Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound
yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
10 That ye may approve things that are excellent;
that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.
Knowing God In the Darkness
...Getting to Know
Him with the Help of
Hour" Revelation of I John
I JOHN IS A "LAST HOUR"
EPISTLE to help
us know God. Forty times some form of the word "to know"
occurs in it. In the Greek New Testament, 25 of these come from
the word ginósko which we learn means "to know"
by acquiring knowledge, or by learning. 15 times the word comes
from oída which means "to know" in a more absolute
way. It is the kind of knowledge more like an instinct, or an idea that
bursts upon the mind pure and unaffected by outward observance. Strangelyor
maybe wonderfullyginósko occurs more prominently
in the first part of the Epistle. As we draw toward its conclusion,
it is oída that finds almost exclusive use. The
knowledge that is acquired about God and His Beloved Son develops from
a knowledge that comes on by learning into a knowledge that is absolute.
We cant observe these distinctions of the Epistle in this brief
writing, but we make reference to them to confirm a point. Our knowledge
of God grows in the end to become pure. It cannot be foiled by any attempt
of the anti-Christ to confuse us regarding Who and where He is with
us and who and where we are with Him.
We should note that I
John covers three specific subjects: Christ, anti-Christ and love. Through Christ we know God. Anti-Christ and the spirits that work with him oppose this. Knowing God is to know love, pure and absolute. While John never mentions
the reins, as such, the whole idea of what they are and how they
function comes to us throughout its five chapters. The Epistle will
help strengthen our God consciousness and our self-conscience.
DAY 1The Life that Was
Manifested unto Us
I Jn 1:1,2 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; (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,)
FATHER, I want to grow into a pure and absolute knowledge
of the Life that comes from You. I want to see with my eyes, even to gaze
upon, that Life as it was manifested in Your Son. Teach me to wait in
Your presence till I know Him so intimately it will be as though He is
my life. Then I will know You perfectly.
The Heart that Longs to Know GodPs
27:4; Phil 3:8-15
DAY 2Coming into the Joy
of Fellowship with the Father and His Son
I Jn 1:3,4 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. And these things write
we unto you, that your joy may be full.
FATHER, help me learn from this Epistle how I can intimately
know You and Your Son Jesus Christ. Teach me to open myself to its words
and receive them into my spirit. Draw me on in seeking You till my joy
becomes full. Let it become so settled that nothing can take it from me.
The Joy that Becomes FullJn 15:11;
in 16:24; in 17:13
DAY 3Coming into the Light
I John 1:5-7 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. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness,
we lie, and do not the truth: 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.
GRACIOUS FATHER, help me open myself to the light that knowing
You brings. Help me not to fear that light nor its exposure. I want it
to shine into every part of me to expose every sin and need. Teach me
how the blood of Jesus Christ can cleanse me from all sin. Then I can
have a fellowship with You that is clear and open.
How Close to the Father the Blood of His Son
Brings UsEph 2:11-14; Rom 3:23-26
DAY 4Dealing with the Sin
that Will Keep Us from Knowing God
I John 1:8-10 If we say that 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 that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His Word is
not in us.
LORD, I can never say I have not sinned, it has been in my nature,
in my way of thinking, and in how I live before others. It has weakened
me and made me susceptible to sickness and disease. I want no more of
it. I am ready for freedom from its hold so I can know You freely.
Laying Our Sins Out in the OpenPs 32:5-7;
Ps 51 :2,3
DAY 5Knowing Jesus Christ
Who Is Our Advocate with the Father
I John 2:1,2 My little children, these things write 1 unto you,
that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous: and He is the Propitiation for our sins:
and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
FATHER, I see my freedom comes only through Your Son Whom I
have taken as my Savior. Because He is my Advocate before You, I no longer
fear Your presence. Because He is the Propitiation for my sins, I have
no more fear of Your wrath. Teach me to rest in Your presence.
How Gods Wrath against Our Sin is Propitiated,
Satisfied, in the Sacrifice of JesusRom 3:25; Rom 5:1-9
DAY 6How We Can Know that
We Know Him
I John 2:3-5 And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep
His commandments. He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments,
is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth His Word, in
him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in
LORD, I have been hindered in knowing You fully because of my
disobedience. I am ready now to yield to Your full injunction upon my
life. I want to do what You want me to do. Cleanse me. Set me free so
I can know You without hindrance as You draw me into full obedience.
How Knowing the Son Brings Us to Know the FatherJn
8:19; Jn 14:6-9
DAY 7How Abiding in Christ
Enables Us to Walk in the Light of Fellowship with God
I John 2:6-8 He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also
so to walk, even as He walked. Brethren, I write no new commandment unto
you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment
is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. Again, a new commandment
I write unto you, which thing is true in Him and in you: because the
darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.
