Today's scripture focus passage: 1 John 2:16 ~ "For everything in the world -- the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does -- comes not from the Father but from the world."
Accompanying MacArthur sermon: The Cardiology of Worldliness
Happy February!! Hard to believe, but the temperatures, even on the Canadian prairies will start to rise this month. Spring is on its way!!! Of course, we won't FEEL the increase until we're well into March, but still... :)
And let's face it, almost ANYTHING is warmer than what we've experienced the last two days!!
ANYWAYS, getting down to business... I like the section in MacArthur's sermon where he addresses common ideas for where sin originates as it relates to us. What makes us sin? Some say "the devil made me do it," some claim we and our sin are merely products of our society and surroundings, some even say that because God allowed Satan's rebellion before time began, GOD is ultimately responsible for causing us to sin.
While there are shreds of truth to some of these arguments, MacArthur draws our attention to a little sermon Jesus gave in Mark chapter 7:14-17 and shows that:
And why is it important to understand that in relation to this verse? Because it is through the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life that sin enters our lives.
"That's not us. Let me close with this. Back to 1 John for a minute. That's not us. We're not a part of that anymore. Gratefully all that is in the world is not from the Father and the world is passing away and also its lust, but the one who does the will of God abides forever. That's not us. We are not driven by the world, we are driven by the will of the Father. We don't always do it the way we should, but that's always the longing in our hearts, always the longing in our hearts. We don't love the world. We don't love the things in the world because the love of the Father is in us, we are not of the world. We still have the residual impact of sin in us. We still can be tempted that way. But it goes against the grain of who we are. We do not love that system. When we fall victim to it, we hate the system and we hate the sin. This is how we are distinguished as true believers."
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year reading: Exodus 15-16
Monday's scripture focus passage: 1 John 2:17