FRIDAY 28TH JULY, 2017 Read – Day: Act 11; Night: 1 Chro 27-29
THEME: NO DARKNESS IN HIM
TEXT: 1 JOHN 1:4-10
HYMN: EMHB 516 – When we walk with the Lord
In Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic, ‘Strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ which has been adapted into movies and television series, we read about the strange occurrences within a man who is both Dr. Henry Jekyll and the devilish Mr. Edward Hyde. Today, we use the term ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ in referring to people who are inconsistent in their behavior or, simply put, people who lack integrity.
We do find such people in the church. The character they put up in church is different from what they display at home and still different from who they are in their places of work. These are people who walk both in light and in darkness. They are carnal and hypocritical people. Jesus said, ‘I have come as light into the world, that whoever believes in Me may not remain in darkness’ (John 12:46).
It was this testimony of Jesus Christ that John recounted in the epistle of 1 John 1:5-6, ‘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. If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth” We cannot deceive God as He knows those who truly serve Him. The good news, however, is that if we repent today, walk away from darkness and confess our sins, “He is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1John 1:9).
MEMORY VERSE: 1 John 1:6 “If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth.”
PRAYER: Lord, Jesus please order my paths and direct my footsteps; let me walk with You and be in Your presence at all times.