Monday, November 16, 2020

The Kitchen Table            1 John 3       Day 11

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. 1 John 3:1

We are children of God, not a curse.  This is not just words but a work of God and His love.  Those who have believed in Him are beneficiaries of His great love.  His love has not only been poured out for them but poured into them.  True love transforms!  His love likens us to Him and that work of love will not be complete until Jesus appears again.  At that point, even our bodies will be like His.  True love transforms when it is received.  We are the children of God’s love if we will receive that love.  “And everyone who hopes in Him purifies himself as He is pure” (1 John 3:3)  Did you ever think of purity as putting on God’s love. Love creates hope that inspires faith and by faith we live in the hope of His love and it allows God to change us.  This isn’t just words, this is a real work of God and His love in the lives of those who believe and receive God’s love into their lives.  Live like a child, not a curse, by living in His great love for us.

Friday, November 13, 2020

The Kitchen Table            1 John Day 10

Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life. 1 John 2:24-25

We live for what we love; hold on to the love of Jesus, He is our light in this life.  The work of the antichrist is to change and chain our love to this world.  We will live in and for what we love.  That’s why we must fall in love with Jesus.  It’s love, that anchors what we value in our hearts.  The antichrist comes with a momentary light that illuminates momentary pleasure, power, and purpose but the light of Christ is monumental, revealing the eternal pleasure, power, and purpose of God’s love, life, and liberty forever.  Live with the end in view and abide by the Spirit in you.  Together we will see the awesome love of God.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

The Kitchen Table            1 John          Day 9

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. 1 John 2:15-16

Our lives reflect our love.  There’s a good possibility that we are torn between what we love and what we loath but that only reflects our indecision.  Jesus said we could not serve two masters and we can’t.  We will love the one and hate the other.  If anyone loves the world (man’s world) the love of the Father is not in Him.  The secret to living life abundantly is to fall in love with what is good and right and true.  Only God is all those things.  Loving anything or anyone other than what is good and right and true only leads to fear, frustration and foolishness.  The love of this world sets us up for the life of the antichrist.  Living in the love of this world only leads to deception, darkness and defeat.  Real love brings favor; false makes fools.  We must be honest about our desires of the flesh and the eyes, as well as our pride, or we will be disappointed with our choices in life.  Love creates life and we choose what we love.

Wednesday, Nov 11, 2020

The Kitchen Table            1 John Day 7

Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. 1 John 2:9-10

It’s not what’s said as much as it’s what is lived.  Words mean very little without a walk that matches them.  And light and darkness don’t share the space.  Light evicts the darkness and darkness creeps in as light leaves the room.  The room is our hearts.  If there is hate in our hearts, then there is darkness in our house.  We turn on the light by falling in love with what is good and right and true, and Jesus is good and right and true.  Fall in love with Him and the light and life of Jesus will fill the heart.  Love brings light and creates life.  It does not tempt, threaten, or trouble another.  It leaves no one in the dark but shares the light of God’s love so that no one else stumbles.  Love bring the light to live without falling.  Do you know that love?  Does your love share that light?

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The Kitchen Table            1 John Day 7

Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected               1 John 2:4-5

This life is truly defined and decided by love.  The life we’re living right now is the one we’ve chosen and love.  We live in and by and for what we really love.  We can’t help it; it’s our nature.  This life with Jesus is determined and defined by the love we believe He has for us.  For those who believe in Jesus but don’t love Him, this Christian life becomes difficult and demanding.  The key to the abundant Christian life is to fall in love with the One who loved us first and loves us most.  Fall in love with Jesus and everything He has done to bring love into our lives.  When we love Him, we begin to live with Him and for Him.  In the love of God, we find forgiveness and favor.  Perfect that loving relationship by believing and living in the love God has for us.

