Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 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. 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
This world is not our true home. Life on planet Earth is only a small fraction of our eternal existence.
When I view my life through the light of eternity I do not feel like I have to get all I can before it is too late. Those thoughts kept me from coming to Christ for sixteen years. I was afraid I would miss out on something. I thought I would be deprived of something.
How we live this small fraction of our existence determines where we spend eternity.
It is silly to invest our time, energy and talents in something that is temporary and fleeting. It is much wiser to invest in that which is eternal and unending. Our relationships with our Heavenly Father and each other can be eternal and unending!
My actions follow my heart. When I focus my attention on something I should not it influences my attitude. It affects my relationships.
If I set my eyes on things that arouses my flesh I set myself up for a fall. When I crave the life of the rich and famous it affects the way I view my wife and family. I can spend so much time pursuing wealth work becomes more important than people I love.
When my mind is free from the influence of fleeting pleasures I realize my wife and children are a precious gift from God. When I set my heart on the goodness and mercy of God I am free to love and treasure them!
The evil one holds out the things of the world to catch our attention away from the Lord!
When we focus our hearts and attention on pleasure rather than truth our ability to make wise decisions is affected. It has happened to me. It can happen to you!
What is truth? Jesus Christ is the Truth!
The lust of the flesh and eyes, the pride of life and the fleeting pleasures of sin will pass away. You are an eternal being created to live in eternal intimacy with God the Father through faith in Jesus Christ.
If Jesus has set you free you are free indeed. Do not return to bondage in the land of unbelief. Live in the eternal land of promise through faith in the Saviors love!
Do not consume the devil’s bait. Spend eternity receiving and returning Almighty God’s perfect love!
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