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I John 1:5
This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you:God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.

The message will get to forgiveness for our failures, cleansing for our transgressions, empowerment for our struggle to change our way of life. It begins with Who God is, and especially with His Bright Purity. His light is entirely and diametrically opposed to any darkness at all. Painting with a broad brush as a background for all the detail, we see the awesome bright purity of God himself. Our deeds stand out like print on a page. Bright purity is our goal, our desire, the hope to which we struggle. Lord, give us the details of what we should do. But first, impress us with Your Bright Purity. Help us to embrace every exhortation as a way for us to be like Jesus.
2 Peter 1:5
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness knowledge,

God has called us to conformity with Christ, and has given us all we need in the Scriptures for us to pursue this goal with enthusiasm. This should be reason enough for us to do it. Privilege implies responsibility. Opportunity expects to be seized. Lord, help us to begin. Help us to start with goodness. Give us grace to purify our souls with a sincere love of the truth and a personal commitment to seek truth in the inner part of our lives. Make us good people, upright toward all we encounter in life and pursing the agreement of our inner persons with the outward goal. Help us start with being better than we would be apart from Your grace. Move us steadily toward the goal of likeness to Jesus.
1 Peter 1:5
...who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

We are glad that our inheritance is kept in heaven for us, but our present worry is whether we will survive spiritually, that we might receive it. We have observed very promising Christians depart from the faith. We have seen men with very strong testimonies abandon all to follow their lusts. What will keep us from doing likewise? Peter reassures us that we will be kept by the power of God until the coming of our salvation. Lord, we look to you to keep us by Your power. Make us to know Your reality within. Enable us to recognize temptation and to turn from it. Sustain your Spirit welling up within us unto eternal life. Keep always before our eyes Your Son, Jesus.
James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

James has just called us to a counter-intuitive way of life. We are to consider it pure joy to suffer all kinds of trials. What does this mean? And how can we do it? Interpretation and application are real problems, and we need to know how to bring this about. So James goes on to encourage us to seek wisdom from God. God is very happy to help, and he does not think we should be ashamed not to know. Sin , selfishness and pride still lurk within us, and we need to know how to find our way out. Thank You, Lord, for promising us wisdom. We know that a part of Your answer to our prayer will be more of Jesus.
Hebrews 1:5
For to which of the angels did God ever say, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father." Or again, "I will be His Father, and He will be my Son."

One problem of the Hebrews was too high a regard for angels. The writer is concerned that they should realize the infinite difference. However great an angel may be when compared to a man, the differences become minuscule when compared with God Himself. Jesus is the Son of God. The author of Hebrews desires that we should know and worship Jesus Christ for what He truly is. At times he himself realizes that he is speaking beyond our ability to comprehend, but he displays Christ, and brings us to adore and to worship Him. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for revealing to us the true nature of the One you call us to worship, even Jesus.
Philemon 5
...because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints.

These are what Paul always thanks God for when he thinks of Philemon.They are always indicators of true faith in Jesus. Jesus works in us by His Spirit to see our own sin and to turn from it to find forgiveness in Him and what He has done on the cross for sinners. One no longer sees oneself as autonomous, pursing oneís own goal as of the utmost importance. Our eyes are opened to see ourselves as members of a royal priesthood, built together with other believers into a structure where God dwells. We embrace with joy the relationship God has established, and we actually begin to love those for whom Christ died. Thank You, Lord, for beginning this work in us. Help us love all those who love Jesus.
Titus 1:5
The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as i directed you.

Paul had given Titus the instruction to appoint elders in every town, but he wanted to be sure Titus would remember the qualifications that those appointed must demonstrate. Thousands of years later, we have the benefit of these instructions, because Paul was called away before the job was done. Lord, can a benefit come from our having to leave a job unfinished? Can others carry it on better than we could? Or are there other things that rightly should have our attention? Help us carry on the work that Paul could not wait around to finish. Help us to leave to others what we canít finish ourselves. Work by your Holy Spirit in all these things to bring others to Jesus.
2 Timothy 1:5
I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

It is a wonderful joy to see the faith of a grandparent echoed in a grandchild. God usually calls His elect from the families of the elect, but when He does so it is always an astonishment and a joy. Such a background supports an active faith in a child and helps them to grow in grace by following the example of those they love. All parents long that their children will follow their God. All Christian parents work actively to this end. Given the wickedness of the world and the inconsistencies still in our lives, we are always amazed, and give all glory to God when our children seek the Lord. Dear Lord, bring them to Jesus.

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