16 December: Living Up to the Label

Today’s chapter shows that what we say and what we do will both count…

READ 1 JOHN 3  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts


Regulators in many of our countries take great care to protect our consumer rights. Although we’re still left in the dark when it comes to those long words on the back of our shampoo bottles, if you buy a box of soap powder, you can be sure that it won’t be cement powder instead.

Almost 2,000 years ago John, a close friend of Jesus, wrote about the discrepancy he’d seen in the lives of so-called Believers – between what they said and did. [v7-8] But because we’re made in the image of our Creator, we have a heart connection with Him through what we commonly call, our human conscience. But if my heart condemns me, I know that God is greater than my heart, because He knows everything. If my heart doesn’t condemn me, I have confidence before God that I’ll receive from Him anything I ask, because I’m His child and I keep His commands – doing what pleases Him. [v20-22]

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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to be real with your Creator? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help.[a]


   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

My soul glorifies the Lord. My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour! [Luke 1:46-47]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: The people of Venezuela[b]
  • Your Country: Parachurch ministries in your country
  • Yourself: Opportunities for personal evangelism
  • Your concerns for today
Dear Lord, may Your eyes be open to Your servant’s plea and to the plea of your people. May You listen to us whenever we cry out to You. [1 Kings 8:52]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Whoever conceals their sins won’t prosper, but the one who confesses and turns away from them finds mercy. [Proverbs 28:13]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

Help me, Lord, to taste and see that You are good. Blessed is the one who takes refuge in You. [Psalm 34:8]

“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[c] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = Spiritual Conflict

“Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” [Ephesians 6:18]

[a] Matthew 6:5-15

[b] http://www.operationworld.org/country/vene/owtext.html

[c] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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