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Eye On Integrity-Submission to God

July 13th, 2018 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Eye On Integrity is based on James 4, verses 7 and 8.

“Submit yourselves, then to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

This statement was addressing believers who were torn by conflict. They were quarreling and fighting each other. They were struggling with pride and selfish motives. James is showing how this problem can be overcome. Submit to God. Resist the devil. Approach God with a humble heart. He will rearrange priorities and do a cleansing of the heart that will produce peace with God and unity in the body of Christ.

Walking in submission to God is a virtue to embrace for our lives in the Year of Integrity.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

LIFE APPLICATION TRUTH-STEP INTO THE LIGHT

November 28th, 2012 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – From First John 1:6 and 7.

“If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by 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, purifies us from all sin.”

One of Steve Taylor’s classics is “Sin For A Season.” In that song, he exposed the faulty thinking of those who used God’s grace as a license for sin. One of the lines describes their motivation:  “Gonna get the Lord to forgive a little sin. Get the slate cleaned so he can dirty it again. And no one else will ever know. But he reaps his harvest as his heart grows hard. No man’s gonna make a mockery of God.” These are the schemes of a deliberate sinner who abuses the grace of God.

God’s grace is amazing, but it is not a license for sin. Instead, it is a pardon for sin and an incentive for change. In Romans 6:1, Paul the Apostle asked, “Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?

God’s grace enables us to come out of darkness and into the light. As we follow Jesus with sincere devotion, we experience the freedom of forgiveness and the fulfillment of joyful Christian fellowship.

Walking in the light of God’s grace and truth is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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