A Consciousness of Light

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9.

This scripture when taken in context provides a powerful insight that touches at the core of the theme within this message. It says in verses 5 to 9:

God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the Truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin…

This particular passage was revealed to me just this week at a time when I was wanting to seek God's mind concerning a word for the season and perhaps for certain issues that had been plaguing my family recently. Issues concerning in-fighting, contentions, squabbling and divisions. Trivial matters that had been blown out of proportion and had led to what seemed to be insurmountable barriers and cause for pain and bitterness.

The Holy Spirit led me to two specific scriptures as a way of highlighting the answer to this spiritual plague within my family. The first was taken from 1 John 1:9 and the second from John 1:9, which speaks of Jesus as the true light that gives light to every man. The context from verses 6 to 9 actually introduces John the Baptist as a forerunner of the Lord Jesus and the one that God chose to prepare the way for Him, the true Light, who was to come into the darkness of this world. It says "He came as a witness to testify about the Light, so that through him everyone might believe. He (John) Himself was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light."

How did John prepare the way of the Lord? What did John come preaching? His primary teaching was to "Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand." (Matthew 3:2). Repentance or the confession of sin is the prerequisite for one to step out of darkness and into light. It is also what is required for us to remain there! This was also Jesus' core message throughout His ministry on earth.

The two verses mentioned above both speak of God as the Light, revealed through His Son, Jesus Christ, who was the physical manifestation of that Light here in the world. However, before we were able to receive that light, we needed to undergo a process of cleansing and transformation. Repentance is the key to that process. It is the intentional and deliberate act of acknowledging our state of sin (or separation from God), confessing our sin (verbally, both before God and man), and willingly receiving His forgiveness and cleansing by His Blood.

This is not a one-off process. This is a continuous and critical aspect of our everyday lives, especially those of us that claim to have fellowship with Him as followers and believers in Christ Jesus. Repentance/confession of sin is synonymous with our fellowship and relationship with God, and our relationship with others. We cannot claim to have fellowship with Him and yet continue to walk in deliberate and unrepentant sin. Holding onto past offence, refusing to forgive and to let go of other's wrong doings by rehashing them in your mind or declaring them in anger and spite to those around you is not the definition of repentance.

When you repent, it is a complete turn or change of heart, mind and spirit. How you felt before, what you thought before and your spiritual approach towards them, requires complete change. To remain there is to remain in a state of darkness and this prevents you from receiving the forgiveness, the deliverance, the healing and power you need to overcome that situation. Light and dark cannot remain in the same place. The two will repel each other. They are complete opposites. This applies to you too. A child of light cannot remain in darkness. If you do, then the Truth has not been made known to you, and you're lying to yourself, lying to others, but more importantly, lying to God.

When we confess and repent of sin in our lives, it is like opening the windows and doors of your house and allowing the light – Jesus - to come in, and to expose what has been hidden in the darkness. It gives Him the right, by His Blood, to clean out the dirt and filth that has been preventing you from receiving the fullness of all that He desires to give you, so that we can become complete in God, not lacking anything.

This is not to say that once you do confess and repent that you will never have to do it again. That's erroneous teaching. We will all likely commit some form of sin everyday, whether it be less obvious things like lying, having doubt or unbelief, fear, cheating or holding offence against another, to more noticeable issues such as stealing, adultery, sexual immorality, anger, cussing and violence towards others. The list is extensive.

Yet, despite the many options by which we can become susceptible to sin, God's One option for redemption extends and overpowers them all. Jesus blood is sufficient to cover ALL sin. It just takes a few small words. “I am Sorry Lord. Please forgive me”. Its as simple as that. However, the problem is many of us stop there. We need to go one step further to complete this process of cleansing, healing and restoration. Saying sorry to the one who offended you completes this process. The former restores your relationship with God, but the latter restores your relationship with others. You need both so you can not only receive the Light, but be the light to those around you. These are the true Sons and Daughters of God.

Remember the longer you leave it, the harder it becomes to say sorry. Get into the habit of repenting daily. As Christians, we are called to live a repentative life. Its not that we go around saying sorry to everyone for every little incursion every minute or second of the day. Its having a consciousness or awareness of who you are in Christ Jesus and having a desire to not allow anything in your life, that would become a barrier or impediment to your relationship and personal testimony for Christ. The Holy Spirit will convict you of what you need to repent of. He's the Spirit of Conviction who leads us into all Truth. Listen to His voice and when you hear Him speaking (whether audibly, through the Word of God, or a fellow brother and sister in Christ), make sure you do it.

Jesus paid the price for your sins on the Cross. There is no sin that can keep you from your promises in Christ, except the ones you refuse to repent of. Don't hold onto them any longer than you need to. Bring it into His presence and under His blood and leave it there! Don't focus on them and don't glorify them either. Sins of the past if not released from your heart and spirit can also become an entry point for condemnation, guilt and shame to take root. Once you say sorry release them to God and refuse to re-visit them, no matter what the enemy says.

Condemnation gives place to fear and doubt and unbelief. That’s also the opposite of walking in the Light. Its actually you putting yourself back in darkness, when Christ already set you free from it. Forgiveness is a two way street. When you ask God to forgive you, you also have to receive His forgiveness, forgive yourself and then forgive others. When you learn to do this, through the power of God's Holy Spirit, that's when you can experience true Freedom and begin walking in the fullness of the Life God has for you. God Loves you precious one, receive it today! Amen.

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