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I am the light of the world whoever follows me will not walk in darkness John 8: 12

John 8: 12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
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This Bible verse of the day is a scripture on grace and hope

Again, therefore, Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”

In John’s Gospel Chapter 8, the stage is set for an amazing showdown between Jesus and the religious people who contended with him. They were always looking for ways to catch him and trap him into saying the wrong thing. However, not once did Jesus ever say something that was not a great truth.

Imaging the scenario, a woman is brought to Jesus who has been caught committing adultery (the man she was apparently caught in the act with is not mentioned). Under the strict Law of Moses she should have been stoned to death. The scribes and Pharisees (religious class of the day), pressed Jesus to comment as this woman was brought to him. Notice that in John 8 verse 6 Jesus is stooped down writing on the ground with his finger. There is nothing insignificant recorded in the Bible. Why was this gesture by Jesus recorded? Jesus then raised himself up and said, ‘let him who is without sin among you throw a stone at her’. He then continued writing on the ground. After that statement, each one was conscience-stricken and one by one, beginning with the eldest, they departed.

Jesus then addressed the woman and said to her, ‘Woman, where are your accusers? Has no man condemned you? …. I do not condemn you either – go on your way, and from now on sin no more’.

The next statement Jesus made was, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12).

When Jesus was stooping down writing on the ground with his finger – it was the same finger that wrote the Law on the tablets of stone handed to Moses! When the Jews were in the wilderness, after their exodus from Egypt they gave a startling boast. They said that they could keep every law that was given them by Moses. The first Passover had just occurred (when the blood of a lamb was put on the doorframe of their houses, so death passed over them in Egypt). They were effectively saying that they did not need grace but they could do anything that was asked of them by God by their own self-effort. Also, they had not seen the mystery of the blood of the Lamb covering their sins and the curse of death.

Later Jesus said to the religious onlookers, ‘You set yourself up to judge according to the flesh – by what you see; you condemn by external human standards’ (John 8:15 Amplified Bible). How many of those onlookers were also guilty of adultery just by their thoughts?

We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) but Jesus is saying that not only is he not condemning us but that He is the light of the world and if we follow Him we will not follow the dark ways of sin and death. How else could he say to the woman, ‘go and sin no more’? He was the answer to adultery – he is the answer to every human sinful condition.

What a wonderful Saviour we have in Jesus.

Prayer

Father, I know that I cannot do anything by my own self-effort. I need your light to light my way and lead me into life and freedom from sin and guilt. Forgive me when I have failed in thought or in deed. I receive your grace and mercy in every area of my life in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

 

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See how great a love the Father has given to us – 1 John 3: 1

See how great a love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God! For this cause the world doesn’t know us, because it didn’t know him. 1 John 3: 1
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See how great a love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God! For this cause the world doesn’t know us, because it didn’t know him.

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See how great a love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God! For this cause the world doesn’t know us, because it didn’t know him. 1 John 3: 1
See how great a love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God! For this cause the world doesn’t know us, because it didn’t know him. 1 John 3: 1
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God’s creative power and God’s pre-eminence. John 1:3-4

Nature picture of butterflies and mice. God's creative power and pre-eminence John 1:3-4
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The Bible verse of the day is an inspirational Bible verse of faith.

All things were made through him. Without him was not anything made that has been made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. John 1:3-4

This Bible verse is found in John’s Gospel. It comes after:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

These scripture verses speak of God’s creative power and His preeminence and preexistence before our known Universe.

Whatever you may believe about the formation of the Universe and how it was made, the Bible says that God was before all things, even before the earth was made. I believe there is something significant about the word light in this context too.

In Genesis 1 it says:

God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  God saw the light, and saw that it was good. God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light “day”, and the darkness he called “night”. There was evening and there was morning, the first day. (Genesis 1:3-5)

The fascinating thing about this well-know Bible scripture about creation is that God created light before He created the sun, moon and stars. Is this initial light at creations something different from the usual light of our known physical Universe?! Could this light me the glory of God? It is something I have thought about. I really do not have the answer but I am sure that the answer is something glorious and wonderful – perhaps it is the fabric of Heaven? I will leave that to the experts to ‘enlighten’ us (no pun intended!).

