Thursday 19 September 2013

Galatians 6:14-15 “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision counts, nor uncircumcision, but a being new creature.”

1 John 2:15-17 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and 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 its lusts thereof: but he that does the will of God abides for ever.”

Jesus makes a very clear distinction between the world (and its system) and the kingdom of God. When we become a new creature in Christ, we become citizens of the kingdom, and in Christ we learn how to dwell in that kingdom, not just admire it from a distance.

Jesus said “You are not of this world” (John 15:19).

He said that He gives us His peace, not as the world gives. (John 14:27).

If, according to Romans 14:17, “the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost”, why do we so often lose our sense of purity, peace and joy… only to become slaves to the compromise, anxiety and depression of this world?

The answer lies in where we wilfully, intentionally and deliberately choose to dwell, moment by moment, day by day.   If we remain passive in our faith, cold in our love, or negligent in our devotion, the world can easily influence us and draw us back into its grasp. Its temptations and seductions can promise temporary satisfaction, but only the kingdom of heaven is eternal.

The world’s pressures and influences can rob us of our rights and privileges as a child of God. Have you been robbed because you have become too attached to the world?  Have you realised that what the world has to offer is nothing in comparison to the beauty and benefits of the kingdom? Have you heard Jesus asking the question: “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mat 16:26)

Are you ready today to renounce the things of this world to experience fully the power and glory of the kingdom? “For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.” I John 5:4

Take time today to do a bit of inventory, renounce the things of this world, detach your heart from their influence, and plant yourself firmly in Christ who is your victory! Write down specifically what sources of worldly control you break over your soul so that Jesus can restore righteousness, peace and joy.

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