Today’s Reading: 1 John 2:1-17
Key Verses: “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. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.” (1 John 2:15-16).
Are you in love with this world? Too many people think that worldliness is something limited only to external behaviour. Other think worldliness means spending time with the wrong kinds of people. Worldliness is a wrong attitude of the heart that indicates a lack of a totally consuming love for the Lord God.
Too often, our human desires incline our hearts toward things that will please our old sinful nature instead of God. Paul wrote, “The mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6-8).
The course of rebellion against God may be very gradual, but it increases in rapidity; and if you begin to run down the hill, the ever-increasing speed will send you down faster and faster towards destruction. This is how Satan usually works. He’s not usually direct but crafty. Remember is in the garden, “Did God really say?” (Genesis 3:1). He fools us with superficially good causes and tries lures us into his den.
Thankfully Scripture helps us understand his schemes and “so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes.” 2 Corinthian 2:11. As believers, we must sure “we don’t let anyone capture us with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.” Colossians 2:8.
C.H. Spurgeon: When Satan cannot catch us with a big sin, he will try a little one. It does not matter to him as long as he catches his fish, what bait he uses. Beware of the beginning of evil, for many, who bade fair to go right, have turned aside and perished amongst the dark mountains in the wide field of sin.
Guard your heart against compromising of God’s truths and plans. Loving this world leads to destruction.