Daniel 8:1-27, 1 John 2:1-17, Psalm 120:1-7, Proverbs 28:25-26
Today is the 1st day of December. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is a pleasure, it is a joy, and a day of rejoicing that we’ve made it this far. So, we’re at the last day of a week, but the first day of a month, and it’s the first day of the month of the last month of the year. So, off we go friends. This is our final adventure for this year. The day that we conclude this month we will conclude this year and will conclude this revolution through the Bible. So, let’s dive in and take the next step forward. All this week we’ve been reading from the Contemporary English Version, which is what we’ll do today. Daniel chapter 8 verses 1 through 27 today.
Okay. So, in first John and in harmony with the letters from James and the letters from Peter, John taught that the evidence for a claim of faith is to be a transformed life otherwise it’s an untrue claim. And he said it like this, “but if we claim to know Him and don’t obey Him we are lying, and the truth is in our hearts. We truly love God only when we obey him as we should and then we know that we belong to Him. If we say we are His, we must follow the example of Christ.” So, as we can see, John doesn’t mince any words any more than Peter or James did about these kinds of subjects. And why would he? I mean, the fundamental goal of our faith is that we might live our lives as Jesus did, right? And becoming Christlike isn’t just something that we, like, that we say, like, we claim. It’s something that we have to become, which requires our participation and our collaboration with God. And this doesn’t just apply to our interaction with God, it touches all of the relationships of our lives, which is something that John pointed out. So, in his own words, “if we claim to be in the light and hate someone, we are still in the dark, but if we love others we are in the light and we don’t cause problems for them. If we hate others we are living and walking in the dark, we don’t know where were going because we can’t see in the dark.” So, I mean John’s point here as we begin this final month of the year is pretty clear and that point is, talk is cheap. We can claim whatever we want but if our words and our deeds are not in alignment with each other then we aren’t living truthfully. And, okay, that’s fair enough and penetrating. I mean, that’s a glass of cold ice water in the face. But why are we pulled toward what is false? According to John, the problem is that we’ve put our trust in the world. So, in John’s words, “don’t revolve the world or anything that belongs to the world. If you love the world you cannot love the Father. Our foolish pride comes from this world and so do our selfish desires and our desire to have everything we see. None of this comes from the Father.” So, let’s be clear. When John spoke about the world he’s not referring to planet Earth. Instead, he’s describing the system that the world…basically the system that mankind has devised to navigate this world without God. So, if we’re gonna put our faith and our hope in a system that is designed to exalt man then we are trusting in the world and God is not in that. And this is why our sensual cravings for everything that we see and our pride in our accomplishments and our pride in our material possessions, this is why they can’t fill the void in our souls. Like, if we’re going to tether ourselves to this kind of existence, then according to John, we can’t make claims of faith that are true. And if that’s a not a stark enough awareness, John informed us that the world system that we may have put our trust in and that we may give our loyalty and allegiance to, its destined to fade away. So, we’ll take some time today here at the shiny threshold of a new month to examine ourselves by actually contrasting our claims with our actions, like getting observant and watching what it is that we say versus what it is that we do, that we’ll find that our deepest insecurity is tied to our attempts to make life work without God, right, the world’s system. And we’re looking to the world to give us meaning and purpose. And, so, we obviously react in pride and selfishness or we surround ourselves with stuff so that we can mask the emptiness. John challenged us to pull away from the fading world system and realize that we’ve been given so much more than the world could ever offer. We’ve been swept into the dance of eternal life. So, here we are, first day of the final month of the year. It’s a sprint to the end of the year and there’s a lot of territory to cover and not to mention the fact that is going to be a busy month. Let’s embrace what we’re talking about today. Our words and our deeds must be in alignment or our faith is false. That’s stark, but we are invited to pull away from the world system knowing that eternal life is ours. And if we will embrace this and choose to bring our claims and actions into alignment we will be walking on a narrow path that leads to life, even in the busy seasons of the year.
Father as we enter into this new month, we invite Your Holy Spirit into what we just talked about and every other moment, everything that’s going to happen by surprise, everything that’s going to happen by plan, every interaction, every conversation, every gift we’re gonna bye, we want You to be part of all of this. Come Holy Spirit. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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