Ringing In the New Year Pt. 5

The world may indeed fall apart. We don’t have to crumble with it. But holding it together is going to involve letting go of the things of the world that we have come to love.

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. I John 2:15
You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown
weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstandĀ  from its place. Rev. 2: 3-5
As I face the New Year and prepare my heart for the time of dedication our church is heading into I am making a list of the things God would have me release this year. How would God have you simplify your life in 2013 to release yourself from the burdens of the world…the love of the world?
Happy New Year’s Eve!

 

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8 thoughts on “Ringing In the New Year Pt. 5

  1. 1 John 2:15, along with James 4:4 “friendship with the world IS enmity with God” are two verses which cause me concern, simply because they are so challenging and yet so definite. They can mean only one thing. They DEMAND that I forsake everything of the world and cling ONLY to things of the Lord – to the Lord Himself.

    Negative? To our human nature, YES!
    But to our spiritual nature? So, so positive!
    We CANNOT outgive God. Whatever we ‘give up’ for Him, He shovels back bigger and better.

    We KNOW this, but we are constantly bombarded with stuff that feeds our human nature. The only antidote is to feed our spiritual nature and it WILL overcome. God has supplied all we need – but we have to take it up and use it.

    We serve an incredibly amazing God who delights to bless us abundantly when we seek Him.

    • We do indeed have an amazing God who gives more than we could ever give Him. Whatever we are called to give up will not matter because of the goodness of what God sends in to replace it.

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