... a weekly letter of encouragement.
24 December 1997 - Singapore
LET'S ADMIT IT! MANY OF US HAVE BEEN CARRYING ON A SECRET LOVE AFFAIR FOR YEARS!
And doing a pretty good job of masking it from our fellow believers in Christ. And why do we continue the "affair"? Simply because we love how it:
- Panders our appetite for sensual gratification
- Entices our eyes and caters to the greedy longings of our mind, and
- Fosters our desire to live a life of pretension .+
The "love affair" to which I am referring is our surrender to the evil values of this world system that governs the goings on of mankind; a system which is headed by none other than Satan himself - "The Prince of this world." (John 12:31; 14:30)
If we have capitulated to this Prince by currying a "love affair" with his domain, we have a serious problem. You see, as professed followers of Jesus Christ, God will not allow us the luxury of two loves:
"If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him." (I John 2:15)
We simply cannot have it both ways: Loving the "world" and loving God.
So how does one extricate oneself from a "love affair" with this world? Jesus' prayer to the Father concerning the 12 disciples (Judas excepted), the night before the cross, gives us insight into the answer to that question:
"I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth." (John 17:14, 17)
The inner transformation affected by the disciples' intake of the word of God signaled to the world that they were no longer one of them. So the world "hated" them. In a similar vein, Paul stated that he was "crucified to the world and the world to (him)." (Galatians 6:14b). He in kind had grown to hate the "world system." In other words, both sides had written the other off because there was no longer common ground for fellowship.
SO...THE BIG QUESTION IS: Are you resisting the world's seductive charm by the inner change that results from consistent, and disciplined meditation upon God's word?
If not, you are choosing by default to foster your "love affair" with the "Prince of this world's" dominion. And in so doing you have become God's adversary, because "Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God." (James 4:4).
My prayer is that you are having a great week!
+Adapted from I John 2:16
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