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Summary: At salvation, we were called out of darkness into light. Every believer is to walk in a new life as directed by the Spirit of God, and not in sinful pleasures as demanded by the flesh.

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WALKING IN THE LIGHT

Study Text: 1 John 1: 5 - 7

Introduction:

- Believers in Christ are instructed and expected to be walking in the light and not walking in darkness. Jesus should make a difference in our lives!

- They are also to identify those who chose to walk in darkness and how to avoid them. Eph 5: 10 – 11

- This is because we are "light in the Lord" we are to "walk as children of the light." We are to be noticeably different from those who dwell in darkness. Eph 5: 8

- We shall discuss the topic under three sub-headings:

1. The Exposition on Walking in the Light

2. The Evidence of Walking in the Light

3. The End-results of Walking in the Light.

1. The Exposition on Walking in the Light

- The verses say if we walk in the light as He is in the light we have fellowship one with another.

- It is designed to teach us that we are different from the world around us, and since we are different, we should live lives that are different.

- The simple truth is that believers should be different from those who do not know the Lord Jesus Christ.

- Then secondly the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin. Walking in the light means a readiness to call sin, sin. If God has shown you something that's wrong in your life, call it sin.

- Then walking in the light means a readiness to walk in obedience to all godly instructions in the word of God.

- It also means a readiness to have the Holy Spirit melt you and mold you into Jesus on the cross in whatever way is necessary.

- This is something we need to hear and heed. Although we are living in this world, we are “strangers and pilgrims” here, 1 Pet. 2:11.

- While we are “strangers and pilgrims,” in this world, there was a time when we were citizens of this world. We lived like they live. We thought like they think. We did what they do. We were part of them.

- But, when we were saved by the grace of God, we were delivered from our old life of sin, and we were given a new life of righteousness.

- While we delivered from the world, we still possess a deep familiarity with the world and its ways. There is still a part of us, the fleshly part, that still desires the things of the world we left behind when we were saved.

- Beyond that, there is always pressure for the saints of God to be more like the world around them:

• There is overt pressure from advertising, entertainment, and other forms of media for us to do what the world does.

• There is subtle pressure even from people we love who would like to see us behave a little more like them. They would like to see us do the things they do.

• There is pressure from within as the flesh reaches out for the things that are now forbidden to it. We might be saved, but there is still a part of us that loves sin and that hates the rigours of holiness.

- While there is pressure to go back, there is also pressure to go forward. Just as surely as the flesh and the world longs for us to conform to its ways, the Spirit of God and the resurrected spirit within us want us to be transformed so that we might be what God saved us to be, Gal. 5:16-17.


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