Here are some helpful observations on "walking in the light." (1) Sin is God's enemy, and yours. Jesus said, "He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth." (Luke 11: 23). Neutrality and passivity aren't options; you must treat sin like the enemy it is. (2) Be honest with yourself and God. Don't excuse your sin as a "condition" or "tendency." You didn't just make a bad judgment—you sinned. You may have had a troubled past, but today you have choices! (3) Don't indulge in beating yourself up. You're not supposed to wallow in condemnation before acknowledging your sin. Making yourself miserable doesn't signify that you deserve forgiveness. That comes by grace, through faith alone. Every second spent in self-condemnation is time stolen from you by Satan. The moment that brings the acknowledgment of sin also brings the cleansing of sin. (4) If you repeat the sin, repeat the confession. "Won't God get tired of me coming to Him?" you ask. No. God accepted Jesus as a substitute for all your sins for all time, so He will never reject you. Isaiah told God's people, "Return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy...and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon" (Isaiah 55:7). Above all, be patient with yourself. Give the Holy Spirit time to develop in you the strength needed to transcend your old nature and overcome your old sinful habits, and be assured it will happen (see Philippians 1:6).
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) (John 7:38-39)
God's children are bound to pour forth rivers of the water of life. In the wilderness, Moses brought forth water from a rock. Paul says that rock was symbolic of Christ. Just as Christ, the rock of our foundation, pours forth the water of life, so too shall we as His bride pour forth the same water! And this water is the very Spirit of God, who moves among men as He wills to forward the kingdom of heaven. Amen.
Week #41 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Numbers 25-27
Monday: (History) 2 Chronicles 16-20
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 119
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 29-30
Thursday: (Prophecy) Micah
Friday: (Gospels) Acts 5-6
Saturday: (Letters) Hebrews 8-10