Let’s cut to chase 🙂
‘This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice 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 cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.’ 1 John 1: 5-10
I am reminded here, that God is not a mean God, that He in fact sent His only son to die on the cross to save us, and by His perfect blood we are redeemed.
Here we see the word ‘if’ used quite a bit in just a few sentences and it made me think and thank God for the choices He gives us, and that He lets us know the consequences of those choices either way.
All to often we ‘wonder what if’, when really His word lays it all out for us. If we walk in the light we have fellowship with Him and one another, if we don’t then, well, we don’t.
I think sometimes we as Christians want to muddy up the Word, when really it’s simple. If we will surrender to Him, we don’t have to ‘wonder what if’ anymore. We can have faith and stand on it, we can know what side of ‘if’ we’re on and own it, know it, live it and be people marked by fellowship with Him and each other, cleansed by the blood.
Cleansed by something so red, so rich, so real, so raw. Cleansed white as snow, only God can take something red, wash us in it and we come out white. Kingdom cleansing may not make sense to us, but Isaiah 55:8 says “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.”
His ways are higher than our ways, but when we live on this side of ‘if’ we can be confident, sure and steady while we walk it out!
So In times of trouble let’s remember what side of ‘if’ we live, where our camp is, and in the midst of a temptation to flee to the other side of ‘if’ and “take control” of our situations (which of course is a false sense of control anyways) — let’s stay camped out where we know to be, standing with our feet planted firm on His side of ‘if’, it will change our perspective, and in turn that will alleviate all our fears.