Living in the Light – Seeking And Following the Holy Spirit
Those who are doing what God wants live in the light. Those still sinning refuse to live in the light because they fear that their sins will be exposed. When we are fellowshipping with God we are no longer in spiritual darkness, we are living in the light! Key Transformation Passages Lets look at these passages.
NLT John 3;18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. 19 And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.
Only those who are doing what God wants will live in the light. Those still sinning, refuse to live in the light because they fear that their sins will be exposed. So what really is this ‘living in the light’, this thing that will expose a persons sins?
Living in the Light
1 John 1;5 This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light , and there is no darkness in him at all. 6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth.
We cannot have fellowship with God, and continue in spiritual darkness. Tuning Into God I think this is the key – this fellowship with God. As we truly seek this fellowship, God’s spirit starts to fill and change us. If we reject this change we can still say we believe, but we are not practicing the truth. Lets continue on in the same passage.
1 John 1;7 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.
When we are living in the light we have fellowship with each other, & Jesus’ blood cleanses us from sin. I think this living in the light is simply following the spirit in every part of our lives. This includes obedience to the gathering commands, the simple process of seeking God and sharing what we hear. This is biblical worship. Continuing…
8 If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
A New Commandment
NLT 1 John 2; 7 Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; rather it is an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old commandment—to love one another—is the same message you heard before. 8 Yet it is also new. Jesus lived the truth of this commandment, and you also are living it. For the darkness is disappearing, and the true light is already shining. 9 If anyone claims, “I am living in the light ,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is still living in darkness. 10 Anyone who loves another brother or sister is living in the light and does not cause others to stumble. 11 But anyone who hates another brother or sister is still living and walking in darkness. Such a person does not know the way to go, having been blinded by the darkness.
Here is an excerpt from “Seeing Straight, Seeing With Spiritual Eyes“
Luke 11;34 “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when it is bad, your body is filled with darkness. 35 Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. 36 If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.”
What are dark corners? Our eyes should be on the things of heaven not the worries of this life, certainly not money or even food and clothing. I think this is telling us that a good eye has a heavenly perspective and a dark eye has a worldly perspective. The dark corners are the places where our heavenly perspective is lost and a worldly perspective takes over.
NLT Col 1;11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, 12 always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. 13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.
This living in the light is necessary for us to claim our inheritance as sons of God.
NLT 1 Thess 5;5 For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night. 6 So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded. 7 Night is the time when people sleep and drinkers get drunk. 8 But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.
Those living in the light are told to stay awake on guard and clearheaded protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation
NLT 1 Peter 2;8 And, “He is the stone that makes people stumble, the rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them. 9 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. 10 “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.” 11 Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. 12 Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.
Our worldly desires wage war against our very souls. We overcome these desires by obeying God’s word and fellowship with God – by following the Holy Spirit. Truthseeker Challenge
NLT 2Cor 7;5 When we arrived in Macedonia, there was no rest for us. We faced conflict from every direction, with battles on the outside and fear on the inside. …
8 I am not sorry that I sent that severe letter to you, though I was sorry at first, for I know it was painful to you for a little while. 9 Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way. 10 For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.
We can expect conflicts on all sides and fear to keep us from resting in our faith. We should always remember, as we suffer thru trials, Godly sorrow turns us to repentance and changing our but worldly sorrow, sorrow without repentance causes spiritual death. Being Made Complete And Perfect
May God Help us to Live In The Light