Worldliness vs. Godliness
Worldliness or Godliness
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2: 15
Worldliness is “allowing one’s appetites, ambitions, or conduct to be fashioned according to earthly values.” – John MacArthur
Where are you investing, where are you spending your time, where is your energy, where is your mind focused, what is your dream for the future? Is it in this world (worldliness) or in Godliness (the Kingdom of God)?
To where are you pointing your children, friends, spouse, business associates? Toward the world’s system, viewpoint and ideas or toward God’s system, viewpoint and ideas?
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Psalm 127:4
Parents and grandparents are the bow, directing the arrow (children and grandchildren) toward either worldliness or Godliness. Mighty men are those who are able to point their children toward the Kingdom of God versus the kingdom of darkness (worldliness).
The world is attractive to the sensual appetite and physical appetite. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1 John 5:12. Anyone who loves the world, the love of God is not in him. God is a jealous God. You cannot serve two masters: the world’s system of mammon or the Kingdom of God. You will hate one and love the other.
The world’s system can only satisfy the temporal appetite of man. If you have the son you have life. The life in the SON is eternal abundant life. This is an overcoming life. This is a triumphant life filled with suffering, pain and grief overcome in Christ Jesus. This is a victorious life overcoming fear, worry, dying to selfish desire and pride in Christ Jesus. This is a life filled with problems, circumstances and challenges which are met in the SON. All of your victory is found in Christ Jesus, not in this world. Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection is your victory over sin and death.
Here is God’s promise to you: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS and ALL your needs will be provided for you.” Which do you want: the world’s promise of temporary pleasure and satisfaction or God’s promises to meet all your needs forever?
Your righteousness and standing is in Christ Jesus because of what HE did not anything you have earned or done.
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