LORD, help me know the darkness is past and the true light is now
shining. Show me that light. Draw me to live in it so I wont fear
my path. And LORD, help me become a light to those around me so they can
walk without fear.
Walking in His LightJn 8:12, 35, 36;
DAY 8How Love Helps us Live
in His Light
I John 2:9-11 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his
brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother
abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness,
and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his
FATHER, this has been an area of trouble for me. Please help
me. Because I have not loved certain people, it has been difficult to
love You perfectly, and I have walked in darkness. I am ready now to bring
before You each one I have difficulty loving. Help me honestly to seek
Your blessing upon them and to regard them with Your love.
Loving One AnotherHeb 13:1; I Pet 1:22;
I Pet 3:8,9
DAY 9How God Reaches Us
Where We AreLittle Children, Young People, or Adults
I John 2:12,13 I write unto you, little children,
because your sins are forgiven you for His names sake. I write unto
you, fathers, because ye have known Him that is from the beginning. I
write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I
write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.
FATHER, thank You for receiving all of us, no matter our age.
Thank You for dealing with us where we are and drawing us all into the
maturity of knowing You. Help me see how rapidly life passes. Give me
the grace to walk in the fullness of what You have for me at this stage
of my life. Help me live so I wont have to end up with regrets.
All Knowing God TogetherPs 148:11-14;
DAY 10Deliverance from the
World to Do Gods Will
I John 2: 15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are
in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not
in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust
of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the
world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof but he that
doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
LORD, I renounce the hold the world has on me. I renounce
the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. Set
me perfectly free from these strongholds so I can be free to know You
and fulfill Your will for me.
Having Left the Old Way to Find the NewEph
DAY 11Discerning Anti-Christs
Last Hour Work
I John 2: 18,19 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye
have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists;
whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but
they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have
continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest
that they were not all of us.
LORD, I want to stand with You in the last days. Deal with anything
in me that makes me prone to follow the anti-Christ. May that operation
of Your Spirit called the "discerning of spirits" work in
me. Draw me close to Your heart so nothing anti-Christ presents will entice
What Jesus Said about End-Time DeceptionMt
24:4, 5; Mt 24:23-25
DAY 12The Anointing that
Helps us Discern
I John 2:20,21 But ye have an unction (an "anointing") from the Holy One, and ye (instinctively) know all
things (that anti-Christ does). I have not written unto you
because ye know not the truth, but because ye (instinctively) know
it, and that no lie is of the truth.
DEAR LORD, I open myself to the anointing Your Spirit brings.
With that anointing I go to Your Word so its power can come over on my
life. Strengthen me, and these with whom I share its light, so we can
withstand the deception of the last days and know You perfectly in the
Knowing His Voice, Fleeing the StrangerJn
DAY 13Acknowledging the
Son to Have the Father
I John 2:22,23 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is
the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever
denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: [but] he that acknowledgeth
the Son hath the Father also.
FATHER, Ive come to You through Your precious Son. Thank
You for receiving me in Him. Teach me to watch Him, to stay close by Him
and live with Him so I can continue knowing You everyday. When I know
You in every situation, I believe I can stand strong in the last hour.
Discovering Him as the Strength of My LifePs
DAY 14Continuing in the
Son, and in the Father
I John 2:24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard
from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning
shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
FATHER, no matter what happens to me, or around me, I want to know You in it. Cause me to hear Your voice in my spirit. Help
me become stable in what You tell me so I will continue in Your Son, and
Becoming a Disciple Indeed by Continuing in His
Word and in His LoveJn 8:31; Jn 14:23; Jn 15:10
DAY 15How the Anointing
Teaches us to Abide in Him
I John 2:26,27 These things have I written unto you concerning
them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of Him
abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as
the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no
lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him.
LORD, teach me what it means to watch and pray so I wont
be seduced from You. Help me discern what is true and what is a lie of
the enemy Your anointing is teaching us to abide in You. Teach me more
of what this means.
Abiding in Him, Abiding in His LoveJn
DAY 16Confidence at the
End with No Shame
I John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in Him; that, when
He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him
at His coming. If ye know that He is righteous, ye know that every
one that doeth righteousness is born of Him.
LORD, there are times I am slow to confess Your Name. Sometimes
my confidence grows weak. I am sorry for this. I need Your enabling grace.
Let confidence come upon me to stand in Your presence and, as well, to
stand in the presence of others to confess Your Name. Also, help me stand
with utmost confidence before the enemy.
Boldness in the Day of JudgmentI Jn 4:17;
Isa 25:9; Phil 1:20; Heb 10:25
DAY 17Beloved of God, Unknown
to the World
I John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon
us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth
us not, because it knew Him not.