Where is says, In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:3), I wonder if this is the same light as described in Genesis – the light that initiated the creation of the Universe and Earth.

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God will provide abundantly. Philippians 4: 19

God will provide abundantly. Philippians 4: 19
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God will provide abundantly.  Philippians 4: 19

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 19

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And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 19
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 19

 

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Prayer of salvation

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Dear God,


I come to You in the Name of Jesus. I admit that I am not right with You, and I want to be right with You. I ask You to forgive me of all my sins. The Bible says if I confess with my mouth that “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, I will be saved (Romans 10:9). I believe with my heart and I confess with my mouth that Jesus is the Lord and Savior of my life. Thank You for saving me!
In Jesus’ Name I pray.

Amen.

 

Dear friend,

If you have prayed this prayer sincerely you have been born again.  This means that God, now your Father, sees you as His child.  He also sees your past erased and your sins forgiven because of what the Lord Jesus did on the cross for you.  This is what grace means – undeserved favour from God. You now have confidence towards God and have nothing to fear when you die because to depart the body is to be forever with the Lord.

Now, would be a good time to find other Christian believers – a church that preaches the Word of God.  Also, it may not be easy to understand at first, but, read the Bible and the Holy Spirit will enable you to understand more and more each day – it’s a lifetime’s joyful study for all of us.  A good place to start is John’s Gospel and then Paul’s letters to the Romans.  Also, you can pray to the Father in the Name of Jesus and He will hear your prayers.  You can also ask for the Holy Spirit to baptise you in his power and love – this will enable you to understand the Bible and strengthen you in your daily walk with God.  There is so much more to be said about the Holy Spirit but Jesus promised that when He returned to the Father the Holy Spirit would come and comfort and help the believers until the Lord’s return.

Best wishes

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For God so loved the world that He gave … John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 Barn owl picture in watercolour
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 A Bible verse on love.

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

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For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
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Let us therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace…Hebrews 4:16

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
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A Bible verse on grace and hope.

Let us therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace for help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

To anybody who has any doubt about God’s grace and mercy let this scripture bless you today. This Bible verse of the day is a scripture on grace. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases they are new evey morning. Great is His faithfulness.

This Bible verse is from the Apostle Paul ‘s letter to the Hebrews. This letter, sometimes called an Epistle was to Jewish Christians who now believed on Jesus as their Lord and  Messiah.  Unlike the Christian believers at Corinth or Ephesus who were gentiles, the newly converted Jewish believers were formerly followers of traditional Judaism. They had followed the Law of Moses and the Ten Commandments since they were children. These new Jewish Christians may have thought that God was unapproachable because of man’s sin.  The Apostle Paul explains in the previous verses that God is no longer unapproachable. Jesus is now a go-between for us – an intermediary and intercessor. That’s why He is called the High Priest. Jesus knows and understands every aspect of the human condition. Therefore not only did Jesus pay the price for sin but He understands everything about us.

Having then a great high priest, who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold tightly to our confession. For we don’t have a high priest who can’t be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but one who has been in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:14-15)

Jesus had paid the price for sin for the Jewish Christians, fulfilling the law of Moses not abolishing the law of Moses. He also made a way to the Father for all believers. He is the way, the truth and the life and nobody comes to the Father except by Him.

Every one who believes in Jesus can therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace, that they may receive mercy, and may find grace for help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

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Everyone who sees the Son … John 6: 40

This is the will of the one who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son, and believes in him, should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:40
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“This is the will of the one who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son, and believes in him, should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6: 40

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The thief comes to kill, steal and destroy but …. John 10: 10

John 10: 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
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This Bible verse  is a comforting scripture about God’s protection. It is found in John’s Gospel chapter 10.

Jesus says that He is our good Shepherd and also that He is the Door – the door to salvation.

The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.  I am the good shepherd – the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (John 10: 7-10)

 Jesus uses a parable to describe how a true shepherd cares for his sheep and the sheep know His voice and the shepherd knows each of their names. He also says that a good shepherd goes ahead of the sheep and leads them.

