Friday, July 23, 2021

John 1 Devotional Thoughts by Stephen Taylor

John 1:12-13

Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God, children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

 

Yesterday was such a blessing to me. My family, my work family, and my original church family all got to gather together to worship the Lord!!! It was such a blessing to see different parts of my story all come together to worship and praise the Lord. I realized that some of these people have known me for 30 years and some for 30 days, but we all had one thing in common: we were all there to worship and serve the same God!!!

 

It’s so amazing to me how God can take such a diverse group of people and make them one family in Him. Our pasts may be different, but our future is the same if we are in Christ Jesus!!! I looked out on the sanctuary yesterday, and what I saw amazed me. I didn’t see a bunch of different families, but one family, worshipping one God, our living God!!! Every face I saw was shining, and it was more than just voices being lifted up. I felt like each person I saw was lifting up their hearts saying, “Here I am, Lord. Here is my heart, and it belongs to you!!!” It was a beautiful and encouraging experience, to say the least. Yesterday, I could feel God’s presence in the building, and it brought me to tears!!! I could feel our God smiling. I could feel His love and joy as we were worshipping Him in Spirit and in Truth.

 

If you’re not involved in something like that, I encourage you to reach out, and one of God’s children will point you in the right direction. Heaven is going to be amazing, but you don’t have to wait till you get there to experience the love of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!!! You can experience Him with your new family today, and I promise you it will change you!!! You can’t feel God’s smile and stay the same!!!

 

Be encouraged and be encouraging!!! I love you all, God bless, and glory to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!!!

 

Galatians 5:1 - For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

 

Be encouraged and be encouraging!!! I love you all, God bless!!! Glory to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!!!

 

 

John 1:29

The next day, John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

 

I’m not proud of it, but I have taken a lot of things away from people in my lifetime. I have taken their time, their energy, their money, their trust, and the list goes on and on. But only Jesus has taken away and paid for the entire world's sins in an act of pure humility and love! In one day, He wiped our slates clean, but it’s up to us whether we chose to accept and walk in that freedom.

 

Imagine the pure joy John felt as he saw Jesus approaching, knowing that the Son of God, the Lamb slain from the creation of the earth, the one who was promised to Abraham, the one the prophets foretold was right there. In front of him! The joy, the peace, the hope, the excitement, the relief, and the freedom he must have felt! Well, guess what? That same Jesus is standing right in front of you today, still waiting to call you His own! He is saying, “I paid for you; it is finished. I know, child – I saw what happened to you, and it broke My heart, but you don’t have to live in that pain anymore!”

 

We need not be afraid of Him if we belong to Him! We need not run from His hand but to be protected by it! If we turn toward Him instead of away from Him, then we would find that which we are looking for, eternal rest in His Presence! And that rest can start today! I believe one of the biggest lies of the enemy is that God is far off and that you have to wait until you’re dead to experience Him and His Presence, but I’m here to tell you that you can walk in that fullness today! Taste and see that the Lord is good, faithful, and true. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

 

Psalm 116:9 - And so I walk in the LORD’s presence as I live here on earth!

 

1 John 1:19 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

 

God bless! Glory, Honor, and Praise starting today and for all eternity to God Almighty, Jesus Christ the Lamb of God, and the Spirit of Truth the Holy Spirit!

 

 

 

 

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