Wednesday, May 16, 2012 12:30:23 AM
He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son does not have life.
We believe in the testimonies of people but God has given us a testimony. Because he is God, his testimony is greater.
Anyone who knows Jesus knows that what God says is true. But those who refuse to believe in Christ make God to be a liar because they refuse to believe what God says about his Son.
Anyone who has Christ in their heart has life and anyone who doesn't have Christ does not have life.
We often take the statements of people at face value- even people we have never met. For example, despite our professed cynicism, most people believe the news media.
John says that Christ is God's own testimony to the world. If we refuse the salvation of Christ we are saying that God is a liar. There is only one way to walk to eternal life and that is by receiving God's promise of salvation through the death of Jesus.
Lord your word is true because you are the truth. Help me to trust you when my faith is weak. Amen.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 2:28:25 AM
If someone says, “I love God”, but hates his christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don't love people we can see how can we love God whom we cannot see?
We must continue to love one another for love id God's nature. God has shown his love for us in sending his Son to give us eternal life.
If God has loved us this much then we must love one another.
As we learn to love then God perfects us and removes the fear of God's punishment. To love God is to love our brother and sister in the Lord.
At the heart of the gospel is the awesome fact of God's love for all people. He loves us so much that he sent his only Son into the world to rescue us from the power of sin.
As a follower of Christ I have received God's Spirit. This places on me a duty to love other people in whom God has placed his Spirit.
As we learn to love one another in the grace of God, we find that God cleanses us from sins such as envy, bitterness and greed. Our focus changes from self-centredness to God-centredness.
Teach me Lord how to love my brothers and sisters. Amen.
Sunday, April 29, 2012 2:36:03 AM
The sermon for April 29th 2012 is now available for download from the New Life web-site.
In this sermon, which is based on 1 John 3:12-24, I tal;k about how to get answers to prayer.
Click here to listen.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 4:02:05 AM
Dear children, let's not merely say that we love one another; let us show the truth by our actions.
We know what real love is because of the actions of Jesus in giving up his life for us. We also should give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. Compassion for the poor must show in actions.
Acts of live combined with boldness in prayer bring God's favour because we are doing the things that please Him. God's spirit then remains in us.
For christians, faith and love go together. Our faith in God and our love for God mean that we will obey Christ's command to love our neighbours.
The Spirit of God transforms us so powerfully that the love of God flows from us to other people.
The connection of obedience to prayer is often missed by many people. Faith is not faith until it is activated in obedience to God's will. We cannot expect God to respond to bold prayers if we are not walking in fellowship with God.
Lord help me to walk in humble fellowship with you today and every day. Amen.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 1:44:36 AM
You know that Jesus came to take away our sins and there is no sin in Him.
We are God's children because of his love. The world does not recognise us as God's children because they don't know the Father.
We don't know exactly what we will be like when Christ reappears but we do know that we will be like Christ. For this reason we should keep ourselves pure.
Sin is contrary to God's law. Those who love Jesus will stop sinning. Those who continue to sin do not know Jesus.
One of the results of following Jesus is that we desire to be like Him. Those who follow Jesus do not continue to sin.
This does not mean that we are perfect in every way. The process of becoming like Jesus is a life-long journey.
What it does mean is that christians should stop their addiction to sin. Over time we put away sin habits and take on board godly attitudes and ways.
By ourselves this is impossible because it requires a new heart and a new mind.
But in God's grace this is possible because, as we allow Him to, He transforms every part of our being.
Glory to you mighty God- Father, Son and Holy Spirit. You have released my bondage to sin and you are re-making me into your likeness. Thank you. Amen.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 12:34:43 AM
We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have seen and heard. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life.
John writes to proclaim and testify about Jesus, the word of life whom he saw and heard and touched.
The message of Jesus is that God is light and there is no darkness in him. To have fellowship with God means that we must walk in the light. This means that we must recognise sin, confess it and receive God's forgiveness.
The aim of salvation is not just routine absolution of sins. Jesus wants to clear the darkness of sin out of our lives and let his light shine through us.
This means a total transformation of our lives so that we no longer walk in the habits of sin. Yes, we fall and when we fall there is forgiveness through Christ. But our life direction must be towards the light of God.
Thank you Lord for salvation. Please help me to walk in the light of your presence every day. Amen.