The Will Of God

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Transformation - 1 John 2:15-17 - The Will Of God - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Transformation – 1 John 2:15-17 – The Will Of God – Growing As Disciples

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:15-17 (NIV)

Do Not Love The World

I won’t do that. What won’t you do? I won’t love the world. That is much easier said than done. How is it that you won’t love the world? The world and all that is in it is seeking your affection. The world and all that is in it is wanting your devotion. The world is continually bombarding your heart and mind and life with all its thoughts and opinions and values. How will you resist it? How will you overcome it? Your heart and mind and life are in a battle with the world. How will you defeat it? Do you think it will be enough to simply state your resolve? Certainly not. I don’t have the power within myself to overcome and defeat the world. I would be foolish to think that my resolve would be enough for me to not love the world. You got that right.

My resolve is only a statement of faith. My resolve is only the beginning of a prayer. What prayer is that? I am here and now telling that I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. It is your love for me and my love for you that will prevent me from loving the world. Your love will overcome, overpower and defeat the world’s attempts at securing my love of it. You will draw me close to you. You will fan the flame of love in me for you. My love for you will burn white hot in me. I will live the life you called me to live. My heart and mind and life will be focused on you. I will hear your voice. I will follow your commands. I will go where you guide me. I will do all that you ask of me. I will not love the world. I will love you instead of the world because you be with me to help me every step of the way, on every day of my life. You will help me to keep on walking with you now and forever. Yes, I will.

Heavenly Father, thank you that you have set me free to love you rather than the evil that is in the world. Guard my heart and mind and life from all the evil desires that are in the world so that I will be able to love you as I do your will and walk in your ways. Amen

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Do Not Love The World

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - God's Will - 1 John 2:15-17 - Do Not Love The World - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Will – 1 John 2:15-17 – Do Not Love The World – Growing As Disciples

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:15-17 (NIV)  

Love Me

Do you love me? If you love me you will not love the world. Do you love me? If you love me, you will leave behind the cravings of your old sinful life. Do you love me? If you love me, you will not allow yourself to lust with your eyes over what you see in the world. Do you love me? If you love me, you will not boast about what you have. Do you love me? If you love me, you will not boast about what you have done. Now, can I answer your question? Yes, you may answer my question.   Yes Lord, I love you. I do not love the world. I do not love the things in the world. This world is not my true home. I am not foolishly storing up treasures in this life that will soon pass away. I want to store up treasures in heaven with you. Yes Lord, I love you. You have made it possible for me to walk away from the cravings of my old sinful life. Walking away from my old sinful cravings is what I have done and will continue to do with all your help. Yes Lord, I love you. I am not allowing my eyes to lust after what I see in the world. I am keeping my heart and mind and life firmly focused on you. Yes Lord, I love you. I will not boast about what I have. All that I have has come as a gift from you. You have richly blessed my life. I will not boast about what I have done. You are the one who has been working in and through my life. If I have accomplished anything it is because you have allowed me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Apart from you I can do nothing. I give you thanks and praise and glory and honor for what you have done, are doing and will do in and through my life. It is my desire and joy to both know and do your will. That is how I want to spend my life. I want you to use me to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I want to live my life loving, following and serving you. Yes Lord, I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Yes, I do know that you love me. That is very good. I agree.

Lord, I once was entangled in the cravings, lusts and boastful things of this world. Thank you for breaking me free from all of that. Now, I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Help me to know and do your will as I follow and serve you. Amen

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