Don’t listen to me I’m Nobody! Here is how uncool it is…
1 John 2:15-17 ESV “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 in possessions—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.”
Ephesians 2:1-3 ESV “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.”
John 8:23 ESV “He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.”
James 4:4 ESV “You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”
Philippians 3:20-21 ESV “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.”
1 John 5:19 ESV “We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”
1 John 2:17 ESV “And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”
John 15:18-19 ESV “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”
Romans 12:1-2 ESV “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Philippians 3:20 ESV “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
James 1:27 ESV “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
Matthew 6:24 ESV “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
1 John 3:13 ESV “Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you.”
1 Peter 2:11 ESV “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.”
John 15:18-21 ESV “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.”
Matthew 16:26 ESV “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?”
1 John 4:1 ESV “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
Luke 1:37 ESV “For nothing will be impossible with God.”
2 Timothy 3:16 ESV “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”
God bless you!
Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III
I’ve seen and dealt with the Devil’s ways enough! I’m done!
It is possible to be in a spiritual environment, master its nitty-gritty and still be carnal.
This reminds me of Gehazi. And I know that nobody ever admits to be anything like a bible character without a happy ending.
However, it is wisdom to examine the character he displayed that made him end up the way he did, before reaching such conclusion.
Recall, that all scripture is written by God’s inspiration and is profitable. That said, although Gehazi lived in a Spiritual environment and rolled with a man with a rare anointing, he was carnal.
He took things at face value. And immediate gain, pleasure, prestige and the likes were his driving force.
As much as it’s okay to desire the good things of life, it must never be done at the detriment of your soul. In essence, nothing no matter how lofty is worth losing eternity for.
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