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Day Five: Love Matters

Friday, August 19th, 2016

1 John 2:15-17 – “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. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”

God created us with the capacity to love. And his heart for us is that we would have love of him in us and live forever – this is the best!

Loving the world’s ways or the world’s goods squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world – wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important – has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him (modified MSG vv. 15-16).

The ways of the world are not innocent, nor are they harmless. In fact, they are hostile to God, overtly or in a passive-aggressive way. And loving them brings harm to us because it “squeezes out” love for our Father. Our Father’s heart is for us to live in his love: receiving in Christ and through the Holy Spirit, and having love for our Father, and others.

Let’s grow as his disciples who learn his ways, who are being trained up in love. Let’s take up the equipping that we have received and put it into practice. Let’s see the truth about the world and its ways and respond. Let’s be in our Father’s heart for us, yielding to his Spirit today and obey him.


Day Four: Holiness = Happiness

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Day Three: Christ With Us

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Day Two: Hang Up - Red Flags

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Day One: Our Father’s Fierce Love

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Day Five: Entreat Up!

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Day Four: Offer Up

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Day Three: Put Off, Put On

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Day Two: Word Up

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Day One: The Truth is Jesus

Monday, August 8th, 2016