Do Not Love The World

1 John 2:15-17

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

One of my favorite verses. Why? 

Because whenever I feel as if I have failed or not seen progress, I remember in this verse that God has provided everything I need. The world only provides ways to self preservation of desires. But because I follow a Great God I can have peace and know that my life is under His mighty hand and all I have to do is let go of the world and let God take control as He leads and guides me through the Holy Spirit.

I have seen a lot of famous people (including pastors) during my lifetime stumble & fall because of their desire to please themselves and make themselves like a god. Many have fallen prey to pride and seek it out like their food. Many may proclaim God but they still are their own gods, putting themselves in the limelight to get even more attention. Sadly their fate is sealed if they do not see that their ways are not pleasing to God. 

There’s always hope in Jesus Christ!

So what do I do when I get caught up in the world? I pray and ask God to help me remember who is in charge of my life, because if I was, I would surely be a walking mess. If I give it over to Jesus, I can live free and be in peace. I can love others and be a light for others in their dark place, because Christ loves us, even with all our messy parts. Not for what we do for Him but because He shows us grace which we do not deserve.

I pray your heart is changed today and that you are moved to know Jesus more. 

He is only a prayer away!

Shalom

Nancy

The Christian Writer

Sin Separates You From God

Psalm 66:18

 If I had cherished sin in my heart, 

                  the Lord would not have listened

Sin is very real,  and if you believe that sin is overlooked you are very far from God. What are some of the symptoms of sin? 

Hiding your guilt

Having no remorse of doing something wrong

Finding out that you have hurt someone without even knowing you did

Becoming self centered and not caring what others think

Self reliant

Loving things above God

Lying when confronted.

The list can go on and on but you get the jest of this.

So when you knowingly sin, you cannot change your ways unless you repent and ask for forgiveness, allowing God into your life to take over those sinful ways.

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, 

but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord

In essence you have been saved by the blood of Christ, when you come to Him He covers all the sins. But that does not mean you go back and continue where you left off, that means developing a relationship with Him above your desires of doing things your way. Now take the way in which Christ died for you, He was separated from His Father for a short time because He was taking all of our sins upon Him. Sin separates us from God. 

But of course for Christ, once His spirit left Him, ascended to the presence of His Father.

Now join me in saying this prayer and think about ways you may take part in Christ’s Kingdom:

Heavenly Father, I have sinned against you and people around me. I have neglected to get to know who you are intimately and want more in my life than this. Please bring me to my knees in praise of you for forgiving my sins. Help me to be at peace and know your rest. amen.

My hope for you is that you see Christ as one who wants you to live a complete life lacking nothing. But all you have to do is give your life over to Him and stop trying to figure it out. He leads you to rest & peace.

Shalom

Nancy

The Christian Writer