  to keep them safe.     We avoid those  who are known  for cheating  and lying…….

There’s one more thing  we must not forget to do.     We need  to look at our own lives  to see  if we are willingly being  a part  of the darkness  of this world.     Does our life  make this an unsafe  or miserably sad place  for those around us?     Is our life  like living a lie,  instead of living  in the truth  of God?

If our very own lives  are darkness  to those around us,  we’re probably not all that happy  with ourselves either.     We know we’re doing wrong  and we know  there won’t be a good reward  for us  at the end  of our lives.     So,  what are we  to do?

Jesus gently tells us  in John 10:10,

I came  that they might have life,  and might have it  abundantly.

God does not want us  to be wallowing  in the dregs  of this dark world’s sins.     Our Lord wants every one of us  to experience the joys  of an abundant  and good life  —  a worthwhile life.     God wants us  to have peace,  love,  forgiveness,  hope,  and a bright future  in heaven.     In John 8:12,  Jesus tells us  how we can get  that sort  of abundant life.    He says,

I am  the light  of the world;  he who follows Me  shall not walk  in the darkness,  but shall have  the light  of life.

We need  to follow Jesus  if we want  to get out  of the darkness  of this sinful world.     When we have the light  of the love  of Jesus  in our lives,  we will be able  to see  and understand  the vast differences  between everything good  and everything evil.    The putrid ugliness  of sin  will become repulsive  to us.     The glorious beauty  of God’s goodness  will bring us joy  and a longing  for our heavenly home.

The light  of true forgiveness  in Jesus Christ  will open up a whole new sphere  of wanting  to be like Jesus  in His love,  humbleness,  kindness,  gentleness,  and all the other beauties  of His almighty being.     The light of Jesus’ love  just for us  will build up within us  an awesome appreciation  of all His goodness  and holiness,  so that we will gladly want  to live  the way Jesus lived.    Then  we will be following Jesus  in faith,  hope  and love.    Then we will have  the light  of life  in our hearts  and know the joys  of God’s abundant life.

So,  where do we start?

We turn  to God  and confess our sins.     We accept the forgiveness  He has promised.     We get  to know  our Lord personally  by studying His word daily  and applying it  to our lives.     We will be doing  as Peter advises  in 1 Peter 3:15,

Sanctify Christ  as Lord  in your hearts…

It may be a struggle,  but 1 Peter 5:10 gives us  the promise…

The God of all grace,  who called you  to His eternal glory  in Christ,  will Himself  perfectconfirmstrengthen  and establish you.

When we let God work  in our hearts,  we can depend  on Him  to do a marvelous work  in us.     Then we will say,   “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You have done all things  for us  in Jesus Christ.      All glory be  to Your name.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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