To be alive spiritually man must have union with God and must be conscious of it. Apart from this union his religious life will be an empty drudgery, a mere imitation of true spirituality. Alan Watts
What we have seen and heard we are telling you so that you too may be in union with us, as we are in union with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 1John 1:3
We know that anyone who has been begotten by God does not sin, because the begotten Son of God protects him, and the Evil One does not touch him. We know that we belong to God, but the whole world lies in the power of the Evil One. We know, too, that the Son of God has come, and has given us the power to know the true God. 1Jn 5:18-20
This is what we have heard from Him and the message that we are announcing to you: God is light; there is no darkness in Him at all. If we say that we are in union with God while we are living in darkness, we are lying because we are not living the truth. But if we live our lives in the light, as He is in the light, we are in union with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin. 1Jn 1: 5-8
God is in Christians, He’s our center, and as the principal of our new lives whoever lives in union with God must live a life of light, virtue, love, and keep God’s commandments, especially the commandment to LOVE all human beings ( 1Jn 2:10,11; 3:10; 4:8,16 ). We are not to judge but love the person and try to redirect their path, if this is not possible then we are to pray for them, and let God do the rest (Rom.14:13; 1Cor. 4:5; James 5:16 ). Faith and love are thus the visible evidence of true union with God ( 1Jn 1:6,7; 2:3,6; 3:6,10,17, 24; 4:6,8,13,16,20 ). He is life and love, the only One who is known for what He is truth. Confessing our sins and being baptized, submerging ourselves our sins in a watery grave and coming out/up in unison with God. The whole purpose to baptism is to show allegiance, we’ve buried our past (our sin) and risen to new life. As Jesus Himself, our example, did, carrying the sins of the world He came to and was baptized by John the Baptist ( Matt. 3:13-17; Mark 1:9; Luke 3:21 ).
Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart. Jeremiah 24:7
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, Ephesians 1:17
We are in the true God, as we are in His Son, Jesus Christ. This is the true God, this is eternal life. 1Jn 5:20
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. Jn 17:3
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. Jn 1:1-5
Children, be on your guard against false gods. 1Jn 18:21
Be one with God and not with false pretenders. The heart is what God is looking at, a personal relationship is what He’s seeking with every individual. Do not be fooled in believing in idols of any kind, ‘idols of the heart’ that deflects human beings from their faith and true love. But be one with God through faith and unison with Jesus Christ. Be on guard against the enemies of Christ and against the world.
It is not every spirit, my dear people, that you can trust; test them, to see if they come from God; there are many false prophets, now, in the world. You can tell the spirits that come from God by this: every spirit which acknowledges that Jesus the Christ has come in the flesh is from God; but any spirit which will not say this of Jesus is not from God, but is the spirit of Antichrist, whose coming you were warned about. Well, now he is here, in the world.
Children, you have already overcome these false prophets, because you are from God and you have in you One who is greater than anyone in this world; as for them, they are of the world, and so they speak the language of the world and the world listens to them. But we are children of God, and those who know God listen to us; those who are not of God refuse to listen to us. This is how we can tell the spirit of truth from the spirit of falsehood. 1Jn 4:1-6
My dear people, let us love one another since love comes from God and everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. 1Jn 4:7,8
because God is love. 1Jn 4:8
Live as God’s children, break with sin, keep His commandments, especially the law of love and be on guard against the enemies of Christ and against the world. Always in union with the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Always in communications, for prayer is talking to God about everything you’re going through and experiencing; in thanksgiving for all He has given you; in praise and worship, for He is our Creator and King.
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Father, bless us all with wisdom to know truth, strength to stand, focus to always do Thy will, love to stay within Your wings Lord, and grace to endure. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Always looking up!
*The Jerusalem Bible and the New King James Bible were used throughout. My use of the NKJB was from https://www.biblegateway.com ; thanks to Alan Watts and Azquotes: http://www.azquotes.com/quotes/topics/spirituality.html