Love Not The World

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Love Not The World

 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

 

"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. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever." (1 John 2:15-17 NKJV)

 

Have you ever wondered why God has so much concern about us His children loving the world? First of all, though we still live in the world we are not of the world (John 17:16) and the world is the place where God is not wanted for the world is centered on all the pursuits and pleasure of the flesh as mentioned in 1 John 2:16. Satan is the god of this world with its corrupt value system contrary to God's (2 Corinthians 4:4). Therefore, God in His mercy and grace wants to protect us from loving the world with its corrupt value system than His.

 

From since the Garden of Eden, Satan has been using the same strategy when he deceived Eve. In Genesis 3:6, the tree was good for food (the lust of the flesh), that it was pleasant to the eyes (the lust of the eyes), and a tree desirable to make one wise (the pride of life). Jesus in Matthew 4:1-11 went through the same temptation. The first temptation was an appeal to the lust of the flesh, in which Satan asked Jesus to change stone into bread (Matthew 4:3-4). The second temptation was an appeal to the pride of life, in which Satan proposed Jesus, as the Son of God to cast Himself down to demonstrate His deity (Matthew 4:5-7) and the third temptation was an appeal to the lust of the eyes, in which Satan showed Jesus supernaturally all the kingdoms of the world and their glory (Matthew 4:8-10).

 

When God created Adam and Eve, He gave them the freedom to make their choice and He honored their choice. In contrary to Jesus who made the right choice based on the Word of God, Adam failed to put the Word of God into practice when He was tempted. Jesus was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15). For this reason, we know that Jesus our High Priest can sympathize with our weaknesses for He was tempted in all points and yet without sin. Point is, we cannot handle temptation using the willpower or fight the flesh. Jesus has demonstrated successfully how to handle temptation and that is to feed our spirit with the Word of God until our soul is saturated with His Word leaving no space for the will of the flesh to grow. Amen!

 

Harry Lee

Pastor

Restoration Christian Church

1900 South Santa Anita Ave.

Arcadia, CA 91006

www.rccla.org