Rhapsody of Realities 27 June 2023: Love Not the World
SCRIPTURE: 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 (1 John 2:15).
This was one of the first Bible verses that impressed upon my young, receptive mind as an eight-year-old. It’s God’s declaration, and it’s final. It says fi you love the world, the love of the Father isn’t in you. You may confess a thousand times that you love God, but if you’re in love with the world or the things of the world, the love of the Father isn’t in you.
Some have asked, “Why would God tell us not to love the world when the Bible says, ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son? Why can’t we also love the world like the Father did?’
God loved the world of men; not the systems and the things therein. He loved the people and sent Jesus, His Son, to save them from
their sins; 1John 2:16 says, “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.” The Scripture is admonishing us against worldliness
Refuse to be influenced or carried away by the spirit of the world. The Bible says,””..know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmitynwith God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4).
As saints of God, we shouldn’t engage in unspiritual discussions where sometimes they spend hours arguing about their favourite sport teams and almost get into fisticuffs. They spend hours watching movies and TV shows, but when it’s time to pray or study the Word, they fall asleep.
Don’t get carried away and sucked in by such things to the pointnthat they drive your life and distract you from your purpose. You’re in this world for a divine purpose. So, think differently and be conscious of that higher purpose for which God in Christ has called you.
PRAYER: Dear Father, the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world! I live for Christ, and I refuse to be swayed by the spirit of the world,nor enticed by the sensual, carnal, fleshly and worldly trends. I’m from above, and my mind is set on things above. I’m an ambassador for Christ, called to establish heaven and righteousness in the hearts of men, in Jesus’ Name. Amen
Galatians 6:14 AMPC
14 But far be it from me to glory [in anything or anyone] except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) through Whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world!
2 Timothy 4:10 CEV
10 Demas has deserted me because he loves the things of this life and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus has gone to Dalmatia.
James 4:4 AMPC
4 You [are like] unfaithful wives [having illicit love affairs with the world and breaking your marriage vow to God]! Do you not know that being the world’s friend is being God’s enemy? So whoever chooses to be a friend of the world takes his stand as an enemy of God.
1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Acts 13:1-12 & Nehemiah 7-8
2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Luke 4:33-44 & Deuteronomy 25
Thank you for studying today’s Rhapsody of Realities – Love Not the World- written by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.
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