He is light

PRAY

Father God, help us to see Jesus as the Light of the World. Lord help us to see His words, accept His truth and know Him more intimately through our study today. Father, may we understand more deeply His relationship to you. May we understand more fully what He has done for us. 

WRITE

READ John 8:12-38

“So Jesus said to them, ‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me. 29 And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.’ 30 As he was saying these things, many believed in him.”                   John 8:28-29

This passage offers so many details about who Jesus is,  His relationship to the Father and His relationship to us. We will only scratch the surface today of the depth of His message.

  • Write down all the statements Jesus makes about Himself and His relationship to His Father.
  • In this passage, Jesus had been teaching the people. To make a point, the Pharisees had attempted to trap Him with a moral dilemma (you can read more about this in 8:1-11). So, Jesus is addressing them specifically, but all people generally.
  • Write down what Jesus says to them.
  • Look at verse 30, what is the result of Jesus speaking the truth about who He is?
  • As Jesus adresses these believers, what is it that He says is an indication of being His disciple?
  • What does Jesus reveal about those who practice sin?
  • What does He reveal about the freedom He makes available?

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  • In Paul’s first letter to Timothy he states, “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15). He is the light… but more than that He is the one who sets us free. What does it mean to you that you have been set free? 

Lord thank you that you have come into this world to seek and save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). May we abide in Your word, may we know the truth and may it set us free. Help us to live each day  in the light of that truth. 

Your Gift to God – A Light in the Darkness

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage

John 8:12
Matthew 5:14-16

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‘”Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”
John 8:12

 Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14-16

  • In the John passage, Jesus presents two choices…light or darkness. If people choose not to follow Jesus they walk in darkness – what does that mean (see also Romans 12 & Ephesians 6:12)?
  • What does Jesus tell you will result if you follow Him?
  • Aren’t you so thankful that you have the light of life! Jesus tells you in the Matthew passage exactly what to do with that light. What is your call to action?
  • What is the result of your willingness to share the light of Christ?
  • You have the opportunity EVERY DAY to bring glory to God by sharing the light of Christ with others…are you? If not, pray about it & write down some changes you can make in your life that will let that light shine!

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Check out this song by Addison Road

This Little Light of Mine

Praise the Lord that we have the light of life! Now show it to all you meet! I will be praying for you! 

Your Gift to God – Day 4

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Matthew 5:14-16


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 Let your light shine before others,
so that they may see your good works
and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 5:16

  • Where does our light come from – See John 8:12?

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

  • Make yourself available to Him today! He will surely use you. Write a prayer asking Him to show you how to shine His light today.

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Let His light shine in you – it is the light of life! It will bring God glory! I will be praying for you! 

Your Gift to God – Day 3

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Hebrews 13:16


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“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
Hebrews 13:16

  • Write a definition or some synonyms of the word neglect.
  • Do you ever leave good “undone” or get careless about it? Read Galatians 6:1-10 & make a list of some of the ways we can do good. 
  • It is sometimes hard to discern, but God does not leave us alone to figure it out.

” Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,
that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Romans 12:2

  • Ask God to renew your mind and transform you so that you can discern what He has planned for you in this day…write down anything that He brings to mind.
  • One of the ways we can do this is by sharing what we have. Make a list of he qualities, spiritual and material gifts,  etc.  that you possess which you can share and how you can share them.
  • It can be the smallest thing a smile a phone call or a note. Set out in this day to be obedient to what God has called you to. It is a gift to Him!

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Offer God your gift doing His will and sharing what you have! I will be praying for you! 

Your Gift to God – Day 2

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Hebrews 13:15


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“Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.”
Hebrews 13:15

  • When should you be praising God?
  • This praise is an outpouring of our gratefulness. How is it described here?
  • Using this passage, write down from where that gratefulness springs?
  • Do you often thank God only for your good circumstances. We are to continually offer up a sacrifice of praise. In this day thank God for every circumstance. Ask the Spirit to guide you…

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Offer God your gift of praise! I will be praying for you! 

Jesus IS…Servant

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Matthew 20:20-28


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I just love the way The Message tells the story. Put yourself in the disciple’s place. Jesus says…

“Whoever wants to be great must become a servant.
Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave.
That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not be served—
and then to give away his life in exchange for the many who are held hostage.”

Matthew 20:25-28 The Message

  • What makes the argument that takes place at the beginning of this passage relevant to you?
  • In Jesus’ kingdom what makes someone great?
  • As stated in this passage what was Jesus’ purpose?
  • Jesus’ attitude is very different from  that of our human nature (and he’s actually worthy of the title Master). I know just tonight I was feeling a little weary of serving. But, we are called to serve where we are! What does Jesus’ precept about greatness call you to in your own life?

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Leave a comment and share what God revealed to you today! I will be praying for you! 

Jesus IS…Lord of Nature

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Matthew 14:22-36

Mark 4:35-41
John 21:1-14


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He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made;
without him nothing was made that has been made.
In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
John 1:2-4NIV

  • Reflect on what these passages reveal to you about Jesus’ rightful place as Lord over nature.
  • Note any verses that particularly struck you & why.

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Leave a comment and share what God revealed to you today! I will be praying for you!