“This is the message we have heard from Him [Jesus] and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He [God] is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ [The Messiah], His Son, purifies us from all sin.” – 1 John 1:5-7 (JCV)
There are many people who say they believe in God, but do they really know Him? The true test of knowing God is walking in the light, since God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to know God and yet walk in darkness, we deceive ourselves and do not live by the truth.
A genuine Christian believer walks consistently in the light of God’s truth and holiness, as revealed to us by the teachings of Jesus Christ the Messiah. Walking simply in external religion without an internal, personal relationship with God is to walk in darkness. So is walking in habitual sin and unbelief. Genuine fellowship with God should produce good fruit in our lives – the evidence that we are truly walking in the light. We should be able to see godly character and holiness progressively being formed in us, as we grow in our relationship with Christ. When we do sin, we should feel conviction and be immediately willing to confess it before God. As we do, the blood of Jesus purifies us again and again (1 John 1:9).
Living in the light — in true fellowship with God — means that we do not try to hide our sins from Him, nor try to justify them. For if we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us (1 John 1:8).
The darkness of pride.
The sin of pride and self-righteousness also causes us to walk in darkness and hinders our relationship with God. We cannot be in right fellowship with the LORD unless we walk in humility and honesty. When we do not confess our sins and admit our failures to Him, we become prisoners of pride, arrogance and deceit.
You often hear people say, “Well, I may not be perfect, but I’m not a murderer or evil person.” “Me a sinner? Oh sure, I get get a little feisty every so often, but I’m still a pretty good person. Why God is probably happy to have me on His team.”
Justification, rationalization, comparison, the blaming of others: they are the fuel that stokes the fires of pride and self-deceit. Your excuses may sound good to you and to others, but they don’t fool God; they keep you separated from Him. Only when you’re really sorrowful for your sins and readily admit them to God, pleading for His mercy and forgiveness, can you truly receive His pardon and restored fellowship. The apostle James put it this way: “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.” – James 4:6
Examine yourself today.
Are you walking in the light, or in darkness? Is there unconfessed sins in your life that you’ve been hiding from God? Confess them honestly to Him and ask God to cleanse you by the blood of Jesus Christ His Son. Ask Him to remove every ounce of pride and arrogance from your life. Only then, will you be able to walk in the light – in true fellowship with Him.
– Pastor Luis Yosefus
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REAL JESUS MINISTRIES
1. Is it possible for a person to believe in God, yet not be saved and be living in darkness?
2. How can we be sure we are living in the light?
3. Why is it important to God that we confess our sins to Him on a daily basis?