Today we are praying for the country of Indonesia. 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.
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Today's Devotional Thought
Yesterday we saw the command given to us in 1 John 2:15-17. Today, we continue by looking at the caution provided.
II. The Caution v15b
John goes on in verse 15 to clarify for us the vital importance of this command and issue a serious caution. He says, “If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” Wow. Do you see what John is saying? First, notice that he begins by saying, “if anyone.” Anyone. It doesn’t matter if it is your mother, your father, your sister, your brother, you Sunday school teacher, your life group leader, your deacon, or your preacher. If anyone…anyone…loves the world, the love of God is not in him. In other words, if anyone loves the world he is lost. This is quite a powerful statement by John isn’t it? He is clarifying for us something that we need to always remember. Love for the world pushes out love for God. Love for God pushes out love for the the world. It is either/or NOT both/and. Jesus said in Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” We cannot love God while loving the world and the things in the world. We cannot love the world and the things in the world while loving God. Love for God and love for the world do not dwell together in the same heart in unity.
Consider Romans 11:33-12:2.
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! 34 For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR? 35 Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN? 36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
As we see in this text, we cannot grasp God or His ways. He is so wise and knowledgeable and unfathomable that we cannot plumb the depth of his riches! We cannot counsel Him or make suggestions to Him. He is so good and glorious that we do not have the mental capacity to be able to comprehend His mind, and therefore He is not in need of our counsel. We cannot offer Him anything. God, doesn’t need anything from us. We can’t loan Him anything, because everything that we have came from Him in the first place. All things are from Him, through Him and to Him and He is worthy of all glory for all eternity! Therefore…
When our hearts are filled with such an understanding, such an awe, such a wonder, and such a love for who God is, it will lead us to the therefore of chapter 12, verse 1. Therefore, let us be living sacrifices.
Love for God pushes out love for the world! And this love for God, as it pushes out love for the world, will result in living sacrifices holy and acceptable to God. This is your reasonable, logical response to the glory of God as described in the latter portion of chapter 11.
Don’t be conformed to the world. Remember, we are commanded not to love the world, or the things in the world. We are cautioned that the one who loves the world does not have the love of the Father in him. Therefore, do not be conformed to the world. It will try to conform You. Instead, be transformed by the renewing of Your mind. And how can your mind be renewed? By getting in the Word! Go to the Scriptures and let them guide your every single solitary decision! Think biblically. 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!!
Then You will prove what is the good and acceptable will of God as You walk it and live it out.
Friend, if we love the world, the love of the Father is not in us. Love for the world, pushes love for God out! But, praise the Lord! Love for God will push out love for the world every time.
Join us tomorrow as we consider the contrast between the world and the Father. Until then...
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