Walk in the Light or Be The Blue Plate Special – blog
The metaphor of the word ‘Light” is found throughout the Bible. 10 years ago, when we first started 180 at Vineyard Columbus it was founded on this passage from 1 John 1:5-7;
“This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him, there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
We are drawn to the last part of verse 7 where we learn that Jesus is in the Light and if we are walking in the light, we can experience the cleansing from all our sins. To people who struggle with sexual brokenness, this is a truly amazing promise. The cleansing us from all our sin has already been accomplished by the death and resurrection of Jesus.
God made it clear to the Jews and to us that the shedding of bulls and goats in the Temple for about 1520 years could only cover the sins of Israel. However, when Jesus offered his life and shed His blood for the sins of the world, He sat down because forgiveness for all of your sins has been finalized and paid for completely.
The passage urges us that since we have been transferred from the dominion of darkness and delivered into the kingdom of His Son, that we should remain in the light and walk in the light. That means having nothing to do with darkness. When we continue to live secret lives of sexual sin we are walking in the darkness. We are hiding, and sinning held in bondage by fear and shame that somebody will find out.
That is why James tells us in James 5:16;
Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
And Paul writes in Galatians 6:1-2;
“Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself so that you too will not be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.”
These are admonitions for us to keep walking in the Light. So, you have a fall. You slip back into the darkness to satisfy your sin nature/flesh and act out sexually. You want the pleasure which gives you a brief recess from your stress and pain. But soon afterward, your stress and pain are only greater because of feeling guilt and shame come upon you all over again.
Which choice will you make today? Will you continue to walk in the light, dealing with temptations by reaching up to God and out to your accountability team and thereby remaining in the Light? Or will you choose to go back into the darkness and continue to get another taste of your own vomit?
Jesus said in John 8:34-36;
“Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. So, if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”
I urge you today to remain in the Light. Things in the light grow and become healthy. The Son is the light of the world and by remaining with Him in the Light by the power of the Holy Spirit and staying in the community you can begin to experience His power to escape from temptation.
Perhaps you missed one very important part of the passage in 1 John. It says that when we walk in the Light as He is in the Light
“… we will have fellowship with one another.”
That is what we need most of all. A group of believers living their lives in the light with nothing hidden. Freely confessing our sins to one another and being there to help one another every day.
If you are not walking in the Light … but walking in Darkness you are a lone sheep and just remember that there is a lion prowling about seeking whom he may devour.
Do you want to remain with Jesus in the Light or be another blue plate special for a hungry beast who wants to destroy you?