1 John | Day Eight
By Callie Clayton | 1 John 4:1-6 | He is Greater
Do you ever feel bogged down and weary? Maybe school stresses you out. You’re discouraged by things happening at home. There seems to be so much drama in all of your friendships. Maybe you have a teacher or a friend or a parent or a coach that constantly criticizes you and you just feel like you can never measure up. Or you’re searching for something—you just can’t seem to find it. Everyone is telling you to try something to ease the pain, to snap out of this funk you’re in, or to move on, and you don’t know who or what to believe.
If you had to describe your emotional state in one word, what would it be?
What advice do people give you?
Is it working?
Are the people with whom you talk about this stuff following Jesus, or not so much?
How would their relationship with Jesus impact the advice they give you?
The recipients of John’s letter were getting advice and teachings from people who did not know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. John tells them that who they listen to matters greatly.
Read 1 John 4:1-3.
According to these verses, how do you know who has the Spirit of God?
If someone does not confess Jesus is the Son of God, why should we hesitate to believe what they have to say?
Now, read 1 John 4:4 and write it down where you can see it on a regular basis today!
What two things does this verse have to say about you?
What does this verse have to say about God?
How does this truth impact you?
If you realized on a regular basis that God, through His Spirit, is LIVING in you and gives you the strength to overcome every difficult thing in your life, what would change?
Sometimes we forget this truth. And not only does it keep us from living a life of joy and peace and freedom, but it keeps us quiet. It might be discouraging when it seems as if we are the only ones trying to live a life honoring the Lord--especially when we talk to others about our faith and they are disinterested, dismissive, or defensive.
What does 1 John 4:5-6 have to say about our friends and family who listen to us talk about Jesus?
Does this mean we should keep quiet and only talk to other believers about God and what He’s doing in our life?
Does this cause you to reconsider who you get advice from?
Spend some time in prayer thanking the Lord for picking you to be His child and giving you the strength to overcome the hard parts of life. Praise Him for helping you overcome the lies you’re tempted to believe and remind you He has filled you with His Spirit and His Truth. Praise Him for being greater than anything in this world that attempts to knock you down!