Monday, November 9, 2020

The Kitchen Table             1 John Day 6

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous

1 John 2:1

We have a friend, a true friend, in Jesus who loves us and defends us.  He is our Lover and Lawyer.  But He is even more than that to us. He went to the cross for us and He paid the price for our sin so that we could live forgiven and free.  There is no freedom without forgiveness.  He actually paid that price for the whole world but only those who believe and receive it have got it.  Now the blood of Jesus covers us.  Jesus continually reminds the Father that He bled for us.  His blood marks us and makes us His.  When we fail and fall, the blood of Jesus still speaks.  His love wins.  His blood doesn’t fade or disappear.  Grab hold of this truth.  It will serve us for the rest of our lives.  Those who believe, belong to Him.  Now fall in love with the One who loves you.  Keep proclaiming the power of the blood by continuing to thank God for His forgiveness.

Friday, November 6, 2020

The Kitchen Table   1 John 1      Day 5

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin 1 John 1:7

When we walk in the Light of God we will see and know the life of God for everyone who believes.  Those who walk in the light know the victory of Calvary.  They will live knowing the power of the blood that Jesus bled out on the cross.  In the spiritual realm, blood is the currency used to purchase and possess things.  On that day, on that cross, Jesus purchased everything we need and want for life once and for all.  There is no longer any need for blood to purchase anything else.  Now we operate by faith in the power of that blood Jesus paid for our sin.  And the first thing Jesus purchased for us was forgiveness.  Now we live in the power of that possession.  We live in that light of God’s love for us to possess everything we need for life in Him.  Jesus bought it with His blood and we can declare the power of that blood over our lives in His name. 

Thursday, Nov 5th 2020

The Kitchen Table            1 John Day 4

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

 1 John 1:5

God is light!  That’s totally what He is.  He is truth.  There is no darkness or deception in Him.  And where He is, there is light because He is light.  When light enters the room there is no doubt that it is there.  It’s the same way with God living in our lives.  We can’t hide that sort of thing.  We all want light, but we don’t all like what the light shows us.  That’s when we close our eyes and walk in darkness.  But we want light.  No one wants to live deceived, that only makes for fools, but we don’t always like what the light shows us either.  We don’t want to see love and life in the light so we think we can say one thing and do another, but we can’t.  Light is obvious and so is the love and life of the light.  There is no fellowship with God in darkness.  Don’t live today with your eyes shut, that requires that others lead you.  Maybe that’s the problem, too many professed Christians must be led rather than lead because they have their eyes shut.  It’s probably because they don’ like what the light shows them.  Don’t be that way.  Live in the light with the Light and live.

Wednesday November 4, 2020

The Kitchen Table             1 John Day 3

that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed, our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ                                                    1 John 1:3

Life comes from love.  The life we are living right now reflects the love we know right now.  And love is only found in relationships.  We can not know love by ourselves, it is something that we discover in relationships.  God is love and God knows love because God is three in one.  In the community and unity of the trinity we find love.  When we come into a relationship with God we come into His love and His love creates life and that life of love brings us joy.  And that relationship with God will bring us into relationships with others.  This life of love just keeps growing but it is not just about going it’s about growing closer to God and clearer about His love for us.  We have life because He has love.

Tuesday, November 2, 2020

The Kitchen Table            1 John Day 2

That life was manifest…  1 John 1:2

When you want to see and understand what life is supposed to look like, look at Jesus.  Jesus revealed life to us Himself by how He lived it.  This life is lived in revelation that comes out of our relationship with Jesus.  John goes on to write, “that which we have seen and heard, we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us…”  This life isn’t just some formal religion or manmade rationalization.  It’s not just about learning a set of standards to memorize and keep.  This life is “manifested” or revealed to us as we get to know and walk with Jesus.  This life depends on and living and breathing relationship with Jesus where we see Him, hear Him, and are touched by Him.  If our relationship with Jesus isn’t living and breathing, then we need to get a relationship with Jesus that is living and breathing.  In a living and breathing relationship with Jesus, there will be revelation.  God will show us what life is about and how to live it successfully.  It’s real, it’s big and it can be ours when we trade our life for His.