Today we are praying for the country of Singapore. Please help us lift up this nation to the Lord today. You can follow the two links below to learn more about the nation and its unreached people groups. You can watch the video below to help guide you in your prayers.
Please take time to meditate on the devotion for today as well.
Watch the above video and pray for the requests listed at the end.
Today's Devotional Thought
It has been several weeks since we left off our study of 1 John. We are calling this series: Joyful Assurance? The reason for this title is because John bookends his letter with two reasons for writing.
First, we see that he writes in an effort to provide us with fullness of joy. 1 John 1:4 says, “These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.” Second, he writes in an effort to provide us assurance of salvation. In 1 John 5:13 we read, “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” So, John is writing this letter in an effort to provide us with a joyful assurance.
As we have seen in our study so far, and I hope that you remember, (if not you can go here to view old sermons or here to listen to old sermons and read old sermon notes or go to www.missionsurge.com/blog and read older blog entries to catch up) in order to have this joyful assurance that John is writing about we must have a working, active faith that permeates every part of our lives! That is made clear from our text this week. We pick up in 1 John 2:15-17.
Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
There are 4 major things that I want us to take note of in this text.
I. The Command v15a
John says in the first part o f verse 15, “Do not love the world nor the things in the world.” Do not love the world. What is this world that John is referring to? It is obviously not the world in which we live. It is not referring to this earth. It is obviously not referring to the people in the world. It is talking about a system: the world system that is set up over against God. It is referring to this sinful, anti-Christ, anti-Scripture, anti-Christian world. Most of us are probably perfectly good in this regard. We don’t love the world. But John happens to go on.
He continues in verse 15, “nor the THINGS in the world.” Many of us, while we do not love the world, find ourselves quite fond of the things of the world. We don’t want to walk down the aisle and marry the world, but we don’t mind slow dancing with her on Saturday nights. We don’t want to wed the world, but we are happy to date her daughters. We don’t love the world, but the things of the world….that is another story!
The command is clear! Do not…do not love the world NOR the things in the world. Friends, we need to examine our EVERY SINGLE MOVE and decision with Scripture, and we need to do so often. We must learn to think about everything that we are doing, everything that we are wearing, everywhere that we are going, every dime that we are spending, every movie we are watching, every song that we are listening to. We must learn to think about everything in light of what Scripture says! What does the Bible say about what you are spending your time doing? What does the Bible say about where you are going, what you are watching, what you are listening to, what you are wearing? To the wind with what is popular, acceptable, or culturally relevant. What says the Lord? We must learn how to THINK about what we are doing!!
Until next time....