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1 John 2 Devotional – Day 1

By September 25, 2023Daily Devotional

Hearing God’s Voice from His Word

James 4:8 says, “Come near to God and he will come near to you.”
Take a moment and turn your attention to God. Tell God that you desire to trust and obey Him. Ask God to speak to you from His word.

Psalm of the Day

Psalm 55:1-3 God, listen to my prayer and do not hide from my plea for help.
2 Pay attention to me and answer me. I am restless and in turmoil with my complaint,
3 because of the enemy’s words, because of the pressure of the wicked.
For they bring down disaster on me and harass me in anger.
Read the Entire Psalm

What God is a God like ours, a God like the one revealed in the bible? You can go to Him honestly and say, “would you hear me” or “would you pay attention to me?” You can bring your complaint to him and hears. He doesn’t see you as a petty or a nuisance. He wants you to come to him. Praise Him that He is a God who wants us to draw near. He is a God who wants us to approach Him

Scripture Reading

1 John 2 – New International Version
2 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

3 We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. 4 Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. 5 But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

7 Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. 8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.

9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.

12 I am writing to you, dear children,
because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
13 I am writing to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young men,
because you have overcome the evil one.

14 I write to you, dear children,
because you know the Father.
I write to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
because you are strong,
and the word of God lives in you,
and you have overcome the evil one.

15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.

20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. 21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. 22 Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

24 As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is what he promised us—eternal life.

26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.

28 And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.

29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.

New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Having God’s Ear through Prayer

  • Express thanks to God.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal sin to you.
  • Confess your sin to Him and receive forgiveness.
    (1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sin He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins.”)
  • Bring your personal requests to God.
    (Psalm 62:8 “Pour out your heart before God”)
  • Pray for someone in your small group.
  • Join with others from River and pray for Isaac and Suzanne Michaels as they serve at Black Forest Academy in Germany.

Living as God’s People by applying the Bible

Scripture Reflection from the Sermon
As C.S. Lewis wrote, Jesus made it impossible to consider him merely a “good man.” He said that he is the Lord of heaven and earth. If he lied about this, then he is not good. If he believed this and was wrong, then he was insane and not a person to be trusted. If he was right about this, then he could not be merely a good man, but rather he is the Lord and must be either accepted or rejected as such. When you think of Jesus, what “direction” does your mind tend to go? Do you go to his human nature or his divine nature? Most of us have trouble holding both of those realities of Jesus in proper balance in our minds. Maybe not most, but all of us do. The fact that Jesus is fully God and fully man is probably beyond the capacity of human mental ability to comprehend. However, it is not beyond us to believe it. There are many things we believe that we cannot fully comprehend. What practical applications can come of trying to consider such a great truth? It can help us worship. Christ is transcendent; he is Lord of the universe. It should cause us to want to fall on our knees when we consider that the cosmos Creator is the Savior in a manager and the Savior on the cross. Christ is immanent; this means “here with us.” He is Immanuel, “God with us.” This means that he is able to understand and help us in our need. Whatever direction your mind naturally goes when you think of Jesus, do a little extra work and take your mind the other direction. Consider the fact that Jesus is fully God and fully man. He is the Cosmos creating God with us. No human mind has conceived this, and no human mind can fully comprehend it.