I have been pondering on 1 John 2:15 this morning. Thinking about the state of the world. All the pain, the suffering, the sin, and evil we are subjected to on a daily basis. I think to myself, Thank God Jesus saved us when He did, I don’t know how I would have been able to rationalize the pandemic and the mess of violent protests plaguing our country and world at large. Through the lens of the Bible I see the truth in the words “the world is passing away.” I understand now there is no reason to build a house on a sinking ship. If I were to set my hope on the world and not on Jesus Christ our Lord, I would only be asking for heartache and misery in the end.
The lusts of the world are also passing away, Hallelujah for that! Even before I was saved, I would often be so off-put by the blatant and celebrated sensuality of our youth. I couldn’t make sense of it at the time, but now I see it for what it is. I thank God daily that I no longer share the desires of the world. They will only pass away.
I know that only through doing the will of the Father I will live forever. Jesus said if you love me you will keep my commandments. He also said that He didn’t come to abolish the law of Moses but to fulfill it. By following the laws of Moses, I know I am showing Jesus the love that He deserves. This isn’t legalism, it’s not like I am trying to earn God’s love. No, I know He loves me and I want to show Him how much I love Him back by keeping His commandments to the very best of my ability. It is through these commandments that I see God’s Holiness and through the power of the Holy Spirit I can and will strive to keep them on a daily basis out of the love and fear of our Father in heaven. The spirit of rebellion that once inhabited my vessel has been replaced by a spirit of obedience and I couldn’t feel more free! No longer am I a slave to my flesh and the world, but I am a willful servant to the Almighty God who through His bountiful Grace opened my spiritual eyes and set my soul free!
It is empty talk to say you love God but do not love what He loves. If you love the world, the love of the Father is not in you. If you love the world, you will perish with the world, but if you don’t love the world and instead love God, you will do His will and live with Him forever. This short life on earth isn’t anything but a blip in comparison to the eternity we will experience once our souls leave our physical vessels.
(1 John 2:15)
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
A true relationship with Jesus far outweighs the struggles that come with following Him. As a bonafide introvert that typically finds personal relationships sticky to say the least, I am so grateful for all of the wonderful fellow believers God has brought into our life in the past year. I am also grateful for all that God continues to bless us with in our day to day lives.
When you walk in the light and the will of God, He opens doors you never thought could be opened.
“…Lord, to whom who can we go? You have the words of eternal life!” (John 6:68)
In the words of my friend Jessica Díaz who has always been wise beyond her years and so well-spoken:
“At first this story made me laugh. It was just so outrageous. Then I felt angry. Then I felt thankful. Thankful that the hypocrisy is so obvious. It is out in the light. It can’t be denied. God is at work here.
Cultural Christianity has to go. The false idols that are worshiped in pop Christianity are in full view. Wealth, comfort, complacency, self-gain, power, worshiping ourselves, and on and on. May we all repent from participating in cultural Christianity and turn toward Christ. May we read and study the Word, and do what it says.
It’s not “Jesus and coffee” or “I love Jesus but I cuss a little” or “Jesus and guns”. Jesus is not a slogan to back up our feelings or our positions. Christ alone.
May we be known by our love and defined by our actions and not our political party. May I be the first to repent. Lord hear our prayer.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:24”
Amen!! Cupcake Christianity has GOT TO GO! Jesus didn’t tell us to take up our cross so we could live in luxury, He told us to pick up our cross and follow Him and in turn we would suffer just as He suffered when He was briefly in the flesh here on earth. When you follow Jesus you need to be ALL in. If you sincerely believe you have the Holy Spirit indwelling your body, are your home and your body not holy ground? If you sincerely believe Jesus is with you should you be watching those filthy films, TV shows, and listening to music that doesn’t glorify Jesus alone? Do you think you should be making it a regular practice of misusing the name of the Lord your God? Following Jesus isn’t for the faint of heart, it takes courage and steadfastness. Stop playing around and using Jesus’ name as a slogan to make yourself feel better. Get in the Word, pray like a warrior, be ready, and armor up!
The words of the beloved Ravi from 2016 ring true right now in 2020, his way with words has always been so compelling and his love for the Lord is so mighty!
“Our differences seem to lead us even farther apart. Oh, Lord of miracles, do what only you can do to save us from ourselves. Give us men and women who will lead us to reconciliation. Give us leaders who will bind us up to heal our wounds, not those who will only incite more hate.
Give us voices that will bring hope and not despair. Please comfort the bereaved and give humility to the ones who are resistant to your ways. Give us pause so that we might sit back for just a few moments to look to you before we look at our impulsive solutions.”
God has given this young man much unconditional love and understanding, the ability to see all of God’s children through His eyes. It took a lot of courage for this man to stand up in the chaos, it takes more courage to show love and attempt to create harmony than it does to create chaos and call it activism. There is definitely a need for peaceful protest which is healthy, but when arson, thievery, and murder are the outcome, it can be called nothing but unproductive chaos. May God continue to bless him with a sound mind, a gift that is much needed in this world of emotional bombardment. 🙏
The words of this poem by the late English poet Francis Thompson shook me to my core when I first read it. It speaks on how this man was seeking the peace that only God could offer in things outside of God Himself while God was simultaneously seeking Him and yearning for a relationship with him. So poignant yet captivating! It’s a long one so I’ve posted just a snippet of it, but if you find yourself intrigued the rest of the poem is available at the link below. Enjoy! 💛
“Hound of Heaven”
I FLED Him, down the nights and down the days; I fled Him, down the arches of the years; I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways Of my own mind; and in the mist of tears I hid from Him, and under running laughter. Up vistaed hopes I sped; And shot, precipitated, Adown Titanic glooms of chasmèd fears, From those strong Feet that followed, followed after. But with unhurrying chase, And unperturbèd pace, Deliberate speed, majestic instancy, They beat—and a Voice beat More instant than the Feet— ‘All things betray thee, who betrayest Me.’
Young earth creationism is faith-based but also solidly backed by physical evidence. The conventional paradigm of old earth evolutionism is merely blind faith, a leap in the dark. All Glory to God, the mastermind behind our beautifully interdependent world!
2 Peter 3:1-7
“The Day of the Lord Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.
Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.”
Mark and I found this particular documentary extremely compelling, though its not the only source we have examined to help us understand the origins of this beautiful earth we call home.