Jesus then describes somebody who breaks into the sheepfold without using the door – this person is a thief only intending harm. This person does not care for the sheep and the sheep do not recognise his voice and will run away from him. This thief would not protect these sheep from a wolf but would abandon them to danger.

As Jesus spoke this parable onlookers did not understand what it meant. Jesus then declares

“Most certainly, I tell you, I am the sheep’s door. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters in by me, he will be saved, and will go in and go out, and will find pasture. The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (John 10: 7-10)

 It is good to be reminded of the most famous Psalm 23:

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.

 If you believe in Jesus you are saved from eternal death. Jesus is to you, the door that leads to eternal life. He is also the shepherd of your soul, and will lead you to abundant life and green pastures of safety and provision. You will not fear danger, because as the Good Shepherd, He has gone before you – even death itself. You may walk through the valley of the shadow of darkness but He is with you and you will arrive at the house of the Lord. This is a great scripture for comfort when facing death.

Only Jesus can be trusted with your eternal destiny. Any other voice, that

promises you salvation and eternal life, or even great revelations and new ideas, is a false voice – that is why it says in John 10:10 that the thief comes to kill, steal and destroy. If you ever encounter a philosophy or belief system that promotes killing, stealing and destruction you will immediately recognise that this is not from the Good Shepherd Jesus because He will always lead you into life and life more abundantly.

If you do not know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour there is a simple prayer which will take you through the Door – Jesus.  He is the door to eternal life.  It is called the prayer of salvation.

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I am persuaded that ‘nothing’ can separate us from the love of God … Romans 8: 38-39

Romans 8: 38-39 For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers Romans 8: 38-39
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This Bible verse of the day is a scripture of comfort and freedom from fear of death.

 For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from God’s love, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8: 38

Romans 8 is possibly the most important and well-known chapter in Paul’s letter to the Romans. It is a chapter where all members of the trinity are mentioned – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This chapter in the book of Romans starts with the triumphant verse

‘therefore there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus’ (Romans 8:1). In the Amplified version is says ‘no condemnation – no adjudging guilty of wrong for those who are in Christ Jesus. This alone is a Bible verse of faith for those struggling with the erroneous fear that they are unworthy in God’s sight and that they must earn acceptability by dead works. The last two verses of powerful Romans 8 is the verse for today. They are verses about God’s unwavering acceptance of us in the face of any accusation or foe.

Romans 8 speaks about salvation and freedom from sin through Christ. It speaks about how the Father has adopted us as His children and we can now call him ‘Abba’ or in English speech ‘Daddy’ (Romans 8:15). How amazing is that! This mind-blowing verse is saying that Jesus’ work on the cross has so freed us from our former spiritual state that we can approach God as easily and freely as a child approaches his Daddy. Such a thought-provoking truth would heal many a broken heart from poor earthy fathers if such a reality was realised. How many prisons would be empty if hardened criminals had learned that the Father in Heaven would happily adopt them and restore their broken hearts who never knew a loving earthly father?

Later in Romans chapter 8 the question is asked, who or what can separate us from the love of Christ? These Bible verses of love are saying how laughable is the idea that anything could ever separate us from the Father’s love – that there is no foe, devil or voice that could turn God against us.

If you are a parent yourself, you may have said to your children, ‘there is nothing you can do that will ever make me love you less’. In other words you are saying that you may make mistakes, you may do something absolutely appalling but the truth remains that as their parent, you will never fail to love them just the same whatever happens. In essence this is what these verses are saying.

Whatever we have done wrong or even whenever we may fail in the future we are beloved children of God and nothing can remove us from His safety in protection for all eternity.

However, as mentioned in Romans 10: 9-10

 If you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart, one believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10: 9-10)

 By receiving Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we are immediately free from condemnation and guilt and nothing can separate us from the love of God.

Let’s pray today

Dear Father in Heaven, I know that I am a sinner and have failed on countless occasions. I know that I will fail again and I so need your mercy and grace to help me. Right now, I relinquish my proud hold over ‘my’ problems and sins and wilfully and gladly accept Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I know He was raised from the dead and stands at your right hand on my behalf. Thank you that now today, nothing will ever separate me from your love and I am eternally your child. I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


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