FATHER, today I just need for You to love me. My love toward You
is not perfect, but I wait in Your presence as Your child. Please give
me the spiritual and emotional strength to withstand the pressure coming
from the world. As those pressures increase, help me love You the more.
Living with the Father as SonsJn 1:12;
DAY 18The Hope that Brings
Purity to the Children of God
I John 3:2,3 Beloved, now are we the sons ("children") of
God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that,
when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He
is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself even as
He is pure.
LORD, I know that You are drawing me on to something I have
not yet seen. You are drawing me into something I have never been. A strong
hope for this is rising in me. Please give me a pure heart as Your draw
me on so nothing will hinder what You are doing in me.
The Promises that Cause CleansingII Cor
DAY 19How Our Break with
Sin Comes about
I John 3:4-6 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law:
for sin is the transgression of the law And ye know that He was manifested
to take away our sins; and in Him is no sin. Whosoever abideth
in Him sinneth not (continually): whosoever sinneth (continually) hath not seen Him, neither known Him.
FATHER, so many sins have laid hold on me that I sometimes despair
of becoming pure. They rise up from within me. But today, I see Your Son
is my perfect Hope. I am ready to yield my all to Him. Teach me to see
Him, to abide in Him, and to know Him with nothing between.
Our JustificationJn 1:29; Mt 1:21;
DAY 20When Continuing in
Sin Will Become an Impossibility
I John 3:8,9 He that committeth sin (continually) is of
the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose
the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy ("undo") the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin (as a continuing practice); for His seed remaineth in him:
and he cannot (continue in the practice of) sin, because
he is born of God.
FATHER GOD, I thank you for the grace whereby You
saved me. Ive been born againeven born "from above." I confess I now am related to Your eternal Kingdom. You have placed
the seed of Your Nature in me. Cause that seed to grow till my life becomes
complete in You and sin becomes a foreign thing to me.
Born Again, Born from Above, Beholding Gods
DAY 21Love, the Prime Mark
of a Child of God
I John 3:10,11 In this the children of God are manifest,
and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is
not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. For this is the message
that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
DEAR LORD, I see that the prime mark of my new life should be that
I am set free to love. Oh, how this has been attacked in me! Please help
me! I have ample opportunity to love, but please release in me the grace
to do it. Help me, especially, love these I now name...
The Cardinal CommandmentLev 19:18;
Lk 10:27; Rom 13:9; Gal 5:14
DAY 22Love, whereby We Know
We Have Life
I John 3:13,14 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the
brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
FATHER, as the hatred of the world toward us increases, help
me all the more to love those who try to follow You. Purge from me all
contempt toward those who profess to love You, but who think differently
than I do. Give me the grace and wisdom to get matters settled in love
with everyone toward whom I have held ill feelings.
The End-time Hatred that Will Come from the WorldMt
10:22; Mt 24:9; in 7:7; in 15:18-21
DAY 23An Example of Brotherly
I John 3:12,15 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his
brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were
evil, and his brothers righteous.... Whosoever hateth his brother
is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding
FATHER, help me hear this heavy word that whosoever hates
his brother is a murderer. Deal with any tendency in me that even leans
toward hating another of Your children. Purge me of all this evil. Set
me free to love.
Getting Our Differences Settled for the Kingdoms
SakeI Cor 6:1-11
DAY 24How Love Causes Us
to Lay down Our Lives for Our Brethren
I John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down
his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. John 3:16 For God so loved (or, "this is the way God
loved") the world, that He gave His only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting
FATHER, I want to love with the kind of love You have, but this
is beyond my human ability. All I know to do is to open myself to Your
love to me and let it move through me to others. Im not even sure
how to do this. So, I wait before You today for You to shaw me how You
want to love me and love others through me.
Loving with a Pure HeartGal 5:13;
I Pet 1:22; I Pet 3:8
DAY 25How Love Gives Us
Assurance before God
I John 3:17-19 But whoso hath this worlds good, and seeth
his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him,
how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love
in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we
know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.
FATHER, I am still sometimes blind to the needs of others. I tend
to be more concerned with what I need. Forgive me for this hardness. Open
my eyes to see where Your love through me must go. Bring forth in me a
heart that is kind and open to the people around me.
Gods Early Injunction upon His People
that They Care for the PoorDeut 15:7-11
DAY 26Confidence toward
God and the Promise of Answered Prayer
I John 3:20-22 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than
our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us
not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive
of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are
pleasing in His sight.
LOVING GOD, thank You for overruling my heart so You can bring
it into line for Your Kingdom. My confidence toward You is growing. A
freedom is coming to ask of You things once beyond the reach of my little
faith. I now feel more desire to do exactly what You want me to do than
I ever felt before. Thank You for loving me.
The Exultation of a Heart Set FreePs
20:5,6; Ps 25:1-3
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