“I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, But because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.” ~1 John 2:21
I can recall one of my famous lines when telling my kids to do something they didn’t want to do, they would ask the most popular question a kid could ask, “Why?” in which I would say “Because I said so”.
The word because is an important word when it comes to who we are in Christ, in is the bridge that explains a lot about who and what we are because of the work done on the cross.
In 1st John the word because is used 24 times in 20 verses in the NKJV, a book that only has 5 chapters. It means “for the reason that or since”, It becomes the word that answers any questions that we may have about our identity. John gives us a firsthand account of what he experienced and saw. He tells us his purpose for his letter in the 3rd verse of chapter 1, “And these things we write to you that your joy may be full”. He goes on in the first chapter to layout the core beliefs we must have in order to become children of God.
We read about a “True Light” that has come and that if we are walking in the Light of God we should walk as He walked, “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked” (2:6). This word from God becomes our anthem when the world asks the question about why we believe what we believe, we simply say “Because God said so”.
I pray that today if the circumstances of life have dragged you into a place of dimness and the True Light has been shaded, that you would rise up and put your faith in the Word of God. That you would be able to take all the junk that life throws at you and filter it thru God’s word. We can stand with confidence “because” of who God says we are and walk with Him in victory.
In chapter 2 verse 13 John calls us out and sets us up to be on our guard and put things into perspective.
“I write to you, fathers,
Because you have known Him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
Because you have overcome the wicked one.
I write to you, little children,
Because you have known the Father.”
Let this be a reminder this morning that we walk by faith and not by sight. “BECAUSE” we follow the Word of God as the Spirit of God uses it to keep us in the Love of God. Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy graduate and a full time staff member of America’s Keswick.
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Daily Quote: I know of no better thermometer to your spiritual temperature than this, the measure of the intensity of your prayer. ~Charles H. Spurgeon
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:
“In returning and rest you shall be saved;
In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”
But you would not, ~ Isaiah 30:15 (NKJV)