Daily Light – Jan 24, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)

Today’s Daily Light

Continuing the theme from Romans 12… ‘Don’t Be Conformed to The World’…

Taken  from an Article by

Tony Reinke

Senior writer, desiringGod.org

This evil age” is perpetually trying to kill our loves — not through blunt force, but through coercion by seduction. The world tempts us daily to leave greater loves for lesser lusts. 

“The moment we care for anything deeply, the world — that is, all the other miscellaneous interests — becomes our enemy,” wrote G. K. Chesterton. “The moment you love anything the world becomes your foe” (Works 1:59–60).

 

To love something genuinely is to immediately face all the second loves that are making an attempt at killing your first love. It is the wink of the adulteress to the married man. It is the invitation from a clique to abandon a true friendship. It is the ignoring of the familiar gifts around you, in search of the next thing to charge on your credit card. Worldliness kills because it exchanges loves. The world becomes your foe. 

Theologically speaking, this is why to love the world is to lose the love of God. It’s a horrible trade, but we do it all the time.

 

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world — the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life — is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:15–17)

  

Misdirected love is the root cause of worldliness. Worldliness sucks the sap from our greatest love until it becomes a dried-up branch. 

(Same theme continued tomorrow) 😊

Dear Lord… help us to fill the internal pump of our spirit with YOU… because we know that what we take-in is what we think about and dwell on and what drives our actions…and we want to do your good, pleasing, and perfect will.   The world mindset wants to rob us of YOU as source and supply and replace YOU with ‘it’ as source and supply.   We need and ask YOU to be source and supply for our internal pump.  I pray that YOU help us to see each occasion where the world seeks to replace YOU with and push YOU into some distant second place in our priorities and daily focus.   We need Your help…help us to abide in Your Word ‘so that’ we can remain engaged with Your mind..Your way…Your heart.   Amen
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