Text Box: Light vs. Darkness
1 JOHN 1:1-10
READ 1 JOHN 1:1-10 FIRST
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
THE WORD OF LIFE HAS BEEN AROUND AND HAS BEEN PREACHED TRUTHFULLY.
HOW DO WE HANDLE IT?
2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
ARE WE WILLING TO BEAR WITNESS TO THE WORD OF LIFE?
3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
DO WE DECLARE THE WORD TO ALL ENOUGH?
DO WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD, JESUS AND FELLOW CHRISTIANS?
4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
IS OUR JOY FULL? IF NOT WHY NOT?
HOW DO WE HAVE FULL JOY?
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
IS THERE DARKNESS IN OUR HEARTS? IF SO WHY?
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
DONíT WALK WITH THE DEVIL!
DO THE TRUTH.
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
BE THOU AN EXAMPLE OF JESUS.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
REALITY CHECK!
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 
DONíT DECIEVE YOURSELVES 
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
THIS IS A CONTINUAL CONFESSION, NOT JUST FOR SALVATION, CONFESS CONTINUALLY!
HE IS FAITHFUL TO FORGIVE US OUR SINS!
If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
GOD IS TRUTH - WE CAN NOT MAKE HIM A LIAR.
MAKE SURE HIS WORD IS IN US!
Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
OUR UNDERSTANDING IS FLAWED.
WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DONíT RELY ON OUR FALTERING STRENGTH BUT ON GODíS UNFAILING STRENGTH.
Philippians 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
ARE WE WILLING TO PUT THIS INTO PRACTICE IN OUR LIVES?
Matthew 6:33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 
WE NEED TO SEEK FIRST GOD AND HIS RIGHTOUSNESS SO THAT WE CAN PROPERLY TEACH THE WORD AND TO GAIN THE JOY MENTIONED EARLIER.
HOW SHOULD WE SEEK FIRST GOD? TIME, CHURCH ATTENDANCE, TEACHING, FELLOWSHIP.... 
CONCLUSION
THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE AND AVAILABLE TO ALL IN THE BIBLE
JOY IS SOMETHING WE CAN HAVE
DARKNESS IS SIN AND SIN IS BAD; THE LIGHT IS GOOD AND TO BE STRIVED FOR
FORGIVENESS IS AVAILABLE TO ALL BY ASKING FOR IT - SO ASK FOR IT CONTINUALLY
OUR STRENGTH IS BUT WEAKNESS AND GODíS STRENGTH IS THE ONLY TRUE STRENGTH
WE NEED TO PUT GOD FIRST EVERY TIME AND IN EVERYTHING WE DO
ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO OUR SALVATION
IF YOU DONíT KNOW HIM THEN FIND HIM!
WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU TO PUT GOD FIRST IN YOUR LIFE
AND TO HELP YOU TO FIND GOD.
TALK WITH US NOW SINCE GOD HAS NOT GAURENTEED TOMORROW!