Loves The World

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - If - 1 John 2:15-17 - Loves The World - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – If – 1 John 2:15-17 – Loves The World – Growing As Disciples

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. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.  1 John 2:15-17 (ESV)

Loving You

Tell me what you see. I see two choices. What are your choices? I can love the world or I can love you. I can’t love both the world and you. Why is that? If I love the world my desires and values will line up and be consistent with the world. I will have worldly desires. Like what? I will desire whatever my flesh craves. I will want whatever my eyes see. I will pursue whatever my prides seeks. All these desires, cravings and pursuits will fill my heart full with values that do not come from you. No, they do not. As it is my life is under the constant influence of the world. It is seeking to conform me to all its patterns and practices. It wants to mold me into its shape. The world would be happy if I looked and acted and sounded just like everyone else in it. Is that what you want? No, I have no desire to follow the world and all its evil desires, cravings and pursuits. What is it that you want?

Instead of loving the world I want to love you. Loving the world will keep me from loving you. That’s right. But the opposite is even more powerfully true. It is. Loving you will keep me from loving the world. As I love you, the world will not be able to conform me to its image or mold me into its shape. It will not be able to conform me to its pattern. No, it will not. Your power that is at work in me is far more powerful than the power that is at work in the world. Yes, it is. You are molding and shaping my life as I come to know, love and follow you. Your love is changing my heart and transforming my mind. You are making me into the person you want me to be. You are helping me to live the life that you have called me to live. You are helping me to know your will and walk in your ways. Yes, I am. Loving you has given me the desire to obey you in all that I think, say and do. That is very good.

Heavenly Father, I love you with all my heart and soul and mind and strength. The world and all that it has to offer has lost its appeal to me. It is the desire of my heart to live my life fully for you. I want to know you and do your will. Amen

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That They May Have Life

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Freedom - John 10:10 - That They May Have Life - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Freedom – John 10:10 – That They May Have Life – Growing As Disciples

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10 (ESV) 

Steal, Kill And Destroy

I have come so that you will have a full and abundant life in me. I have broken the power of sin and darkness over your life. I have rescued you from a life without me both now and forever. You are no longer walking on the path that you once walked. You are no longer stuck in the muck of your old life. I have set you on a firm foundation. I am your rock. I am your fortress. I am your deliverer. I have forgiven your sins. I have cleansed you of all your unrighteousness. I am your Savior and Lord. Yes, you are and I am so thankful for all that you have done for me. It is my joy to live the life that you have given to me. It is the desire of my heart to live my life with and for you. That’s very good. 

There is something you must do. There is something I want to point out to you. What’s that? You must be on guard. You must be vigilant. You must stand your ground. You must be prepared to do battle. You must be willing to put up a fight. What is the nature of the battle? How must I be prepared to fight? The devil and all his evil is your enemy. He and all his evil will try to steal, kill and destroy you. How so? His weapons will come in every size and shape of sin and doubt. Do not ever think that you can stand and fight against him with your strength alone. You must be prepared to fight with all the strength that I will give to you. You must rely on me. You must take up the weapons that I will give to you. What weapons will you give to me? I want you to answer that question. You have given me your word. Your word will be like a sword in the Holy Spirit’s hand. Your word will fight in me, with me and for me. That’s right, what else? I will take up the shield of faith that will extinguish whatever the devil tries to throw at me. I will put on the helmet of salvation which will protect my mind from his evil thoughts. I will let you guard my heart, from his evil desires, with the breastplate of righteousness. I will put on the shoes of the gospel of peace so that I remain focused on doing what you give me to do for you. I will walk securely with the belt of truth around me so that I do not fall for the devil’s deceptive lies. At all times, I will pray in the Spirit with the prayers that you give me to pray. As I put on this armor, use these weapons and remain vigilant in prayer I know that you will guard and guide and protect my life. Yes, I will.

Lord, I have let life stealers, killers and destroyers rob my joy. I know you have secured a brand new and abundant life for me to live. I will be on guard against anyone or anything that attempts to steal life from me as I continue to love, follow and serve you. Amen

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