Monday January 23, 2023

Monday – January 23rd – 1 John 3:24     -----     
3:24) Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:

     Good Monday to you! As I am watching the weather forecast for Tuesday evening into Wednesday mid-day, we may be receiving our first accumulating and challenging snowfall for 2023 in the O’Fallon area. You may already be wondering how snowy roads might impact our Wednesday evening Journey of a Lifetime Bible study, and that my friends is a great question. Because we are blessed with the technology to live-stream the study, fear not, every minute of the study will be on the website and SunRise app at 6:30pm Wednesday. So don’t worry if you are concerned about being out on the roads – we are here and broadcasting for you!

     In our pick verse today, John warps us his teaching on Christian assurance as he closes out this third chapter of this first letter to early Christians scattered throughout the Roman Empire. John’s words state some very basic Christian theology – when we keep God’s commandments, we find that we are abiding in God’s blessings. The presence of the Spirit in the human heart assures the obedient Christian that Jesus abides in them. The gift of the Holy Spirit is the secret of true spirituality and effective service. John speaks from his own personal experience of when the Holy Spirit fell on the him and the other apostles as recorded in Acts 2. Again drawing from his own experience, John stresses the importance and power of the Spirit as a witness to our salvation. My prayer is that each of us has both the experience and fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

   Pastor Jim
Tuesday – January 24th – 1 John 4:1

*The Daily Walk Bible NLT: Explore God's Path to Life (p. 299). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

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